Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Departed

I saw this movie on Monday night with Matt, Pat and Michelle, and I've been looking forward to doing a blog post about it to tell you how awesome it is.

Now it's a little complicated, because I really don't want to give anything good away, but I'll try to say what's good about the film without being horribly specific.

Jack Nicholson. He's back. He's awesome in all the comedies he does, but you forget how much awesomer he is when he plays villians, and that's what's happening here. He's an Irish mob boss and he's badass. And disturbing. And the whole time you're watching him on screen you're sort of saying to yourself "I can't not look at it..."

Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio are good too in their respective roles. I also enjoyed the story, it was interesting and kept me entertained the whole time...I thought it was well done. It was cool to watch a film about the Irish mafia - I always enjoy films with an Irish angle because of my heritage, and this one had some pretty funny quotes about being Irish in general. Like this one:

"You know, Freud once said that the Irish are the only race who are impervious to psychoanalysis." Awesome.

Go see it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were some wonderful scenes in this movie filmed in an atmospheric (sawdust on the floor, rye on the bar, felt on the pool table, dart board on the wall) precincts of The Irish Haven, on the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, in Brooklyn. Your correspondent is not unknown in The Irish Haven, or, as we are wont to call it (please note that one would not say 'wont' inside The Irish Haven except in the context of 'I wont another drink'), "the Haven."

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We thought The Departed was a awesome movie,(so awesome we saw it twice)but what was even more "awesomer" was having a drink (on two occasions) in the bar where it was filmed. The Irish Haven, located at 58th steet and 4th avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. A true "Haven" for the Irish, (off the boat too! Oops! no offence). We (new to this neighborhood via Georgia) visited the "Haven" in the early afternoon.(1st time) We were welcomed to sounds of Irish music and by a bartender named "John". We ordered two pints of Smithwicks, seeing as we are both from Irish heritage (I hadn't had one since visiting my grandparents across the pond in 2004-AWESOME!!!). John told us that some of the regular customers where "extras" in the movie. We sat at a table and imagined Jack and crew being there. After enjoying our Smithwicks we "departed" John and the two other friendly patrons.

Our 2nd visit to the "Haven", (one week and a 13 hour time difference)we saw it in a different "scene". We were again welcomed by Irish music and a bartender named "Eddie". We ordered our Smithwicks and took a seat at the bar. This place is out of this world!!! The people are so friendly (I hate to do "Cheers" on this but...) it seemed that, everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same........AWESOME PLACE!!!

We had more than our limit of Smithwicks (from the "regulars" including us in EVERYTIME one bought a drink) before we had to "depart" the "Haven" again.
We'll definitely be returning to enjoy the Smithwicks and the friendly people.

Janice and Amanda

7:23 AM  

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