The tweet, by MSNBC producer Andrew Paul Joyce, claims to describe “80% of Scorsese movies” with mentions of familiar doo-wop music, nostalgic voiceovers and other gangster movie tropes.
80% of Scorsese movies
*doo wop music plays* shoo bob shoo bob
VOICE OVER: In the old neighborhood things had a way of gettin done
*3 hours of transition shots of people loading things on trucks punctuated by violence*
Actor in old makeup: we didn’t know how good we had it
— A.P. Joyce (@AndrewPaulJoyce) February 17, 2020
The tweet appears to echo the familiar patterns which were seen in Scorsese’s latest epic The Irishman, but angered film fans who pointed to many of the prolific filmmaker’s other works.
“Alice, Hugo, Silence, After Hours, Last Temptation, Kundun, Age of Innocence, Last Waltz, NY NY, Aviator, Bringing Out the Dead, Shutter Island. Hell, even Raging Bull isn’t like this,” said one response.
While the original claim nods to details from Goodfellas, Casino and The Irishman, many wanted to point out the filmmaker’s versatility, while others went for more straightforward defences.
Alice, Hugo, Silence, After Hours, Last Temptation, Kundun, Age of Innocence, Last Waltz, NY NY, Aviator, Bringing Out the Dead, Shutter Island. Hell, even Raging Bull isn't like this.
— John-Paul Spiro (@johnpaulspiro) February 17, 2020
“Go watch theme park movies then,” came another reply, referring to Scorsese’s previous comments about Marvel movies in which he said he did not think they were cinema, and felt closer to theme park rides for him.
Go watch theme park movies then
— Run it back (@cody_brendan888) February 17, 2020
The Irishman came to Netflix last November to positive reviews. NME‘s Greg Wetherall gave the film four stars, saying: “If this is to be Pesci, De Niro and Scorsese’s final fling together, then they couldn’t wish to end on a better note.”
Despite being nominated for 10 awards, Scorsese left this year’s Oscars empty-handed.