In his recent New York Times editorial about Marvel movies, Martin Scorsese writes “it’s a perilous time,” and he’s right.
Film fans can quibble about whether Thanos shedding a purple tear in Avengers: Infinity War is cinema, but the fact is for an increasing majority of moviegoers, the only films worth leaving home for are brand-name blockbusters with built-in name recognition.
Take a look at the current top 20 films of 2019.
There are only two original titles: Jordan Peele’s Us and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
And now a new entry.
The Irishman is a movie from Scorsese about a hitman — played by Robert De Niro — grappling with his misdeeds and mortality.