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Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Best Pilot I've Ever Seen! A New Milestone for TV?
A couple of days a go, I saw the pilot of Boardwalk Empire, directed by Maestro Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter, one of the main writers of the Sopranos. This is by far the best pilot I've ever seen. Impeccably directed; pure Scorsese, brilliantly written, perfectly casted, amazingly acted and just visually stunning! The look Mr. Scorsese established for the show is a joy to watch and hopefully the other directors will be able to emulate it, but I guess since we have Tim Van Patten, Allen Coulter and Alan Taylor directing most of the episodes, we're safe! From the first episode, Boardwalk Empire shows a great promise. It's about time Steve Buscemi got a leading role, a fine actor and a show stealer, and he's nothing short of great here, with a great supporting show to carry the show with him.
If the show continues like the pilot, and keeps using great soundtracks like the ones Mr. Scorsese used for the pilot. Then we have a third show to join the Sopranos and the Wire. And the fact that HBO renewed the show for a second season two days after it's premiere says something.
Will be watching.
The Departed (2006)
A Masterpiece! Scorsese's best since GoodFellas and Movie of The Decade.
Martin Scorsese made the best movie of the '80s RGING BULL, he made the best movie of the '90 GOODFELLAS and now he made THE DEPARTED the best movie since American Beauty and I don't think we'll see a better movie this decade.
The Directing in this movie is unbelievably great. Scorsese at one of his very best. A new masterpiece to be added to Mean Streets, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver and the great classic gangster movies. The performances are amazing, Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance to date, Jack Nicholson as we know him was great and creative, Matt Damon's best performance since Good Will Hunting and even Mark Wahlberg was great in this movie. The screenplay was superp!
This movie is a remake of Infernal Affairs, but there's no way you can compare them! The Departed is way way much better. The Departed adds over 1 hour of events, new characters, removes characters and adds depth to the characters and the story.
The Departed is a great great ride from beginning to end. Don't miss it and if you haven't seen the original yet, watch this first.