MATT SCARPELLI vs. SHUTTER ISLAND #251
Since this will be the first film of the blog, I want to go over a few things first. The rating system imdb has is a rating system 1-10, 10 being the highest. I will give you my ratings of each of the films as well. 2010′s Shutter Island ‘s rating on imdb is 8, I will give you my rating at the end. Even though it was knocked off the list, it was on when I started so I’ll call it #251. I like the name Matt Scarpelli vs. The 250 better than Matt Scarpelli vs. The 251.
This film was directed by Martin Scorsese my favorite director and should be yours. I have to say Shutter Island felt more like a Stanley Kubrick film than it a Scorsese picture. I really liked where he went with this movie. I’m not afraid to say this I watched this movie when I was home alone and at one point in the movie I turned the lights on. I was a frightened little bitch, I heard every noise in the house. I felt like my head was on a fucking swivel. It takes a lot for movie to get me spooked. I find horror movies to be funny. For me to get up and turn on the lights takes a lot. I actually did laugh at myself when I did it.
This film takes place in the 1950′s after Word War II. Leonardo DiCaprio who has now starred in I believe four of Scorsese’s films plays Teddy Daniels. Teddy Daniels is a U.S Marshall who is sent to Shutter Island in New England to investigate a missing patient. Shutter Island is a mental hospital which is more like a prison for the insane criminals. The island has an eeriness about it that starts before they even get there. Teddy Daniels goes to the island with a new partner Chuck played by Mark Ruffalo. Their investigation takes a bunch of twist and turns due to the interference of two doctors that run the island played by Ben Kingsley and Max Von Sydow.
The run time of this movie was 2 hours and 18 minutes. It didn’t feel like it was that long. The acting was excellent. I really enjoyed it. The cinematography by Robert Richardson who was the DP on a few movies on The Top 250. He has shot a number of films for Scorsese as well as Oliver Stone and always puts out an excellent product. Then there is the masterful editing by Thelma Schoonmaker who has editied most of the films directed by Scorsese going all the way back to 1967′s Who’s That Knocking at My Door.
Overall I really liked this movie but I think the 8 is a little high. I’m not going to jump up that high with this film. I’ll go with 7.2. Feel free to share your opinions, whether it be to agree with me or call me an asshole. “Masterful editing” I sound like a DOUCHE!!!
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