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Scorsese, DiCaprio and Monahan look to be gearing up for another remake!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. You can decry the state of Hollywood all day (and I'll join you), but you can't count out Martin Scorsese's ability to remake movies incredibly well. I love the original Cape Fear to death. I flipped out for Infernal Affairs when I saw it AFM... but that doesn't mean I didn't flip out for The Departed as well. His remake of Cape Fear was fantastic as well.

So, when I hear that William Monahan is writing a remake of one of James Caan's lesser-known '70s flicks, The Gambler, with Scorsese potentially helming and Leonardo DiCaprio being eye-balled for the lead I don't automatically get the heebie-jeebies.

Longtime AICN readers may remember that the James Caan original was covered in my run of A Movie A Day (read my review here) and I really dug the flick. It had that '70s grit you don't get in most film today, especially most studio films. James Caan's character was a fantastic flawed character, the kind I lamented in my review that we don't see anymore and that any actor would jump at the chance to play.

Well, our Mr. DiCaprio looks to be the one jumping according to Deadline, which I believe beat The Hollywood Reporter to the exclusive by a whopping 4 minutes. They differ in their reporting, though. Deadline says that DiCaprio is in, but Scorsese isn't committed and THR says Scorsese is in, but DiCaprio isn't a done deal. Either way, I'm sure both are wanting to work together again.

It's a great team who have a proven track record of turning out great material together and if Monahan is able to translate that gritty '70s tone and perfectly flawed character work into a new film then this would be one I'd be eager to see adapted for a new generation.

 

 

-Eric Vespe
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  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    On a warm summer's eve...

    by Larry Knowles

    On a train bound for nowhere, I met up with the Gambler. We were both too tired to speak. So we took turns a staring, Out the window at the darkness. The boredom overtook us, And he began to speak.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Original looks awesome!

    by Shady Drifter

    Pity Scorsese and company don't do something on those lines but original. Does it have to be the same story???

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Thief was Caan's best

    by scrote

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Remakes again?

    by Kevin

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Nikki Finke's DEADLINE

    by YackBacker

    It used to be an interesting read, now it's all "I'm right, you're all wrong! TOLDJA!" Someone needs to tell this lady that a) no one cares what she writes and b) the world is no better for her being in it. She's a leech.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    stroking my berreta 9mm handgun

    by hiperaktiv

    while drinking a glass of Justerini and Brooks.....

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Jon-a-than! Jon-a-than! Jon-a-than!

    by davidwebb

    This strikes me as something that would be more up Tarantino's alley, though as Quint pointed out - Scorsese has a good track record for remakes.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    I have never gotten used to...

    by WeylandYutani

    the Scorsese/DiCaprio team ups. I like LD, he has made some fine films, even if I find him to be too baby faced in his earlier work. But I think the pairing of these two talents is awkward.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Aw, no Kenny Rogers?

    by awardgiver

    I thought it was the made for tv western with Kenny Rogers based on his song. Now THAT would've been cool!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    weylandyutani

    by cptrios

    I agree for the most part, but the big exception has got to be the Aviator. Brilliant film, and Dicaprio was perfect in it.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    huh

    by The Fuck

    THE FUCK

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Lauren Hutton

    by DVaderRIP

    Lauren Hutton was hot then, and she's still hot now : - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icRNaFQN6e4. You look like that in your 60s, you're doing pretty fucking well. First time I came across her was in seminal 80s rite-of-passage comedy Once Bitten - AKA Jim Carrey's debut role.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island was SHIT

    by JethroBodine

    Yup, shit.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    I hope the 1970s setting is retained, and yes awardgiver,

    by Sith Witch

    I'd much rather a Kenny Rogers The Gambler remakes myself as well!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Scrote: Right On The Money

    by puto tenax

    Thief was James Caan's best. Great flick with a memorable score. Hell, Quint, let Caan remake this with Leo. I'd watch it.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Does that mean

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    We get to see Leo get the shit kicked out of him??

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Leo

    by dukeroberts

    I have actually grown to like him lately. I thought he was absolutely the wrong choice for Gangs of New York (Colin Farrell would have been a much better choice), but he was not the only problem with that movie. The good things were some of the fight scenes an the incredible performance of Daniel Day-Lewis. Leo was great in The Aviator and very strong in The Departed. I love both of those. Although Shutter Island was disappointing overall, I thought he did his best acting work in it.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    I've never seen the original, but now I have to check it out.

    by Jackie Boy

    That tagline is just so fucking awesome!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Does he lose his fiancee in a poker game?

    by ZooTrain

    In Vegas?

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    cptrios

    by WeylandYutani

    Agreed, they both were in top form in that film... but if I have to criticize (and I will), from about the second half of that film onward DiCaprio is far too young to play a middle aged Howard Hughes. But, I am not sure how you get around that. Perhaps you cast different actors at different ages. Perhaps you cast an older actor and try and make him play younger (but then you have the same problem, but in reverse). DiCaprio has such a baby face that he looks even younger than he really is, which is in contrast to Hughes' weathered looks. However, DiCaprio did great work conveying Hughes' mental state and descent into illness.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Leo is a fantastic actor

    by lochkray

    But, as has already been alluded to, he's just too darn pretty. His performance in Blood Diamond is the best example of his good looks being a negative thing. His performance was phenominal, but he looked too...well, pretty. Same thing with him being a grizzled detective in Shutter Island (which wasn't "shit". It wasn't the best work of the two, but it was by no means bad) and as a hardened street-kid in Gangs of New York. His acting is fine. His looks are too soft. I'm glad he pushes his considerable acting chops, and doesn't just do pretty-boy rolls. But he needs to yellow up his teeth and have makeup dept. scar him up a bit, before he makes a complete sale on the tough guy rolls. Anyway, my lowly opinion.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Are they still doing Wold of Wall Street?

    by alxorange

    That's the one I really want to see. But unless Marty stops taking 3-4 years in between movies (Shutter Island to Hugo exception), then he will be dead before he gets around to all the stuff on his plate. He's still supposedly doing Silence next too. I wouldn't count on this one anytime soon.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    And that's "Wolf" of Wall Street...

    by alxorange

    Sorry.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    And Sinatra is in there too...

    by alxorange

    Almost forgot about that one. He's got too many potential projects for me to ever get excited when a new rumor pops up. I wish someone could de-age him 20 years.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    For $47,000 They Make You Wear a Dress....

    by Astronut

    and call you Sheila.

  • and they will put dollar bills in your G string.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    A much better movie than 'Shutter Island', with a similar theme

    by SmokingRobot

    Rent 'The Lazarus Project' with Paul Walker. An excellent movie with the same 'what is real' theme as Shutter Island, only handled much more intelligently. Far better performance from Paul Walker than Leo and a smarter, more satisfying ending.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    The Irishman! De Niro!

    by master_of_realty

    Do it! Now!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    smokingrobot

    by ranma627

    Paul Walker turning in a better performance than Leo. Shut the fuck up. Scorcese may not have great replay value and it may not be handled in an intelligent matter but it's still a phenomenal film. Classic filmmaking at its finest.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    If he didn't owe so much money, maybe he could buy a looser shirt

    by Dr Lizardo

    That's "looser", not "loser"

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    SHUTTER ISLAND *was* shit

    by la_sith

    Absolute drivel. I still can't believe it has fans.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I Miss A Movie A Day,

    by dpc01

    particularly during October, the horror movie edition. That, along with Harry's DVD Picks, usually ends up costing me money. So maybe I shouldn't complain.

  • even register a flicker on that empty pan you call a brain.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    ranma627

    by SmokingRobot

    Paul had more to work with - much better script. But you wouldn't know, you haven't seen it. So shut the fuck up yourself.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Screw The Gambler. How about a remake of Freebie and the Bean.

    by ccRider66

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    shutter island gave away the ending 30min into it.

    by FleshMachine

    weak

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    ultratron -

    by JethroBodine

    Perhaps that stupid excuse for a film was able to entertain a dullard such as yourself, but for anyone else who has ever seen a movie before, they were able to figure it out within the first 5 minutes. Sloppy film making. Shitty film. Not even a film, it was a movie. And a shitty one at that. Check fleshmachine's comments for further confirmation. Dumbass.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    for a dollar, they're draw you a picture of a dolphin

    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Original movie looks sweet.

    by AsimovLives

    Weird shit is, Scorsese knew Karel Reisz, the director of the original movie, and holded him in great respect and good esteme.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    A Big Problem With Remakes

    by Warren Fahy

    Is that the original comes on TV, and everyone checks it out because of the remake, and then half of the impact of the remake is dissipated like a giant spoiler got out. Then it becomes a clinical experience of comparing one to the other instead of the experience of an original movie. Hollywood desperately wants to recapture the authenticity of these films from yesterday, like The Wild Bunch or now this, but you can't attain authenticity by copying or redoing something that was original.

  • Maybe try something funny or dare I say I romantic piece? I don't care if it's a piece of garbage they have to change it up at least once a decade. The worst mis-casting was Gangs... You never believed for one second Leo could have taken Bill the Butcher. Now that I think about it. Cammy D. was just as miscast. That film was a gigantic blunder.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    I never knew Scorsese directed The Color of Money before

    by Jesiah

    I knew it had Newman and a rising Cruise but didn't know the auteur was marty. I think that's the only movie Scorsese and Cruise had, and Scorsese has worked so many times with DiCaprio so it goes to show what respect he has for Dicaprio's talent to keep working with him.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    The remake of Cape Fear was shit.

    by Yer_Maw

    A shockingly inept movie, given the talent involved.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Caan...

    by scors54

    Should have gotten Oscar noms for this and "Thief". The scene in "The Gambler, where he is sitting in the bathtub listening to the Laker game he bet on is one of the best wordless bits of acting from an actor I've ever seen.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    sick of Leo's scrunched up face

    by Roger Moon

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    The remake I want...

    by tehBIGIvan

    Blues Brothers as remade by Wes Anderson

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Things are bad in Hollywood when even Scorsese has remake fever

    by BenBraddock

    Yeah, ok I know, he has better-than-average track record, but all the same... the man aint gettin any younger! Why bother remaking something, there must be so many tales worth telling out there for someone of his immense talents.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    He needs to lose the Leo

    by BeatsMe

    He's really not that great an actor - he just picks good directors to work with. It's the remoteness that's a problem - you can always see him "acting." Plus, he's just so babyfaced - still hard to take him seriously as an adult.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    That tagline is fucking amazing...

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Leo is a double edged sword

    by Billy_D_Williams

    On the one hand he brings incredible intensity and can be fun to watch...on the other he doesn't seem to be able to relax into his roles and make it seem effortless like Deniro, Brando, Pacino and...Caan. I suppose he's the best Scorsese can do in terms of having an A-lister as his go to who's interested in his kinf of films.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    the glory days are gone...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Leo is no Deniro...Deniro isn't even Deniro anymore.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Kenny Rogers is the true gambler

    by Mel

    he knows when to hold 'em.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    They can't break Leo's arms or legs...

    by buggerbugger

    It would look too much like child abuse.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else...

    by WeylandYutani

    dislike the über saturated colour palette that Scorsese has started using since, I guess, around the time he made Bringing Out the Dead? I still look forward to a Scorsese film like no one else, but sometimes I long for the more muted Scorsese of olde... Oddly, give me nutty camera work and editing any day of the week, but sometimes I find the harsh lighting and colours too much and it pulls me out of a scene. OK. I'm off my soapbox now.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Shhhh...stop mentioning 'Thief'...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ....before some prick decides to remake it. My favorite Jimmy Caan (and Michael Mann) film of all time. If you've never seen it - watch it. Today.

  • than they did during the "golden age" of cinema in the 40s and 50s. Fact.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    For $71,000 they make you watch The Happening and Last Airbender

    by Clockwork Taxi

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    So long as it's not as bad as

    by D o o d

    Bullshit Island!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island wasn't above ANYONE's comprehension

    by Adelai Niska

    It was obvious from a half-hour into it what the twist would be. Then they had the twist. And explained the twist. And had a flashback SHOWING the twist, then another character explains it again. If you feel smug for figuring that movie out, you're a goddamn moron.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Scorcese is the master. Everything he does is brilliance.

    by heyscot

    I feel lucky to see his movies.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Knowing "the twist" in Shutter Island is NOT THE FUCKING POINT

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Watch DiCaprio's WRENCHING performance in the climactic flashback and listen to his dialogue in the final sequence, and the film is a fucking TRAGEDY, not a Shyamalan "Oooooo, fooled you...!" pretzel-logic mindbender. I read the book beforehand, so I was deliberately "spoiling" The Big Twist, but it didn't matter a lick to me. As a depiction of a guilt-riddled mind, the film was magnificent, and one of last year's best.

  • I figured out at the beginning that he was crazy-actually in the first minute. I'm sure you did too. Ya know? Because he has a bandage on his head and acts fucking crazy from the beginning of the film. Is that the point of the film? Do you think that the film was trying to fool you with a twist at the end? If you did then you are a fucking moron. A moron who disregarded the point of the film which is stated in the final line spoken. Also there is no way any of you knew why he was there and what drove him crazy. You guys are just distracted by the fact that you think you are smarter than the film and can't wait to congratulate yourselves for outsmarting the film. I was absolutely certain he was there to be treated when the guards grabbed their weapons and when ruffalo couldn't handle his own sidearm. Not as 'subtle' as the bandage on his head from the start and the fact that he's clearly a troubled guy from frame 1. But I guess you insist Scorsese was to dumb too know how obvious he was being.

  • Maybe these are all sub-points and the makers really thought you would be fooled by the twists. Upon second viewing everything seems as projected and obvious as can be just like I thought the first time. It's a movie about a man driven crazy who cannot face who he is any longer. It's better for him to live a fantasy. I don't understand why people have problems with that

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    clockwork taxi

    by Juggernaut125

    Noo! NOOOOOOOOO!!!! I'll pay up! Please! Not that!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    From badass James Caan to babyface Leonardo Dicaprio

    by KilliK

    sorry but as much i like both Scorsese and Leo,this remake is already in a bad start. not that at the end of the day,it wont turn out to be a great movie and maybe bring them some oscars,but still when i hear Mafia,night life,gamblers,brutes who break your legs because you owe money,and generally all this dangerous underwold and its outcast inhabitants,the last actor who comes to my mind to play a washed out character in that world,is well Leo.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Paul Walker? Seriously?

    by dukeroberts

    The idea that any performance of his could be better than virtually any single Leo performance is ridiculous. Paul Walker is one "Whoa" shy of Keanu.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    They SHOULD make fewer remakes today...

    by eustisclay

    ...than in the 40's and fifties, though I don't know that it's a "FACT". But since more people watch a movie at home than in the theaters and today you can pick up almost any movie on some kind of home viewing system, why bother? Why make a potentially inferior film of something that was done well the first time. And I know that some films aren't available for at home viewing or are lost forever, not talking about those. I don't even mind some inferior films that are remade, but don't see the point in this one.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Joe Don Baker should play deCaprio's dad- fact!

    by UltraTron

    Call the movie Giant Baby Head people:The Motion Picture

  • Also, SHUTTER ISLAND is THE shit!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Bell bottoms, open necked shirts and platform shoes, or GTFO!

    by Orbots Commander

    No, seriously, lesser movies, i.e. non-iconic I'm actually fine for re-makes. In fact, it's the box office flops and or movies that didn't set the world on fire the first time around, that are perfect re-make candidates. For example, Swamp Thing. Sure, it has cult status, but it wasn't a huge blockbuster, and looking back, wasn't even that *good*. Why doesn't somebody try to re-do that one? Or hell, even The Rocketeer; fanboys love it, but it was a BO disappointment. Somebody should try to take that on, maybe from a different angle.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    a legit Rollerball remake

    by vosborne951

    remake Rollerball instead of that horrible bullshit with ll cool j and who ever the else was in that piece of crap.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    And yes remakes aren't a new concept.

    by Orbots Commander

    In the 1940's they re-made *everything*. Even The Maltese Falcon was remade twice prior to it, as was The Front Page/His Girl Friday, and so on and on. Cecile B. Demille remade *his own* movies. Westerns were remake upon remake. Robin Hood back then was remade: Douglas Fairbanks/Errol Flynn. Zorro was remade countless times.

  • Truly a horrible price to pay.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Definitely can't wait. Caan should do a cameo where he slaps

    by UltraTron

    a bitch backhanded style. While wearing that shirt.

  • They'll see you before you see them I believe it is. It's now penetrated this movie site. Well this is a message for any pigs who happen to be reading this site. I am going to fuck your fine-ass daughter in the ass. Twice. Once while drunk and stoned driving a car. And once on your bed while you're out getting shot at.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Just a little fyi

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    She's gonna love it. And beg for more.

    by UltraTron

    You're actually gonna wish that I'd give her more. Because your pension won't put her through college.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    What I said half way through Shutter Island

    by tehBIGIvan

    I Hope Leo isn't a patient, 'cause that would be too obvious

  • I'm not going to argue about it either. I don't have to. They don't hold up. They aren't "classics", and if they weren't fairly recenty made/seen, nobody would even mention them when they mention Martin Scorsese's work other than to say, that those 2 were misfires. And that they dont' really fit into his overall body of work. Especially Shutter Island. No go suck your thumb.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    SHutter Island contains Leo's best performance...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    he seemed truly to relax into the role and let it overtake him in that...he didn't seem to be killing himself to perform like in his other movies (except maybe The Aviator)

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Aviator smell?

    by Roger Moon

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    holly shit why can't Scorsese work with other actors?

    by chien_sale

    I know he likes to be blown by Leo but FUCK!

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    David Milch

    by kinanimus

    is who I think Caan's original character was based on.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Shutter Island Gave Away The Ending In the Trailer

    by One_N_Done

    When your trailer only talks about someone missing and how there's a twist, well then no shit Leo's the missing patient. Girlfriend was pissed I ruined the movie for her 5 minutes in.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Shutter Islands.... what?

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Shutter Islands shit? No sir, your statement is clearly erroneous. You don't have to like it, but throwing childish slander towards a work of art like that is just childish.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    No. I was completely correct about shutter island.

    by UltraTron

    Read my statements. I can't say for a second that the filmmaker isn't bashing you over the head with the fact that he's a patient the entire film. If they aren't savvy to that fact- then why is the entire film meticulously constructed so when you watch it a second time you get that they are bashing you over the head with the fact that he's a patient for the entire film? From his bandage and headaches and the guards on alert and Banner not knowing how to handle his sidearm and the crazy woman recognizing him and making a shush sign- you'd think that a savvy moviegoer would have gathered that he's the patient in the first few minutes. I certainly did. But I didn't know why he was being treated or anything about his situation. To me the big reveal was seeing how his wife drove him to madness and what she did to put him over the edge. Yes it's the only perfect Leo performance too

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Agree

    by UltraTron

    that he's consumed by the character. It was the first time I totally accepted his leading man status

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Like I said, you're a mouth-breathing dullard...

    by JethroBodine

    glad you were entertained.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Scorcese has made many a good movie

    by D o o d

    but shutter island aint one of them. That film was garbage from start to finish. To call it a work of art means that you are not understanding the genius that went into such films like Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino and even The Departed. So yes, shutter island was shite!

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    So it's not a work of art. It's literally a pile of excrement.

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Got it. Nice argument. I don't know what his past classics has to do with anything. You listed classic, GREAT films and called them "good." It was "garbage from start to finish"? First of all the score is fucking brilliant. That alone stands as a work of art. The cinematography is brilliant and masterful as well. High Art. Leo is one of the greatest working actors on the planet Earth and his performance is perfect. The story was well written by some guy that's good enough to write for a Scorsese film, so I'm gonna assume he's an artist at the top of his field, as well. So no, "shit" should not be a word chosen when discussing the merits of Shutter Island.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Scorcese should remake his own Gangs Of New York

    by NeonFrisbee

    He should remake it into a good movie.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    LaSt WoRd!

    by JethroBodine

    Go ahead and have it. I don't care. If you cant' see that Shutter Island was SHIT, then you have SHIT between your ears! No go ahead and have that last word...

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    The Gamblers 1&2 better than 3&4!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Leo will be playing the Kenny Rogers' role I assume?

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    the best you can hope for is to die in your sleep

    by animatronicmojo

    Don't worry... Kenny Roger's "The Gambler" will be on the soundtrack, as will the Stone's "Gimme Shelter" and something new by U2. Casino montages will be overwrought, Leo's brow will be furrowed throughout.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    x

    by KilliK

    http://bit.ly/ol3xyx

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    re Shutter Island

    by DocPazuzu

    You guys claiming that only idiots were disappointed by the "twist" say that since it was obvious from the get-go that Leo was a nutter, only people smart enough understood from the beginning that the important thing wasn't the fact that he was the missing patient, but WHY he became that person and why the charade was carried out. <p> What a load of horseshit. <p> If Shutter Island truly had the courage of its convictions it would have shown, say, an opening scene or a voiceover discussing Leo's status, thus sparing "stupid" viewers their disappointment at the end and really challenging itself to deliver a profound and gripping tale NOT leading up to a twist. The fact is, Shutter Island tried (and hamhandedly failed) to create some sort of suspense regarding supposed shenanigans on the island. All the other stuff you claim the film was "really" about is simply run-of-the-mill exposition to explain why Leo is a nutter, plain and simple. It's not original and it sure as hell isn't gripping. <p> Still, I don't let my dislike for the film get in the way of my appreciation of DiCaprio's performance, which i thought was great, or the last line in the film which I found to be the only pitch-perfect and half-way profound piece of dialogue in the whole movie.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    For the score alone, SHUTTER ISLAND is worth watching.

    by AsimovLives

    Damn good score, damn damn good score. and made of already existing music, which only makes it all the more awesome. Me, i liked the movie. I really liked it. It was as if i was watching a Brian De Palma movie but made by Scorsese.

  • He's not getting any younger.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    James Caan's acting

    by Teddy Artery

    has never done it for me. He remains one of the most self-conscious actors I've ever seen, and every time he delivers a line, it looks rehearsed.

  • Martin Scorsese just made a kid's movie for $51,000,000. They've got old Marty by the balls.

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    one of my fave films NO FUCKING NEED

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Aug. 28, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Theif Caan's best?

    by animatronicmojo

    Perhaps you've not heard of a little film called Rollerball? Next, we'll get a crappy remake of that one.... again.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Some people just don't know how to watch movies.

    by Knuckleduster

    Maybe they should start giving Film Appreciation classes at school or something. Anyone thinking that Shutter Island is all about the twist is a fucking moron. For the love of God, please try to understand the subtext of the final scene of the film. If you don't know what subtext is, or if you're incapable of recognizing it, stop watching movies, stop reading books (as if you could) and go back to playing video games.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Video Games....

    by ZodNotGod

    UGH. They have ruined movies. Playing them have ruined people watching movies and made dummies who love them into drooling, ADD morons. I hate every last one of them. Glad I don't waste my time or money on them.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    knuckleduster- ditto

    by ZodNotGod

    As I said before in my last post that was DELETED! Video games have ruined movies and made morons out of its players.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Now my deleted post is back...what is up?

    by ZodNotGod

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Ugh....

    by ZodNotGod

    Don't give ammo to anyone wanting to remake "Taxi Driver!" The best non-superhero, superhero movie.

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    ultratron you're the moron if you think we believe

    by XxSoulFlyxX

    you figured it out in a minute. I love people who say stuff like that months and years after a movie release. Yeah right...

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    For $10.99....

    by Shankapotomus

    all you can eat buffet

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Two More People Who Need to Crawl Away and Die...

    by John

    Scorsese and Di Caprio fucking suck. (So does Shakespeare, for that matter, but your cultural brainwashing is so deeply ingrained that it's too risky to inject that concept into your brittle, honeycombed minds just yet. Di Caprio's gonna be a cocky fucking gambler, and then he'll wince, and blow a big hand, and be on the run from a bunch of wiseguys and there'll be some femme fatale bitch like Jennifer Conolly to get involved with and fucking hell this is gonna be shit.

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