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.
First watch of Noir-Vember. Following the standard police detective plot - murdered girl, multiple suspects, who will turn out to be the killer? - ‘Mystic River’ scores its point by enlisting a set of actors who surpass their level, led by a tremendous Sean Penn; man does that guy have range (I saw ‘Milk’ last week, what a difference). Second positive thing: though crimes seem to bore me without exception, Clint Eastwood sets a pace here that’s not rushed per se, but so captivating from the first minute that the hours seemed to fly by. Got myself some pizza at what I thought would be the forty minute mark, only to see there was barely an hour left! The variety…
Mystic River is, in my opinion Clint Eastwood's finest achievement in directing. The acting is phenomenal and the atmosphere is dark and dreary creating this gritty version of a Boston suburb. Mystic River is a fine example of fantastic American film making.
"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.
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"…
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…
I give Clint Eastwood and Brian Helgeland all the credit in the world. They took one of the best books I’ve read in recent years (from the great Dennis Lehane), and set out to make an incredibly faithful adaptation for the silver screen. This pristine, Oscar-quality piece of art is successful for many reasons and the cast gets a big cut of the pie. Tim Robbins, most of all, is stunning as Dave, the adult family man who is haunted by his disturbing past.
Eastwood sustains an incredible sense of dread throughout the film, and it’s a heavy, thought-provoking tale, one that is difficult to shake off.
The only reason it doesn’t get my highest rating is because the book…
I’ve had an unread copy of Dennis Lehane’s novel, Mystic River, on my bookshelf since 2004. I’ve been meaning to “get around to it” for over ten years now. I didn’t want to see the movie until I had read the book but I guess I wasn’t all that motivated to follow through. Hard to get excited about a book/movie with subject matter is so grim. Anyway, I’ve now read the book and seen the movie adaptation. The film plays as an honest companion to the book and doesn’t really change anything major to the story. Like most of his movies, director Clint Eastwood sucks the life out of every scene; there’s a drabness to this picture that while appropriate…
Un thriller intenso y psicológicamente bien diseñado. Un episodio de trauma infantil une a tres sujetos que luego vuelven a reencontrarse enla adultez tras la muerte de la hija de uno de ellos. Lo impactante es que es un juego de ética donde el posible asesino se construye a partir del sujeto que vivió el trauma, lo que luego nos permite ver como nuestras percepciones terminan siendo erráticas. El final en eastwood termina siendo siempre un aterrizaje forzoso y donde la historia patina. Excelente actuación de sean penn y tim robbins. Es buena manteniendo el suspenso no así resolviendolos.
Another great Clint Eastwood film, although I thought the story to be very slowly developed throughout, creating good suspense, but almost making the viewer question the film's delivery. I asked myself quite often, " What the hell is going on?"
Again this could seen as good technique to draw the viewer in, but I found it to be a boring quality of the storyline. Anyways, the film is still very good in my opinion.
It's been a long time coming for me to finally see this. I vividly remember being about 12 or 13 when I first wanted to see this film, and my grandpa told me to hold off on seeing it, because he was unsure I'd see the point. I think it's just because I didn't know what Macbeth is yet.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It's no surprise that it has carried on this far and still gets recommended to people 12 years later. It's a compelling story with frayed ends that tie perfectly, leaves you with multiple stories to wonder for yourself where they go, and has excellent pacing and direction. It didn't even feel like 2 hours and 15…
I think I saw part of this on a plane once, years ago, but first time watching all the way through.
Solid drama with a foreboding atmosphere. Most of the actors are excellent, including some of the younger ones who don't get much credit.
But a couple things keep the film from 4-star territory for me:
- Marcia Gay Harden. I don't know if it's just personal taste, but I find her acting style incredibly irritating.
- The subplot with Kevin Bacon's character and his wife. Is there something symbolic that I missed? Because as a storyline, it didn't go anywhere interesting, nor did it seem to add much to the character.
Honestly, this the first movie that caused me to cry for minutes on end after the credits rolled, despite not crying at all during the movie (which was strange as many of the people--a few I have never seen cry before-- seemed to be crying during certain parts of the film, specifically the scene where Jimmy realizes his daughter is dead). I've also never watched a mainstream movie that had such a dark brooding sense of dread and despair, from the subtle yet obvious allusions to Dave's inability to escape being molested as a young child to Jimmy's certainty that Dave was somehow involved with his daughter's death (and to a certain extent, Jimmy himself, as he feels responsible as…
This is an actor’s showcase, providing ample opportunity for the strong lead performers to emote and display substantial range, earning both Penn and Robbins acting Oscars. Director Clint Eastwood ratchets up the tension by presenting plausible scenarios and red herrings, while waiting until the last possible minute to reveal the true nature of the crime involved. But the Boston setting unfortunately gives actors the chance to tryout their best accents, that is too often a crutch and a distraction. However, the results are still impressive and make for one of Eastwood’s best thrillers.
A typical small town "who done it" crime drama, with a crumbled childhood friendship in the center of it all. A formula we've seen so many times before, but the performances are what save this film. Sean Penn is excellent, so are Tim Robbins & Kevin Bacon. Nothing too special, but was worth the afternoon watch.
- 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 3D
- 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