Last night we watched Hot Man Movie, aka The Departed. I have wanted to see this film since the day we tried to have dinner at Park Luncheonette (an eatery in our neighborhood) and they said, “Sorry, you can’t eat here, we’re closed for a movie shoot.” And I said, “Well, what movie are you shooting and are they going to open soon?” And the man wearing the important badges and headgear said, “We’re shooting The Departed and I doubt it.” And I said, “Well, that sucks.”
Later, I found out that The Departed was a new Scorsese film and that Leonardo had been in there at the time. And I came this close to inviting him to my party or climbing the Brooklyn water tower with him.
So, Tobyjoe stopped at Whole Foods for Valentine’s Day dinner fixings, Dean and Deluca for some chocolate and flowers, and Virgin to buy us The Departed, which was released on DVD on Tuesday. It was a superb evening. The film was great. Of course it was great. The acting was superb. The cast was phenomenal. The movie was great, great enough to keep me up well past midnight o’clock.
I do have a few complaints, however. And I know this is because I had it under careful scrutiny based on the fact that I know Scorsese went to the far ends of the earth to see to it that this film was damn near perfect. He’s known for shooting scenes hundreds of times over just to get them right, so I went in holding a fine toothed comb and a magnifying glass. Plus, homeboy shut down Park Luncheonette for what seemed like forever in order to re-shoot scenes. No one gets in the way of me and food, not even Scorsese. (Although, Leonardo might be pardoned if such an atrocity were to occur.) My complaint was with some of the edits, the cuts. There were some uncomfortable cuts made during some of the dialog sequences, edits that reminded me of the fact that I was indeed watching a movie. And a few times there were weird cuts made when someone was smoking and it’s hard to get that right if you’re moving the shot from front to back all the while trying to keep the viewer in the same moment. (If this doesn’t make any sense, it doesn’t have to, the movie was great and I’m being picky.)
I especially loved Leonardo. The man has become such an outstanding actor and he’s SO unbelievably easy on the irises. Sure, Matt Damon holds a special place in my heart and always will, but as far as I’m concerned, Leonardo stole the show. I’d watch it again just to see him. Although, I’d like to see Scorsese redo all his scenes with him naked. Because the world needs more naked Leonardo. Throw Marky Mark in there, too. Matt Damon can leave his skivvies on if he really wants to.
Today’s Craving: Leonardo.