85 films that influenced Martin Scorsese

Article: 85 films that influenced Martin Scorsese

Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese

Over the course of a four hour interview Fast Company conducted with Martin Scorsese, a director you may have heard of (his latest film HUGO picked up 5 Oscars on Sunday for best cinematography, art direction, and other technical achievements), Scorsese made references to 85 different films. Fast Company organized these films from A to Z (including the director’s comments about them) with the “cumulative total reflecting a life lived entirely within the confines of movie making, from his days as a young asthmatic child watching a tiny screen in Queens, New York to today, when Scorsese is as productive as he’s ever been in his career–and more revered than ever by the industry that once regarded him as a troublesome outsider.” Replace “movie making” with “Internet meme observing” and this could be the summary of my life. Anyhoo, it’s an interesting browse for any fan of Scorsese or film buffs that underscores his deep knowledge.

At the Oscars, it's hip to be square

Article: At the Oscars, it's hip to be square

The Los Angeles Times just posted a massive investigation into the demographics of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 5,765 largely anonymous voters who every year decide who will receive the highly coveted and ultra-influential Oscars. Their findings, which will come as a shock to no one who has watched the Oscars at any point in the last 25 years, revealed a membership that is very old and very uncool. 94% of Academy voters are white; 77% are male. 54% are over the age of 60; just 2% are under the age of 40.