Then tonight we watched The Departed. My God, what an awful film. It really was. I know it's gotten all this critical acclaim but I just thought it was a mess. The first half dragged on trying to lay on all kind of important inferences about Boston politics, race and class. It only became interesting at all when it started just stealing every scene from Infernal Affairs. I mean every scene, some nearly frame by frame. IMHO a movie that steals that much from source material should NOT be considered for an Oscar, no matter who the director is. Come on, they criticized The Vanishing for being a frame by frame shoot of the original and that was the same director adapting his OWN work. Mr. DiCaprio did some very good work as a man under extraordinary pressure, but I don't know what they were talking about praising some of the others. Nicholson just ate the scenery with only filmicly generated menace (positioning, lighting, etc.) as opposed to the real deal by Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast (though oddly both films have Ray Winstone??!!!). Wahlberg and Baldwin were utterly ludicrous caricatures of hard-nosed, hard assed. Damon and Sheen were comfortable and competent, but I don't think it's their best work.
Anyway, I'm trying to get to bed before midnight, and aiming to get to bed before 11 every night this week. We'll see if I can both blog and go to bed. I'm adding new resolutions each week.