A journalist’s seemingly harmless tweet about Martin Scorsese movies has caused an unexpected uproar from the director’s loyal fans.
On Feb. 16, MSNBC producer A.P. Joyce jokingly shared his take on a majority of the legendary director’s films:
Widely considered one of the most influential directors in the film industry, Scorsese has helmed a number of critically acclaimed films, including “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Raging Bull” (1980), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Casino” (1995) and “The Departed” (2006). His most celebrated movies often employ gritty and nostalgic storylines, so it’s safe to say that Joyce wasn’t entirely wrong in his general description of some of the director’s movies.
Not everyone, however, seemed to agree with the MSBNC producer’s take. Though Joyce’s tweet went viral (it received over 31,000 likes), it also sparked a flood of angry comments from fellow Twitter users.
“Imagine failing to engage with a filmmaker’s body of work this badly,” one person wrote in response.
“Stick to something more your speed,” another told Joyce. “I’m sure there’s a JJ Abrams picture somewhere for you to see. You can have popcorn, but no soda.”
“It’s not even 80% of the one movie you’re making fun of,” a third tweeted.
Scorsese, who most recently directed the 2019 crime film “The Irishman,” famously lambasted Marvel movies in an interview with Empire magazine leading up to the film’s release. The director claimed that superhero movies were “not cinema.”
“It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” Scorsese explained, later doubling down on those comments in an op-ed for the New York Times.
The director’s remarks prompted several figures involved with Marvel Entertainment, including “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, to respond.
“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable,'” Gunn wrote on Instagram. “Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!’ Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”
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