Mystic River

Been really enjoying the Ringer Network Rewatchables podcast with Bill Simmons and guests. Don't always feel the same about the movies as the reviewers but I do enjoy how they really dive in deep and discuss movies from many different viewpoints/perspectives. I'm even more happy that they have begun The Wire-Way Down in the Hole podcast where they do each episode of series per podcast episode. Same heavy chewing of material and lengthy discussion. Actually got me to notice somethings that I had missed from previous viewings or look at some things through their perspective-good stuff.

Recently I re-watched Mystic River directed by Clint Eastwood and with a cast of Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Larry Fishburne, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden. Excellent director and actors before we even roll the film. This was clearly a morality play and a tragic one at that. I think that's what drew Eastwood a veteran of many spaghetti westerns, some that he directed and acted in-most notably The Unforgiven.

Penn's performance was one of his best. I amazes me that someone that seems to be such a jerk in real life can emote so well and in a nuanced and complex way on screen. I was mulling this over when it hit me-that is probably why he is much less in real life because he puts so much into building his characters. I think some really gifted performers are most real when they're performing and maybe just coasting in real life saving it up for their next role. They few moments between Penn and Bacon some of the best moments in the movie.


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