Monday, September 17, 2007

Something different...

My wife and I just signed up for Netflix about a week ago. Our trial period expires at the end of the week. So, I thought I'd try something a little different. Yes, I write a lot about sports. Sometimes, I write about Star Wars. Sometimes I combine the two (see the "Maized and Confused" cover for proof). I'm going to branch out to movies, specifically DVDs. Call it the Studicus Netflix Movie of the Week. If I think of a better title, trust me, I'll use it in the future.

This week's feature: The Departed (2006)

Plot: A fake real cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a real fake cop (Matt Damon) match wits to bring down and protect an Irish mobster (Jack Nicholson), respectively.

My thoughts: Hey, it's a Scorsese film. Expect lots of blood, copious amounts of swearing, and lots of "law-abiding" citizens. I originally went to see this at a movie theater in Scottsdale, Arizona with my wife on our honeymoon. She didn't exactly like it that much, mostly due to the aformentioned lots of blood and copious amounts of swearing.

I, on the other hand, have been wanting to rent it again for a while now. This is really a fantastic film, as long as you don't have overly sensitive ears. The cast is superb, from the main leads to the supporting characters (Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, and Mark Wahlberg). There's great atmosphere and a wonderful conspiracy. I loved it how the characters of Damon and DiCaprio overlapped in their lives in so many ways (both worked for the police and for Nicholson's character, although their motivations were different; both had previous family connections with Nicholson's character; both had romantic relationships with the same girl; both teetered on the edge of losing their sanity and fell into paranoia).

Upon my second viewing, I recalled how great of a twist the ending had before it actually ended (you know, when Wahlberg took care of business). And, like the first time I saw it, I wanted to shoot Matt Damon myself after he recommended DiCaprio for a medal of distinction. I hated his character before that; after that I literally wanted to punch through my TV screen. I mean, for the love of God, he killed Jack Nicholson's character to protect himself, offed another snitch in his unit, and then had the audacity to "honor" DiCaprio with an award!

Favorite scene: I would say the very last one, when Damon gets his comeuppance. I really think, however, that my very favorite scene is when Matt "the prick" Damon and Mark "badass" Wahlberg exchange pleasantries following the death of Martin Sheen. Go get 'em Mark!

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