The Departed - Scorsese's Masterpiece

irmongoose

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Just went to the opening show of Martin Scorsese's The Departed.

Beautiful.

It was absolutely mind-blowing. From the screenplay to the acting to the cinematography to the music, this film hits top notch. Scorsese has managed to take a great Hong Kong flick (supposedly) and make it a historical masterpiece. I came out of that theater holding my head in shock of what I had witnessed. The trailers say "the best film of 2006", I say screw that, this is the best film to come out of Hollywood in a long damn time.

For those of you who can't be convinced to watch a film full of "super stars" just because it's a work of Scorsese, let me tell you this: DiCaprio and Damon are simply amazing. Scorsese has managed to bring out the best of them in this film and it is just so obvious that it works. Jack Nicholson is a perfect Costello, and surprisingly, Baldwin as Ellerby has great lines you certainly do not want to miss.

Still reading this? Get off your damn seat and go watch the film! The Departed. Just doing my part so people go watch it - I'm going to be extremely disappointed if this doesn't break some box office records.



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Blue Velvet

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I'm going to go see it later this week after work with a gentleman colleague (Scorsese nut) or next weekend... :cool: ;)
 

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iGary said:
I think Nicolson will at least get an Oscar nomination for this.

Nicholson — he's already got three; Scorcese is the one who really deserves an Oscar. When a talentless hack like Ron Howard can get a statuette for Best Director and Scorsese — a real auteur — misses out, there's truly no justice in the world.

:mad:
 

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Blue Velvet said:
Nicholson — he's already got three; Scorcese is the one who really deserves an Oscar. When a talentless hack like Ron Howard can get a statuette for Best Director and Scorsese — a real auteur — misses out, there's truly no justice in the world.

:mad:
I agree, and not to try and save face, but when we were walking back to the car, we also said it would probably be up for best picture and director.

Best movie (at a theater) I have seen in a while.
 

bembol

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Saw this Friday...it just bumped "Thank You for Smoking" as my favorite film of 2006!

It was far better then I expected, the cast, performances was outstanding!

It's a Warner Bros., so I can expect this to hit HD DVD!
 

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I also loved the movie. Jack was, of course, Jack, which is never a bad thing. Leo was incredible. Damon, though... seemed too unbelievable. I didn't ever really see any chemistry between his girlfriend and him - I understand that there was supposed to be some lack, but it seemed completely absent.

However, none of that matters. I'd see it again, and highly recommend it.

Note, though, that there is a lot of very graphic violence, as one would expect.
 

pdpfilms

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Huh. I've heard many good things about this film, but the trailer makes it look like any old cop movie. (??) You'd think with the reviews its getting, they'd have managed to make a better teaser.

I'll be seeing it soon though.
 

jsw

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pdpfilms said:
You'd think with the reviews its getting, they'd have managed to make a better teaser.
I think they were trying not to give the whole plot away, unlike most trailers. ;)
 

irmongoose

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I agree, the trailer doesn't really show how friggin awesome this film is... but I think that makes the viewing experience that much more enjoyable and amazing.

Oh well, I hope word-of-mouth will more than make up for the lousy trailer.

I'm going to go watch it again.



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Cooknn

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irmongoose said:
So did you watch it, Cooknn?
Yeah. Brutal. But good. Very good.

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jsw: Edited so as to avoid accidentally revealing info to readers (not that it's all that pivotal) - select text to see it:

One small thing that stood out for me was when Damon was looking at the playback from the camera on the street and it was almost impossible to see any details. Unlike so many other movies where they can just zoom in and see every little detail. Or like CSI on television where they actually pull someone out of a database as a result :rolleyes: They sure relied heavily on cell phones, eh?

At the beginning when they showed Nicholson's character off'ing that couple, there was someone else with him. I could have sworn it was Baldwin, but that never played out, so I guess it wasn't him. Anyways, I thought Leo did a great job.
 

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Cooknn said:
At the beginning when they showed Nicholson's character off'ing that couple, there was someone else with him. I could have sworn it was Baldwin, but that never played out, so I guess it wasn't him.
Wasn't that "Mr French"? And wasn't the girl behind the counter at the beginning Jack's girlfriend later on?
 

Cooknn

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Wasn't that "Mr French"? And wasn't the girl behind the counter at the beginning Jack's girlfriend later on?
Heh. Secret agent code :)

yes, I guess it was French. And the young girl behind the counter was definitely all grown up later in the movie, but I'm not clear on whether or not she was his girlfriend. I'll have to watch it again I suppose. Bottom line. It's tough to be a rat, eh?
 

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Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
The movie was good but a great performance by Mark Wahlberg. Glad MS got Jack Nicolson to tune it down a bit and focus on what the script wanted. Good Oscar contender...only the screenplay though.




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beatsme

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The Departed

not great, but pretty good. Good ending, too. Scorsese d@mn well better win the Best Director Oscar he should've won for GoodFellas.

any thoughts?

EDIT: Vera Farmiga's role seemed kinda tacked on, to me anyway. But she sure was easy on the eyes...hubba hubba.

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I don't think the girl behind the counter became his girlfriend later. I think the counter girl's name was Carmen, and his girlfriend's name was Gwen.
 

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It is a movie for people who enjoy movies(just like the commerical says) I was very impressed, and thats good because I expected alot.
 

mattniles007

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not great, but pretty good. Good ending, too. Scorsese d@mn well better win the Best Director Oscar he should've won for GoodFellas.

any thoughts?
I agree about the oscar I mean Damn did anyone see Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and of course Goodfellas.

But I think it was great along with Goodfellas