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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
NO SURPRISE? - IMDB USERS CHOOSE 'SCARFACE'
GREAT MOVIE, BUT A FAN POLL WOULD TELL DIFFERENT STORY
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"While critics certainly have their favorites," Alex Wyse states in the introduction of today's post at Screen Rant, "it’s always interesting to see what the general consensus is among fans." It's important to note here, however, that "The 10 Best Brian De Palma Movies Ranked (According to IMDb)" is not a poll of De Palma fans, but a list made up of ratings from users of the IMDb. In other words, it's a more general sort of popular vote from the general public, many of whom might only ever have seen the more broadly known works of De Palma's filmography.

Don't get me wrong-- each of the films in this top ten is solid. "With a film career going all the way back to the 1960s," Wyse writes, "Brian De Palma has built up an incredibly impressive body of work over the decades. Boasting an eclectic mix of movies that range from slashers to gangster epics all the way to big-budget action movies, many of De Palma’s works are considered amongst the most iconic in all of cinema." Wyse includes comments about each of the ten films on the list-- you can read them and see the ranking at Screen Rant.


Posted by Geoff at 8:27 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:31 PM CDT
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 10:41 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

I could come up with a Brian DePalma 10 best list but a few days later I could change my order. So many great choices makes it impossible on a definitive list. How can one leave out pure DePalma film such as as BODY DOUBLE and FEMME FATALE? Koi

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 11:54 PM CDT

Name: "Mustafa"

Any general consesus that puts Shawshank Redemptions as number one and Femme Fatale 6.2, worth less than a cholate made of dead rats thrown in a recycled tampon factory!

To me, Femme Fatale would always remain as a cinematic masterpiece, his visual Monalisa, a work of perfection from start till finish! 

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 9:40 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

SCARFACE is the greatest movie ever made of the rise and fall of the American man. One of the greatest movies ever crafted.

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 10:21 AM CDT

Name: "Dorian Pimpernel"

I have to say the writer loses all credibility when he states Scarface is a “prime example of a remake eclipsing its predecessor." The Howard Hawks film is still one of the most violent, disturbing gangster pictures ever made, and I know that’s a sentiment held by Peter Bogdanovich, Kent Jones, Andrew Sarris, and most film historians worth anything. I love De Palma’s Scarface, but people like it for all of the wrong reasons. The same principle holds to Taxi Driver. To quote De Palma’s first muse JLG to Sarris: “people like great movies for the wrong reasons.” De Palma himself seemed rather annoyed to learn how the film had been appropriated (and totally misunderstood) by rap culture. 

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 6:04 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

There are people who love SCARFACE for all the wrong reasons. 

For me SCARFACE is about the corruptive influence of the American dream. It's by far the best remake ever made. The original movie is also a masterpiece and had influence by the censorship office at the time where law enforcement where the pillars of justice and that crime doesn't pay off for mobsters. For me DePalma expands on the original and is one of the best crafted movies ever. De Palma was at the height of greatness with DRESSED TO KILL, BLOW OUT, SCARFACE and BODY DOUBLE. That what I call a winning streak of films.

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 11:20 PM CDT

Name: "Carl Rodrigue"

Didn't know so many people saw and loved Sisters. It's surpising to see it before Body Double or Raising Cain.

But no complaint from me, my top five is the same as IMDB's (not in the same order though). Having said that, I would be intrigued to have a ranking like this made by the fans.

We are long overdue for a new survey!

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