Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
We bury our sins, we wash them clean.
A thriller about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present. Sean Penn won an Oscar for his multifaceted performance as a father who lost his daughter.
"Is that my daughter in there?"
Wow, I can't believe it took me this long to watch this. Clint Eastwood had some serious balls for even attempting to tackle this type of subject matter at the time, and I congratulate him for that. The entire cast is phenomenal, especially Penn and Robbins, and like every other Clint Eastwood film, the cinematography is great. Even if the twist was a bit of a let down, Mystic River isn't as focused on it's mystery story as it is about the relationship between the three leads throughout their lives, which in a way made it a better film overall. Easily one of the better mystery films from the early 2000's.
Although it’s been acclaimed as one of his greatest works, Mystic River is quite an unusual Eastwood film. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, it’s about the friendship between three working-class Boston men – Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) and Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) – whose lives are united by two crimes, committed years apart. Taking its cues from Lehane’s prose style, Brian Helgeland’s screenplay is highly plastic and operatic, making the film feel as if it’s continually ending, or the working-class are perpetually positioned at that moment just before a Hollywood blockbuster resolves itself, always in the third act of their lives. Sean Penn, in particular, takes up the cue with aplomb – his voice…
Clint Eastwood has been one of the few actors who have mastered the art of direction. The switch from in front to behind the camera can be a tricky one and Eastwood without doubt is one of the best. For nearly forty years now he's cut his teeth after watching and learning from the best.
Mystic River is a crime film adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name. It features a stand out cast that bothered the Academy in a big way back in 2004. Two Oscars for leading lights Sean Penn and Tim Robbins and four more nominations, this was a real return to form for Eastwood after a couple of below par films in "True Crime"…
Part IV of my Prisoners preparation.
Some films make you cry, some make you relieved/rejoice, some make you flat-out infuriated. Rarely does a film reach all emotional spectra - such as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River - leaving me in the fetal position during its closing act.
One can take this film as a religious parable, a story of faith, but that's merely a factoid that Eastwood utilizes to add definition to this story of personal and lawful justice. loss of innocence in a child, and vengeance.
The obvious attraction to the film is its renowned cast, earning their Oscar nominations rightfully. Tim Robbins plays Dave, a middle aged man that is accused of murdering his friend Jimmy's (Sean Penn) daughter.…
6th film of summer challenge.
Mystic River is a bleak, raw, and dark film that is terrifically and flawlessly made. Clint Eastwood's direction is the best he's ever done, and the performances are impeccable, absolutely perfect, from Sean Penn and Tim Robbins especially. The screenplay also does a fantastic job at developing the characters, to really get you sucked into this situation they are going through.
I honestly find this to be a masterpiece in cinema, and this is now, of course, one of my favorite films of all time.
A flawless mystery/drama with brilliant execution all around, I have nothing but extremely high praise for Eastwood's Mystic River. Combining complex themes with a simple story on the surface to create an emotionally powerful film with amazing performances, Mystic River is an absolute must watch for every film fan. I'm so glad I re-watched this, as my praise has only grown higher.
The three central performances are all amazing. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon are all perfectly suited for their roles, and the choice to show the backstory of these three characters only adds layers to them and creates a strong emotional bond between them. Laurence Fishbourne is also very good here, and underrated. The direction here from…
Great acting by Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. Acting-wise, on the level of Glengarry Glen Ross.
Somehow dark (should I say grey?) directorial style and cinematography, well achieved. At moments, you could REALLY see Eastwood behind the cameras. There was that same "street" atmosphere used years later in Grand Torino.
Also, nice story work. Constantly growing tension, a couple of interesting twists.
However, the movie ends 10 minutes after it should have ended. The story just gets weakened by that extra parade scene.
Three boys, three lifes, one street, one terrible common experience. How one can fool himself into an event in the past, how one have been led by foolish suspection, how one solves all.Tragic and thoughtful.
sean penn was a delight to watch
While certainly not awful, Mystic River is bland and unnoteworthy. The only thing that pulls it through are the strong performances from its leads.
I Like 2003's Mystic River, I Like It Because Clint Eastwood's Turning 85 Years Old Next Year In 2015 When Me And My Brother Jesse Will Be Turning 21 Years Old.
After about a decade of near-misses, Eastwood finally found his footing again with this superb thriller. The cast is about perfect and the film really nails Boston (between this and Scorsese's THE DEPARTED, maybe this town should be left to outsiders). Suffers a bit from the main storyline hinging on a major coincidence, but it's still extremely compelling nonetheless.
Pomposa, tramposa, metódica, pocha, melodramática. Perfecta.
Child sexual abuse
Ableism ("he's a good kid, he talks to his deaf/mute brother even though he doesn't have to") SUCH CHARITY O LA LA.
Highly overrated, not recommended.
This is a surprisingly restrained film for Eastwood and the few times it does explode it is effective. I think this is the superior contemporary Eastwood film to Gran Torino in a variety of ways.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- Rear Window
- North by Northwest