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The Departed

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  1. HTownCowboysFan

    HTownCowboysFan New Member

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  2. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Better than Clerks 2??? Hmmm...

    I don't trust Scorsese. The last few movies I saw of his kinda sucked. The Aviator was ok, but too long, Gangs of New York, and Bringing out the Dead were horrible. And really when I look back at his career, I don't see anything I really liked that much at all. This one does look pretty good though.
  3. Qwickdraw

    Qwickdraw Benched

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    I agree for the most part... but if you overlook Goodfellas and Casino... you're sick.
  4. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Well, I have never really liked movies dealing with Mob/Mafia type stuff, so those movies didn't really appeal to me much either, much like the Godfather films. And I absolutely hated Casino just because about half of the movie was just Sharon Stone whining on and on and on...the rest of it was ok though.
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Chron Movie Review

    A beautiful, bloody masterpiece


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    By AMY BIANCOLLI
    Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

    Crown him the king of the underworld.

    After decades of chronicling American outlaws, Martin Scorsese has made his finest film since Goodfellas — a bloody, bloody-good crime saga about allegiance and betrayal within a South Boston panoply of hoodlums and cops.

    The Departed is a hard, visceral work, as unsentimental and shocking as anything the director has done. And as vicious: If you don't have a cast-iron stomach, cultivate one or stand clear.

    Devotees will note the reappearance of certain Scorsesean themes, from the lost-son motif to the Judas motif to the discomfiting juxtaposition of religion and death; a prominent character dies in cruciform, his arms spread-eagled against a garbage bin. The director also remains as fascinated by ethnic tribalism as he is by gangland loyalties, exploring the tough Irish-Southie fealty that drives both police work and crime.

    Adapted by screenwriter William Monahan from the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, The Departed features an intricate plot, an epic scope and a cracking-good cast that includes prickly supporting turns from Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg and Ray Winstone. So massive and admirable is the whole ensemble that it seems unfair to single out just one actor, but there he is: Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello, a Boston mob boss who's the target of a state police investigation into organized crime.

    Among the cops assigned to the case are Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), an upright young plainclothes man with a squeaky-clean record, and Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), a cadet with family ties to several criminal bottom feeders.

    This makes Costigan ideal as an undercover mole, and it makes the plot ripe for ironic jerks and twists: As we soon learn, the speckless Sullivan is a dirty cop who works for Frank. So there's a rat on the force, and there's a rat in the gang, and lies lead them both through a maze of deadly consequences.

    Damon is a cold customer here, as smooth and opaque as frosted glass. No one sees through him. As his girlfriend, Vera Farmiga is the opposite — transparent, mottled with doubt — and as his counterpart, DiCaprio displays a gift he didn't own only a few years back, the gift of tormented average Joe-ness. Having shed the last confining bonds of it-boy superstardom, he's finally just a man. His outbursts seem born of plain desperation.

    It's an ugly thing, this film. Make no mistake. But its ugliness is rendered with such authority and humor — such zest — that it begins to seem like beauty.

    Nicholson's character alone is a monstrosity of appalling dimension and charm; I'm not sure he has ever seemed less human or more beguiling, and I'm not sure any other actor could persuade us so well on either count. In one of the film's most memorable touches, Frank asks a guy in a bar about his mother. "She's on her way out," says the barfly. "So are we all," Frank zings back. "Act accordingly."

    For all its bloodletting, The Departed is an intoxicating film. It's a film that'll have your hands over your face with one eye peeking: The violence sickens, but the movie seduces. After the self-conscious period fetishism of Gangs of New York and The Aviator, Scorsese has at last rediscovered the addictive buzz of filmmaking — the death grip of virtuoso storytelling that grabs and shakes and startles.

    Long live the king, with a vengeance.

    amy.biancolli@chron.com

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  6. bobtheflob

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    Check out rottentomatoes.com. They get a bunch of reviews from newspapers, magazines, websites, etc., and tell you what percentage of reviews are positive for different movies.

    The Departed is sitting at 95% right now which is almost unheard of for a major release. It's now in my weekend plans.
  7. Aikmaniac

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  8. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I say bring back Billy Dee Williams.:laugh1:
  9. Cowboy Junkie

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    I really liked "The Gangs Of NewYork"
    Thought it was excellent .
    Shortly after I watched the movie I caught the Bio on the History Channel and it was nice to see how close the movie was to what the History channel had.
  10. blindzebra

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    Come Oscar time this will be a tough call...Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor...Because DiCaprio, Damon and Nicholson all deserve one. This may be the best performance in Jack's career, and it is without a doubt the best work of DiCaprio and Damon.

    I'd add this to Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver at the top of Scorsese's films.

    The only movie this year even close to this one is Little Miss Sunshine.
  11. Yeagermeister

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    What no love for Johnny Knoxville and the Jackarse crew? :D
  12. HTownCowboysFan

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    He's been cast or at least Nolan has his man. I'm not sure just who it is and Warner Bros. is in lock-down mode right now. I have an idea though....
  13. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Come on, where's the Clerks love?
  14. HTownCowboysFan

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  15. Payton34Smith22

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    This movie is incredibly awesome. I cannot wait to see it again. No spoilers here but Dicaprio and Wahlberg steal the show.


    300 looks like a Great one too!
  16. Hoov

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    Saw the departed last night too, really good film. DiCaprio was great.

    i also liked gangs of NY, awesome film. But then again, i live in philly which means im a thug so i like that stuff.
  17. jem88

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    Scorsese is a genius. I saw The Departed last night and it was very good. Not quite at the level of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or Goodfellas, but very good nonetheless. Scorsese's movies are more than just mafia movies. They're studies in faith, alienation, loyalty, and family. I haven't much liked his recent output, but The Departed puts him right back on track.
  18. calico

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    Saw it today. Excellent film...brought me back to the Goodfellas and Casino days.

    After I see FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, then I will decide if it is my favorite movie of the year.
  19. Aikmaniac

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    I'm sure your holding out for Rocky Balboa also. ;)
  20. Cowboy Junkie

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    Seen it tonight ...
    Great movie!!!1
    They dont make em like this anymore.]
    I thought it was better than Goodfellas and I thought Goodfellas was very good . departed was one of the best movies I have seen sense the newest Batman...
    I cant decide who did the best , Nichelson,Dicaprio,Marky Mark,Baldwin or The guy from Born Idenity . They were all awsome and it eas one movie that I had high expectaions that actually lived up to them...

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