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Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Date: Apr 28 2010

Themes: Pop Culture

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive

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It sounds like a match made in heaven. One of Hollywood’s most respected directors, Martin Scorsese, teams up with one of Hollywood’s favorite leading men, Leonardo DiCaprio, to make a thriller based on a best-selling novel. So why hasn’t Shutter Island gotten more acclaim?

The movie Shutter Island is about the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from an island prison for the criminally insane. Ella recently saw the film. Find out if it lived up to her expectations.

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Jeff

Jeff

Ella

Ella

Jeff:  So Ella, what do you think of that new Scorsese movie?

Ella:  I am so disappointed. I love horror movies, thriller flicks. But Shutter Island, it was just a huge disappointment. It was so predictable and it was just like “Oh, they’re on an island, they’re in a fortress, it’s all locked down, something scary is gonna happen!” But nothing scary happened. It was…I was just so disappointed, compared to his movies in the past. Have you seen his other movies before?

Jeff:  Yeah, I’ve seen…I was just thinking about Taxi Driver earlier today. I really like that one. I feel like a lot of his earlier stuff I’m in favor of, like I don’t think the newer stuff measures up.

Ella:  I think he’s losing his mind.

Jeff:  Yeah, an Oscar for The Departed? I disagree.

Ella:  I never saw that, so I can’t say anything about that yet.

Jeff:  Well, I’ll go ahead and let you decide for yourself, but that wasn’t my favorite.

Ella:  So, how do you think he’s evolved, you know, compared to his older movies, to now?

Jeff:  I think that’s the problem. He hasn’t evolved. His new ones are a little too formulaic.

Ella:  Yeah.

Jeff:  And he’s kinda been pulling the same punches for years.

 

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Discussion

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Ella loves horror movies and thrillers, so she was excited to see Shutter Island, which looks scary. But Ella didn’t think the movie was scary at all. She was disappointed by the film.

Martin Scorsese directed Shutter Island. Jeff is a fan of some of Scorsese’s earlier films, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. But he has been less impressed by Scorsese’s more recent work. He thinks Scorsese’s movies have become too formulaic and predictable. Scorsese hasn’t learned to pull any new punches.

Who is your favorite movie director? Are you someone who is predictable, or do you like to try new things?

 

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United States

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09:43 PM Feb 10 2019 |

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United States

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09:43 PM Feb 10 2019 |

tobbyhot

United States

last year I seen both movies of Leonardo first one was shutter Island and 2nd was Inception. He performed so well in both. But the ends were confusing in both. genuinely I like to watch romantic movies but its so long after Titanic. there was no one like that in last few years. favorite director is James Cameron. 

08:56 AM Feb 11 2011 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I love technology and special effects so I really like Geoge Lucas and mainly James Cameron's movies ;)

Sure that predictable movies are pretty boring and fulls! movies which you have think are too better ;)

08:03 PM Jun 02 2010 |

ciccleo

ciccleo

Brazil

I really don't have a favorite director since I watch the movies because the stories. Anyway, I like the Fernando Meireles' movies.

I thought Shutter Island too boring, it was supposed to be scary, but it was really to put you in bed lol

I like to try new things, but I'm not all against the old ones.

01:59 AM May 23 2010 |

alina_medvedeva

Russian Federation

thrillers are popular among the ppl and this one should also be interesting)

will watch that.. one day :) 

04:16 PM May 02 2010 |

Olyaleon

Olyaleon

Russian Federation

I adore Tim Burton. His films are really good made in all of kinds :)

10:51 AM May 02 2010 |

yeorche

Mexico

I heve seen this flick and is great. My favorite movie director Steven Spielberg

06:27 PM May 01 2010 |

laimengxiang

China

I’ve watched it today for once,but i think i need to run it over again to fully understand it. There are so many clues,and plots entangled together,to sort out,otherwise wathers would miss the excellency of this weightful flick. You’ll be surprised by its seemingly doomed yet not end. The hero doesn’t actually turn isane, it’s all plotted, not as formulaic as the former similar horror flicks. Do you notice the last words the partner calls ?

06:20 PM May 01 2010 |

4burak1

4burak1

Turkey

it's very very good movies.but movie is very bad finished :(

09:16 AM May 01 2010 |

Steven_etc

Steven_etc

Peru

I disagree. It is not the best movie I've ever seen, but it lived up to my expectations, though I don't like the music. Enjoyable movie

03:34 PM Apr 30 2010 |

danilechang

China

I've watched it.I can't understand what the movie told to us when i watched only once .but when I watch again,I know this movie told to us a truth that the US government use of scientific experiments involving human psychiatric offender crimes

08:24 AM Apr 30 2010 |

Colibri

Colibri

Russian Federation

I disagree. I have seen the movie and liked it, it was enjoyable. It is not a horror movie but with lots of thrilling details, the music is outstanding. By the way about  how this movie ends: there are still two opinions about it. So, it is up to you what to bealive how your imagination works. I will definitely give it the second shot.

DiCaprio looks funny, He needs some work out to tight up his middleage belly although he still looks like a teenager on his face. But despite of all – the way he works is great.

04:27 PM Apr 29 2010 |

E.D.Zhu

E.D.Zhu

China

I think I will watch this movie

04:14 PM Apr 29 2010 |

E.D.Zhu

E.D.Zhu

China

I think I will watch this movie

04:13 PM Apr 29 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i've not seen this flick,  but i told a friend abt it , and he says that also has not seen it. i said it , bcs he's a movie buff and if he has not seen the movie it's mean than the movie is not acclaim

saludos.

12:46 AM Apr 29 2010 |

Delissa

Delissa

Guatemala

Hello Everybody!

I have'nt seen this flick.  I love Tim's Burton films and so Jhonny Deep, And I believe  they are match made in heaven.!

12:01 AM Apr 29 2010 |

kareem-jo

kareem-jo

Egypt

this is nice topic

11:46 PM Apr 28 2010 |

Dragon01

Dragon01

Russian Federation

I haven't seen this film. I have got favourite films, actors but I don't have any movie directors.

I'm fond of trying new things.

10:04 PM Apr 28 2010 |

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