The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

The Departed (2006) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The film that (rightly or wrongly) finally won Scorsese his best Director Oscar, The Departed is a top notch crime drama that delivers a more star driven, flashier version of Infernal Affairs. Is it better? That’s for you to decide I guess but for me it is – the more mainstream tappings and a stellar set of central performances combined with Scorsese trademark violence, music and visual tickets help the film fly through its occasionally baggy run time.  Yup he should have won for Goodfellas but The Departed was certainly one of Scorsese’s best movies of that period.

Best Bit: Scorsese + Stones = Perfection

Worth A Rewatch: Yes

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Infernal Affairs, Copland

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 5

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 5

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about films they have watched recently. Yup it’s our fifth review round up show so we bring you some films that are old, some that are new, some that are borrowed and maybe a couple of that are blue.  Oh and Alita – Battle Angel.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Film Discussed: After The Screaming Tops, Supersonic, World War Z, Scum, The Rock, Back Panther, The Departed, Children Of Men, Robocop, Alita – Battle Angel, IO, Dumplin, Close, King of Thieves, Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind, Anna And The Apocalypse, The Golden Child, Unbreakable, Split, Murder By Death, A History Of Violence, Hot Fuzz, Assassination Nation, Fyre, Fyre Fraud, Bohemian Rhapsody, Glass, Mary Queen Of Scotts, Juliet Naked, Michael Inside, Strangers Pray At Night, They Shall Not For Old, Escape Room Green Book, Vice, Happy Death Day 2U

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Infernal Affairs (2002) – A Quick Capsule Review

Infernal Affairs (2002) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Infernal Affairs deserves its reputation as a modern Asian cinema classic, a film best known in the Western world for being remade by Scorsese and finally winning him the Academy award.  Infernal Affairs is a much more paired done and tighter telling of the story and whilst its lacks the star power of The Departed, the film is a tight, tense and well crafted cop thriller that stands along side some of Asian cinema’s best.  Yet oddly (and probably criminally in many people’s minds) I prefer the remake.  It’s baggier, less disciplined for sure but the combination of cast, director and expectation just win out for me.

Best Bit: Roof Top

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Departed, The Shield (TV), Infernal Affairs 2

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been! EXTENDED

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been! EXTENDED

Ross and Phil Talk Movies

This episode Ross & Phil Talk… The Oscars That Should & Shouldn’t Have Been!

This episode we jump on the Oscar bandwagon, we give out the very first (and unofficial) Stunt & Action Oscars (the quippyly titled Boscars) and take a look at the best and worst decisions of the academy in our lifetime. All in a special extended 60 minute episode.

Hosted by Award winning Filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: The Departed, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Gladiator, Baby Driver, GI Jane, Brawl In Cell Block 99, Moonlight, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Dances With Wolves, Tootsie, Rocky, Room, Titanic, Hacksaw Ridge, Jailbreak, Fate Of The Furious,Trainning Day

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Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

Phil’s Top 5… Martin Scorsese Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: My 5 Favourite Martin Scorsese Films

 

Close but no cigar: Casino, Mean Streets, Hugo, Gangs Of New York, The King of Comedy

 

5 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Wallowing in it’s own sickening greed, The Wolf Of Wall Street is an over indulgent mess. It’s also amazing.  Career making performance from Margot Robbie and DiCaprio was cruelly robbed of Oscar glory.

 

4 – The Departed
The Departed finally saw Scorsese win his Academy Award.  It’s a great film and showed that, years after his golden period, Scorsese could still deliver the goods.

 

3 –  Raging Bull
Scorsese’s black and white drama about boxer Jake LaMotta is brutal.  From it’s in ring action to DeNiro’s method acting, Raging Bull was the crushing flip side of Rocky and the like.

 

2 – Taxi Driver
DeNiro is simply captivating in what is still one of his most intense and raw performances.  It still crushes all these years later.

 

1 – Goodfellas
The greatest film of all time.  Part of Scorsese ‘s greed trilogy (along with Casino and The Wolf Of Wall Street), it’s got it all from killer performances, amazing music and great cinematography.

 

The 25 Best… 00’s Movies!

The 25 Best… 00’s Movies!

Best... Other Cr*p

In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: The 2000’s. 

The close but no cigar Films: There Will Be Blood, District 9, Rocky Balboa, Shaun of The Dead, Spiderman 2, Dawn of The Dead, Lilo And Stitch, Spartan, Waltz With Bashir, Finding Nemo,  Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Sntach, Zoolander, Battle Royale, Heremias: Book 1 – Legend Of The Lizard Princess, King Kong, The Replacements

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Mafia Films

Phil’s Top 5… Mafia Films

Other Cr*p Quick Review Top 5

In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Mafia Films!

Ah mafia films… the opportunity to route for the usually charismatic, misunderstood bad guy usually backed up by a cool soundtrack and some brutal violence.  I’ve ONLY included films that directly involve the Mafia: and yes it’s no coincidence that most are directed or feature the same people…

Close but no cigar: The Godfather, A Bronx Tale, Mean Streets, Casino, The Untouchables, Road to Perdition

5 – Donnie Brasco 
Pacino. Depp and, er, Four Weddings director Mike Newell?  Yup who knew.  Based on a true story Pacino plays Lefty Ruggiero, an aged gangster struggling to stay relevant.  It’s a brutal film that actually not only allows but almost demands you to sympathise with Ruggiero…

 

4 – The Departed 
Some may argue that Infernal Affairs is a better film, others that Scorsese was given a ‘Consolation’ Oscar for this after years of missing out for better films.  They are all wrong, naturally.  The Departed is a great film, expertly told. There may be better films for some, but Scorsese knocks it out the park here.

 

3 – Carlitos Way
It’s no surprise that most of this top 5 seems to feature the same two actors.  Here it’s Pacino again who shines as aged Gangster Carlito whose drawn back into a life style he’s trying to escape.  Probably Brian De Palma’s last good film.

 

2 – Godfather Part 2
Heat may have united them on screen at the same time, but many years before DeNiro and Pacino were representing different generations of the same family in what is one of the best structured films ever made.  Epic, brutal and compelling The Godfather Part 2 is a must watch.

 

1 – Goodfellas
My favourite film of all time, still Scorsese’s masterpiece and undoubtedly the best film to be mostly ignored at the Oscars.  Yes people this lost out to Dances With Wolves!  Goodfellas  is just simply genius, with a soundtrack that defined a genre.