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.
“We bury our sins here, Dave. We wash them clean.”
Mystic River and Unforgiven are my two favorite Clint Eastwood films and depending on which one I see last I tend to put in first place. Right now I’m inclined to declare Mystic River as Eastwood’s best film, but that is subject to change anytime (perhaps even before I finish writing this review). Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film won two: Sean Penn for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Tim Robbins for Best Supporting Actor. I was rooting for Brian Helgeland’s wonderful screenplay adaptation from Dennis Lehane’s novel, but it lost out to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Helgeland had previously won…
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…
"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…
Back in 2003 Clint Eastwood's Mystic River blew my mind.
Rewatching this today for just my third time it still delivers the exact same feelings, one of a father's love, desperation, sadness, and every feeling imaginable given the story line.
Most films fail to live up to your fond memories of the initial viewing. But most certainly for me Mystic River delivered again! This time around I really appreciated the performances. Most notably Sean Penn who absolutely owned the character!
I'm truly glad this film held up as it is one of my favorites all time.
Strong performances, slow filming and a incredible story and directed by Eastwood!
everything i want out of a movie i found in mystic river. even though a bit salty, hampered by the waste from boston and drenched in sludge from the river bottom, its water soothed and riveted me. my soul felt both easier and heavier.
A gripping drama film from director Clint Eastwood.
Complex, Emotional, Great performance all around.
A gripping murder mystery, where the whole cast is amazing at acting. First time I've been extremely impressed by Sean Pean. Loved the ending and shot beautifully.
Hard names in this distribution: Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn and Laurence Fishburne.
OMG, I hate this film. I generally like Eastwood, but WTF was he thinking here? I felt this film just failed on every level. Over the top scenery chewing, Idiot Plot, weird subtexts... It just blew chunks. I'm yelling at an empty chair, I know, but sometimes that's what ya do.
Dark, gritty, and at times, complex to a fault, Mystic River is a compelling crime drama that stands on its own against Boston's best gangster films.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…