Monday, October 30, 2006

The Departed

I saw Scorsese's The Departed last night. Definitely one of his best. If he doesn't grab the Oscar for this one, then the Academy is a bunch of idiots. And I'll even go out on a limb here and say that this film may be better than GoodFellas. Go back and watch that movie; it's not as good as you remember it being.

And all of the actors did a fantastic job, even Marky Mark. This is the best work he has ever done, even better than when he whipped out that 13" muppet in Boogie Night.

I've been thinking of this movie all day. As a matter of fact, I'm been playing The Dropkick Murphys's I'm Shipping Up to Boston constantly. I hope like hell that this film wins Best Picture this year. It would make up for that Crash over Brokeback Mountain bullshit from this Spring.

After seeing this movie last night and thinking about the Sarah Weinman's post the other day about who writes what types of violence, I've been thinking about the depiction of violence and the reasons why people watch or read about it. More on that later.


Christa M. Miller said...

Don't forget to include the types of violence people watch... for instance, I will not watch films about torture (the Saw franchise, for one) but I'm all about the zombies. Weird, eh?

Richard said...

Ditto what you said about Best Picture. The Departed is a masterpiece.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Well, I liked Crash.

But I do agree with you on this movie being excellent, although not flawless. Still, brilliant acting.