Speaking of coffins, they needed plenty of them in The Departed
, which we just saw last night. I must say, this movie wasn't awesome, it was fucking awesome
. Lots of cops, lots of bad guys. Lots of cops who are also bad guys. The only Italian-American gentlemen were dispatched with quickly, and the most of the surnamic vowels were followed by apostrophes.
Three guys who, when I first became familiar with them, I had thought to be nothing but pretty boys for the girls to flutter over (Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mark Wahlberg) were in this film, and they were great
! (Not just here, either -- Damon was great as Ripley
, Wahlberg was great as Diggler
, DiCaprio was great as Hughes
.) So were Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin. I'm not kidding; SEE THIS MOVIE. It's possibly as good Scorcese's great films Taxi Driver
. Actually, it was a remake of a Hong Kong crime film from a few years ago called Infernal Affairs
, which I had meant to see a while ago, but which is now at the top of my Netflix queue.
I'm going to have to do some reading on the Bulger brothers
. One (William
) was an influential Boston politician, another (James "Whitey"
) was the boss of the South Boston Irish mob and an FBI informant. He is now a fugitive and is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list
, right next to Bin Laden. He was largely the basis for the Nicholson character, though not strictly.
Labels: Crime, Departed, FBI, Film, Scorcese