The Irishman - Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci going to Netflix

They came close to picking up top honors this year with Roma, but the power of The Green Book proved to be too strong!

Oof, that’s a lotta Scorsese, Netflix!

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster film “The Irishman” has a runtime of 3 ½ hours, making it the filmmaker’s longest movie and the the longest mainstream American narrative movie in more than two decades.

Sure is. But if its good… I don’t object.

A not very exciting poster’s out.

I’m guessing the only reason this movie is being released in “select” theaters on Nov 1, before going straight to video, is to qualify for awards?

That’s exactly right. To qualify for the major awards, films require a week-long theatrical run. Netlix wants that best picture Oscar!

We should be getting the first reviews for The Irishman next week after the film premieres at the New York Film Festival.

Pesci has finally evolved to his final form, DeNiro at the end of casino.

I want to see ALL movies go to theatres for a month and then come to VOD services. That would be amazing!

Or just go straight to VOD.

I honestly thought that was Scorsese for a sec.

Netflix offers a closer look at the ages De Niro will be sporting in The Irishman ahead of its festival premiere this Friday.

Seeing Pesci, Keitel, and De Niro have a sit down together is quite a treat, and I guess Scorsese really liked Ray Ramano and Bobby Cannavale’s work in Vinyl. I wonder if one day in the future these effects heavy films will be remastered like older games are when a new console generation arrives?

The premiere’s drawn some extremely positive early reactions:

“‘The Irishman’ is like a greatest hits album from a master of the medium. Yes, that’s a positive,” IndieWire chief critic Eric Kohn wrote on Twitter. “The artifice of de-aging is more feature than bug. It’s not ‘slow.’ It often moves like lightening and elsewhere it’s downright Bressonian.”

/Film critic Chris Evangelista adds, “‘The Irishman’ is a masterwork. Funny, epic, and most of all, melancholy. It’s Scorsese confronting aging, legacies, and mortality. I may or may not have teared up at the end.”

Sitting at a 92 on Metacritic after 20 reviews.

I’ve really enjoyed reading the reviews. It sounds like it’s going to be a reflexive and elegiac film that’s quite a departure from his previous gangster pictures. Here’s the panel from the premiere (I wish Harvey Keitel was there):

Is Pesci doing a character, or is he really that out of it?

Outside of a cameo in De Niro’s The Good Shepard and a supporting role in Taylor Hackford’s The Love Ranch, he’s basically been retired from acting for 20 years. He turned down The Irishman dozens of time. There was a recent interview with Scorsese where the director said Pesci was still saying he didn’t want to act anymore as he was leaving his trailer on the first day on the set, so he could be genuinely over it.

I think he’s playing it up a bit in that panel, though it was funny catching him looking at his watch. I guess they had just sat through a 209 minute film, and if I was in my mid-70s, I would kinda want to go home, too.

He’s supposed to excellent in the film, where he’s not playing the blustery hot-head I associate him with.

Yeah, I’m looking at Pesci’s IMDB and seriously, before Good Shepard (which was really a cameo), he was last in 1997’s crappy Lethal Weapon 4, crappier 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, and even crappier Gone’ Fishin.

Seriously, this 1997 SNL appearance is my last good memory of him.

The DGA article linked in this Tweet is a must read for any Scorsese or Tarantino fans! The comparison to Barry Lyndon, Kubrick’s most underrated film, makes me even more excited to see the The Irishman.

That was a terrific interview, up there with Hitchcock/Truffaut or Cameron Crowe’s “Conversations with Wilder”. I’d love to see a series of those guys talking to each other about movies, like an update of Scorsese’s old series.

According to this Variety feature, the final budget for the film was $175 million. That’s superhero blockbuster money! The article contains some nice interviews with Scorsese, Pacino, and De Niro, including the latter feeling a little embarassed after their last on-screen pairing, the forgettable Righteous Kill, failed to live up to the pedigree set by The Godfather Part II and Heat. It also contains some details about why it’s only going to have a 26 day limited theatrical roll out rather than the typical 90 days. Scorsese opens up on why decided to opt for a streaming service despite being a staunch defender of the theatrical model:

“The movie business is changing hour by hour — not necessarily for the better — and many of the places we would have gone to for funding in the past were no longer viable. Then we started talking to Netflix. We agreed on everything, most importantly that we all wanted to make the same movie. So we went forward.”

“‘The Irishman’ gave us a very rare opportunity for a kind of summation of our life as moviemakers, and we took it,” [Scorsese] says.