I love going to the movies, natch, and I like to think of myself as a having seen my fair share of films, but even the most avid moviegoer has to have missed at least some of the biggies along the road, and, well, I have to admit that not only have I never seen a Martin Scorsese movie in a movie theater, but, um, I haven’t seen most of Martin Scorsese’s movies at all. I haven’t actively avoided his films, they’ve just slipped by me. Raging Bull? Never seen it. Taxi Driver? Nope. Goodfellas? Sorry. Casino, Last Temptation of the Christ, and Gangs of New York? No, no, and no. (I am SUCH a loser.) (The only Scorsese movies I'd ever seen before the other night were The Age of Innocence and Cape Fear.)
But all of that’s going to change, and soon, because after seeing The Departed, I want to see every Martin fucking Scorsese movie fucking right the fuck now. He’s a genius. Who knew? (Okay, a lot of people knew, and I feel shame—so much shame—for not knowing.) (I mean, I figured, but I didn’t really KNOW.) (And: Now. I. Know.)
(New Thing #149: I saw a Martin Scorsese movie in a movie theater.)
Oh, and I’ve always said that you’re either a Fan of Damon or you’re a Fan of Affleck, and the twain shall never meet. Everyone in the world has one who they prefer over the other. It’s a simple matter of fact. Like, if you polled a thousand people and asked them “Damon or Affleck,” I promise you that you wouldn’t even get one lone aberrant responder trying to say “both.” You just wouldn’t ever hear “both” because those “I like both Damon and Affleck” people simply don’t exist in the real world. And I’ve always been a Fan of Affleck (not for any real reason, really, other than the fact that I’ve always enjoyed being contrary with Jesse whenever he mentioned Damon, because Jesse has always been an unapologetic Fan of Damon), but after watching The Departed, I have to concede to Jesse and admit that Damon is way better than Affleck. He rocks in this movie.
The movie may not be for everyone--I've talked to some people who didn't like it--but I was the first movie I've loved--really, really loved--all year.