Billy Soistmann

What I Watched This Week (Jan. 24-Jan. 30)

In Features, What I Watched This Week on January 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Wow, what a crazy week. This week was Spirit Week at my school and stayed busy preparing for my class’ skit on Thursday. Our teachers attacked us for stealing ideas and we had to fight back. It was ugly, but our skit was amazing. Anyway, I haven’t had time to watch much this week. I can’t believe I only watched two films!

1/28 The DepartedMartin Scorsese is the man. Watching this movie, you can see how much fun it must have been making it. I’m not sure if it deserved Best Picture, but Scorsese definitely earned Best Director. Every shot in this film is awesome. Sometimes, it seems a little over-the-top, but something visually interesting is going on the entire time. The acting in this film is also superb, with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, and Vera Farmiga all giving great performances. This film solidifies DiCaprio as one of the greatest actors of his generation. The plot, although not entirely new (especially considering the film is a remake), keeps moving through quick, funny dialogue.

1/30Julie and Julia: I’m on the fence about this movie, so let’s first talk about the good: Meryl Streep is excellent as Julia Child. She embodies her all the way down to her mannerisms and body language. The dual plot structure was interesting and worked well. Now for the bad: This movie doesn’t feel complete. By the end, Julie (Amy Adams) hasn’t learned anything. I mean, she got through the book, but that’s about it. She didn’t learn a lesson or become a better person, in fact, she probably just became more self-centered. So, this movie is enjoyable, but very unsatisfying. Thinking back on it, I just don’t see the point. The story was interesting, but, to reiterate, it was just incomplete.

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