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Saturday, October 14, 2006

GREENLIGHT #81: The Departed (with "Taxi Driver" and "The Music Lovers")

Ann and Les depart ways over The Departed (2006) though they agree it's a bloodbath. It's a movie about two Boston cops working as moles for competing gangs and it's brutal. They agree that Leonardo Decaprio, Matt Damon , and Mark Wahlberg were excellent while they also agree that Jack Nicholson was way over-the-top and not appropriate for the role. But they don't agree that the good outweighs the bad. Les thinks they were good enough to make the movie a yellow. Ann says it's a red. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends his favorite Martin Scorcese film (who also directed the above) called Taxi Driver (1976) with captivating and heartbraking performances by Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster with a brilliantly sleazy performance by Harvey Keitel. Ann recommends a much more obscure film directed by a man known for controlled but outrageous films Ken Russell with wonderfully over-the-top performances by Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson called The Music Lovers (1970.)

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