Then came the new millennium, and you've got some explaining to do. Can you please tell us, your fans, what exactly is going on? Why why why in the world does Leonardo DiCaprio have to be in every single one of your movies now? And he's not just in them; he's basically been the main man in all of them. I can't fault your ambition with most of these flicks. Gangs of New York? Shit, that may have been your magnum opus if not for one little flaw--it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, every bit as bland as Daniel Day Lewis is terrifying. The Aviator? Damned good movie except for, yup, Leonardo DiCaprio. Then there's the movie you finally struck Oscar gold with, The Departed. That's you doing what you do best--the gangster film, and it's a pretty awesome movie. Nice job, teaming up with Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg absolutely steals every scene he's in. I only have one tiny, itsy bitsy gripe with this picture. Can you guess what it is? I bet you can.
Let me take pause for a moment to say that I really have nothing against Leo. Maybe its just you who brings out the stiff, serious, unsmiling, pre-programmed and predictable actor-bot in him. I don't even condemn the guy for Titanic, as some do, and I hate Titanic. No, I don't condemn him for starring in (and sucking in) the biggest most bloated film of all time. I'll even go ahead and say I like Leo sometimes, but then we're talking the doped up, drugged out Basketball Diaries Leo. There's some talent there, no doubt, though it seems to be buried where only Gilbert Grape can find it.
Seriously now, though; is Leo really to be your leading man for a whole decade? I guess so, because the upcoming Shutter Island, which looks terrific and creepy in previews by the way, stars none other than your best buddy. Remember when Robert DeNiro was your guy? Now that I get, and, boy, those were the times.
Mr Scorsese...Martin, I have nothing but respect for you. You could have retired in the seventies and lived out your days on the glory of what you had already achieved. You've also made films about the Band and Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, and for that we salute you. No, your place in cinematic history is not in question. You even found time along the way to marry one of the most beautiful women ever to walk the face of the planet. However...you are pushing 70. I know there's gas left in the tank, but let's be realistic--the clock is ticking. Please, do us all a favor and hire a new guy. I know DeNiro's too busy hanging around with the Fockers these days, but surely someone else out there is up the the challenge of a Scorsese movie, someone who, like you, is so much better than mediocre.