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Harry Reviews SHUTTER ISLAND!!

Every now and again I get to have an experience that I can literally say… I never expected to have. While prepping for BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 11, I made a list of films that I’d kill to get for BNAT, atop the list was an unlikely film. Unlikely, because I had no relationship in place with Martin Scorsese. In the 14 years or so that I have been doing AICN, our paths have never crossed. I know we share a passionate love affair with EL CID, my personal favorite epic of all time, and I know we share a love of vintage cinema and a lot of cool music, but he’s freaking Martin Scorsese – and I…. well, I’m most certainly not worthy. I worked and worked to reach out, when finally I was told the film wasn’t quite finished, my heart sank. There’s no way Marty would let me screen a not yet completed version of one of his films, he’s Martin Scorsese. I was asked by people to write Scorsese a letter making the appeal to screen the mostly complete version of SHUTTER ISLAND. The letter was a few thousand words long and passionately described the line-up as I had programmed it leading up to where I would like to screen his film. I gave reasons behind every programming moment, the overall theme that I saw his film as possibly reinforcing, etc… Then word came. Scorsese was sending me a print to watch, if I still felt the film was right, he’d consider letting it screen. Dear God. So that’s how I found myself at the Alamo Village one early morning in November watching a new Martin Scorsese film long before it released… next year. The film that followed was a stunning masterpiece that requires and demands multiple viewings. It is a crime that SHUTTER ISLAND isn’t in the Awards race this year, as I feel it would most likely run off with the top honor and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio – and I’m someone that isn’t always in Leo’s corner. This is not only his best work for Scorsese, but his best role to date. The lead star of the film is the island. This place, as Scorsese has brought it to life, is upon first look… Not so bad. But that’s before the drugs and the hurricane and the escaped inmates. And the Doctors? Jesus. When you have Ben Kingsley running the loony bin and Max Von Sydow as a possible Nazi experimenter… and then you add to it the idea that this whole island could be an experiment from the CIA to test things that the Nazis were working on, that the Soviets are currently working on – and this is the hush hush – place where the already criminally insane bat nuts whack jobs are locked up. You’ll have a clear idea what you’re in for when you see that one lady on the grounds that makes eye contact with Leo’s Special Agent. Scorsese is having a field day with this film in a way we haven’t really seen him play before. The whole film evokes at the beginning that quiet unsettling normality that I love out of Douglas Sirk’s world… but as the film moves on it begins to conjure comparisons to the work of Hitchcock, Sam Fuller and Fritz Lang. There’s something wrong and off about everything on the island. The doctors are definitely up to something – and it seems as though everyone from the guards to the orderlies… well, they are all in on whatever it could be. The film has the pretense that it is a mystery. DiCaprio and Ruffalo are there to find her, but there’s zero clues. Everyone claims they were at their posts and that she apparently just evaporated. Then there’s the reason Leo wanted to get to the island, which involves Jackie Earle Haley’s George Noyce (Nightmares man, freakiest fuck I’ve seen on film in a while!) who. Well, I don’t want to give it away. I’m actually going to cut this review short for many reasons. For one, it is so early, I don’t want to get into spoilers. Secondly, I really and honestly feel that this is a film that demands to be seen at least twice to fully appreciate. Consistently as revelations unveil, I found myself wishing to go back and apply that knowledge to things that happened before. The surrealistic dream imagery and possible drug dosing imagery is some of the most inspired, beautiful, haunting imagery from Scorsese’s entire career. This is a triumph of filmmaking. Oh – one last thing. Michelle Williams kills in her part. LOVE HER. This will be the 2nd Premiere of BNAT!

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  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    very nice to hear

    by Taklamakan

    any Scorsese movie is reason to celebrate

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    GREAT!!!

    by MainMan2001

    Cool. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3nzGdaDdg0

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Is the ending

    by The Llama

    true to the book?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Luckyyyyyyyyy!

    by Fievel

    If the trailer didn't look intriguing enough.... this write up sure raises the anticipation level.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    the trailer already gave most of the movie away

    by brabon300

    so go ahead harry...tell us the big "spoiler"<p> and i will see this movie, but only for jeh

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    That's great news.

    by Stan Arthur

    Every time I hear his name I can't help but picture Dabney Coleman in Modern Problems, talking into his little tape recorder on the beach, dictating a partial list of his favorite things, among which was Mr. Mawtin Score-sissy.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    So it wasn't released in Oct. because it was unfinished?

    by bbbbeeeennnn

    Didn't the studio claim it was because of lack of funds for an oscar campaign? Guess they were worried that people would think it was having problems.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Harry you sand-bagging son of a bitch!

    by Thrillhouse77

    Is there a luckier guy out there?! Wha-wha-wee-wha! <p> Marty sends Harry a custom cut of his new film... <p> Unbelievable.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    would some spoiler alerts have killed ya?

    by heavenlykid

    I had to stop reading when you talked about the scientists and their possible backgrounds. Oh, and also, since you get to watch private screenings of Scorsese films I was wondering if I could be you for a week, is that cool?

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    well fuck me sideways

    by Bloo

    I debated back and forth about going to BNAT this year, and I ended up missing the deadline, if I had thought a second that Shutter Island even had a possibilty of screening I would have applied...FUCK

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Trailer's Crafted, but Underwhelming...

    by Flummage

    ...Harry has craft cheese for blood and is consistently misplacing his whelms in an all sorts of higgledy-piggledy fashion.<p> Expectations raised several percent north, to Y'Noo, This Might Be Cool, Nu? -- with a hint of caution -- accordingly.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Goddamn Paramount running low on cash

    by Redmond

    So they pushed this to next year. Whole story back in October in LA Times about how they were running low on funds and didn't think it would be worth pushing this for an Oscar since they didn't think it would add anything to the box office, so they hosed it (surprising considering the talent involved). Or maybe that's a sign of how insignificant the Oscars have become, never more so than after going to 10 Best Pic nominees. Still, I'm looking forward to this: trailer was entertaining as hell, even though I'd wish Scorsese would get back to making "one for me" and maybe work with someone else besides DiCaprio. And good call about Sam Fuller comparisons. The trailer reminded me of "Shock Corridor", too.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    I was entirely, unequivocally pissed when this was pushed to 201

    by SoylentMean

    It's now one of my most anticipated movies of next year, after being one of my most anticipated movies of this year. <P> I really wanted to see it right around Halloween, since it definitely has that Horror movie vibe. Anybody who rightly claims Sunset Boulevard is a Horror movie is aces in my book. Since it's Scorsese, well, he's pretty much been aces in my book for a long fuckin' time.<P> But he's the only person I know that actually viewed Sunset Boulevard the way I did.<P> Sofa King jealous of all you lucky BNAT attendees that are gonna get to see this first! You goat faced bastards.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    That's 2010 folks

    by SoylentMean

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    The Departed has not held up.

    by jah_kingdom

    The soundtrack is unbearable. It's like a Spike Lee movie, incessant music over every scene. And the line about niggers not being able to put one of their own in the white house just dates the hell out of it now.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    FROM THE TRAILER I PRESUME LEO IS THE MISSING PATIENT?

    by shaneo632

    They've made it seem like there's going to be a twist and that DiCaprio's character will end up being the missing patient... Not sold on this at all really, looks quite hackneyed for Scorsese, but I WANT to like it.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Harry loved Phantom Menace and Cabin Fever!

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    Just saying, everyone gotta eat.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    heh heh heh...viva scorsese

    by pipergates

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Read the book recently, which was terrific...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...but the trailer DOES give away way too much. Who cut the fucking thing, Robert Zemeckis? Still, with Scorsese and a terrific cast, I'm still stoked for this.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    okay, read the entire review, I over reacted spoiler wise.

    by heavenlykid

    You cut it short, good thing. I was just thrown off that you said what the doctors did specifically. Just wanted to say sorry for overreacting. Granted you probably aren't reading this so I can say what I want. I'm wearing three day old socks. All my girlfriends have been brunettes. I've never seen a Lars Von Trier movie. etc.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Ooh, I'd forgotten about this film

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

    More Scorsese is never a bad thing.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Getting more and more hyped about this

    by Kammich

    I had kind of forgotten about this project recently. I remember reading something not too long ago about Marty approaching Daniel Day-Lewis for another role, and I henceforth (wrongly) assumed that "Shutter Island" was off. Then the trailer was attached to... District 9, I think... and it had me hook, line and sinker. Scorsese doing horror? with an ensemble like Leo, Ruffalo, Kingsley, J.E.H., von Sydow, Ted Levine, etc.? sign me the fuck up. and this report only hypes me more; though I've learned to be reticent about Harry's hyperbole whenever he gets to bump friendlies with the Hollywood elite. no knock on Harry: i'd be the same way. just saying.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Does that count as a review, does it?

    by MaxTheSilent

    I hope it was worth Scorsese's time.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Where's your Avatar review?

    by scratcher

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Harry also love Crystal Skull...

    by DrunkyMcLush

    ... But we're talking Scorsese here, so I trust this review...

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    thanks for ruining the plot harry

    by phoenixmagida5th

    I wanted to go into this blind but then you blurted out what the island really was with no spoiler warning. You fat fuck.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Since I first heard of AICN, I've always wanted to attend a BNAT

    by quentintarantado

    Since I'm in another country and I'm not a millionaire, it'll have to remain a dream. This review just reminds me of what I miss every year. However, if I really, really want to, money considerations shouldn't stop me. I mean, look at what Harry has done. Hmmm...

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Scorsese said he'd consider letting it screen...

    by zacdilone

    ...if Harry liked it. So there was ever a chance Harry wouldn't like it? You really think Harry would pass up a chance to screen the new Martin Scorsese film at BNAT? It doesn't matter if the film is good or not--this review was going to be positive regardless.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    The book was terrible.

    by Mono

    I had high hopes for the novel. I'd never read Lehane before, but I'd loved the film versions of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. After about 20 pages into Shutter Island, I started thinking: Gee, it would be so unbelievably obvious and lame if the twist was *X*. For the rest of the book, the utter obviousness of *X* mounts and mounts, and all the while I'm thinking: Please, please, please, please don't let it be so. I don't want Lehane to be this kind of hack. I wanted to believe. I held out all the way, supposing that if it was all setting us up for a completely different set of surprises, it might end up being sort of cool. Alas. What a stinker.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Harry=Lucky Bastard

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Enough said.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    How wonderful...

    by viola123

    I cannot wait to see "Shutter Island." I so wish it was released this year. But, February isn't too far away. Thanks for the glowing review, Harry!

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    jah_kingdom

    by SavageJuicebox

    Considering the Departed is a semi-biographical piece of real life Irish mob boss White Bulger in the 60's to the 90's... yes, yes it is dated. Because it took place, y'know, a long time ago. Durkha.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    *Whitey Bulger

    by SavageJuicebox

    Yarks

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I'll wait for a few other opinions

    by OceanWang

    Harry's never met an advance screening that he didn't consider to be a masterpiece...

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Some asshole spoiled the ending for me

    by superunknown85

    But when I think about it, that kind of ending has been done dozens of times before, so whatever...

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    The 3 movies I wanted to see...

    by The Dum Guy

    Per application to BNAT (non-released) was:<br><br>The Road (then unreleased)<br><br>The Wolfman<br><br>Shutter Island.<br><br><br>Thanks alot Harry, I guess I'll just go cry myself to sleep.<br><br>*wahhhhh!*

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I HOPE THIS IS BETTER THAN 'GANGS'/'DEPARTED'

    by uberman

    Boy, GANGS OF NY looked like a movie filmed on a HS stage. Tame, weak, boring, etc. EXCEPT for Butcher Bill-any scene with him was awesome. As for THE DEPARTED, I found it OK, but really, it was nowhere near as good as people think. Too bad that its the Film that will be known as the one that gave Marty the Oscar, when he has movies that are so superior: TAXI DRIVER; RAGING BULL; MEAN STREETS; GOODFELLAS. Heres hoping SHUTTER ISLAND is more like these and less like the tepid GANGS and DEPARTED.

  • Dec. 12, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    errr

    by The Dum Guy

    I might have put Edge of Darkness above The Road (which I liked very much as a film).

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    IN SHORT, DICAPRIO'S CHARACTER IS INSANE. SAVED YOU $10 THERE!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    AMERICAN GANGSTER WAS BETTER THEN THE DEPARTED!!!FACT!!!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    GEE-BUS HARRY! Take English 101..

    by brattyben

    FOR FUCK'S SAKE!! Fragment sentances, incomplete thoughts. Damn Harry! You are running this ship, right? Get a fuckin' editor. I love reading, but, your dribble is like listening to a stuttering, incoherent imbecile! GEE-BUS!!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    How many times did Harry mention "its Martin Scorsese"?

    by DVader

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    By the way, thanks for the fucking SPOILERS

    by DVader

    Nazi experiments? Jesus Christ.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    You didn't overreact, Heavenly Kid

    by DVader

    Yeah, Harry pulled back at the end and didn't indulge in the *heavy* spoilers, but he still very carelessly threw out some other goddamned spoilers and I'm not very happy about such a stupid fucking failure as that.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    TERRIBLE. FUCKING. REVIEW

    by DVader

    There I said it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Marty

    by Mastidon

    Thanks to Harry I was lucky enough to attend the premier of his last movie. I was at most 30 feet away from him at the press conference. He was on stage with The Rolling Stones and to be honest, it was more than bit overwhelming. The man is pure genius. That moment is burned into my head until the day I die.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I dig Michelle WIlliams

    by kafka07

    I even liked the movie Deception just because she was in it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    kafka07, I LIKE MICHELLE WILLIAMS WHEN SHE'S NAKED....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Otherwise she can burn in Hell for all I care.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Gene Barry

    by jofex

    Harry, has nothing to do with Shutter Island, but Gene Barry died today and no mention of it on AICN. Sup? Hero of WAR OF THE WORLDS! And you're spending precious space talking about Sex and the City 2?!? C'mon give it up for Dr Forester, Gene Barry - RIP.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND TWIST ENDING IS GREAT

    by Derek Wildstarr

    the book is a fast fun read and the movie will be the same. i thought i guessed the twist ending of the book but was foiled completely, its a nifty ending. the ending has multiple twists, so even if you guessed one of them, you didn't guess them all. theres no way.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    DVader, in answer to your question about how many times

    by white_vader

    he mentioned Scorsese, I peg it at about as many as he mentioned "imagery" in one fucking sentence. Holy cow!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Leo's character has a split personality

    by Rockwell35

    spoiler!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Needs more Sam Worthington

    by Crewman Number Six

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Well now I think it's been spoiled for me by Talkbackers

    by BenBraddock

    Thanks so fucking much, wankers

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Seriously, why do i come here

    by BenBraddock

    to read purile comments and have movies spoiled for me? Fuck the lot of you, spoilers

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND FUCKING YOUR EYEBALLS IN 2010!

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    (And also at BNAT.)

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Fuck you all you stupid spoiling fucks.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    It honestly makes me sick how little respect you people, you people who claim to be fans of film, give to movies. Even Harry had enough respect not to give too much away. <p> IT'S A FUCKING MARTIN SCORSESE MOVIE, HAVE YOU NO SHAME. </p> <p> Hopefully by the time it comes out I'll forget it, but not bloody likely. </p> <p> The spoiler, though, in it's non-contextual state doesn't seem to make any sense, but that doesn't justify your sick behavior. All of youse. </p>

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Harry=good cop. Wyrm/Capone=bad cop.

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    We know how this works.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    should be great

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    FLOCKA!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    God, that review is some nasty ass writing.

    by LoneGun

    Almost embarrassing to read. Given the circumstances under which this print was offered to Harry, there is NO way to trust his gushing praise of it. (He makes it sound like one of Scorsese's greatest films!? I guess we'll see...) All the same, I love Scorsese, and I love Lehane. So, I am definitely into this.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Great. A gushing review without one mention of poor Lehane!

    by robgoren

    The novel was brilliant, and so was Lehane's Mystic River. How can anyone say Lehane is a bad writer when the films and near word-for-word transcriptions of his novels? Glad to see the world still sucks director c#@k!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Island of Dr.Moreau...

    by workshed

    ...sounded like it has echoes of that classic but with the kind of themes you'd like to see in a modern movie. Looking forward to any Scorcese but this sounds like him back to his best. You lucky git Mr.Knowles.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    I would like harry to write more descriptive..

    by emeraldboy

    analytical reviews. if he is capable of doing so.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:04 a.m. CST

    if cameron gets more oscars in march...

    by emeraldboy

    the era of the likes of scorcese will be over.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    NAME DROPPING OR SYCOPHANCY?

    by Mullah Omar

    I can't decide what it is I am seeing here, so most likely it's a mix of both.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    robgoren, I don't think Harry reads books.

    by LoneGun

    At least, that's the impression I get. However, he did mention in his LOVELY BONES review that he had started reading that book. (Don't know if he ever finished it.) He's also mentioned an intention to read all the HARRY POTTER novels once the film series is over, but somehow I don't believe it. In various Talkbacks, I've recommended to him such cool and great reads as John Godey's THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE and Steven Pressfield's epic GATES OF FIRE but I've no idea if he's ever taken note.<p>I'm with you on Dennis Lehane. I've only read GONE BABY GONE, so far. I absolutely loved it - infinitely better than the film (which wasn't bad). I plan on reading more of his work, particularly the Kenzie-Genaro novels.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Harry's review doesn't spoil anything of note...

    by buggerbugger

    ...but one particular Talkbacker revealed the big twist ending in his subject line. Well done, that man.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST

    What About Princess and the Frog?

    by BartholomewNeff

    You didn't review Bolt and now you haven't reviewed Princess and the Frog Harry. So do you not review Disney animation now that Lasseter is in charge?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Lucky Son Of A Bitch

    by Broseph

    That is awesome.this not being released is this year's biggest cinema disapointment after the stink taint that was inglorious basterds.OMG IT"S SAM LEVINE IN A BERET RUN FOR YOUR LIFES!!!!!!!!! And people were saying terminator salvation was shit.gimme a fuckin break

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    There seem to be only styles to harry´s reviewing technique

    by emeraldboy

    One is the review where drags up some childhood memory or feels compelled to cling to a movie as a reminder of his past or something that happened in his past. The other is what I would call the dinner party review. in which he feels the need to name drop the people he has met in his life. He has and continues to miss the whole point of what a review is supposed to be about. if he likes a or not and to urge people to go and see a film. A review is a personal opinion. that is all.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Despite the opening 20 mins..

    by emeraldboy

    and Christoph Waltz magnificent performance. And pitts hilarious attempt at Italian. This is a film never want to sit through again. long winded, tedious and utterly boring. The Scene in the restaurant made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. what a performance from Christoph waltz.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I have always wondered...

    by emeraldboy

    apart from his mangled review and bNAT and the running or not of this site. what does harry do?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I was hoping Scorsese would change the story...

    by tangcameo

    ...I read the novel a while back and only got almost halfway through when I realized what the twist was. I don't want to give it away but let's just say it was like the names in 'Lost' but stupider and more obvious like 'redrum' in The Shining.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    He eats.<p>He eats a FUCKING LOT.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    the lapband..

    by emeraldboy

    op musnt be working.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I think that's because, emeraldboy

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    Harry ate it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    The book was not good

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I was really surprised when Scorsese made it his next movie. The book had the feel of a grad-school writing project that was dusted off to keep Lehane's name out there in the wake of "Mystic River," which was actually a really, really good book, but not that great of a movie. So maybe Scorsese has reversed that and made a good movie out of a less than stellar book. We'll have to see...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Harry, if that talkback headline is in fact a spoiler...

    by VicenzoV

    ...could it be deleted maybe?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I Agree NotReal

    by Crow3711

    While I don't think that the book was "bad" per se, I was still almost shocked when I read it and then it became Scorsese's next movie. I know some assholes have ruined, but I certainly won't ruin the twist...but it is a..kind of obvious twist. It's a decent read, fast and fun as others have said...but it didn't seem like something that would grab a man like Scorsese to immediately make a movie out of it...you'd think he'd have better things to do. But he must have had a great vision for it. And who knows, maybe he changed the ending and came up with something better himself. I don't think knowing the books ending will ruin the movie at all. This film is going to be all about atmosphere, and like Harry said, all about the Island itself. I still think its going to be excellent. I find it hard to believe it will be na Oscar frontrunner, that sounds like Harry being a blowhard, I can't imagine it would have won best picture...hard to believe. But either way, im looking forward to it

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    The twist is...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...Soylent Green is PEOPLE!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    He gave you a free advanced print..OF COURSE YOU LOVED IT.

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    Jesus this review just fucking stinks...like you AREN'T going to give it a gleaming review after Scorcese sends you an advanced print...lol..do you really think we're that fucking stupid???

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    here is an idea..

    by emeraldboy

    of how this site can become relevant again. focus on movies that our getting limited releases. or maybe split this site into two parts. one for the mainstream crowd and one for those want to see films like Tom Fords single man. There is an article there to be written on how hollywood is quietly making films like single man and then dumping them on dvd.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Scorsese...The real king of the world...

    by Arturo

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Lehane's worst novel

    by JonQuixote

    Built entirely on the backbone of a ridiculous "twist." The whole thing is a gimmick.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    All this talk of "what a tweest!"...

    by fiester

    ...makes me sort of wish M. Night Shammalammadingdong had directed this film.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    the same thing happened to

    by emeraldboy

    joe wright the soloist. it was going to be the big oscar hope 2009. Downey Jnr was in it along with jamie Foxx was in it. it had all the ingredients hollywood loves. and yet for reasons which have not been explained, the studio which shot the film did everything in its power to delay the film. the studio with drew the movie from oscar lists. Did not even put up a campaign. Yes the movie had some trailers. it was all based on a true story. downey jnr played the la times journalist. and foxx played the homeless prodigy.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    You are correct Harry. You're not worthy.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    None of us are.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by Crow3711

    That was because the movie turned out to be not anywhere near the caliber of what everyone had expected. It didn't come together. The studio saw it, moved it out of oscar contention because it was never going to win, and then released it later. That happens all the time. That isn't part of the "conspiracy" against quality movies some of you are talking about,

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Continentalop, where are you?

    by Stuntcock Mike

    My Brother in all things Scorsese, coke, and $20 whores.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    The "twist" is, they are ALL dead!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    The "twist" is, they are ALL dead!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND was BAD

    by Prof_Ender

    Saw this as a sneak-peek screening back in July. It was pretty boring. If you've seen movies like JACOB'S LADDER or SESSION 9, hell if you've played any of the Silent Hill games, then you will see the "twist" coming within MINUTES of the movie's opening.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio + Scorsese=Good movie (so far) imo

    by Meadowe

    I love The Departed, it's the first blu ray we ever got, I like Gangs of New York and I remember seeing The Aviator helped save a chunk of time from me having to spend time with my family Christmas 2004, can't remember what else they've done together but I don't recall not liking those two in a project. Unlike Johnny Depp + tb (I'm not even gonna write that fool's name out. I loved Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, and Sleepy Hollow, but that was it: the bromance has got to stop. I thought their willy wonka fliq was ok, haven't seen it since the theatre, and am so not looking to ever see corpse bride, the singing barber fliq sweeny todd and especially not that alice in wonderland they're coming out with.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    BTW headgeek, you did put SPOILERS IN YOUR ARTICLE

    by Meadowe

    all that crap about the cia, Max Von Sydow's character, etc, I had no knowledge of. I know Max Von Sydow will prolly roq because he did well in Judge Dredd, and if he can do well in a fliq like that I know collaborating with Scorsese will be great.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Dicaprio's character is actually a mental patient.

    by Penetron

    He imagines everything. Everything? Everything!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    So is Jackie Earle Haley the go to guy...

    by WhoDis

    ... for weirdos in movies now? When's he going to make a delightful rom-com?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    DVader watch out

    by Meadowe

    be careful bro-ham or you're gonna lose your D next. just sayin'.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Yeah I know Meadowe

    by DVader

    Don't criticize HeadGeek, even when he's wrong, or he'll take away your letters. Damnit!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    2nd Clash of the Titans Trailer http://tinyurl.com/cpb87z

    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    bycrow3711

    by emeraldboy

    explain something to me. Frozen river got a lot of hype. I never saw it. melissa Leo is supposed to extraodinary in that movie. Here is the weird thing. Why did it take 6 months for that film to be released in Europe. by the time it arrived in europe all the hype, buzz and expectation were gone. it got a very limited release. I think that is becoming an issue.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I don't think it's Lehane's worst book though

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I'd put Sacred well below Shutter Island. That one was lazy and cheap. I'd say Mystic River was tops, followed by Gone Baby Gone, A Drink Before the War, Darkness Take My Hand (too much borrowing from Silence of the Lambs, but still pretty good), Prayers For Rain (really lame last-act twist, speaking of those), Shutter Island, and Sacred. I couldn't get past 30 pages of The Given Day, maybe I'll give that another shot someday.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    HARRY, PLEASE REMOVE THE ASSHOLES!

    by Kaiser Soze

    Please remove these spoilerizing assholes who only post "the twist" from this TB. I and others have already had it ruined by these twats, but for those yet to read this article/TB, you'd be doing them a favor. As for those of you intent on spoiling it, GO EAT A DISEASED DONKEY DONG, YOU FUCKS! Personally, I can't wait for this movie, looove Scorcese! If you don't care about the film, get out of this TB, retards! That is all...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I'll Agree On Frozen River

    by Crow3711

    It did get screwed pretty hard in that respect, but on the flip side, in reality it was never going to win any oscars, even if it had kept the hype etc. It was too small and not enough hollywood in it. I know thats the issue you are talking about, that those movies get screwed, but I think it was a coup that the film was recognized by the academy even with nominations. A film like that getting some noms got a hell of a lot more people ot see it than if it hadn't. Hell, I'm one of them. I got it on netflix as soon as I could. So in some ways, I think you are right, that the hype system can hurt smaller movies and destroy momentum, but at the same time, I think if the movie is good enough and deserves to be recognized enough...it more often than not, is. Some films get really, really screwed that are major hollywood blockbuster types...like Zodiac for example. Got absolutely zero nominations except technical awards. That's a real travesty. Just because it was released in the spring and wasnt a huge moneymaker, it was still entirely forgotten about, despite starring RDJ and Jake Gyllenhaal. So that just shows any movie can get screwed and forgotten, not just quality indies.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The main character is insane

    by DingtheDong

    I'm forgetting, wasn't that the same twist as the John Cusack flick, Identity?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    It's An Okay Book

    by Crow3711

    It's fairly by the numbers, and the twist is too blatant, but I don't know if it will be more or less obvious in the movie. Either way, I just trust Marty. I feel bad for the people who had the twist ruined for them by jerkoffs in this talkback, but still, its not like that will ruin the movie for you. It's still going to be a quality film hopefully. I was surprised he was interested in making it into a movie, seems below him, but clearly someone wrote an excellent script that he really dug, he got the money to do it, and I'm sure its going to be better than the vast majority of films I see in 2010. So whats the harm. The way the book is written really has nothing to do with whether Marty can make it a good movie. I think the basic idea is there to be an excellent film, with some serious atmosphere. I'm also looking forward to Mark Ruffalo as his partner. I think DiCaprio is fine casting, but I think Mark is literally perfect for his partner. I was picturing him the whole time I read the book. I think its gonna be great.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    A movie studio delaying a movie's release for an entire year

    by DingtheDong

    all in the greedy effort to make more money. Wow. This movie is just asking to be leaked to the internet.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Harry's DVD review in 6 months:

    by Stifler's Mom

    Bored the fuck out of me. I really, really want to love Shutter Island but Harry is too easy a sell to trust as a reviewer. The earlier he gets to see a film, and the more special the circumstances, the more he raves. See his flip-flop regarding Bruno.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I guessed the books ending

    by JackieJokeman

    in the first third and spent the rest of the time hoping I was wrong. Weak and obvious. Practically the "it was all a dream" ending.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    "I don’t want to get into spoilers"

    by mascan42

    Really? Between the trailer and your review, I know 90% of the movie's plot now.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    fucking SCORE Harry!

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Nice work, man :) <P> Can't wait to see this.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    People are making too much of the twist

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Maybe because I already know it, and didn't care for it, I don't really care if someone spoils it, even though that's a major asshole move. But for those who are having it spoiled, is knowing it going to completely make the movie worthless to you? The journey--particularly in the hands of DiCaprio and Scorsese--should have some meaning. It isn't just the destination that counts.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    "Is knowing it going to make the movie worthless to you?"

    by JonQuixote

    I don't think it's knowing the ending, I think it's the nature of the ending that devalues the journey.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    this will be great

    by mr. smith

    the book read like a well crafted twilight zone tale, and with marty translating, how could this not be worthwhile?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Anything with Max Von Sydow...

    by schatze

    wins for me. It just does. It seems also like a dream collaboration.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    For those who think they were spoiled...

    by Sticky_Red

    There is a lot more to the ending than the 'main' twist that people are trying to ruin, and if the movie is faithful to the book, there is no way to guess the other big reveals from what has been said so far.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Want to read some good twists?

    by CENOBITE

    pick yourself up some of Philip K. Dick's short story compilations. You'll be happy you did.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    UP-THE-SHITTER ISLAND

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    will be the pr0n version, presumably.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I wasn't expecting a review...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    and what I got wasn't off course with what I WAS expecting. Harry, your nose is looking more brown than Cliff Huxtable. An actual fucking REVIEW, Harry. This is why you are a joke of a critic and I just come on here to spew wordy diarrhea. If you got beef I'll be over at the 'Sex and the City 2' thread making more funny jokes.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    delayed a year?

    by Bouncy X

    it was going to come out in october and got pushed to february, that's hardly a year. or has it been pushed even further now?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry. Now I don't need to see it.

    by Flip63Hole

    Thanks, bro...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    They should run Harry's Review during commercials

    by crazybubba

    instead of the trailers. They didn't grab my attention at all.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    SPOILERS And All

    by RefutetheHype

    Don't be angry about the spoilers. My SISTER is NINE YEARS OLD and she saw the trailer before a movie we went to see and she said "I bet he's just crazy. He's probably not even really a detective." Wow, she's spoiled the movie now. I wasn't going to see this steaming heap of Cleveland anyway.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    NINE YEARS OLDA

    by RefutetheHype

    and she figures it out. If you CAN'T figure out the Secret of Shutter Island, you've either never been burnt by a bad movie or you've never been burnt by a bad story.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    No Sam Worthington?

    by AnalFissure

    I guess he must have passed on this gig.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Fucking spoilers

    by Star Hump

    Straight outta Compton, crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube from the gang called Niggaz With Attitudes. When I'm called off, I got a sawed off, squeeze the trigger, and bodies are hauled off. You too, boy, if ya fuck with me. The police are gonna hafta come and get me off yo ass, that's how I'm goin out for the punk motherfuckers that's showin out.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Analfissure

    by RefutetheHype

    Sam has zero hump for me.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Shutter & Dicaprio

    by emeraldluxury

    Can't wait to see Dicaprio in this movie. For me, he always delivers a fantastic performance and I haven't seen him in something like this. Can't wait. Next I want him to do Sci Fi and bring something to life there. Scorcese..has been also going to different places with this movie compared to his last couple outings so I can't wait!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Where are the BNAT REVIEWS!

    by emeraldluxury

    Also, where are the start of the BNAT reviews...I want to hear every detail. The crew has had LONG ENOUGH...to put out the first of the notes! I want it NOW.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    The reason Harry can't say ANYTHING about this movie...

    by 3rdrate

    Is because an entire mountain of a movie is balanced on a grain of sand twist. Don't get your hopes up.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND, a rap by MC YackBacker

    by YackBacker

    I went on vacation<p> But I didn't leave this nation<p> The U.S. currency exchange rate<p> Ended that lil' debate...<p> So, up I went, along the coast<p> To a place where the chestnuts roast<p> A crazy little spot my mother called<p> Shutter Island.<p> The first night was alright<p> I got my room at the sanitarium<p> The mints on my pillow were a delight<p> And the boiled potatoes for dinner were yum!<p> But then things got kinda creepy<p> People got emotional and weepy<p> And someone came asking for a missing patient.<p> But maybe he was mistaken?<p> My days and nights all blend together<p> But each and every day consists of gloomy weather<p> My boy Marty Scorsese<p> Lil' dude freakin' slays me<p> Says this is Oscar bait<p> But Paramount says ya gotta wait<p> Because they need another movie<p> For their 2010 slate!<p> PEACE.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    THINCREEPYCOCK is a 57 YEAR OLD VIRGIN FACT!!!

    by Xiphos_2

    he also enjoys shoving doorknobs up his wide ass. FACT!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Good rap mah niggah, but...

    by Rocco Curioso

    The "alright" in nine 9 shoulda been "aight". Just keepin' it real, dawg.<P>For the life of me, I can't understand the appeal of BNAT. It seems like a cross between "Revenge Of The Nerds" and "Night Of The Living Dead"(the original), except in Smell-O-Vision.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    This review makes no senseif you haven't seen the trailer...

    by DadTimesTwo

    There's no description of the plot or characters. The reader must fill in the blanks from the trailer. It's weird to read a review with spoliers but no substantive plot or character, but Harry pulled it off. "A stunning materpiece..." We'll see come February if Harry is a critic worth taking seriously or is handing us a load of crap so he can hobnob with the rich and famous.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Xiphos_2, EAT SHIT YOU MORON, IT'S CLEAR TO ANYONE.....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    With more then two brain cells and a knowledge of cinema that there are only a few possibilities to this story based on the trailer alone. One, he's insane and is really a patient who is imagining everything. Two, he murdered his wife and doesn't realize it which is why he's in the nuthouse. Three, the Doctor's are all patients and the patient's are really the Doctor's. P.S. FUCK YOU.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST

    ^ Whiney Jerkoff!

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    WE AHH DOOOLY APPOINTED FEDERAL MAAAHSHALS

    by polyh3dron

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Well everyone saying that they

    by Series7

    Gave away the twist in the FIRST trailer. If you look there is a new trailer that doesn't give away as much. I wonder if Scorsesee after seeing the trailer realized it gave it away got another made, and now with some distance from the first trailer the new trailer will be the one shown for the most part till Feb.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    The first trailer spoils the entire movie

    by AlwaysThere

    What are the other assholes on her crying about?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    here we go again

    by ALLENGUINDON

    when this movie tanks, and it will, you, harry, will have to back away from your gushing. the only reason you "love" this movie is because marty gave you an advanced copy. i've heard this story before. it's getting old.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Hey...ALLENGUINDON...Don't be such a dickface man

    by Wes From NY

    Are you jealous? Harry is doing his job...and i love the site...thank god for it often... Take it down a notch man.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I'M THERE FOR SHUTTER ISLAND

    by BringingSexyBack

    As I am for any and all DiCaprio movies. The guy has fucked half the Victoria's Secret stable. He's a living god. <P> And the trailer was intriguing. I wonder who Patient 67 is? My money is on Mark Ruffalo, since he seems to disappear at some point. And Michelle Williams is Top 100 hot.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    I hate the trailer

    by MattmanReturns

    It's the most overplayed trailer I've seen in ages. "We are duly appointed federal maaahshaaaawwwwlllss."

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    polyh3dron

    by MattmanReturns

    You beat me to it.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    Book was so-so, predictable

    by bah

    It actually might make a better movie than a book.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Mono

    by bah

    You're right, that's exactly how the book reads.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    So this is like Haute Tension?

    by Oprah_Duke

    Just asking...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    The ending of this sounds

    by Series7

    Worse then the ending to the Road.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    also disappointed by the book

    by TheBaxter

    but i can see how, in the right hands, it could make for an incredible film. and scorsese's hands are definitely RIGHT.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Who wants to bet that Harry never read the book?

    by Trazadone

    That would be a sucker's bet because Harry never reads books (comic books don't count, Harry). The book is terrifc in no way predictable. I love it when people say, "The ending was so predictable" when you know damn well they did not predict it. It would be virtually impossible to predict the ending of Shutter Island.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    "I’m actually going to cut this review short for many reasons"

    by Trazadone

    Thank you, Harry. Perhaps you're learning that people don't like to wade through pointless poorly written essays to get to the main question, "Did he like it or not?"

  • Only in the sense that it is SO obvious that you convince yourself that's not where it's going.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Hey, all of you immature DOUCHEBAGS

    by Reckoner

    that give away the ending on your subject lines: GO TO HELL! Congratulations that you know there is a twist at the end. Why do feel the need to spoil it for those who haven't read the book, to feel cool? To feel "ahead of the curve"?? you arrogant douchebags.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Reckoner

    by Series7

    Should they put a spoiler tag on the trailer then?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    "Marty" "

    by DennisMM

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Goddamn it

    by DennisMM

    "Marty." "Leo." If you don't have an existing relationship with a man, why are you calling him by his first name? Just because he let you screen his film, that doesn't mean he's your friend. Call him SCORSESE, you Hollywood wannabe.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    You tell Knowles, Dennis!

    by bah

    I mean, MM.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Even unfinished it was fantastic

    by hippolyta

    One of my favourite films in the line-up, can't wait to see it in theatres with all of the finishing touches.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Spoiler-Hitlers ghost fucks Leo in the ass

    by MacReady452

    I'll cut my review(scene by scene regurgitation)short.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Trazadone

    by RefutetheHype

    Like I said, a nine year old figured out the twist from the trailer alone.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    The Day Harry Realizes

    by RefutetheHype

    he is not now and will never be a part of the Hollywood Circle, that's going to be a very sad day for him, and it makes me sad. I feel for the guy, for real.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio: Overrated

    by MrMajestic

    I'm sorry I can't join in on this big love-fest but I just can't stand DiCaprio. I don't care what Scorsese thinks, Leonardo is no DeNiro. Leo is always Leo in Scorsese's movies. His hair is always perfect, his teeth always sparkle and he always get a dozen glamor shots in those movies. In contrast look at the transformations DeNiro went through for Scorsese. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, the King of Comedy, Goodfellas and Cape Fear. Any one of those would've made an actor's career. That's the big difference, Robert was maybe the best actor in the 70's and 80's and Leo's just another pretty face. P.S. No way can What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries compare to the movies I mentionned previously.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:15 a.m. CST

    so Shutter Island is "The Village"...on an island?

    by BadMrWonka

    when a "twist" ending devalues an entire movie, in that you have just been watching someone's delusion that never happened, it really is maddening.<p> when it works, and makes things more interesting that have come before it (Fight Club, Sixth Sense) it's great. but after 2 hours, when the twist is revealed, and you are left with "OK, so?" it tends to rub people the wrong way.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Harry, Harry, Harry...your first sentence is killing me!!

    by BadMrWonka

    "Every now and again I get to have an experience that I can literally say… I never expected to have."<p>you can "literally say" that anytime you want. you are TRYING to say: "Every now and again I get to have an experience that I can honestly say…I never expected to have."<p>you can't say that you "literally never expected to have" it, because I'm sure, at some point once it was finalized, you DID expect it to happen.<p> it's best to just never use literally...then you won't have to worry about whether or not this is one of the 5% of the times you have it right.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    About Scorsese and making a mad house movie

    by AsimovLives

    He's a big fan of Samuel Fuller and his movie Shock Corridor. I guess Scorsese just couldn't resist making a movie which he could indulge in mucho referencing this beloved movie. not to mention the fat paycheck that comes attatched. I'm still upset that he's still postphoning making SILENCE, the movie he really should be making.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    BadMrWonka (SPOILER)

    by bah

    No, it's not quite so bad as that. It's more like (ADDITIONAL SPOILER WARNING)......................................................... "The Game". I'm sure there are even closer comparisons, but that's the first thing that comes to mind.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    About Shutter Island's possible spoiler

    by AsimovLives

    And really, i don't give a damn if people spoil the movie for me, because i'm still kinda upset that Scorsese made that movie instead of SILENCE. Sure, i can understand the practical reasons behind his decision (fat paycheck and as a favor for the studios so he can collect later for a more personal project), but still...<br><br>Anyway, my point is that is the spoiler of the movie is that DeCaprio is the lost pacient, then it doesn't add up. He would need to had been a teen pacient which escaped/let lose still in his teens, so that he could had enough time to go to college (FBI only hired college graduates) and then get to the FIB and had enough time to became an experienced agent. If DeCaprio plays a character at the same age he is, then the character would need to be a teen when he once was a pacient at the island.<br><br>The only way for the ag enot to be an issue is if they pulled a Cabinet Of Dr Caligari and the whole story is set inside the mind of DeCaprio's character. Which by now is one of the oldest cliches about stories about mental pacients. But a good director can always breed a new life, and new approach to even the oldest cliches and make them look new.<br><br>Still, i can't shake the feeling that this movie Shutter Island is beneath such a filmmaker as Martin Scorsese.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    bah

    by AsimovLives

    What, you mean it's all a deliberatly super-elaborated birthday party?

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives (SPOILERY)

    by bah

    Well, it's not a birthday or a party. Deliberately super-elaborated....well....

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Also, Asimov

    by bah

    Just read your longer post. Very good, you deconstructed everything wrong with the book without even reading it (and I mean that sincerely).

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    bah

    by AsimovLives

    Thanks.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    FUCK YOU Warner Bros

    by Lamerz

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    also, it's spelled "patient"

    by BadMrWonka

    just FYI

  • Dec. 16, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    actually..

    by emeraldboy

    the movie that Scorcese loves more than any other is the red shoes by Micheal Powell and Emerich Pressberger. and Scorscese´s editor is Micheal Powells widow. Thelma Schoomacher.

  • Dec. 16, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by AsimovLives

    True. But for Scorsese Sam Fuller is as important as Micheal Powell. And Thelma Shummaker is Powell's widow because she meet him when Scorsese and Powell became friends, due to Powell's admiration for Mean Streets. And Shock Corridor is one of Scorsese's favorites, there's no doubt about it.

  • Dec. 16, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I do get a feeling this is "Cape Fear" Scorsese

    by skimn

    It may be entertaining and well done but not among the directors best.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Who is "her?"

    by Embeedeuce

    "DiCaprio and Ruffalo are there to find her?" Find who? Read the review twice and you don't say in the previous paragraphs who "her" is.

  • Dec. 29, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Are any of the Doctors named Caligari?

    by LeftFoot

    Psychological drama mystery. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Silent film that is still erie as hell.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Harry suck some more dick you fat assed nobody

    by TaintLover

    This movie blows and DeCaprio gives another little bot performance trying to be adult tough guy. I saw it at a preview and the audience was laughing . They pushed it because it sucked. You dont think they would have LOVED to snare obvious noms? You Harry, are such a suck off that its not worth listening to anything you ever say. Eat another pound of bacon fat ass

  • Feb. 10, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    wow

    by orcus

    what a fuckhead. real brave coming back 2 months later

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    shutter island

    by as6095

    Martin Scorsese is unequivocally the best American filmmaker working today. I am eagerly anticipating his new film but I am a bit worried. His last foray into the suspense genre, Cape Fear, was a good film with some powerful acting, but not a transcendent experience.It did the genre proud, but it did not approach the director's finest efforts such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Rgaing Bull, Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, and the Age of Innocence. So I am hoping it surpasses Cape Fear in its originality. A note on DiCaprio. I think he has been doing his best work with Scorsese, really powerful stuff. In Gangs of New York, he was ostensibly overshadowed by the acting titan Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher (he should've won the Oscar that year). But in the Aviator and Departed, he turned in brilliant, intense performances. Overall, I can't wait to see Shutter Island. Seeing a Scorsese film is as exciting as standing in line for a Kubrick film. You just know you will get brilliance, you just don't know the dose.

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Stutter Island.

    by orcus

    Nnnnnnow Ppppppplaying

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    So, if the spoilers are true. . .

    by davida4348

    This is a remake/rip-off of Robert Cormier's "I Am the Cheese". Nice work, Marty.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Leonardo DiCaprio Is Nothing But A Line Reader

    by Media Messiah

    DiCaprio is not a good actor, he simply a guy who memorizes his lines from the scripts of the films that he is in, and he churns them out like a recorder piano, but there is no real dimension or depth to his projection as an actor, no real emotion--it all feels feigned and forced, and like those very emotions that we are asked to believe, as an audience, are made of cardboard.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Seriously, Are DiCaprio And Scorsese Lovers?

    by Media Messiah

    That is the only thing that can explain Scorsese's needless obsession with an otherwise empty actor?

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Oh good, it's no longer the Orcus and QcoIQh show

    by orcus

  • Feb. 17, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Being On Set with Scorsese

    by madmike1286

    Great review, Harry! Can't wait to see the flick at the advanced screening tonight! If you want to read an awesome interview with a crew member on "Shutter Island" and what it was like working on a Martin Scorsese movie, well, here it is! http://artthroughadversity.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/being-on-set-with-martin-scorsese/

  • Feb. 17, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Being On Set with Scorsese

    by madmike1286

    Great review, Harry! Can't wait to see the flick at the advanced screening tonight! If you want to read an awesome interview with a crew member on "Shutter Island" and what it was like working on a Martin Scorsese movie, well, here it is! http://artthroughadversity.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/being-on-set-with-martin-scorsese/

  • Feb. 17, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I Apologize About My Lovers Remark

    by Media Messiah

    It is none of my business either way. That was just mean spirited of me. You have my sincere apologies.

  • Feb. 19, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    goddamnit im nauseous

    by beast2121

    well just saw the movie...jesus christ feel like im gonna throw up...havn't feel this raped since I saw the ending of IDENTITY with John Cusack. Why has there always got to be some epic phychological twist in movies now. Cant they just give us a movie? The first half was great with the WWII cutbacks and the LA CONFIDENTIAL VIBE but the ending...cmon who didn't see something like that coming? I WAS HOPING THIS WOULDNT END THE WAY IT DID

  • Feb. 19, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Leo who?

    by Tom_Bombadil

    It's been a while since I've seen a good Leo movie... Who's Eating Gilbert Grape I think was the last one.

  • Feb. 19, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    i liked it (spoilers duh)

    by StonedWriter88

    i used to be schizophrenic and i could relate to leo at the end in a way that rarely happens with major film characters and me. but i got better and havent relapsed yet its been almost two years. i didnt know really what schizophrenia or psychosis was until i had it then got better but for those who dont believe, what happens to leo in this movie is 100% believeable in my opinion as a person who used to have a serious mental condition. im sure theres others out there but i havent seen before, a movie that captured so well the way people believe false realities

  • Feb. 20, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I just realized what it reminded me of

    by CherryValance

    from reading your review. THE WICKER MAN. The old one.

  • Feb. 20, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND

    by KHjLL

    SPOILER ALERT - I saw it a little bit I'll explain but I saw it. I just didn't know what the final puzzle peice was. I have a million questions about the end, more like two...I'm going to check it out again in the morrow...BEST NOIR film in the last decade even two...or neck and neck with MEMENTO...the BEST was seeing all of the films and novels that INSPIRED the WRITER and DIRECTOR...every character was as vivid as your worst re-occuring NIGHTMARE... IF a pictures worth a thousands words every ACTOR and CHARACTER in this FILM has a thousand QUESTIONS...My favorite was the WARDEN in the JEEP... Any the JACKIE EARLE HALEY sequence is what got me sucked in and lost...I can't wait to read the BOOK and see how the two end and the DVD...I've been on a GANGS OF NEW YORK kick the last week listen to the commentry 4 or 5 times while I've been writing my SCREENPLAY well WESTERN maybe be it can be MARTIN SCORSESE'S first WESTERN...love the illusion of stopping and starting the camera does... I'm suprised more people don't use it in their films...SHUTTER ISLAND make you realize there are still great films in cinema...NOT a flaw in my EYE... a PERFECT NOIR...

  • Feb. 20, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    MATCHES and LIGHTING - SPOILER

    by KHjLL

    SPOILER ALERT - One question or thought when he uses the matches they should have light the rooms with that match...would have kept the DOORS in the mind a little DARKER...and help play with the dialog, action, score, and direction of the DOORS...I hope, and PRAY there is going to be a BLACK and WHITE version on DVD...Computers these days can play with the lights in BLACK and WHITE...like the burning rage that surrounds him in his mind ever match another DOOR...but light up the set so the audience can only see when the matches lights and the audience can only see what TEDDY can see...but I do hope we get a BLACK and WHITE version like THE MIST release...

  • Feb. 20, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND and the OSCARS

    by KHjLL

    SHUTTER ISLAND should be in the front runnings for this YEARS OSCARS and which all FILMS of this year this should be the BAR come OSCAR time next year...I really can't beleive how much fun it was to get lost...You know you have YOUR opion of what you think is going to happen and you keep contridicting yourself and whats really going on...awesome and the facts they say about the TIMES they are talking about are true...science has a BRUTAL way in the WORLDS history...I mean you feel a little nuases from the START...Thats a hard thing to make the audience feel...because you know your on your way to the unknown...wish I could have saw the FIRST cut of the film at the BNAT didn't have any money so I didn't apply...that would have been one of the coolest things I can Imagine...the FIRST CUT to me is the best if all the footage is there longer a good film the better...Wish I could see the 5 and 1/2 hour version of HEAVEN'S GATE the cinematography is beautiful in that film... felt like it was shot in ITALY for some reason...I think they got a lot of MAGIC HOUR shots...

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    The first Scorsese film I didn't like

    by MattmanReturns

    Great buildup, and then about halfway through I stopped caring. It's not scary, it's not psychologically interesting. This has been done much better before. It's contrived and messy, and it's filled with red herrings that add up to nothing. Worst of all, it just drags on and on. I really wanted to like it. I mean, it's fucking Scorsese, but I just couldn't.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Scorsese's Homage

    by wilsonfisk89

    to great films like Hour of the Wolf, Vertigo, and The Shock Corridor. Excellent film.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    So insecure Harry didnt want a Scorsese film at his shitty festi

    by Chrispmcfc

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    You guys are still dissing Harry?

    by wilsonfisk89

    One of reasons i pretty much bailed on AICN. Commentors love to diss the big guy, and it's really off-putting.

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    YEA MARTY!!

    by williamD

    Scorsese can still do his thing!

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    CHUCK and ED

    by KHjLL

    spoiler-From the moment he came out of the bathroom and started talking to CHUCK...I thought of Ed DAKOTA the first time I saws it...

  • March 18, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island

    by alex

    Just got around to watch this film, incredible homage to Spellbound/Vertigo era Hitchcock.. Great movie!