Handy Dandy Netflix Codes

Saw this handy list of Netflix codes on Mashable recently and thought I’d save them here, so I can find them easier later.  Awesome cheat sheet… for Netflix and Chill.  🙂

Must remember to have a look at : Zombie Horror Movies: 75405, Quirky Romance: 36103, Dark Comedies: 869, Disney: 67673, Political Thrillers: 10504, TV Comedies: 10375 and Tearjerkers: 6384.

Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962

All Netflix Category Codes:

Action & Adventure: 1365
Action Comedies: 43040
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
Action Thrillers: 43048
Adult Animation: 11881
Adventures: 7442
African Movies: 3761
Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
Animal Tales: 5507
Anime: 7424
Anime Action: 2653
Anime Comedies: 9302
Anime Dramas: 452
Anime Fantasy: 11146
Anime Features: 3063
Anime Horror: 10695
Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
Anime Series: 6721
Art House Movies: 29764
Asian Action Movies: 77232
Australian Movies: 5230

B-Horror Movies: 8195
Baseball Movies: 12339
Basketball Movies: 12762
Belgian Movies: 262
Biographical Documentaries: 3652
Biographical Dramas: 3179
Boxing Movies: 12443
British Movies: 10757
British TV Shows: 52117

Campy Movies: 1252
Children & Family Movies: 783
Chinese Movies: 3960
Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
Classic Comedies: 31694
Classic Dramas: 29809
Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
Classic Movies: 31574
Classic Musicals: 32392
Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
Classic Thrillers: 46588
Classic TV Shows: 46553
Classic War Movies: 48744
Classic Westerns: 47465
Comedies: 6548
Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
Country & Western/Folk: 1105
Courtroom Dramas: 2748
Creature Features: 6895
Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
Crime Documentaries: 9875
Crime Dramas: 6889
Crime Thrillers: 10499
Crime TV Shows: 26146
Cult Comedies: 9434
Cult Horror Movies: 10944
Cult Movies: 7627
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
Cult TV Shows: 74652

Dark Comedies: 869
Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028
Disney: 67673
Disney Musicals: 59433
Documentaries: 6839
Dramas: 5763
Dramas based on Books: 4961
Dramas based on real life: 3653
Dutch Movies: 10606

Eastern European Movies: 5254
Education for Kids: 10659
Epics: 52858
Experimental Movies: 11079

Faith & Spirituality: 26835
Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804
Family Features: 51056
Fantasy Movies: 9744
Film Noir: 7687
Food & Travel TV: 72436
Football Movies: 12803
Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
Foreign Comedies: 4426
Foreign Documentaries: 5161
Foreign Dramas: 2150
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243
Foreign Horror Movies: 8654
Foreign Movies: 7462
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485
Foreign Thrillers: 10306
French Movies: 58807

Gangster Movies: 31851
Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
German Movies: 58886
Greek Movies: 61115

Historical Documentaries: 5349
Horror Comedy: 89585
Horror Movies: 8711

Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
Independent Comedies: 4195
Independent Dramas: 384
Independent Movies: 7077
Independent Thrillers: 3269
Indian Movies: 10463
Irish Movies: 58750
Italian Movies: 8221

Japanese Movies: 10398
Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271
Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423

Kids Music: 52843
Kids’ TV: 27346
Korean Movies: 5685
Korean TV Shows: 67879

Late Night Comedies: 1402
Latin American Movies: 1613
Latin Music: 10741

Martial Arts Movies: 8985
Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695
Middle Eastern Movies: 5875
Military Action & Adventure: 2125
Military Documentaries: 4006
Military Dramas: 11
Military TV Shows: 25804
Miniseries: 4814
Mockumentaries: 26
Monster Movies: 947
Movies based on children’s books: 10056
Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962
Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
Music: 1701
Musicals: 13335
Mysteries: 9994

New Zealand Movies: 63782

Period Pieces: 12123
Political Comedies: 2700
Political Documentaries: 7018
Political Dramas: 6616
Political Thrillers: 10504
Psychological Thrillers: 5505

Quirky Romance: 36103

Reality TV: 9833
Religious Documentaries: 10005
Rock & Pop Concerts: 3278
Romantic Comedies: 5475
Romantic Dramas: 1255
Romantic Favorites: 502675
Romantic Foreign Movies: 7153
Romantic Independent Movies: 9916
Romantic Movies: 8883
Russian: 11567

Satanic Stories: 6998
Satires: 4922
Scandinavian Movies: 9292
Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492
Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926
Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916
Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014
Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595
Science & Nature TV: 52780
Screwball Comedies: 9702
Showbiz Dramas: 5012
Showbiz Musicals: 13573
Silent Movies: 53310
Slapstick Comedies: 10256
Slasher and Serial Killer Movies: 8646
Soccer Movies: 12549
Social & Cultural Documentaries: 3675
Social Issue Dramas: 3947
Southeast Asian Movies: 9196
Spanish Movies: 58741
Spiritual Documentaries: 2760
Sports & Fitness: 9327
Sports Comedies: 5286
Sports Documentaries: 180
Sports Dramas: 7243
Sports Movies: 4370
Spy Action & Adventure: 10702
Spy Thrillers: 9147
Stage Musicals: 55774
Stand-up Comedy: 11559
Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
Steamy Thrillers: 972
Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
Supernatural Thrillers: 11140

Tearjerkers: 6384
Teen Comedies: 3519
Teen Dramas: 9299
Teen Screams: 52147
Teen TV Shows: 60951
Thrillers: 8933
Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159
TV Action & Adventure: 10673
TV Cartoons: 11177
TV Comedies: 10375
TV Documentaries: 10105
TV Dramas: 11714
TV Horror: 83059
TV Mysteries: 4366
TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372
TV Shows: 83

Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472

Vampire Horror Movies: 75804

Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
Westerns: 7700
World Music Concerts: 2856

Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

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50 Shades of Prey

I read this crap.  Admittedly I only got through the first book, and was somewhat appalled to find out that there were more of them – it makes one lament for the sorry state of the publishing industry if crud like this can get printed once, let alone a series. Mostly I read it because a young friend of mine had read them and said they were ‘good’.  I read the first book and felt it was anything but – the characters were wooden and un-engaging, the narrative was dull and predictable and the writing?!? OMFG… it read like it was written by and for fifteen year olds.  It was fucking painful to get through, a seriously fucking painful three hours or so. Maybe that is just what happens to you when you spend your time reading and studying classic literature?  I don’t know.  But E.L.James is no Henry James, (not that I’ve ever enjoyed Henry James… but that’s enough story).

There’s been a lot of talk in the media at various points about this 50 Shades of Grey crap not being representative of the BDSM community and rather that it has all the hallmarks of a sensationalised and sexualised domestic abuse situation – to which I have sort of thought ‘Oh yeah, wind your head in.  It’s just unadulterated crap – not even remotely erotic, doesn’t have any similarities with BDSM relationships, but hardly depicts sexual or domestic abuse’… and I have a feeling that I came to this conclusion based on my complete lack of empathy for the characters of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.  Anastasia Steele is depicted as dull, listless, clueless, two dimensional and well, insipid.  Christian Grey is comes across as though the author wanted him to be commanding, domineering and strong and masterful… but instead just reads like a big bored wanna be, monied up prat. who misses the mark.  I’ve heard the book described as ‘steamy, erotic,and filled with sexual tension’, which just makes me sad really.  If that shit is steamy, you need to take a serious look at your love life.

But I’m getting off point… abusive.  People have said the relationship depicted in 50 Shades of Grey is abusive, and my complete inability (and lack of desire) to empathise with the characters led me to dismiss these claims out of hand.  Until I saw these:

50 shades of grey 1 50 shades of grey 2 50 shades of grey 3 50 shades of grey 4 50 shades of grey 5 50 shades of grey 6Some fans will say that these quotes can’t be taken in isolation an are out of context, which is why they read like domestic abuse slogans – but in all honesty that’s just not true.  This is how E.L. James wrote this Grey character, this is how he interacts with Anastasia throughout the entire novel.  Grey is abusing her, mentally, emotionally and (maybe) physically… but prior to seeing it spelled out like this in black and white mocked up movie posters – the characters were so poorly written that I never gave a shit enough about the characters to see it.

So what does it matter really at this point?  Well, while we have to live with the fact that publishers are constantly handing us tripe these days and selling it to us as though it’s caviar… unfortunately, many people don’t analyse what they’re consuming and don’t see these things for what they are.  There are many, many, thousands – hundreds of thousands – of people who have read this particular tripe… and now I am wondering, how many of them are impressionable young teenage girls?   :/

 

 

Steampunk NZ Cruise – Next stop, Hobbiton!

I’ve been to Hobbiton before – in fact last December when we did this same cruise, and the main reason I was doing it again was to take the Small Child to go check it out.  Like most teenage boys, he is quite keen on the LoTR and the Hobbit movies and the newest one was out in the cinemas just a couple of weeks away so off we went.

There were eight of us keen to go and we had done all our research well in advance so, we didn’t book our Hobbiton trip through the ship.  Like last time, we hired a private vehicle and booked our tickets directly through the Hobbiton website.  At $75 for Hobbiton tickets and chipping in a bit for car hire, this works out sooo much cheaper than booking through the ship at $150pp or whatever it is they are charging lately.  New Zealand is an English speaking country, that drives on the correct side of the road, so no hassles hiring cars and doing your own thing.

The fun bus was not so fun… we had one with a bad cough up the back and another with the beginnings of laryngitis up the front, and no GPS and some really dodgy maps.  So that was a little stressful, but we got there with only one tiny wrong turn and with plenty of time to spare for our tour time.  The place must be making money hand over fist, the gift shop is quite twice the size it was when we were there the same time last year, had ten times as many souvenirs and things to offer and the buses and facilities were all upgraded.  Pretty amazing how popular the place is turning out to be, but given just how dedicated LoTR fans are – it’s probably not that surprising.

We wandered around, went checking out the hobbit holes, had a great tour guide (a local girl who had just finished her teaching degree, so she had plenty of answers to general NZ questions too).  Lots of photos… too many to include.  But these were some of my favourites.

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In Flight Entertainment

So, after asking my friends for suggestions of what I could load up on my iPad to watch on the stupid long haul flight from Australia to Los Angeles, (and after ignoring their suggestions of Idiocracy and Scott Pilgrim type crap), I have compiled the perfect list of in flight movies.

Firstly we have this little pearler of a plane crash film that sees Dennis Quaid, as Capt. Frank Towns in Flight of the Pheonix.  A quaint little story about a band of misfit oil rig workers whose C-119 cargo plane goes down in the middle of the fucking Mongolian, Gobi Desert.  They face brutal conditions, sandstorms, violent winds, survive an attack by desert bandito types, eke out their survival with limited resources and end up deciding they have everything they need in their wreck of a plane to build a new one (totally plausible).  Frank and the navigator guy whose name I’ve forgotten, end up also struggling to maintain order with these over-pumped wrench jockeys who all turn out to be bloody useless and cowards to boot, while those potentially most likely to be ‘voted off the island’ display surprising skills and strength.  For the record – not a great film, but the plane went down and “they’ll all be ‘rooned”, said Hanrahan, so I’m including it.

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Next we have Alive, the incredible TRUE story of the Ugandan football team whose plane crashes in the Andes Mountain range in 1972, and of their intense will to survive and the unbelievable lengths they will go to sustain themselves on their meagre rations through freezing cold, extremely harsh conditions.  Starring Ethan Hawke as everyone’s little ray of sunshine, Nando Parado, (‘What’s so good about hope?’) they are eventually forced to cannibalism in order to survive months of isolation.  Alive is a rather harrowing and somewhat disconcerting look at what people are prepared to go through when push comes to shove, and their own survival is on the line.  It’s one of those films that claims to stereotypically be a ‘triumph of the human spirit’, but basically all you end up thinking about is the fact that they fucking ate their friends.  Ewww!

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So, we’ve had the dry, scorching desert and we’ve had freezing mountain peaks… next of course we get the deserted tropical island with Cast Away.  Starring your favourite character and mine – Wilson the volleyball, who as we all know was the star of the show.  Oh, okay, the cast also contains Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt.  Chuck Noland (Hanks) is a Fed Ex executive who finds himself trying to survive after (yet another!) plane crash which leaves him marooned on a desert island.  He finds himself ‘physically and emotionally tested to survive’… dum! dum! dum!  Physically he seems to hold up okay, give or take a few minor injuries, (we’ll just ignore that whole DIY dentistry bit), but mentally?  Well a man who engages in a war of wits with himself is eventually going to lose the plot at some point, which is right about where Wilson comes in handy… get it?  Handy?  *slap*  I kill me.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch his GF (Hunt) thinks he’s dead (if wishing were to make it so) but he eventually turns up alive, and – awkward!

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After that we have what appears to be the most obvious choice, as nominated by my friends, Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L Jackson.  The only thing I know about this film is that Jackson utters the eminently quotable line: “I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!”  And that is literally all I know about this film… because I saw the trailer, immediately thought the plot was fucking ridiculous, the characters looked like pathetic cardboard cutouts and promptly decided that there was no way, no how that I was ever going to watch this B-grade piece of shite.  And I’m still not going to see it.  But, meh.  It’s on the list because several persons (who shall remain nameless) seemed to think it would make excellent in flight viewing.  A-huh, yeah right.  It’s all yours.


And who could forget, Nicholas Cage, as Cameron Poe, the recently paroled ex-Ranger (who accidentally killed a guy while defending his wife from violent thugs), and John Cusack as the fast talking, US Marshall Vincent Larrkin, as the unlikeliest of allies in Con Air?  Poe is on a prison transport flight on his way to freedom (and to see his cute daughter for the first time) when the plane gets taken over by some very savvy and slightly psychotic criminal types, including the awesome John Malkovich as Cyrus the Virus and an extremely creepy Steve Buscemi as Garland Green (remember that scene where he is playing dolls with the little girl and you’re sitting there freaking out that she’s going to end up dead in a ditch?  Argh!).  The prison plane, being controlled by prisoners, ends up as ill-fated as you expect, plenty of death destruction and mayhem.  Add in a flying car and you have fun for the whole family.  If for no other reason we love this film for the dialogue lines Cusack gets, as he explains the word, ‘garrulous’ to a somewhat confused, Colm Meaney.  There ain’t nothing sexier than John Cusack with a massive… vocabulary!

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Then there’s TOP GUN!  One of the ‘greatest aviation movies of all time’ according to the much lauded movie critic, Ms Kahlia.  And she’s 100% right – who doesn’t love an aviation movie full of fast motorcycles, boozing up, shagging the boss lady, Great Balls of Fire, and some half naked Maverick (Tom Cruise) and IceMan (Val Kilmer) playing volley ball on the beach…. *thousand yard stare*  What were we talking about again?  Oh yeah.  Top Gun.  Planes.  There were some.  Maverick and IceMan (plus offsiders, Goose and ) are duking it out to be the ‘best of the best’ at Miramar.  Unfortunately things don’t always go to plan and Maverick and his offsider Goose (Anthony Edwards) have a bad training run – ‘Goose! Goose! Goose! We’re in a flat spin, we’re going down! – and Goose dies (awww 🙁 ) crashing a $30million dollar jet, but everything works out in the end…

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Another absolute corker for pre-flight or in-flight viewing would have to be one of my favourite movies ever – Pushing Tin.  Now, none of the planes in this film actually crash, (most of them are just little green blips on a screen), but there’s nothing quite like this film for ramping up the pteromerhanophobia!  John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are Nick Falzone and Russell Bell, a pair of chalk and cheese air traffic controllers, with an out of control obsessive compulsive, self destructive career rivalry going on.  Falzone is totally wired and edgy, whereas Bell is so laid back he’s damn near narcoleptic, yet they are both completely dysfunctional, testosterone fuelled, adrenaline junkies playing chicken with 100’s of 1000’s of tonnes of air borne steel, and for added shits and giggles – shagging each other’s wives! Just the sort of morally flexible psychopaths you do NOT want to think of as being in control of your flight!

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Coming in at the Number 37 in the list of Most Desirable In-Flight Films of All Time is The Grey, starring Liam Neeson as the extremely skilled, extremely gruff, and extremely deadly survivalist professional hunter dude, Ottway, whose plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness leaving him to defend himself and a group of (wouldn’t you know it!) useless, ingrate, oil rig workers (again!) from a pack of ravenous wolves.  The Grey sees this unlikely band battling extreme weather, extreme stress, extreme sleep deprivation and extremely scary fucking wolves.  Let’s just face it – this movie is just extreme all round, man!  Highly recommend not letting kids watch this or they’ll be pissing themselves the next time they see some piercingly pale eyes staring at them from a big fluffy Husky at the dog park.  Other than that, the movie has a surprisingly philosophical bent and of course does contain some scary crashing airplane shit, making it eligible for inclusion on this list!

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And finally, the Number One, Shit Your Pants, In-Flight Film as got to be Flight, starring Denzel Washington as the doped up, washed out, Capt. Whip Whittaker who manages to keep a busted ass aircraft from crashing into a civilian population, by keeping his head together and pulling out some crazy ass flying stunts to prevent all 108 souls on board from plummeting to their death, all to a kick ass soundtrack.  Hero status ensues, rapidly followed by corporate buck passing as all involved attempt to place blame for the incident.  Everything about this movie screams ‘Don’t watch this before you fly!’, it’s tantamount to watching the Poseidon Adventure before going on a cruise holiday, but if you think you can stomach the potential anxiety, it’s probably better than watching twenty aircraft safety announcements for convincing punters that they really should keep their seat belts on at all times when not moving about the cabin!

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Well, Flight is my Number One for now at least… until we get a chance to see Non-Stop staring the wild eyed, would-be-patsy air marshal, Bill Marks, played by Liam Neeson again (Love you Liam, but you gotta stop with these desperate, devil may care, kickin’ arse and takin’ names action hero roles)… This one looks pretty terrifying as air disasters go, and seeing I am flying on Saturday, I reckon the only sensible thing to do is go see it Friday!

It’s his first day on Wall Street. Give him time.

Fuckin’ BOO-YA!

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Went to see Wolf of Wall Street last night and was blown away.  I love Scorsese, he takes these anti-hero biographical tales and weaves them into amazing and confronting, in-your-face, films full of capitalism, organized crime, greed, violence, drugs, sex, excess and inevitable downfall – places where the lines of good and evil, legal and illegal, moral and amoral are either so blurred for, or so far behind the protagonist, that the audience is both appalled and enthralled.  The Wolf of Wall Street is no exception, in fact it damn well epitomizes these things as it follows the meteoric and unquestionably illegal rise to enormous wealth of Jordan Belfort (played by a very energetic, bordering on manic, Leonardo di Caprio) and his merry band of con men.

I haven’t read the book, but as I expect it to be in an extremely narcissistic first person narrative, I think I might have to dig up a copy for shits and giggles.  The film depicts Jordan Belfort’s humble, and seemingly naive, beginnings where his mentor Mark Hanna (a very laid back, chest beating, throat singing, and totally drug fucked, Matthew McConaughey) shows him the ropes of this Wall Street gig, and explains that the stock brokers primary function is not necessarily to make money for their clients, but rather, ‘the name of the game (is) moving the money from the client’s pocket to your pocket’.  In an untimely twist of fate, this savvy and formative piece of Wall Street wisdom arrives right before the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash, which suddenly leaves Belfort newly registered and ready to trade, but also – somewhat unemployed.

But never fear, Belfort obviously learned his lessons well.  Perhaps a little too well, and he sets about creating a company of his own to do just that.  Belfort finds a partner of equally flexible morals in the oddly frumpy Donnie Azoff, (Jonah Hill from, well, everything), and then surrounds himself with a small band of ‘salesmen’, mostly small time drug dealers, and turns them into an army of dodgy stockbrokers, whose sole aim is to use his masterful sales script to rip off investors with a brutally self interested ‘wolf pack/frat boy’ mentality… and by all accounts they get very, very good at doing exactly that.  It’s the 90s and yuppie greed is so not dead, man!

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Little known fact: the Wolf of Wall Street has the distinction of having the largest number of ‘fucks’ recorded in a non-documentary film … there are 506 ‘fucks’ in total, from a whopping 2.81 ‘fucks’ per minute!  😀

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The money piles up.  They revel in their success, and their excesses appear only limited by imagination – enormous mansions, luxury yachts, unlimited drugs (oh my god, so many drugs), designer suits, cheap hookers, expensive meals, fast cars, high class escorts, dwarf tossing, half naked marching bands… you can tell these guys are in a downward spiral and Scorsese celebrates it with a dark humour.  Belfort not surprisingly ends up coming across like some sort of modern day Gatsby on crack – literally, so much coke! – and you know he’s going to come all unstuck, as the SEC and the FBI start sniffing around.  But true to form, he seems completely unrepentant over his ill gained wealth and seemingly convinced (deluded?) he can con his way out of trouble’s way.

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Belfort does appear to ‘suffer’ a momentarily appearance of actually being human upon finding out his trophy wife, Naomi aka Duchess (the stunningly gorgeous Aussie, Margot Robbie) is going to leave him and take the kids, and has one other slight moment of human concern (for himself, of course) about going to jail for his misdeeds.  However, even this is depicted as being rapidly overcome as he remembers that even jail time isn’t so bad… for people with money.

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Overall, Scorsese depicts Belfort as a deplorable and unapologetically flawed creature riding a tsunami of economic greed, at the expense of a cast of thousands we never meet; whose wave inevitably comes crashing down onto the rock and a hard place, that is otherwise known as the FBI; only to eventually come up for air on the other side of jail, smiling and peddling his one true ‘talent’ – grifting – as a motivational speaker to unsuspecting wannabe Kiwi salesmen in Auckland.  Go figure.

Love or hate Jordan Belfort, it really doesn’t matter here – I thought this film was brilliant and Scorsese is at the top of his game.  Go see it.  Twice.