Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Best Picture I've Seen This Year by a Landslide...

The Departed. Fantastic film. Great acting performances, exemplary screenplay, wonderful direction. I can't imagine there will be a better film this year, and it's a worthy Best Picture winner. Better than anything last year too. See it in the theaters. I'll save too much in the way of plot analysis since people should see it with all the twists and turns for themselves, but I'll write more about it in depth later when more time has passed.


Anonymous Phil said...

I didn't care for it that much. The ending was way overbooked, to steal a term from wrestling. And while I respect and admire the performances, they couldn't overcome what I felt was an overdrawn, occasionally confusing, occasionally disturbing and flawed plot. I think I hold the minority opinion on this one though.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Swain said...

I really enjoyed the film too. Jack was over the top but brilliant, and DiCaprio and Damon were both really good.
If you haven't yet, check out Infernal Affairs the Hong Kong film that Scorsese based The Departed on. Also brilliant, perhaps more so.
If Scorsese doesn't get an Oscar for The Departed, there is something seriously wrong with the Academy

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Steve Khan said...

Have you seen The Prestige? I saw it last night, and it was excellent.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

I haven't seen the Prestige. It's on my list of stuff to try to see in theaters if I can in time, along with Last King of Scotland and Flags of Our Fathers. But I haven't seen it yet.

And I also would have preferred a different ending, but that was the only negative I could come up with about the entire brilliant film. And I think there was a good reason for it going the way it did, which I don't want to get into for spoiler reasons.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Speaking of Best Picture . . .
So I'm watching the gameshow "The Rich List" on FOX and the two man team can win lots of money by naming Best Picture winners. Immediately, I'm thinking that they could get 10-20 easily and maybe more if they knew movies well. They could only get six before they decided to stop. Had they gotten only three more, they would have won an additional $50,000.

Is it just me or was that an amazing display of ignorance? I'm hardly a movie buff, but I could get all of the winners, save two, from 1980-present.

6:41 PM  
Blogger 17Haze said...

I loved The Departed...After I got out of the movie I turned to my girlfriend and said "Thats one of the craziest fucking movies I've ever saw." There's a ton of cussing and murdering but man it was well done.

7:36 PM  

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