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Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the best directors in the industry today.  You don’t need to be a film buff to enjoy most of his work, but if you are, you can appreciate it all the more.  He has a large resume of impressive movies ranging from Goodfellas to Gangs of New York.  He’s directed some of the most mesmerizing performances from Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio.  The last Director Filmography Ranked I did was for Christopher Nolan, and like him, it’s incredibly difficult to place one movie in front of another.  So I eventually had to base it more off of what I’d rewatch over and over again.  Hit the jump for the [very flawed and biased] ranking of the 8 Martin Scorsese movies I’ve seen so far.  Be sure to recommend to me any ones I missed.  I’ve particularly heard Casino is very good.

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One of the main reason we watch movies is to watch a likable and relatable hero/heroine overcome hardship and trial in the span of two hours.  It’s the reason that they’re likable that allows us to sit for two hours of our lives in a chair/couch/what-have-you.  On several occasions, I’ve seen movies when the opposite happens and I find myself in a situation: do I sit through 2 hours worth and watch an entire movie with an unlikable protagonist I care nothing about?  Some heroes are so unlikable, that I’ve wanted to stop watching a movie because of how difficult to become attached and to care for this particular character.  That doesn’t mean the movie isn’t good, it just makes it difficult to follow through, and usually the unlikable character gets some sort of redemption by the end.  It’s only when the movie ends as a total drag that I feel pissed off for wasting two hours of my life.  Unlikable leads areprevalent in indie films and I honestly probably haven’t seen enough to do this list justice, but I’m gonna damn well try.  Anyways, hit the jump to see some characters from good movies that are more than unlikable.

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Movies are often used as tools to influence their target audience.  They have messages that, portrayed through relatable characters, can lead us to believe that by mimicking their actions and beliefs can bring us to a better life, due to seeing the consequences of leading that lifestyle.  It’s the simple idea of a the general public being too easily influenced by the media and unfortunately we’re all too influenced by this.  I’ve seen unfortunate people devoting themselves to Fight Club thought and Yes Man idea.  Here’s a list of some movies whose message might not actually be a good idea.

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