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…
“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…
"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.
This movie is a good study in human nature and fate. Eastwood has always tried to haze the line between a good guy and the things a person does to define him as such. His good guys do so much bad and his bad guys do so much good that we are often left pondering what we see in his movies. Mystic River will take your imagination and patience to the limit. Mystery, intrigue and suspense are superbly blended for a home run.
Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, Mystic River is a beautifully shot film in the streets of Boston focusing not only on a murder story, but how it emotionally brings forth parallels with a terrible thing that happened in the past. We have the story focusing on three childhood friends, all have wives, with Jimmy and Dave having children while Sean doesn't and even is absent of his wife who has left and only appears in one sided phone conversations, where Sean talks and she says nothing. Jimmy's daughter is found murdered and while we get the obvious search for the killer from Sean and Jimmy's perspectives, the cop by the book and the vengeful father, it also looks…
One those movies you just can't take your eyes off of. The cast is undeniably great as proven by Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, winning Best Actor/Supporting Actor respectively. The story is spectacularly written although I did find myself figuring it out, but that doesn't take away from the suspense as you're never a 100% sure.
Mystic River- 4.5/5
A human personality is bound to change after experiences, and sometimes experiences(happy or traumatic) can deliver the outcome at how one develops in their lives, as this terrible experience of this three kids continues to unconsciously haunt them throughout their seperate journeys in 'Mystic River', where director Clint Eastwood has amazingly showcased human emotion, depression and past hauntings through his diverse characters as with the help of a terrific ensemble cast, each of whom have given brilliant potrayels of their characters and help him implement the story perfectly, Eastwood has shown the bad-side of traumatic experiences and how it can truly turn good men cruel.
Mystic River starts by showing three kids, Jimmy, Sean and Dave playing…
Absolutely gut-wrenching, just as much the second time around.
I guess I have to say this is a good film, but it's goddamned depressing and I'll never watch it again.
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Continuing my alphabetical wander through my movie shelf. Haven't sat to watch this one in a while. My favorite Lehane book, and I think it's a solid movie, though it seemed to move much quicker toward fingering the culprit than I remembered.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…