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some_DT
critics_NNS
,_,
including_IN
siskel_NP
&_???
ebert_NN
,_,
are_BER
on_IN
the_DT
record_NN
stating_VBG
that_DT
martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
's_POS
raging_JJ
bull_NN
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
boxer_NN
jake_NP
la_NP
motta_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
film_NN
of_IN
the_DT
'80s_???
._.
since_CS
there_EX
are_BER
still_RB
a_DT
number_NN
of_IN
'80s_???
films_NNS
that_RB
i_PP
haven't_HV
seen_VBN
,_,
i_PP
don't_DO
feel_VB
qualified_JJ
to_IN
make_NN
such_DT
a_DT
judgment_NN
,_,
but_CC
i'll_???
say_NN
this_DT
without_IN
hesitation_NN
:_:
raging_JJ
bull_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
would_MD
be_BE
surprised_JJ
if_CS
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
handful_NN
of_IN
films_NNS
released_VBN
between_IN
january_NP
1989_CD
,_,
1989_CD
and_CC
december_NP
1989_CD
,_,
1989_CD
come_VB
close_JJ
to_IN
its_PP$
level_NN
._.
bio-pics_NN
often_RB
fall_VB
into_IN
one_CD
of_IN
two_CD
categories_NNS
:_:
overblown_JJ
hero-_???
worship_NN
or_CC
a_DT
dry_JJ
,_,
dull_JJ
textbook_NN
account_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
rare_JJ
that_CS
a_DT
movie_NN
with_IN
the_DT
moniker_NN
"_"
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
?_?
"_"
comes_VBZ
across_IN
as_RB
anything_PN
more_DT
than_CS
sporadically_RB
energetic_JJ
and_CC
marginally_RB
entertaining_JJ
._.
raging_JJ
bull_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
perfect_JJ
counterexample_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
argument_NN
for_IN
film_NN
makers_NNS
to_IN
continue_VB
to_IN
work_NN
in_IN
this_DT
genre_NN
._.
the_DT
picture_NN
takes_VBZ
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
boxer_NN
jake_NP
la_NP
motta_NP
,_,
a_DT
middleweight_NN
icon_NN
from_IN
the_DT
'40s_???
and_CC
'50s_???
,_,
and_CC
develops_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
compelling_JJ
character_NN
studies_NNS
ever_RB
to_IN
reach_NN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
129_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
director_NN
martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
and_CC
actor_NN
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
(_(
in_CD
the_DT
title_NN
role_NN
)_)
have_HV
us_PP
mesmerized_VBN
by_IN
this_DT
individual_JJ
who_WP
is_BEZ
by_IN
turns_NNS
sympathetic_JJ
,_,
sad_JJ
,_,
and_CC
horrifying_JJ
._.
historically_RB
,_,
raging_VBG
bull_NN
is_BEZ
said_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
mostly_RB
accurately_RB
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
lion_NN
's_POS
share_NN
of_IN
the_DT
details_NNS
culled_VBN
from_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
's_POS
own_DT
autobiography_NN
(_(
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
co-written_VBN
with_IN
joseph_NP
carter_NP
and_CC
peter_NP
savage_JJ
)_)
._.
however_RB
,_,
although_CS
la_NP
motta_NP
is_BEZ
credited_VBN
as_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
"_"
consultant_NN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
was_BEDZ
reportedly_RB
unhappy_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
result_NN
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
portrays_VBZ
him_PP
as_IN
nothing_PN
short_JJ
of_IN
an_DT
uncouth_JJ
,_,
insensitive_JJ
lout_???
._.
the_DT
la_NP
motta_NP
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
of_IN
extreme_JJ
appetites_NNS
who_WP
is_BEZ
driven_VBN
by_IN
base_NN
,_,
bestial_JJ
impulses_NNS
?_?
paranoia_NN
,_,
jealousy_NN
,_,
and_CC
blind_JJ
rage_NN
._.
sex_NN
and_CC
violence_NN
are_BER
inextricably_RB
linked_VBN
._.
the_DT
title_NN
is_BEZ
apt_JJ
?_?
la_NP
motta_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
raging_JJ
bull_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
ring_NN
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
terror_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
just_RB
beating_VBG
his_PP$
opponents_NNS
,_,
but_CC
destroying_VBG
them_PP
._.
outside_IN
of_IN
it_PP
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
no_DT
less_DT
vicious_JJ
or_CC
more_DT
easily_RB
controlled_VBN
._.
the_DT
two_CD
people_NN
who_WP
spar_NN
with_IN
him_PP
on_IN
life_NN
's_POS
canvas_NN
are_BER
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
vicki_NP
(_(
cathy_NP
moriarty_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
brother_NN
/_SYM
manager_NN
,_,
joey_NP
(_(
joe_NP
pesci_???
)_(
._.
these_DT
are_BER
the_DT
two_CD
who_WP
mean_JJ
the_DT
most_DT
to_IN
jake_NP
,_,
and_CC
who_WP
,_,
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
inability_NN
to_IN
trust_NN
himself_PPX
or_CC
others_NNS
,_,
he_PP
loses_VBZ
._.
he_PP
beats_VBZ
vicki_NP
mercilessly_RB
because_CS
he_PP
suspects_VBZ
her_PP$
of_IN
infidelity_NN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
when_CS
he_PP
inaccurately_RB
believes_VBZ
that_CS
his_PP$
brother_NN
betrayed_VBD
him_PP
,_,
his_PP$
lets_VBZ
loose_JJ
with_IN
an_DT
explosion_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
._.
raging_JJ
bull_NN
opens_VBZ
in_IN
1941_CD
when_CS
la_NP
motta_NP
,_,
an_DT
up-and-coming_NN
fighter_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
battling_VBG
his_PP$
way_NN
into_IN
the_DT
upper_JJ
echelon_NN
of_IN
the_DT
middleweight_NN
class_NN
._.
over_IN
the_DT
years_NNS
,_,
he_PP
wins_VBZ
several_DT
key_JJ
bouts_NNS
,_,
including_IN
one_CD
against_IN
his_PP$
arch-rival_NN
,_,
sugar_NN
ray_NP
robinson_NP
(_(
johnny_NP
barnes_NP
)_)
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
unwillingness_NN
to_IN
capitulate_VB
with_IN
the_DT
local_JJ
godfather_NN
keeps_VBZ
him_PP
from_IN
an_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
participate_VB
in_IN
a_DT
championship_NN
match_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
away_RB
from_IN
the_DT
ring_NN
,_,
la_NP
motta_NP
falls_VBZ
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
15-year_JJ
old_JJ
vicki_NP
,_,
who_WP
he_PP
marries_VBZ
after_IN
discarding_VBG
his_PP$
shrewish_JJ
first_OD
wife_NN
._.
vicki_NP
becomes_VBZ
jake_NP
's_POS
greatest_JJS
prize_NN
(_(
a_DT
wife_NN
,_,
in_IN
his_PP$
view_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
companion_NN
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
possession_NN
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
source_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
most_DT
extreme_JJ
pain_NN
._.
his_PP$
own_DT
insecurity_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
great_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
cannot_NN
accept_VB
that_CS
a_DT
woman_NN
as_IN
beautiful_JJ
as_CS
vicki_NP
could_MD
be_BE
faithful_JJ
to_TO
him_PP
._.
hence_RB
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
constantly_RB
haunted_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
belief_NN
that_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
sleeping_JJ
with_IN
someone_PN
else_RB
?_?
perhaps_RB
even_RB
his_PP$
brother_NN
._.
(_)
this_DT
leads_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
famous_JJ
line_NN
parodied_VBN
in_IN
waiting_VBG
for_IN
guffman_NN
and_CC
elsewhere_RB
:_:
"_"
are_BER
you_PP
f_RB
*_???
*_???
king_NN
my_PP$
wife_NN
?_?
?_?
?_?
"_"
)_)
in_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
'40s_???
,_,
la_FW
motta_NN
gets_VBZ
his_PP$
first_OD
shot_NN
at_IN
a_DT
championship_NN
fight_NN
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
one_CD
huge_JJ
condition_NN
:_:
he_PP
must_MD
take_VB
a_DT
fall_NN
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
it_NN
so_CS
badly_RB
that_DT
an_DT
investigation_NN
is_BEZ
launched_VBN
and_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
almost_RB
thrown_VBN
out_RP
of_IN
boxing_NN
._.
two_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
he_PP
wins_VBZ
the_DT
championship_NN
,_,
only_RB
to_IN
lose_VB
it_NN
in_IN
a_DT
subsequent_JJ
bout_NN
to_IN
sugar_NN
ray_NP
._.
by_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
'50s_???
and_CC
early_JJ
'60s_???
,_,
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
ends_NNS
,_,
jake_NP
has_HVZ
become_VBN
a_DT
pathetic_JJ
figure_NN
?_?
a_DT
broke_JJ
,_,
overweight_JJ
loser_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
spent_VBN
time_NN
in_IN
jail_NN
for_IN
corrupting_VBG
the_DT
morals_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
minor_JJ
,_,
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
his_PP$
wife_NN
and_CC
children_NNS
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
trying_VBG
to_TO
earn_VB
a_DT
few_DT
bucks_NNS
by_IN
doing_DOG
a_DT
cheap_JJ
standup_???
routine_JJ
._.
raging_JJ
bull_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
other_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
rocky_JJ
._.
sylvester_NP
stallone_NN
's_POS
tale_NN
of_IN
boxing_NN
triumph_NN
was_BEDZ
released_VBN
to_IN
great_JJ
critical_JJ
acclaim_NN
in_IN
1976_CD
._.
it_PP
won_VBD
the_DT
1977_CD
best_JJS
picture_NN
oscar_NP
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
sequel_NN
arrived_VBD
in_IN
theaters_NNS
before_IN
raging_JJ
bull_NN
went_VBD
into_IN
production_NN
._.
but_CC
,_,
where_CS
rocky_JJ
romanticizes_NNS
boxing_NN
,_,
raging_VBG
bull_NN
takes_VBZ
a_DT
cold_JJ
,_,
unflinching_VBG
look_NN
at_IN
the_DT
violence_NN
both_RB
inside_IN
and_CC
outside_IN
of_IN
the_DT
ring_NN
._.
while_CS
scorsese_JJ
's_POS
primary_NN
aim_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
present_VB
a_DT
riveting_JJ
deconstruction_NN
of_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
the_DT
man_NN
,_,
he_PP
never_RB
backs_VBZ
away_RB
from_IN
showing_VBG
the_DT
seedy_JJ
,_,
ugly_JJ
underside_NN
of_IN
a_DT
sport_NN
where_CS
gambling_NN
,_,
greed_NN
,_,
and_CC
organized_VBD
crime_NN
force_NN
fighters_NNS
to_IN
throw_NN
matches_NNS
to_IN
continue_VB
working_JJ
._.
rocky_JJ
shows_NNS
boxing_NN
at_IN
its_PP$
noblest_NN
;_;
raging_VBG
bull_NN
shows_NNS
it_PP
at_IN
its_PP$
most_DT
diseased_JJ
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
little_DT
i_PP
can_MD
say_VB
here_RB
that_CS
hasn't_HVZ
already_RB
said_VBN
about_IN
de_NP
niro_???
's_BEZ
performance_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
career_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
included_VBN
many_DT
fine_JJ
roles_NNS
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
his_PP$
most_RBS
outstanding_JJ
._.
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
intensity_NN
de_NP
niro_???
brings_VBZ
to_TO
la_FW
motta_JJ
is_BEZ
unwavering_VBG
._.
and_CC
,_,
although_CS
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
travis_NP
bickle_NN
(_(
de_NP
niro_???
's_BEZ
character_NN
in_IN
taxi_NN
driver_NN
)_)
in_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
,_,
scorsese_JJ
and_CC
de_NP
niro_???
go_NN
to_IN
great_JJ
lengths_NNS
to_IN
make_NN
sure_JJ
that_CS
,_,
if_CS
we_PP
never_RB
fully_RB
sympathize_VB
with_IN
him_PP
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
we_PP
understand_VB
the_DT
forces_NNS
that_CS
drive_VB
him_PP
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
complete_JJ
characterization_NN
and_CC
a_DT
perfect_JJ
example_NN
of_IN
acting_VBG
._.
as_CS
the_DT
younger_JJR
jake_NP
,_,
de_NP
niro_???
is_BEZ
trim_NN
and_CC
fit_VB
._.
as_CS
the_DT
fat_JJ
,_,
older_JJR
man_NN
,_,
de_NP
niro_???
gained_VBD
50_CD
pounds_NNS
and_CC
turned_VBD
his_PP$
body_NN
into_IN
a_DT
grotesque_NN
parody_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
normal_JJ
form_NN
._.
how_WRB
many_DT
actors_NNS
would_MD
go_VB
that_DT
far_RB
?_?
the_DT
best_RBS
oscar_NN
statue_NN
is_BEZ
only_RB
one_CD
testimony_NN
to_IN
the_DT
lasting_JJ
power_NN
of_IN
the_DT
performance_NN
._.
cathy_NP
moriarty_NN
and_CC
joe_NP
pesci_???
both_PDT
earned_JJ
nominations_NNS
for_IN
their_PP$
supporting_JJ
work_NN
(_(
although_CS
neither_RB
won_VBN
)_)
._.
their_PP$
portrayals_NNS
have_HV
the_DT
same_DT
raw_JJ
energy_NN
that_CS
infuses_NNS
de_NP
niro_???
's_BEZ
._.
pesci_???
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
basically_RB
re-created_VBN
the_DT
same_DT
personality_NN
in_IN
two_CD
other_JJ
scorsese_JJ
films_NNS
(_(
goodfellas_NP
and_CC
casino_NN
)_)
,_,
presents_NNS
joey_NP
as_IN
a_DT
slightly_RB
more_RBR
intelligent_JJ
version_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
brother_NN
._.
the_DT
misogyny_???
and_CC
violence_NN
are_BER
still_RB
there_RB
,_,
only_RB
better_RBR
concealed_JJ
._.
but_CC
,_,
when_CS
joey_NP
snaps_VBZ
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
in_IN
one_CD
scene_NN
where_CS
he_PP
pounds_NNS
on_IN
a_DT
mobster_NN
(_(
frank_NP
vincent_NP
)_)
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
startling_JJ
to_TO
behold_VB
._.
moriarty_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
must_MD
play_VB
the_DT
temptress_NN
with_IN
virginal_JJ
qualities_NNS
?_?
the_DT
only_RB
kind_NN
of_IN
woman_NN
who_WP
would_MD
ensnare_VB
jake_NP
._.
later_RBR
,_,
she_PP
's_BEZ
called_VBN
upon_IN
to_IN
portray_VB
the_DT
battered_JJ
wife_NN
and_CC
mother_NN
whose_WP$
love_NN
has_HVZ
turned_VBN
into_IN
fear_NN
._.
scorsese_JJ
and_CC
cinematographer_NN
michael_NP
chapman_NP
elected_VBN
to_IN
shoot_NN
the_DT
bulk_NN
of_IN
raging_JJ
bull_NN
in_IN
black-and-white_JJ
(_(
a_DT
few_DT
"_"
home_NN
movie_NN
"_"
segments_NNS
are_BER
in_IN
color_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
choice_NN
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
giving_VBG
raging_JJ
bull_NN
a_DT
unique_JJ
look_NN
in_IN
an_DT
era_NN
when_CS
a_DT
black-and-white_JJ
approach_NN
is_BEZ
almost_RB
unheard_JJ
of_IN
._.
(_)
one_CD
important_JJ
recent_JJ
exception_NN
,_,
schindler_NN
's_POS
list_NN
,_,
eschewed_VBN
color_NN
for_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
reasons_NNS
that_CS
raging_JJ
bull_NN
did_DOD
._.
)_(
in_CD
black-and-white_JJ
(_(
especially_RB
considering_VBG
scorsese_JJ
's_NNS
choice_NN
of_IN
shots_NNS
and_CC
use_NN
of_IN
slow_JJ
motion_NN
)_)
,_,
the_DT
violence_NN
is_BEZ
stark_JJ
and_CC
disturbing_JJ
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
room_NN
for_IN
romanticism_NN
in_IN
the_DT
ring_NN
with_IN
inky_JJ
black_JJ
blood_NN
staining_VBG
the_DT
canvas_NN
._.
during_IN
fight_NN
sequences_NNS
,_,
the_DT
director_NN
also_RB
uses_VBZ
a_DT
number_NN
of_IN
point-of-view_NN
shots_NNS
designed_VBN
to_IN
show_NN
the_DT
world_NN
,_,
however_RB
briefly_RB
,_,
from_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
's_POS
perspective_NN
._.
scorsese_JJ
could_MD
have_HV
chosen_VBN
to_IN
end_NN
the_DT
film_NN
with_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
's_POS
loss_NN
to_IN
sugar_NN
ray_NP
,_,
where_CS
he_PP
surrendered_VBD
his_PP$
middleweight_NN
crown_NN
._.
after_IN
that_DT
,_,
his_PP$
career_NN
was_BEDZ
all_PDT
downhill_RB
._.
yet_RB
the_DT
director_NN
allows_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
run_NN
for_IN
thirty_CD
minutes_NNS
after_IN
this_DT
pivotal_JJ
moment_NN
,_,
stretching_VBG
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
decade_NN
into_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
's_POS
future_NN
._.
the_DT
reason_NN
is_BEZ
obvious_JJ
:_:
scorsese_JJ
isn't_BEZ
as_CS
interested_JJ
in_IN
boxing_NN
as_IN
he_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
character_NN
._.
following_JJ
his_PP$
retirement_NN
,_,
la_NP
motta_NP
is_BEZ
still_RB
as_IN
violent_JJ
and_CC
volatile_JJ
as_IN
ever_RB
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
the_DT
arena_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
he_PP
can_MD
legally_RB
unleash_VB
those_DT
tendencies_NNS
._.
we_PP
see_VB
the_DT
results_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
beast_NN
let_VB
loose_JJ
on_IN
society_NN
and_CC
how_WRB
the_DT
consequences_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
actions_NNS
reduce_VB
him_PP
to_IN
a_DT
parody_JJ
of_IN
his_PP$
former_DT
self_NN
._.
who_WP
cannot_NN
feel_NN
a_DT
surge_NN
of_IN
pity_NN
for_IN
la_NP
motta_NP
as_IN
he_PP
quietly_RB
recites_VBZ
marlon_NP
brando_NP
's_POS
speech_NN
from_IN
on_IN
the_DT
waterfront_NN
?_?
(_)
"_"
i_PP
coulda_NP
been_BEN
a_DT
contenda_NN
._.
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perhaps_RB
raging_VBG
bull_NN
is_BEZ
indeed_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
film_NN
of_IN
the_DT
'80s_???
._.
and_VB
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
certainly_RB
perilously_RB
close_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
zenith_NN
._.
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