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The Departed - Reviews

My favorite is Taxi Driver, just a personal preference.
 
I don't know. That's one of those instances where a guy nails a role and you can't really see anyone else in it.

I only asked about Pitt because he had the role then left to do Babel
 
I only asked about Pitt because he had the role then left to do Babel

*imagines Pitt in the role*

Eh. I don't know. Damon had this young, prickish upstart air about him that I don't think Pitt could have conveyed nearly as well. In all honesty, though, it'd be a pretty different character simply because of the difference in the prescences of Pitt and Damon.
 
You guys think this was Scorsese's best movie?

for me yes,technically Raging Bull is probably his best and thematically it's Taxi Driver,others of course will plump for Goodfellas but Ive never liked that movie personally.
The Departed has a rare thing in a Scorsese movie in that it has someone you genuinely like and root for as the main character.
 
Pitt as Sullivan? oh no no no...i'm glad he left to do Babel. can Pitt even do a Boston accent?
 
If we're on the subject of Scorsese's best, it's easily Goodfellas. No ****ing contest whatsoever.
 
Cant argue with Goodfellas. But Departed is mighty fine.
 
Cant argue with Goodfellas. But Departed is mighty fine.

The Departed is second best for me. If I personally had to rank them, it would be:

1) Goodfellas
2) The Departed
3) Casino
4) Taxi Driver
5) Raging Bull

I know a lot of people will give me a lot of **** for ranking Taxi Driver and Raging Bull in the bottom two spots, but I'm not saying their bad by any means. They're excellent, and practically flawless. I guess my list is based on my own personal enjoyment rather than overall quality, though if I ranked it by that the list wouldn't be much different, other than that I'd probably put Casino last because, though it is awesome, is essentially a retread of Goodfellas in many aspects.
 
I'm not a huge fan of Casino. Personally, I'd rate Mean Streets, King of New York, After Hours, The Aviator, Cape Fear and Age of Innocence all above Casino. The move just made me feel dirty. I can respect it, and I know that many enjoy it as much as Goodfellas, but for me, I saw it once and don't care to see it again.
 
If this is any indication, The Departed thread is alive and well, along with several others about the film. The same is true on other message boards. Threads on other oscar contenders have languished. Not that it's proof of anything other than there's a buzz on The Departed and the others not as much.
 
I'm not a huge fan of Casino. Personally, I'd rate Mean Streets, King of New York, After Hours, The Aviator, Cape Fear and Age of Innocence all above Casino. The move just made me feel dirty. I can respect it, and I know that many enjoy it as much as Goodfellas, but for me, I saw it once and don't care to see it again.

I think you mean The King Of Comedy.

I still need to see those others. The only one I'm a little iffy on watching is The Last Temptation Of Christ. Part of me is because I'm a Christian and have a hard time seeing Jesus being crucified (same reason I've never seen The Passion Of The Christ) and the other is because everyone I know who has seen it said it sucked.

I personally love Casino. It did feel like a copy of Goodfellas, and it got way too grim towards the end. One of the things that made Goodfellas work so well is that in many ways it's almost like a black comedy. Just about every scene in the film, even the most grim and violent ones, has something vaguely or obviously humorous about it. Casino by the end is depressing and often disturbing. I love it, but it will be a good long while before I ever sit through it again. Plus it's way too damn long, and unlike Goodfellas and The Departed, you really do feel the length when you watch it.
 
This movie was really good. I loved Mark Walhberg's role. Everyone was great in it. The only downside is I think I hate those obnoxious Boston accents :( :down:


I didn't expect the ending either.
 
and one of Hollywood's most shameful streaks ends :)
 
Wow, they actually gave it to the one I liked best. I usually hate the Best Picture winner.

Eh.

Liked the flick, but, huh... is it really best movie material???

Sure, it was the most fun to watch all nominees, but still... was 2006's batch that bad???
 
Eh.

Liked the flick, but, huh... is it really best movie material???

Sure, it was the most fun to watch all nominees, but still... was 2006's batch that bad???
Get out now, before I chop you up and feed you to the poor.
 
One thing that was true though about all the Best Picture nominees were just how amazing the films were based on their ensembles. They would have not worked without any one character. It was brilliant.

Marty deserved the Director oscar, though Eastwood (artistically) did because he masterfully handled two war films at once and one was in a completely foreign language. But Marty is so far overdue. This oscar was for every Scorcese film. Ever.
 

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