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October 11, 2006
San Jose CA -- Camera 12
152 Minutes

After you've seen THE DEPARTED, listen to the MichaelVox and Tassoula K. "Cinebanter" podcast, which is available here or at iTunes.

Powerhouse cast assembled to work for Scorsese. This is second only to Half Nelson on my year's best.

Bullet Points:

--Ron Howard and Spielberg make me mad when the manipulate me, but Scorsese doesn't.
--a simply breathtakingly exciting first hour.
--Edited perfectly, as usual, by Thelma Schoonmaker.
--Nicholson is the weak link, believe it or not.
--Alec Baldwin does more with little screen time than any other actor.
--Nice theme of masculinity throughout.

2006 Oscar Nominations:
~~Best Picture
~~Best Director for Martin Scorsese
~~Best Adapted Screenplay for William Monahan
~~Best Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker
~~Best Supporting Actor for Mark Wahlberg

8.5 Metacritic



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