2006 Muriel Awards

Golden Muriel Award for Best Feature Film, 2006


The Departed

"After a couple attempts at white elephant, Oscar-chasing art, Scorsese retreats with a remake of a (barely noteworthy, in my opinion) Hong Kong crime drama and crams it full of stars for good measure. And whaddya know -- with the help of William Monahan's pungent script, he gets not only some of the best reviews of his life, but the biggest box office as well. See what happens when you stop trying and just do? (I think Kundun said that.) Nicholson's accused of scenery chewing, but, as The Departed's heart and soul, he's really gnawing at the edges of the film, like a rat... or a termite." - Kent M. Beeson

"Marty’s comeback? The man hasn’t gone anywhere; it’s the audience that refused to follow him- to 1870s New York , to Tibet , and so forth. That said, it’s good to see Scorsese jump back into the genre that more or less (ahem) made him, without sacrificing any of his style or verve. But Scorsese has always surrounded himself with able collaborators, and The Departed is no exception- William Monahan wrote the complex and gleefully salty screenplay, and the cast, made up almost entirely of Scorsese newbies, is as good as any from this past year. Some have complained that The Departed is too long, but I can’t imagine it working without the initial 90 minutes of buildup- it’s because Scorsese, Monahan, and the rest have laid the groundwork, establishing the principals and the conflicts, that once the reckonings come down and the bodies begin piling up, it means something rather than being simply a series of killings and plot twists." - Paul Clark

Best Picture

Category rankings:
1. The Departed (103 points/10 votes)
2. Children of Men (98/8)
2. United 93 (98/8)
4. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (75/9)
5. A Prairie Home Companion (56/7)
6. Pan's Labyrinth (53/6)
7. The Prestige (52/4)
8. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (39/5)
9. The Proposition (34/4)
10. Little Children (30/4)
11. Dave Chappelle's Block Party (30/3)
12. Brick (26/3)
13. Letters From Iwo Jima (25/2)
14. Half Nelson (24/2)
15. The Descent (23/2)
15. The Queen (23/2)
17. A Scanner Darkly (21/2)
18. An Inconvenient Truth (20/3)
18. Marie-Antoinette (20/3)
20. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (20/2)
21. The Child (18/2)
22. Three Times (17/2)
22. Casino Royale (17/2)
22. Inside Man (17/2)
25. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (16/2)
25. Thank You for Smoking (16/2)
27. Bubble (14/2)
28. Babel (14/1)
28. Battle in Heaven (14/1)
28. Clean (14/1)
28. jackass number two (14/1)
32. The Science of Sleep (13/2)
32. Shortbus (13/2)

The following films received one vote apiece:
13 Tzameti
Art School Confidential
C.S.A: Confederate States of America
Charlotte's Web
Deliver Us From Evil
The Devil Wears Prada
Down in the Valley
Duck Season
Flags of Our Fathers
The Fountain
Inland Empire
Iraq in Fragments
The Ister
Lady in the Water
The Last King of Scotland
Little Miss Sunshine
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Notes on a Scandal
The Notorious Bettie Page
Old Joy
The Painted Veil
The Puffy Chair
Pusher II
The Road to Guantanamo
Shut Up and Sing
Superman Returns
The War Tapes