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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What are your favorite Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio movies, together or separately?

If the weekend box office estimates hold once the final numbers are released later today, it looks like Shutter Island earned a little over $40 million since it opened on Friday. That estimate would have to shift downward by more than $10 million — which won’t happen, of course; estimates aren’t usually off by more than a million bucks or so — to change the fact that this is the biggest opening ever for both Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, separately and together.

In other words, a lot of people liked this propect of this movie enough to check it out in huge numbers. Was it Scorsese’s reputation as a filmmaker? DiCaprio’s as an actor? Looking back through their filmographies, there certainly are lots of intriguing movies there.

What are your favorite Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio movies, together or separately?
You’ll find Scorsese’s filmography here, and DiCaprio’s here. And a reminder: Shutter Island is their fourth film together; previously they’ve made The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York.

My favorite Scorsese movie, easily, is Goodfellas. (The members of the OFCS recently jointly chose this as our favorite Scorsese movie, too, though we chose only from his narrative films, and didn’t include his documentaries.) DiCaprio is tougher, but I’d probably pick either Titanic or Romeo + Juliet.

Your turn…

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