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Shutter Island is a masterful suspense thriller unlike no other. What Martin Scorsese has made here is, in my opinion, one of his best films to date. Just when you thought he gave it all in "The Departed", Scorsese somehow manages to top it with this. Shutter Island benefits from a dark, and eerie atmosphere that is present throughout the film. The movies soundtrack also adds a layer of horror and mystery. Leonardo Dicaprio is just astounding and he really gives it all in this film. Along with "Inception", this may just be his best performance. Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley were great as well. The plot is so engaging that you feel you are on the island yourself. People have said that the twist in this movie is predictable but I beg to differ. Shutter Island is a gripping movie that will keep you guessing until the end. Along with "Se7en" and "Memento", this has to be one of my favorite thrillers of all time. Shutter Island shows just how versatile Scorsese is and just how he is able to craft a unique film. If you are into Thrillers, then definitely give this a shot. Shutter Island wont dissapoint.
Before Martin Scorsese would go on to craft "Goodfellas" and "The Departed", he made Mean Streets. This is a fine gangster film and a terrific addition to the genre. The cast here is composed of excellent performances by both a young Robert Deniro and Harvey Keitel. One thing I have always loved about Scorsese's films is his ability to tell a raw story. This is no different with Mean Streets. Everything that Scorsese would later become known for is present here such as realistic dialouge, raw atmosphere, excellent pacing, etc. Martin Scorsese has long mastered the gangster genre and he definately proves that with this film. The cast here is phenomonal as Robert Deniro and Harvey Keitel give some of the best performances of their careers. Mean Streets is an overlooked gem that doesn't seem to get it's share of praise due to Scorsese's later films in his career. Long after he's gone, Scorsese will most likely be remember for "Goodfellas" and "Taxi Driver", however, I personally feel that Mean Streets belongs in the caregory as one of his best films. If your're a fan of the gangster genre, there is absolutely no reason for you not to check this out.