Friday, October 06, 2006


The Departed Lives Up to the Hype

Martin Scorsese is back, just as "Movies on My Mind" predicted he was after seeing the trailer for his new film, The Departed. Seeing the film confirms it. This is material Scorsese knows better than any other living director. Plus he trusts cinema to tell a story. And what a cast! Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Walhberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin -- all giving amazing (career leading) performances capable of disguising the fact that they are stars. This is the most passionate Scorsese has been in years. He's not over reaching as you can feel him do in Gangs of New York and The Aviator. This is his turf. And the stories of these people clearly resonate with Scorsese. He takes it seriously. It's the element that has made his great films great: Mean Streets. Taxi Driver. Raging Bull. Goodfellas. Casino. Sure, I admire when he tries a Last Temptation of Christ or an Age of Innocence. But this is what he does best. Better than anyone. And he's back. And on top! See it.

You know what? The Aviator was good and Gangs ok. It's not like Scorsese has put out flops in recent years; those movies had multiple nominations and some wins.. I think people just love Scorsese as "director of gangster films". Also, Marty directed a great documentary called 'No Direction Home' about Bob Dylan that was the highlight of the year for PBS-- and a major project called The Blues as well in 2005. Look at it all.
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