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Martin Scorsese Gives James Cameron a Backhanded Compliment

Posted: May 25th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Martin Scorsese Gives James Cameron a Backhanded ComplimentSubmit Comment
Yesterday we reported on an interview in which director Martin Scorsese says that he wants Robert De Niro to star in the the Frank Sinatra biopic. In that same interview, Scorsese gives James Cameron (Avatar) a backhanded compliment.

Speaking to The Hindu, he said that Hollywood is focusing too much on how the films look rather on the story. Scorsese explained: "Now, there are brilliant technicians such as James Cameron who create wizardry. But, unfortunately, content takes a back seat, as Francis Ford Coppola and Sir Richard Attenborough have said many times. Stalwarts such as John Ford, Billy Wilder and William Wyler were not only versatile and thinking directors, they concentrated on a variety of subjects, with importance to content."

If you read any Cameron interviews, you'll see quotes in which he praises himself for making "Avatar" so deep and full of important messages. Apparently Scorsese doesn't agree. He is, however, now working on his first 3D movie (The Invention of Hugo Cabret).

Source: The Hindu


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wonderBOY writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 4:57:21 AM

he praises himself for making "Avatar" so deep and full of important messages. he is starting to be in love with himself more so than usual
johnny_boy writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 5:06:46 AM

Glad someone famous as a director pointed that out rather than kiss camerons ass for how great a movie avatar was
trailertrash writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 5:23:11 AM

I Sort of get what Scorsese is saying but guys like John Ford, Billy Wilder and William Wyler , when they were making their movies Blue screen was about as hi-tec as it got for them. So story and content was maybe a little more important back in those days (as it should be though).

Today you can make and release a movie like Avatar with all it's new technology and really the story and content is a distance 2nd to the all the effects that are in the movie.

The movie going public of today seems to want to see the big effect movies and maybe not so much the western/drama and comedy these guys use to make.

So really be it good or bad Jim is only catering for what people want to see today.

Me i would rather see The Searchers, Some like it hot or How the west was won over Avatar any day of the week...
Ted Mosby writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 6:46:03 AM

So he's pretty much stating how freakin' over rated Avatar was... thank you Scorsese. BUT Is it too much to ask for you to turn "So I Heard You Paint House" into a movie already!?
CCBlev writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 9:00:30 AM

@Trailer
Spot on my friend! I thought the article said "Martin Scorsese Gives James Cameron a Backhand" Too bad he didn't!
trailertrash writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 9:03:27 AM

I was going to say the same thing !! lol
trailertrash writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 9:19:31 AM

and thanks !!
nope.com writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 9:41:08 AM

the blue man = the red man

... Avatar... unimaginative, uninteresting, unoriginal storytelling with 3D slapped on it
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 10:04:43 AM

If you read any Cameron interviews, you'll see quotes in which he praises himself for making "Avatar" so deep and full of important messages. Apparently Scorsese doesn't agree. He is, however, now working on his first 3D movie (The Invention of Hugo Cabret).

Pot meet kettle.
Kettle meet pot.


He must be pissed off that Cameron got an Oscar before he did. Watch out, James. Scorsese might do a ' Travis Bickle ' or think he's directing another gangster movie and have your ass taken out.

Carl Erik Rinsch writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 11:07:19 AM

Wait no loger to see, JC bitching about that
Ranger writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 12:41:48 PM

Hey Carl... you're posting in English!

Good man.

I remove the curse from your Mother's Blue Waffle.

You're welcome.
Ranger writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 12:43:34 PM

Just giving you a hard time Bro (like I gave your mother over the weekend).
ChainsawX writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 12:45:01 PM

a little green with envy martin it doesnt become you!
Bunny X writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 12:49:44 PM

Welcome to today Martin. Same thing has been happening in the music world. That's just how things are today. All sizzle and no steak.

And shout out to the hypocrisy in the last sentence.
Johnny Neat writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 3:45:23 PM

Not to defend Cameron in anyway, but Scorsese has got some nerve with his recent failures.

P.s. Yes, I thought The Departed was jacking off trash and the last straw to the Leo/Marty team up. And yes, Leo shouldn't do anymore movies with martin.
darkraven28 writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 4:49:34 PM

@Johnny Neat:

FInally someone agrees with me that The Departed was EXTREMELY overrated and frankly boring as sh*t. Not saying Avatar was the greatest thing ever (it was fun, but not the greatest ever), but I'll still take Avatar over Departed any day.

But then, I'll take Goodfellas before Avatar so everybody wins, mmkay?
JohnZee writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 5:34:05 PM

People who compliment themselves and their own work are idiots. of course you would think that your sh*t is the best stuff ever made, but in the end it means absolutely nothing. And Cameron getting Oscars based on pretty pictures alone is a good testament to the fact that sometimes they don't hand them out to the best movie, just the movies that poured the most cash into the Hollywood establishment.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 6:52:18 PM

It's interesting that Marty had to adapt a Japanese crime story to win an Oscar. I'm not saying he does bad work. On the contrary. But he comes out sounding like bitter grapes when he downplays the visual aspect of a movie, when clearly he had to use special effects in The Aviator, Gangs of New York and Shutter Island ... true, he goes for the story, but he has to concede that the reason his movies had more personality and story to them in the 70s was due to the lack of sophisticated and stylalized special effects in the 1970s (ex : French Connection; Andromeda Strain; The original Omen; Taxi Driver; The Godfather), which is now available due to the incredible, yet still limited advances in technology. Backhanded ? Perhaps. But give credit for those parts of the movie that the director cannot create with crews who build sets on location where it's due, Mr. Scorsese ... remember that the painting pigments alone does not a painting make ...
encoreyourface writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 7:24:55 PM

agreed Johnny, Cameron needs to get off his massive, raging high-horse.
Ranger writes:
on May 25th, 2010 at 8:15:04 PM

@Max - good post (as always).
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 1:29:26 AM

Could'nt the headline just say "Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel & Joe Pesci Gives James Cameron a Backhand with a baseball bat repeatedly round the head"
encoreyourface writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 1:42:54 AM

i wish,Dave, i wish ...
Ranger writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 2:32:40 AM

Naw... they're mostly 'good fellas'... they'd never do that (snicker).
Ranger writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 2:33:10 AM

WAIT! Keitel was in Copland. OK, I take it back... they all WOULD do that to Cameron!
trailertrash writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 2:34:48 AM

@max- nice post fella...
rabid writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 2:36:32 AM

jealous much, Martin?
lost_addict writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 4:48:51 AM

thats just like your opinion,man...
jigsaw23 writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 5:57:39 AM

he loves himself so much he jerks off to himself, and martin should knock him out instead of giving the back hand and have james just use his right hand
MyCircusLife writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 2:36:32 PM

I live in a world where Cameron died after T2.
popcorn writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 6:52:05 PM

@ MyCircusLife

so ture
Salvador writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 7:11:24 PM

Mmm... is not "The Departed" a remake of 'Mou gaan dou', a Hong Kong movie?

Now this guy is complaining about a lack of originality in Hollywood.

You've already lost the touch, Martin. :(
rabid writes:
on May 26th, 2010 at 8:52:37 PM

like Cape Fear and the soon to be remade Taxi Driver
DreamingMerc writes:
on May 27th, 2010 at 2:02:36 AM

Is it just me or is anyone else reading this and thinking this is nothing more then a d*ck measuring contest. A "Your's may be bigger, but I know how to use mine" motif. In all fairness both Cameron and Scorsese are wicked awesome in their respective use of movies. But lets face it, neither of them could do what the other does with the same elite craftsmenship. Where Cameron is notorious for dead dialog and archetypal characters, Scorsese has never been one for imaginative sci-fi/fantasy properties and jaw dropping visuals. Cameron couldn't make Goodfellas or Taxi Driver given an eternity to work on them and Scorsese would have never brought Aliens, Terminator 1&2 or for that mater Avatar. In the end what are we talking about other then one professional boasting his take on the medium over another. Scorsese likes character driven and personal stories and his work reflects that, Cameron likes big idea movie pulp and again his work reflects that.
darkraven28 writes:
on May 29th, 2010 at 11:55:34 AM

Then again, Cameron and Scorcese are different types of directors anyway. Scorcese makes crime movies and Cameron does sci-fi mostly. Maybe when Scorcese makes his sci-fi movie then he can talk.
Bishop writes:
on May 31st, 2010 at 12:01:44 AM

If you read any Cameron interviews, you'll see quotes in which he praises himself for making "Avatar" so deep and full of important.

Whoa....where is the proof cameron said this? Shouldnt the author provide the quotes? This poor reporting. You are misrepresenting James Cameron. If you are going to state he said this, then proove it...geez.
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