Nate and Ryan invite special guest Anne Singleton back to talk about The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s violent, vulgar crime thriller. Like most film fans, Nate and Ryan are big fans of Scorsese, but The Departed is the first of his films on this podcast. Although many of Scorsese’s films have been important to the foundations of contemporary American cinema, the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars eluded him until the Academy smiled upon this gritty remake of Infernal Affairs from Hong Kong directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Nate, Ryan, and Anne discuss how much impact the movie has more than 10 years later.
What are your memories of The Departed? Where does it rank among Scorsese’s movies? How many times should one director use the same song in a movie? Let us know!
Check out Ann’s Best Picture film blog.