Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Good movies make good stocking stuffers

I like good films, and that pays off handsomely during Christmas because people know they can get me a movie on DVD if they can't think of anything else.

I got The Departed and Walk the Line this year, which I really appreciate. I saw both films when they originally ran in theaters, but I hadn't seen either since.

For those who can't recall, Walk the Line is the biography of Johnny Cash. I liked the film for many reasons, but especially because they did not try to whitewash the problems he had (drug addiction, legal problems, etc.). Too often, films like these focus too much on the good and the result is an unbalanced view of a person's life. Cash had problems like we all do.

The Departed was the film for which director Martin Scorsese won his long awaited Oscar. It is about organized crime in Boston, and it is not for the faint of heart. It also boasts a big name cast: Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and others.

Both films are worth checking out.

1 comment:

Joltin' Django said...

If you haven't seen "No Country for Old Men," you need to do so ASAP. It is by far the best movie I've seen this year.

I've been a Coen Bros. fan for a long time; and I'm an even bigger Cormac McCarthy fan. I'm happy to say that the Coen Bros. film is VERY faithful to the book -- which is a rare thing in Hollywood these days. In fact, most of the dialogue from the film is taken right from the book.

"No Country for Old Men" is violent, for sure. (Indeed, Cormac McCarthy don't write happy stories.) But if you can stand the comic violence in "Fargo," and the real violence in "Blood Simple" and "Miller's Crossing," you'll be able to handle the Coen Bros. latest.