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Monday
Mar 14 2016

Beauty vs Beast: Irish Gangs Be Slashin'

Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"-- I don't know if its my walk to work in Lower Manhattan every day or what but you'd be surprised (really,because literally nobody says this) at how often Martin Scorsese's 2002 filmGangs of New Yorkcomes to my mind.I mean clearly the nieghborhoods look a little bit different but whenever I look off towards the river I think to myself,"Self,a boat could totally shoot a cannon at you right now."So thanks for that,Gangs of New York.One more New York stress I don't need!

Anyway this morning we're thinking green thanks to the approaching St.Patrick's Day holiday,and I figured it was time to turn that anxiety into action -- it's the angry Irish laddy versus the Original New York Nativist Nightmare (pre-dating Donald Trump by a couple centuries)...

PREVIOUSLYIt was a real battle of man against machine withlast week'sEx Machinaedition,but in the end our lady of the whirring silver midsection Ava slinked away with just about 53% if your vote.Saidcatbaskets:

"Team anti-rape avenger every time.(As opposed to team rapist creator).We shall not get lost in Isaac's dreamy pecs."

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Can anyone beat Bill The Butcher?What a performance!I love when actors manage to be excellend and BIGGER THAN LIFE.Subtlety is overrated.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I will say here at the outset that I fully expect this to be a DDL blow-out - it always is!What would I have to do to make it not?A Nine contest?SHUDDER

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Jason: Julian Sands ought to be able to take him in A Room with a View-off.And maybe a Crucible-off would favor Winona or Joan.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Gangs of New York might be my favorite truly messy film.Its pacing and narrative focus veer hither and yon at the drop of a (stovepipe) hat,its main protagonist is marginalized for the lion's share of the overstuffed running time,it tries to cover everything from bloodoath vengeance to romance to class and race divisions to the Boss Tweed political machine,and in style and in content it often goes all topsy-turvy and histrionic.But the result is a cocked-eyed beauty of a film which I love through and through.
Also Bill the Butcher all the way,every day.Obvs.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered Commentermoe

I miss Daniel Day Lewis

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

I really didn't care for this film or the performances but at least Day Lewis keeps his accent consistent.DiCaprio sounds like he has been all over Europe.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I mean is there a better named character than "Amsterdam Vallon"?But names aren't everything.DDL just wipes the floor with Leo in this.

March 14,2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Lol,this isn't a fair fight.Bill the Butcher all the way.No contest!

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

I think Daniel Day-Lewis is laughably bad in this movie.I know this isn't a constructive comment,but I can't restrain myself in light of the boundless praise he received.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterWill

"Undercover Fievel Realness."Jason,you are amazing.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterKieran Scarlett

Please.It's not even a contest.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

Nathaniel,I'm curious: how did you feel about the 2002 Oscar race?I know you like The Hours but is that the film you were rooting for in Best Picture?What did you think of Gangs of New York in general?And did you think Chicago was overrated,underrated or properly rated?

Of the films that were nominated,The Two Towers was my favorite but I also loved The Pianist and I think Gangs had moments of brilliance and should've won for Art Direction & Lead Actor (ironically the two Oscars that another DDL vehicle -- Lincoln -- won years later).亚博主页Chicago was easily my least favorite of the nominees and I was annoyed that it got the accolades that Moulin Rouge (a far superior musical film) should've gotten one year before.

March 14,2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Bello

This is just about the same as Plainview vs.Sunday: no contest.

March 15,2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Definitely the weakest Leo performance in a collab with Scorsese.Best is probably when he portrays Billy Costigan in the Departed.

March 16,2016 | Unregistered CommenterKris

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