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Monday, October 09, 2006

Go See 'The Departed'

Saw it this weekend. It was one of those incredibly rare movie experiences where, for 2-1/2 hours, no one's hungry for popcorn, no one has to take a leak, and no one talks. (Full disclosure: One guy sitting in front of Minerva and me did continuously raise his arms in a touchdown salute, and another person did fart, but even these things didn't lead to the typical round of laughter or catcalls.)

Simply put, the movie was fantastic. Leonardo DiCaprio was about as good as an actor can be in a movie. The guy's stock might have been higher when he was scrawny, handsome Leo, but he's now as good an actor as there is.

Also great were Damon, Maahkee Maahk, Alec Baldwin and Jack Nicholson, whose performance may allow Bostonians to finally forgive him for mooning them in hallowed Boston Garden during a pivotal Celtics/Lakers game in the early 1980s.

On a side note, Minerva said she saw "Beverly, Ma." -- my hometown -- on an OxyContin prescription-bottle close-up in the movie. I missed that, so I'll just have to go see the movie again.

On another note, it is, for some reason, impossible to get a cup of coffee in Friendship Heights on a Saturday night after 9 p.m.