Here’s another short I made, using my little sister’s toys. You’ll have to excuse the amount of times you see my hand in this one – the phone I was using to record was damaged and kept turning itself off randomly, leaving me almost having a nervous breakdown and becoming very sloppy in my framing.
Snake on the Loose
Title: The Departed
Runtime: 2h 31m
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon
Director: Martin Scorsese
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t bring myself to do so
Where to start with The Departed? I’ve dissected and dismembered this movie with friends and relatives since its release in so much detail that I feel drained even before I begin this review. I have a funny relationship with this film. Despite pretty much enjoying all of Scorsese’s previous output and being a huge fan of crime movies, I can’t say The Departed really resonated with me. At first I hated it, then I warmed up to it, and then I went back to thinking it just wasn’t very good. After it had finished when I first saw it I just thought to myself well, is that it? There was no initial excitement when watching and no lasting impact after it was done. As sacrilegious as it is to say, is this Marty’s first boring movie?
From Producer Gaston Pavlovich:
You don’t use prosthetics, make-up; they have acting and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So we’ve seen some tests and it looks extraordinary. We were able to film Bob and just do a scene. We saw it come down to when he was like 20, 40, 60, so we’re looking forward to that, from that point of view, for The Irishman … Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in The Godfather: Part II days, that’s pretty much how you’re going to see him again.
I think most of us who have been following The Irishman are against digitally de-aging the actors for the flashback scenes. I’d much rather they went for casting different actors, a la Once Upon a Time in America. As well as the margin for error being smaller, it would also add a nice dynamic, seeing as though it is probably going to be noticeable when actors who are over 70 years old are going to be playing 30 year old versions of themselves, but when you cast different actors they bring their own little ticks to the role.
Title: The King of Comedy
Runtime: 109 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Martin Scorsese
Tagline: It’s no laughing matter.
Plot: Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry’s show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine.
…and at the end of it all, one of them won’t be laughing
Runtime: 94 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci fi
Director: Nimród Antal
Tagline: Fear is Reborn
Plot: The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Serra Leoa militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they discover that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive.
Frustration is reborn
Title: Righteous Kill
Runtime: 101 minutes
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Director: Jon Avnet
Tagline: The most aclaimed actors of our time in the film event of the year.