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Bringing out the Dead – 1999

This overlooked Scorsese gem features no gangsters, and regular collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio are nowhere to be found, yet it still marks a kind of purifying return to his earliest hit, marking his fourth and last collaboration with screenwriter and tormented soul Paul Schrader. It’s an acid trip, following a series of nights in the life of a slowly mentally disintegrating paramedic (Nicolas Cage on at the top of his Cage-ness), brought to sizzling life by kaleidoscopic cinematography and a dark sense of humor, and very much worth (re)discovering.