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The Departed

200px-Departed234 Back in December we watched The Departed (2006,R) (ScreenIt! Review).  From ScreenIt!:

Members of the Massachusetts State Police plant an insider within a mob boss' inner circle in hopes of bringing him down, unaware that he has a mole within their organization.

With a cast including DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Nicholson, Baldwin, Sheen, and Damon and Scorsese in the director's chair, this one had a lot going for it (plus the 237 f-bombs that ScreenIt! counted. though I'd hesitate to categorize those as assets or liabilities).  It didn't disappoint.  It was excellent.  I give it 5 out of 5.

No Country for Old Men

200px-No_Country_for_Old_Men_poster Last Saturday we took advantage of the other set of grandbabysitters and went to see No Country for Old Men (2007,R) (ScreenIt! Review) with Matt and Laura.  From the ScreenIt! Review:

After finding several million dollars at a crime scene, a hunter goes on the run with it, trying to avoid a ruthless and deadly hitman who's after him, all as a world-weary sheriff tries to intervene before anything else bad happens.

The film was interesting to discuss afterwards since 3 of the 4 of us had read the book. Anton Chigurh was right on.  Like Juno, I thought the dialogue and the film in general were fantastic.  I give it 5 out of 5.



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200px-Junoposter2007 Last night we decided to stay up late and take advantage of being in a major metropolitan area with grand-babysitters.  We went to see Juno (2007,PG-13) (ScreenIt! review).  From Wikipedia:

Juno is a Golden Globe-nominated 2007 comedy film from Fox Searchlight, starring Ellen Page as the titular character, a sharp-tongued teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera).

It was fantastic.  Lots of laughs and a variety of good messages.  The film's namesake channels Sarah Silverman a little too much (the witty snarkiness, not the gross-out), but I was very glad that the film didn't go for the cliche car accident that I kept expecting (when you see it coming, don't worry cause it ain't).

I give it 5 out of 5.

China Blue

chinablue.jpgEarlier this week I watched the documentary China Blue from PBS' Independent Lens series. From Wikipedia:

China Blue is a 2005 documentary film directed by Micha Peled. It follows the life of Jasmine, a young worker in a Chinese jeans factory, hence the title. The documentary discusses both alleged sweatshop conditions in factories in China and the growing importance of China as an exporting country on a global scale.

I thought it was really interesting. The poor living conditions, the ridiculously long working hours, the contrast betwen the workers and the boss, etc. It reminds me that the extremely cheap price we pay, for a pair of jeans for example, necessarily comes at the expense of someone making them for next to nothing. I give it 5 out of 5.

Grand Canyon

200px-Grand_Canyon_film.jpgOne of the films I watched on the flight home from Amsterdam was Grand Canyon (1991,R). From the Wikipedia entry:

Grand Canyon is an ensemble drama directed and co-written by Lawrence Kasdan. It was advertised as "the Big Chill for the 90s", in reference to one of Kasdan's earlier successes....The film chronicles how [the] characters - as well as various acquaintances, co-workers, and relatives - are affected by their interactions in light events.

I'd seen this one before too, and it was good. I give it 5 out of 5.


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