Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Scorsese!

There are a few debates that take place in our household that my husband and I have realized that we need to just "let go" for the sake of our marriage:

1) Chunky vs. creamy peanut butter- I will only eat creamy; otherwise you might as well just shell a peanut and crumble it over your bread.
2) Pulp vs. no pulp orange juice- again, we have come so far as a species; why in the world would people still want awful chunks of orange in their juice?
3) The Godfather vs. Goodfellas. While I love The Godfather and The Godfather part II, I will stand by and defend Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas as the best mob movie of all time. And, I don't want to spark a debate about this because my beliefs are unwavering.

And guess what? It's Martin Scorsese's birthday today. So I want to take this opportunity to say  happy f*ckin' birthday, Marty. Yeah, I'm talkin' to you. So, here's a few facts about one of the greatest auteurs of all time:

  • Scorsese was born in 1942 in Queens, New York."I'm New York. Don't you never come in here empty handed again, you gotta pay for the pleasure of my company." - Bill the Butcher, Gangs of New York 
  • As a kid, he was asthmatic and couldn't play sports, so instead he spent a lot of time at the movies. "Twenty Dollars! Let's go da movies!" - Charlie, Mean Streets
  • Went to NYU film school. "Now I see it clearly. My whole life is pointed in one direction. I see that now. There has never been any choice for me." - Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver
  • He has been married 5 times. "Did you f*ck my wife?" Jake La Motta, Raging Bull
  • He is 5'3" tall.  "I'm a little f*cked up, but I'm funny how? I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f*ckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?" Tommy DeVito, Goodfellas
  • Although nominated 6 times for a best director Oscar since 1981. Scorsese didn't win one until 2007 for The Departed. Yeah, that's right; the rap group Three Six Mafia won an Oscar before Scorcese did... "Maybe someday you'll wake the f*ck up." Frank Costello, The Departed
  • Before he decided to make movies, Scorsese was seriously considering joining the priesthood. "Listen to me very carefully. There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, the the way I do it. You understand?" Ace Rothstein, Casino
So there's a few tidbits about Scorsese. And here's a few pieces of jewelry that remind me of Scorsese films/projects:
The Aviator
Raging Bull
Gangs of New York
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Age of Innocence
Bringing Out the Dead
Boardwalk Empire

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