Watching The Bourne Identitythe first film in the series, Damon looks touchingly young, bringing vulnerability to the near-superhuman Jason Bourne, who is pulled out of the sea by fishermen with bullets in his back and his memory wiped. The mega-successful conspiracy-thriller franchise has reinvented the genre, kick-starting a new generation of gritty action movies by lending them the texture of real life.
He kills people, then drinks a martini. Buy, rent or watch The Bourne Identity. The killer scene: The bitter end, which fulfills the bleak promise the entire film has been making all along. They seemed to prefer films about cigarette-smoking intellectuals, shabby policemen and gone-to-seed strippers—not, say, giant robots who enjoy smashing stuff. The tale of four hopeless losers forced by poverty and desperation to take a job driving trucks filled with nitroglycerine dynamite across the worst roads in the Amazon jungle, this is an unrelentingly sweaty, grimy, dread-filled experience.
Buy, rent or watch The Wages of Fear. But now, yeah, I'm thinking I'm back. The killer scene: Wick takes out henchmen in a neon-lit dance club filled with pounding techno and appreciative onlookers.
Keanu, rising An action franchise was born and we took notice. John Wick Keanu Reeves, channeling his euphoric whoa of yore is a recent widower and secret assassin whose final gift from his cancer-stricken wife—a floppy-eared beagle—is snuffed out with a sad little yelp during a brutal home invasion by Russian thugs.
Wick recovers in record time, then out come the guns, the rifles and the mysterious gold coins, as Game of Thrones ' hapless Alfie Allen forever destined to be a picked-upon target finds himself pursued by a ruthless, legendary killing machine that every other character seems wise enough to fear. John Wick is action manna for its cleanly designed gun-fu sequences, ones you can actually follow.
The film's codirectors, veteran stunt experts, have designed the movie Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran an eye for impact, and there's an elegant sparseness here that's thrilling. Buy, rent or watch John Wick.
The killer scene: The final half hour of nonstop, thighs-around-face mayhem. Donnie Yen stars in the most Donnie Yen movie ever. For the audience who found its Kill Zone—S. Donnie Yen doubles down on his self-conscious cool, all peacock struts, leather jackets and skinny jeans as he infiltrates a Vietnamese gang with undercover buddy Wilson Louis Koo.
The two bros frequently meet on the beach, topless, to see who has the better bod. The greatest metaphor for this flick is its central image of a ticking time bomb stuffed inside a roast turkey. Buy, rent or watch Flash Point. The killer scene: The astonishingly intense final fight, marking the end of Leonidas. With its stunningly detailed visuals, rigorously controlled color scheme and clean, episodic storytelling, it remains the purest example to date of cinema-as-comic book.
Special mention should be made of Rodrigo Santoro, who gives a deliciously ripe performance as the bejeweled, pierced and ultra-sadistic villain Xerxes.
Buy, rent or watch What kind of cult kung fu was that? The killer scene: A duel with an opponent whose knuckles drip with heavy jade rings. Founded by a Buddhist nun, this fighting style with its up-close contact and low kicks is constantly dissed as sissy fu, but The Prodigal Son dumps that junk in a grave. Yuen Biao plays a cocky kung fu brat whose rich daddy secretly pays his opponents to lose.
When a Chinese opera company comes through town, its cross-dressing diva, Leung Lam Ching-yingturns out to be a wing chun master who teaches the brawling brat a lesson. An actual student of wing chun, Lam dispenses elegant beatdowns in fights that turn into musical numbers, as well as wrist-locking, joint-cracking battles fought on narrow gang planks.
Buy, rent or watch The Prodigal Son. They got us into this. Fucking America! Goddamn America! Making matters worse, an elite Vietcong kill squad is on their trail, led by Yuen Wah, a giggling, fan-flicking psychopath who minces into action before ripping out shoulder blades.
Suck it, Oliver Stone. Buy, rent or watch Eastern Condors. The killer scene: Rambo lays waste to a bunch of soldiers with a mounted machine gun. Last blood? Along come some missionaries on a humanitarian journey to Burma, and Rambo—against his better judgment—agrees to lead them through the war-torn country.
How do you think that goes? This is the first time Stallone directed one of his own Rambo scripts, and the film feels infused with his particular brand of cartoonishly monosyllabic machismo, which is perversely a virtue.
But Stallone makes his one-sided, pro-interventionist argument with such intoxicating fervor—especially in an astonishingly bloody finale filled with decapitations, bullet-riddled bad guys and a visual equation of Rambo to Jesus Christ—that the fantasy becomes impossible to resist.
Buy, rent or watch Rambo. Romanes eunt domus Whenever critics try to minimize Stanley Kubrick as a cold, monolithic creator, they always get hung up on Spartacus. Additionally, Kubrick surrendered creative control to producer Kirk Douglas, a move he would never make again.
Buy, rent or watch Spartacus. The pain in Spain Years before the Olympics, Jackie Chan hit Barcelona in this comedy-actioner evidently angled toward international audiences. If not exactly smoothly assembled, the result still has a lot of puppyish charm, with the happy-go-lucky twosome at its fleetest, and the usual quotient of oof-tastic pratfalls. Was there ever a badder dude named after an Elton John song?
Buy, rent or watch Wheels on Meals. The killer scene: Three men step onto a sun-baked mesa, preparing to draw in the tensest Mexican standoff in movies.
Some spaghetti with your American beef Italian maestro Sergio Leone invented a delicious kind of cinematic foreplay—his action scenes explode into violence but you remember the buildups more vividly: sweat collecting on knotted brows, fingers creeping toward triggers and, most iconically, two big eyes filling the screen. So much modern action grammar comes from Leone and his genius composer Ennio Morricone, who transformed twangy doom guitars and shrieking ay-ya-ya s into the natural sound of the frontier.
Buy, rent or watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Truth or apocrypha? Many scholars have argued for the latter, but the myth took hold and persists to this day.
The killer scene: Newman puts pedal to the metal heading straight for a police roadblock. A stunningly astringent finale offers no easy solutions for a divided nation.
Buy, rent or watch Vanishing Point. The killer scene: The fight between Sean Connery and Robert Shaw in an old-school train compartment, en route from Istanbul. The Gospel According to Saint James The second Bond movie has Sean Connery returning asnow sucked into a cat-and-mouse plot when he has to travel to Venice and Istanbul to try and retrieve a code-breaking device. That said, it also introduces elements repeated since: the signature pre-titles action sequence and a penchant for speedboats and helicopters.
Buy, rent or watch From Russia with Love. Jet Li is ready for his close-up now, Mr. So does the brutal action design by Yuen Woo-ping The Matrixfull of nipple gnawing, head butting and savage smackdowns in narrow bathrooms. After all, Unleashed is ultimately about a young martial artist who wants to run away from his masters so he can stop beating people up and simply entertain them.
Buy, rent or watch Unleashed a. Danny the Dog. Abrams has studied well. Buy, rent or watch Star Wars. Your thick head has hurt my foot. The killer scene: The killer scene: Old Master vs. Young Master: Sammo Hung vs. Lau Kar-leung. Back to butt-kicking basics Between andSammo Hung directed, choreographed and starred in four classics, three of which make this list: Dragons ForeverEastern Condors and Pedicab Driver.
Although it ended his jaw-dropping string of hits, Pedicab Driver remains a charming throwback to old-school Chinese cinema given an adrenalized action injection. The movie is mostly a charming comedy of blue-collar manners until a satanically evil pimp takes a piss on paradise.
At which point, Sammo straps on his suspenders of justice and marches off to restore order, bare-knuckle style. A celebration of hand-to-hand combat, featuring kung fu legend Lau Kar-leung showing off his chops, this flick does for lumberjack shirts what Bruce Lee did for yellow jumpsuits. Buy, rent or watch Pedicab Driver. The killer scene: Zatoichi slices and dices his way through a gang of sword-wielding gangsters, all without batting an eyelid.
In the kingdom of the blind, a samurai will slice you up. A combination of oddball surrealism and vicious violence, this Japanese reboot of the classic samurai series makes for some uncomfortable viewing.
So far, so Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves —but darkness starts slipping in with tales of child prostitution, political assassinations and gory murders. Zatoichi bumbles and stumbles his way through town, slicing up any wrongdoers with a flick of his hidden katanabefore eventually leaving a pile of dismembered yakuza bleeding on the ground in a brilliantly graceful final fight. Buy, rent or watch Zatoichi. Buy, rent or watch Runaway Train. The killer scene: So many to choose from, but the surreal crop-duster chase is an essential sequence from the Master of Suspense.
North by Northwest belongs on any serious list of action essentials, at the least for offering up a framework for the upcoming James Bond series. Buy, rent or watch North by Northwest. In and around the suburban Borehamwood studios, a rough-hewn band of Hollywood roustabouts were busy creating a film that stood in direct opposition to the hippie dream—and just about everything else.
Brutal, bloodthirsty and belligerent with a moral compass bent way out of shapeThe Dirty Dozen is one of the most unlovely films ever to be released by a major studio. Buy, rent or watch The Dirty Dozen. Once more with feeling Jackie Chan obviously knew the frisky comedy and life-threatening spills in the original Police Story would be hard to top. So he took a different strategy in the sequel: a more developed procedural plot involving a bomber at large, and a fuller role for concerned girlfriend Maggie Cheung.
Unfortunately, all this proves slightly stodgy in practice, rendering the thrills on display somewhat subdued. As ever with Chan, the lure Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran is absolutely no special-effects fakery, and end-credits outtakes reveal the physical toll incurred, not least for costar Cheung, who almost had her scalp ripped off when a stunt went wrong. Buy, rent or watch Police Story 2.
The killer scene: A shot of the Joker sticking his head out of a speeding car window to taste the night air is at once appealingly puppyish and weirdly terrifying. But sandwiched in the middle came this near-flawless conspiracy thriller, featuring the greatest screen villain since Darth Vader drew his last rattling breath. The result is something very rare in the blockbuster age: true unpredictability. Buy, rent or watch The Dark Knight. His much publicized regimen—training with LaMotta himself to get into tip-top fighting condition, then plumping himself up for the final scenes via a four-month eating binge—is the ultimate in actorly sacrifice.
Buy, rent or watch Raging Bull. But the truth is, Clint had already said everything he needed to say about the fascist appeal of vigilante crime-fighting with this one, arguably his most iconic screen role. Here is the template for every subsequent hard-bitten antihero, Batman included, the major difference being that instead of a millionaire playboy lurking in his mansion, Harry Callahan was blue-collar to his core: a crumpled flatfoot living in a two-room walk-up and existing entirely on a diet of whiskey, cigarettes and slinky bebop jazz.
Listen closely, and you can almost hear Christopher Nolan frantically scribbling notes. Buy, rent or watch Dirty Harry. This is not a game of cricket! The killer scene: The climactic bust-up between heroic Holden and madman Guinness is both gripping and tragic.
There is no clear distinction between heroism and villainy; Lean uses the massive CinemaScope canvas to keep us at an emotional remove from the characters so they seem like checkerboard pieces moving toward a fixed, destructive point. Buy, rent or watch The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug. Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source.
But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims. Le Roi Singe : Les Monts flamboyants. La liste de mes envies. SAS 62 Vengeance romaine. SAS 69 Le tueur de Miami. Elle se retourna et cria : "Tue-le, Faustino!
Gail Carriger. Tu as le choix. Ou je te castre. Pour moi, ce sera un plaisir. Tu as une minute. Find your next favorite book. Midnight Sun. Stephenie Meyer. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story.
At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun. This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?
In Midnight SunStephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.
Battle Ground. Livre Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.
Mark Manson. Dune: Volume 1. Livre 1. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'.
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin! Having now become classics of our time, the Harry Potter ebooks never fail to bring comfort and escapism to readers of all ages. With its message of hope, belonging and the enduring power of truth and love, the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to delight generations of new readers. After We Collided.
The inspiration behind the major motion picture After We Collided! Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose Life will never be the same. After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Hardin will always be But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior, or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms.
His electric touch. His hungry kisses. She put so much on hold for Hardin—school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career.
She needs to move forward with her life. Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. Arms 12 eps.
Action Comedy Ecchi. Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls. With its gorgeous landscape and prosperous people, Great Japan is the envy of all other nations.
But a serious threat hovers over the country. Mysterious guardians known as Master Samurai are Great Japan's only defense. At the behest of the student council, young samurai Muneakira Yagyuu arrives at Buou Academic School. Run by the Tokugawa Shogunate, here children of warriors are given aristocratic education required to run the country.
The school is led by the student council president Yoshihiko Tokugawa and his sister Sen, who also happens to be Muneakira's childhood friend. Upon arriving at the academy, Muneakira finds himself in the midst of a terrible fight. During the chaos, the sky fills with a peculiar white light and a mysterious girl named Juubei Yagyuu appears and suddenly kisses Muneakira. With his kiss, she awakens an unknown power that protects them. Just who is this girl, and where did she come from?
Muneakira finds himself entangled in the fate of the country and a threat that will shake Great Japan to its core. He must learn the secret behind the Master Samurai and the kiss that awakened Juubei's power in order to protect his country. TV - Sep 4, After the fierce battle on Rakuyou, the untold past and true goal of the immortal Naraku leader, Utsuro, are finally revealed. With Earth as the main battleground in this interplanetary war, Utsuro's master plan to destroy the planet—and himself—is nearly complete.
An attack on the O-Edo Central Terminal marks the beginning of the final battle to take back the land of the samurai. With the Yorozuya nowhere in sight, the bakufu all but collapsed, and the Shogun missing, the people are left completely helpless as the Liberation Army begins pillaging Edo in the name of freeing them from the Tendoshuu's rule. Caught in the crossfire between two equally imposing forces, can Gintoki, Kagura, Shinpachi, and the former students of Shouyou Yoshida put aside their differences and unite their allies to protect what they hold dear?
Bandai Namco Pictures 13 eps. The great space hunter Umibouzu has returned to Edo and is livid when he finds out that his daughter Kagura has a boyfriend. He blames Gintoki for being an incompetent guardian, but has the time finally come for him to let go of his daughter?
Watch Video Hakuouki. Studio Deen 12 eps. Action Drama Supernatural. In Japan, a young woman named Chizuru Yukimura is searching for her missing father, Koudou, a doctor by trade whose work often takes him far from home. But with no word from him in months, Chizuru disguises herself as a man and heads to Kyoto in search of him.
Attracting the attention of ronin, she tries to hide and ends up witnessing a horrifying sight: the ronin being brutally murdered by crazed white-haired men. In a startling turn of events, members of the Shinsengumi arrive to dispatch the creatures. But Chizuru's safety doesn't last long, as this group of men tie her up and take her back to their headquarters, unsure of whether to let her live or silence her permanently.
However, once she reveals the name of her father, the Shinsengumi decide to keep her safe, as they too have been searching for him. But Koudou is more connected to the Shinsengumi than they let on, and soon Chizuru finds herself embroiled in a conflict between the Shinsengumi and their enemies, as well as political tension in Kyoto. TV - Apr 4, Watch Video Sengoku Basara. Production I. G 12 eps. Sengoku Basara. During Japan's Sengoku period, several powerful warlords fought in politics and in arms with hopes of unifying the country under a central government.
Nobunaga Oda had asserted himself as being the most powerful of these rulers by possessing the strength and military resource necessary to conquer all of Japan. One night, Sanada had been ordered to lead a sneak attack against General Kenshin Uesugi, which was then thwarted by Masamune Date and his army.
Sanada and Date fought to a draw, which forged a heated rivalry out of their newfound admiration for one another. Nobunaga continues to exert his forces in Sengoku Basara by doubling down on his influence across the country. Sanada and Date find themselves having to put their differences aside in order to quell the rise of Nobunaga and save feudal Japan from his tyrannical reign.
Magical, militant, and political powers fly forth as these warriors and leaders clash amongst themselves and the armies of Nobunaga. Bandai Namco Pictures 14 eps. Second Season of the final arc of Gintama. Watch Video Brave TMS Entertainment 12 eps. Brave Isanami, a young priestess of Izumo, is forced to watch as a group of evil ninja burn her temple to the ground and slaughter the people within, leaving her no choice but to flee into the forest to escape the same fate.
By chance, she stumbles upon Saizou Kirigakure, a masterless ninja from the Iga school. The two travel to Ueda Castle to ask Yukimura Sanada for help. Isanami's possession of a strange and devastating power is revealed, and Sanada readily agrees to help her, gathering ten brave warriors to Isanami's side. Thus begins Brave 10, a story set in the Warring States period. It follows Saizou and Isanami's journey throughout the war-laden lands in search of brave warriors to serve under Yukimura's banner, each possessing powerful skills of their own.
They'll have to travel far and wide, all while trying to fend off those who would chase after the dark power that she possesses to make it their own.
TV - Jan 8, Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen. Gintoki and his Yorozuya friends or rather, employees suffering under labor violationsShinpachi and Kagura, continue to scrape by in the futuristic, alien-infested city of Edo. They take on whatever work they can find while trying not to get involved in anything too dangerous.
But when Katsura, the leader of the Joui rebels and Gintoki's long-time acquaintance, disappears after being brutally attacked by an unknown assassin, Shinpachi and Kagura begin an investigation into his whereabouts and the identity of the assailant.
Meanwhile, Gintoki takes on a seemingly unrelated job: the blacksmith Tetsuya requests that Gin recover a strange and powerful sword called the Benizakura which was recently stolen. As the two investigations gradually intersect, the Yorozuya crew find themselves in the midst of a major conspiracy that hinges on the sinister nature of the Benizakura sword.
Gintoki resolves to take the fight directly to the enemy headquarters, and together with a few unexpected allies, sets out on one of his most perilous jobs yet. Movie - Apr 24, Watch Video Samurai 7. Gonzo 26 eps. Samurai 7. In the far distant future, on a planet that might have been called "earth", there was a war between samurai who mechanized their bodies. After the long war, people enjoyed a modest peace. Facing starvation and abductions at the hands of fearsome mechanized bandits Nobuserithe farmers of Kanna Village make the dangerous choice to hire samurai for protection.
The village's water priestess, Kirara, her younger sister, Komachi, and a heartbroken villager, Rikichi, set off to hire willing samurai with nothing to offer but rice from their meager harvests. Through dangerous encounters and a bit of luck, seven samurai of varying specialties and experience are gathered for an epic battle against the bandits and the merchants that influence them.
TV - Jun 12, Watch Video Juubee Ninpuuchou. Madhouse 1 ep. Adventure Fantasy Horror Romance Supernatural. Juubee Ninpuuchou. Jubei Kibagami wanders feudal Japan as an itinerant swordsman-for-hire. After a past betrayal left him masterless, he has no more patience for warring political factions and their schemes. Unfortunately, both past and political intrigue collide when he meets and saves a female ninja named Kagero from a man with the ability to make his body as hard as stone.
The sole survivor of a ninja clan, Kagero continues her team's last mission: investigate a mysterious plague that wiped out an entire village. Jubei wants nothing to do with this, but the stone-like man's allies, a group of ninja with supernatural powers known as the Devils of Kimon, make that option difficult.
To make matters worse, a government spy poisons Jubei, promising him an antidote if he can unravel the true intentions of the Devils of Kimon and their connection to the plague. The trail leads to shadow leaders, a plot to overthrow the government, and a man that Jubei thought he would never see again. Movie - Jun 5, Action Fantasy. InIzuminokami Kanesada and his partner, Horikawa Kunihiro, arrive in the streets of Edo from the future to investigate their master's reports of an upcoming enemy invasion.
As humanoid manifestations of the famous Toshizou Hijikata's swords, they have been tasked with protecting history from the Retrograde Army that seeks to alter it.
Soon enlisting the help of other sword warriors, they continuously battle the mysterious army throughout the Bakumatsu period. However, their journey will not be an easy one. Fraught with blood and betrayal in the chaotic era closest to their hearts, the duo will be forced to make difficult decisions with everything they care about on the line.
Watch Promotional Video Shigurui. Madhouse 12 eps. Action Drama. At the beginning of the Edo Era, when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga holds a fighting tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords. This time, real swords will be used. One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this match.
Both are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan, who is known as Japan's greatest swordsman. Each of them are determined to prove himself the successor of Iwamoto's school.
However, there can only be one champion. So begins a story of intertwining fates, conflict, and strange destinies. Gonzo 1 ep. Afro Samurai: Resurrection. After obtaining the Number One headband, which proclaims him to be the best of all warriors, Afro spends most of his days in peace, though his nightmare-filled nights are not so tranquil.
His life crescendos into chaos once again when Jinno and Sio, his former friends from long ago, take the headband from him, as well as the remains of his father. Challenged by Sio to don the Number Two headband again and exact revenge on them for their actions, Afro embarks on another journey as the wearer of said headband—an item for which anyone would kill him.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection follows Afro as he fights a second series of battles against all manner of foes, wading through the sea of corpses in his wake so that he may once again quench his never-ending thirst for revenge.
Movie - Jan 25, Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride. Second season of Hyakka Ryoran: Samurai Girls. TV - Apr 5, Watch Video Mushibugyou. Seven Arcs Pictures 26 eps. Action Fantasy Ecchi. In Feudal Japan, the people of Edo are under siege by giant insects that ravage the land. The people desperately beg the government to do something about it. Thus the Insect Magistrate Office is established, gathering strong warriors to defend against the onset of pests. Mushibugyou follows Jinbee Tsukishima, a young man striving to be a master swordsman like his father.
To atone for a horrific incident that occurred at his fault, Jinbee seeks to take his father's place as a member of the Insect Magistrate Office. This act of bravery that earns him a spot in the Insect Magistrate. Will this rookie exterminator be able to rid the land of the horde of insects swarming in? Watch Video Saraiya Goyou. Manglobe 12 eps. Drama Mystery. Saraiya Goyou. Despite being a skilled swordsman, Masa's meek personality has netted him the label "unreliable," and he is often abruptly dismissed by his employers, leading him to question his resolve as a samurai.
As Masa reaches his lowest point, he is approached by Yaichi, a carefree man draped in pink who seemingly hires him on a whim as his bodyguard. Unbeknownst to Masa, the job is not as innocent as it seems, and he is drawn into the illicit activities of the group spearheaded by Yaichi. As he becomes further entwined with the gang known as the "Five Leaves," Masa struggles with his own principles.
Still, his curiosity spurs him forward to uncover the past and motivations of this mysterious band of outlaws. Watch Video Hakuouki Hekketsuroku. Studio Deen 10 eps.
Hakuouki Hekketsuroku. In their commander Isami Kondou's absence, vice-commander Toshizou Hijikata steps in as acting commander. However, Hijikata is not only struggling with the extra leadership duties—which worries everyone around him—but also a newfound uncontrollable bloodlust. To make matters worse, the urge does not affect him alone, and it is even beginning to drive some of his subordinates mad. Finally, Kondou returns with orders from the emperor to defend the castle, and a new name for their squad: the Kouyou Chinbutai.
But in war, the balance of power can shift suddenly and allegiances can waver. In Hakuouki Hekketsuroku, Chizuru follows the Shinsengumi into the heart of war and continues the search for her missing father, all while the bond between her and Hijikata grows ever stronger.
TV - Oct 4, Studio Deen 2 eps. Drama Romance. They were both passionate about rock music, and came up with the idea of documenting a rock concert, which ended up becoming the Oscar Award winning documentary Woodstock. Scorsese served as the assistant director and editor for it.
He has established a filmmaking history involving repeat collaborations with actors and film technicians, including nine films made with Robert De Niro. Scorsese is also known for his long-time collaboration with film editor Thelma Schoonmakerwho has edited every Scorsese film beginning with his debut Who's That Knocking at My Door and later Raging Bullback in 13 years. Scorsese's other film work includes the black comedy After Hoursthe romantic drama The Age of Innocencethe children's adventure drama Hugoand the religious epics The Last Temptation of ChristKundun and Silence Scorsese's films have consistently garnered critical acclaim, with nine nominations for the Academy Award for Best DirectorScorsese is the most-nominated living director and is second only to William Wyler 's twelve nominations overall.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his influence in American culture, and five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".
Scorsese is also known for his work in television, including directing the pilot episodes of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Vinylthe latter he also co-created.
Charles was a clothes presser and an actor while Catherine was a seamstress and an actress. As a boy, he had asthma and could not play sports or take part in any activities with other children, so his parents and his older brother would often take him to movie theaters; it was at this stage in his life that he developed a passion for cinema. As a teenager in the Bronx, Scorsese frequently rented Powell and Pressburger 's The Tales of Hoffmann from a store that had one copy of the reel.
Scorsese was one of only two people who regularly rented it; the other was future film director George A. Scorsese has cited Sabu and Victor Mature as his favorite actors during his youth. He has also spoken of the influence of the —48 Powell and Pressburger films Black Narcissus and The Red Shoeswhose innovative techniques later impacted his filmmaking. Scorsese also developed an admiration for neorealist cinema at this time. His most famous short of the period is the darkly comic The Big Shavewhich features Peter Bernuth.
The film is an indictment of America's involvement in Vietnamsuggested by its alternative title Viet ' InScorsese made his first feature-length film, the black and white I Call Firstwhich was later retitled Who's That Knocking at My Doorwith his fellow students actor Harvey Keitel and editor Thelma Schoonmakerboth of whom were to become long-term collaborators. This film was intended to be the first of Scorsese's semi-autobiographical J.
Trilogy, which would have included a later film, Mean Streets. Film critic Roger Ebert saw the film at the Chicago International Film Festival and in his review praised Scorsese and the film writing, "I Call First" brings these two kinds of films together into a work that is absolutely genuine, artistically satisfying and technically comparable to the best films being made anywhere.
I have no reservations in describing it as a great moment in American movies. Following the film's release, Cassavetes encouraged Scorsese to make the films that he wanted to make, rather than someone else's projects. By now the signature Scorsese style was in place: macho posturing, bloody violence, Catholic guilt and redemption, gritty New York locale though the majority of Mean Streets was shot in Los Angelesrapid-fire editing and a soundtrack with contemporary music.
Although the film was innovative, its wired atmosphere, edgy documentary style, and gritty street-level direction owed a debt to directors Cassavetes, Samuel Fuller and early Jean-Luc Godard. Although well regarded, the film remains an anomaly in the director's early career as it focuses on a central female character. Returning to Little Italy to explore his ethnic roots, Scorsese next came up with Italianamericana documentary featuring his parents Charles and Catherine Scorsese.
Taxi Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran followed in —Scorsese's dark, urban nightmare of one lonely man's gradual descent into insanity. The film established him as an accomplished filmmaker and also brought attention to cinematographer Michael Chapmanwhose style tends towards high contrasts, strong colors, and complex camera movements.
The film starred Robert De Niro as the troubled and psychotic Travis Bickleand co-starred Jodie Foster in a highly controversial role as an underage prostitute, with Harvey Keitel as her pimp.
Taxi Driver also marked the start of a series of collaborations between Scorsese and writer Paul Schraderwhose influences included the diary of would-be assassin Arthur Bremer and Pickpocketa film by the French director Robert Bresson.
He subsequently blamed his act on his obsession with Jodie Foster's Taxi Driver character in the film, De Niro's character, Travis Bickle, makes an assassination attempt on a senator. The critical and financial success of Taxi Driver encouraged Scorsese to move ahead with his first big-budget project: the highly stylized musical New York, New York.
This tribute to Scorsese's home town and the classic Hollywood musical was a box-office failure. The film is best remembered today for the title theme song, which was popularized by Frank Sinatra. Although possessing Scorsese's usual visual panache and stylistic bravura, many critics felt its enclosed studio-bound atmosphere left it leaden in comparison with his earlier work.
Despite its weak reception, the film is regarded positively by some critics. Richard Brody in The New Yorker wrote:. For Scorsese, a lifelong cinephile, the essence of New York could be found in its depiction in classic Hollywood movies. Remarkably, his backward-looking tribute to the golden age of musicals and noirish romantic melodramas turned out to be one of his most freewheeling and personal films.
By this stage the director had developed a serious cocaine addiction. However, he did find the creative drive to make the highly regarded The Last Waltzdocumenting the final concert by The Band. However, Scorsese's commitments to other projects delayed the release of the film until Another Scorsese-directed documentary, titled American Boyalso appeared infocusing on Steven Prince, the cocky gun salesman who appeared in Taxi Driver.
A period of wild partying followed, damaging the director's already fragile health. Scorsese helped provide footage for the documentary Elvis on Tour. By several accounts Scorsese's includedRobert De Niro saved Scorsese's life when he persuaded him to kick his cocaine addiction to make his highly regarded film Raging Bull.
He Scorsese was more than mildly depressed. Drug abuse, and abuse of his body in general, culminated in a terrifying episode of internal bleeding. Robert De Niro came to see him in the hospital and asked, in so many words, whether he wanted to live or die. If you want to live, De Niro proposed, let's make this picture—referring to Raging Bullan as-told-to book by Jake La Mottathe former world middleweight boxing champion, that De Niro had given him to read years earlier.
Convinced that he would never make another movie, he poured his energies into making this violent biopic of middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta, calling it a kamikaze method of film-making. From this work onwards, Scorsese's films are always labeled as "A Martin Scorsese Picture" on promotional material. Raging Bullfilmed in high contrast black and white, is where Scorsese's style reached its zenith: Taxi Driver and New York, New York had used elements of expressionism to replicate psychological points of view, but here the style was taken to new extremes, employing extensive slow-motion, complex tracking shots, and extravagant distortion of perspective for example, the size of boxing rings would change from fight to fight.
Although the screenplay for Raging Bull was credited to Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin who earlier co-wrote Mean Streetsthe finished script differed extensively from Schrader's original draft. The final draft was largely written by Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
It is a satire on the world of media and celebrity, whose central character is a troubled loner who ironically becomes famous through a criminal act kidnapping. Visually, it was far less kinetic than the style Scorsese had developed previously, often using a static camera and long takes. It still bore many of Scorsese's trademarks, however.
The King of Comedy failed at the box office, but has become increasingly well regarded by critics in the years since its release. German director Wim Wenders numbered it among his 15 favorite films. This led to a more significant acting appearance in Bertrand Tavernier 's jazz film Round Midnight.
He also made a brief venture into television, directing an episode of Steven Spielberg 's Amazing Stories. With After Hoursfor which he won a Best Director Award at Cannes, Scorsese made an esthetic shift back to a pared-down, almost "underground" film-making style.
Filmed on an extremely low budget, on location, and at night in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, the film is a black comedy about one increasingly misfortunate night for a mild New York word processor Griffin Dunne and features cameos by such disparate actors as Teri Garr and Cheech and Chong. Although adhering to Scorsese's established style, The Color of Money was the director's first official foray into mainstream film-making.
The film finally won actor Paul Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran an Oscar and gave Scorsese the clout to finally secure backing for a project that had been a longtime goal for him: The Last Temptation of Christ. InScorsese began work on this long-cherished personal project. The Last Temptation of Christbased on the novel written by Nikos Kazantzakisretold the life of Christ in human rather than divine terms.
Barbara Hershey recalls introducing Scorsese to the book while they were filming Boxcar Bertha. In the version, these roles were played by Willem Dafoe and David Bowie respectively. However, following his mids flirtation with commercial Hollywood, Scorsese made a major return to personal filmmaking with the project, which was ultimately released in Even prior to its release, the film adapted by Taxi Driver and Raging Bull veteran Paul Schrader caused a massive furor, with worldwide protests against its perceived blasphemy effectively turning a low-budget independent film into a media sensation.
InScorsese directed the 18 minute short film Bad featuring Michael Jackson and Wesley Snipes in his film debut. The short also serves as a music video and was shot in the Hoyt—Schermerhorn Streets station in Brooklyn over a 6-week period during November and December The short film's cinematographer was frequent Scorsese collaborator Michael Chapman.
The dancing and filmmaking was heavily influenced by the film West Side Story. Scorsese also noted the influence of his own film Taxi Driver in Spike Lee 's documentary about the 25th anniversary of the short titled, Bad 25 Looking past the controversy, The Last Temptation of Christ gained critical acclaim and remains an important work in Scorsese's canon: an explicit attempt to wrestle with the spirituality underpinning his films up until that point. The director went on to receive his second nomination for a Best Director Academy Award again unsuccessfully, this time losing to Barry Levinson for Rain Man.
As a separate film project, and along with directors Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola inScorsese provided one of three segments in the portmanteau film New York Storiescalled "Life Lessons". Roger Ebert 's gave the film a mixed review, while praising Scorsese's short as "really successful".
After a decade of films considered by critics to be mixed results, some considered Scorsese's gangster epic Goodfellas his return to directorial form, and his most confident and fully realized film since Raging Bull.
De Niro and Joe Pesci offered a virtuoso display of Scorsese's bravura cinematic technique in the film and re-established, enhanced, and consolidated his reputation. After the film was released, Roger Eberta friend and supporter of Scorsese, named Goodfellas "the best mob movie ever". It is ranked No. On the updated version, they moved Goodfellas up to No. Inhe released his only short-form documentary: Made in Milan about fashion designer Giorgio Armani.
The following year brought Cape Feara remake of a cult movie of the same name and the director's seventh collaboration with De Niro.
Another foray into the mainstream, the film was a stylized thriller taking its cues heavily from Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Laughton 's The Night of the Hunter Cape Fear received a mixed critical reception and was lambasted in many quarters for its scenes depicting misogynistic violence. However, the lurid subject matter gave Scorsese a chance to experiment with visual tricks and effects. The film garnered two Oscar nominations. The film also marked the first time Scorsese used wide-screen Panavision with an aspect ratio of 2.
Scorsese's cameo appearance in the Robert Redford film Quiz Show is remembered for the telling line: "You see, the audience didn't tune in to watch some amazing display of intellectual ability.
They just wanted to watch the money. The Age of Innocence was a significant departure for Scorsese, a period adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel about the constrictive high society of lateth century New York. It was highly lauded by critics upon its original release but was a box office bombmaking an overall loss.
As noted in Scorsese on Scorsese by editor—interviewer Ian Christie, the news that Scorsese wanted to make a film about a failed 19th-century romance raised many eyebrows among the film fraternity; all the more when Scorsese made it clear that it was a personal project and not a studio for-hire job.
Scorsese was interested in doing a "romantic piece", and he was strongly drawn to the characters and the story of Wharton's text. Scorsese wanted his film to be as rich an emotional experience as the book was to him rather than the traditional academic adaptations of literary works. To this end, Scorsese sought influence from diverse period films that had had an emotional impact on him. Although The Age of Innocence was ultimately different from these films in terms of narrative, story, and thematic concern, the presence of a lost society, of lost values as well as detailed re-creations of social customs and rituals continues the tradition of these films.
It came back into the public eye, especially in countries such as the UK and France, but still is largely neglected in North America. This was Scorsese's first film to be shot on Super 35 format. Casinolike The Age of Innocence before it, focused on a tightly wound male whose well-ordered life is disrupted by the arrival of unpredictable forces. The fact that it was a violent gangster film made it more palatable to the director's fans who perhaps Highlights From The Original Soundtrack Of The Akira Kurosawa Film Ran baffled by the apparent departure of the earlier film.
Casino was a box office success,  and it received generally positive notices from critics. Comparisons were drawn to his earlier film Goodfellasand Scorsese admitted Casino bore a superficial resemblance to it, but he maintained that the story was significantly larger in scope. During the filming, Scorsese played a background part as a gambler at one of the tables.
Scorsese still found time for a four-hour documentary intitled A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Moviesoffering a thorough trek through American cinema. It covered the silent era toa year after which Scorsese began his feature career.
He said, "I wouldn't feel right commenting on myself or my contemporaries. Griffith or F. Murnau, who created new editing techniques among other innovations that made the appearance of sound and color possible later on; 3 the director as a smuggler—filmmakers such as Douglas SirkSamuel Fuller, and Vincente Minnelliwho used to hide subversive messages in their films; and 4 the director as iconoclast.
In the preface to this documentary, Scorsese states his commitment to the "Director's Dilemma", in which a successful contemporary director must be pragmatic about the realities of getting financing for films of personal esthetic interest by accepting the need of "making one film for the studio, and then making one for oneself.
If The Age of Innocence alienated and confused some fans, then Kundun went several steps further, offering an account of the early life of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lamathe People's Liberation Army 's entry into Tibetand the Dalai Lama's subsequent exile to India. Not only a departure in subject matter, Kundun saw Scorsese employing a fresh narrative and visual approach.
Traditional dramatic devices were substituted for a trance-like meditation achieved through an elaborate tableau of colorful visual images.
Initially defiant in the face of pressure from Chinese officials, Disney has since distanced itself from the project, hurting Kundun ' s commercial profile. In the short term, the sheer eclecticism in evidence enhanced the director's reputation. In the long term, however, it appears Kundun has been sidelined in most critical appraisals of the director, mostly noted as a stylistic and thematic detour. Kundun was the Scorsese's second attempt to profile the life of a great religious leader, following The Last Temptation of Christ.
Bringing Out the Dead was a return to familiar territory, with the director and writer Paul Schrader constructing a pitch-black comic take on their own earlier Taxi Driver. It received generally positive reviews,  although not the universal critical acclaim of some of his other films.
On various occasions Scorsese has been asked to present the Honorary Academy Award during the Oscar telecast. Not to be confused with Z film or Z film. Jacques Perrin Ahmed Rachedi. Release date. Running time. British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 6 February Golden Globes website. Retrieved 2 November Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN Wellspring Media. Baumann JSTOR Jacobin Magazine.
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