Milk Does a Body Good

You know that that headline is being used all around the country is reference to former Mr. Madonna‘s new movie. It has to be.

And for good reason.

Milk is a great movie. If you’re presented the opportunity to see it, I highly recommend you seize it. Although, this is one that will also play well on the small screen. At the end of the flick my friend says to me, well that was depressing. And she’s right – it doesn’t end on a happy note. But what I find more depressing is that 20 years later we’re having the same issues in the same state. Good grief people. We’ve been denying civil liberties to a class of people FOREVER, let’s move on. I think one of the most powerful points was when Milk tells Mayor Mascone that if he reinstates Supervisor White that the mayor won’t be re-elected, that he won’t even be able to get the job as the dog catcher because the gay population won’t support him. And the mayor doesn’t reinstate Supervisor White. He knew then what people are learning now (or again) that when a group is motivated there is little that cannot be accomplished. I mean, look at our President-elect.

Anyway, go. Or rent. Either way, add it to your list of must-sees in 2009.

As for the winner of my copy of The Departed, it’s Kim the knitting librarian from BigBadWolf. Kim, send me your address and I’ll drop your movie in the mail.

I plan to watch American Gangster this weekend. If I manage to do that, it’ll be given away on Monday.

The Departed

Spoiler alert

Everyone dies. Well, not Marky Mark – he lived.

I really wanted to see The Departed on the big screen, but I was busy raising kids. Or something. But this weekend we sat down and watched it. It was as good as I hoped (btw, my expectation for movies is low – as long as I don’t feel like that’s two hours of my life I really want back, I consider it a success).

How could you not love The Departed though? A good story that draws you in and an amazing star-filled cast. Jack Nicholson is #1 bad guy, Marky Mark is a smart-mouthed police Sargent, Matt Damon is a mole, Leonardo DiCaprio (anyone else remember him on Growing Pains?) is also a mole but for the other team and Alec Baldwin. Oh! And Martin Sheen. See? good actors – it would be hard to make a craptastic movie with these guys all being directed my Martin Scorsese.

Some things that bounced around in my head … how is it that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck got their big break together in Good Will Hunting and one of them makes romantic comedies and the other makes awesome action packed adventure? Also, can you imagine Thanksgiving at Mrs Baldwin’s home if all four sons were there? Alec is an outspoken liberal, Stephen is an evangelical Christian, Daniel has allegedly has a cocaine problem and then boring Billy is married to Chynna Phillips and has been for over a decade.


If you like movies that make you pay attention and can handle the constant use of the F-word

Ellerby: Go fuck yourself.
Dignam: I’m tired from fucking your wife.
Ellerby: How is your mother?
Dignam: Good, she’s tired from fucking my father.

There’s blood too. And guns. And cigarettes.

I would totally watch it again. And for some points of comparison:

  • American Pie or The Departed? The Departed
  • Face/Off or The Departed? Are you insane? John Travolta is in Face/Off, Face Off
  • Italian Job or The Departed? you should do a Marky Mark double-header and watch both
  • Horton Hears a Who or The Departed? The Departed
  • Slumdog Millionaire or The Departed? Slumdog Millionaire because you can rent The Departed anytime
  • Australia or The Departed? The Departed, Australia took 3 hours of my life that I cannot have back
  • The Dark Knight or The Departed? ooh, that’s hard … but if I can only pick one, The Departed

So, there you have it. Watch The Departed. And to help you do that I will send one lucky person my copy on DVD. It’s a legal, purchased DVD – only watched once. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, January 9. To be eligible leave a comment before Thursday, January 8th 10pm MST.