52 – The Departed (2006)

Take that, old man.

Take that, old man.

The departed is based on a Japanese film called Infernal Affairs that was also on the list some time ago.The Departed is one of them films that seems to be almost perfect,for me anyways. We have some excellent casting and Di Capri-Sun gives a descent performance as a cop that has gone so far under cover now doubts who he really is.Leo did a few good films on the trot:Shutter Island,Inception and this.He’s really coming into his own and picking the films right for him.I noticed during the credits that Brad Pitt was one of the producers and found it a bit strange that he wasn’t in it.Maybe he could have played Damons character just as well as him but i don’t know if he could have pulled off the whole Boston thing.The plot isn’t a complex one,a crook has a guy on the inside – a cop and the cops have a guy on the inside pretending to be a crook.And it’s a game of cat and mouse(rat) for each of them to find out who the other is.It’s interesting how each informer is trying to give information to their superiors without being spotted or caught.The final minutes of the film make for some plot twists and there are a few differences here between this version and the Asian one.I noticed a continuity error too,watch when Fitzy hands his ‘cittizins’ envelope to Di Capri-Sun.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  SCORSESE NAILS IT.SOUNDTRACK IS BANG ON TOO.

220 – Star Trek (2009)

"Those space mushrooms are kicking in man"

“Those space mushrooms are kicking in man”

I’d consider myself a pretty big fan of the whole Star Wars franchise but Jesus I watched this thing for over two hours and didn’t spot Darth Vader in there once.I think i saw the death star in a few scenes though.Joking aside here,this is a pretty decent film and as a starter point for many non trekkies it does well to introduce you to all the main characters with sufficient back stories and in a nice light tone.If i were to try and describe what happens in this film i’d be here a bit so i’ll leave it at this : space,time travel,end of world scenario,rubbish accents.The worst bits with the whole film are all the lens flares,once you notice it it really annoys the crap out of you.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     8.2
SEEN BEFORE     –    YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –    GOOD.A FEW DUMB BITS YOU CAN PICK UP AS YOU WATCH IT THOUGH.