Seen any good movies lately?
I just saw "The Departed" on DVD. The official DVD release Date isn't until February 13th, but since I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild (A.K.A. "SAG") I get to vote on the SAG awards...consequently, at this time of year I get a number of free movie passes for "my consideration", and (this year) an early copy of a DVD.
I've written about this before; last year I got a free DVD of the movie "Crash", which did go on to be an award winner, after they sent out 130,000 free copies of the DVD.
I haven't bothered to even attend a casting call since '97, and don't typically go to all that many movies for that matter, so I do not really feel qualified to vote.
The production companies don't know that, however, so they send me the "freebies" too.
Last year when I received a free DVD in the mail, that movie was no longer in the theaters; this time, since the film in question is still in theatres, maybe they're hoping it'll give them an "edge".
I'll have to admit, even though I could've attended a screening of "The Devil Wears Prada" in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago (my choice) last week, I did not.
Nor have I availed myself of any of the other free passes I've gotten this year, so maybe the producers of "The Departed" are onto something.
Now that I have viewed "The Departed", I found it to be a good movie, on a number of levels. It was one of the films currently showing that I had considered seeing, anyway. Lots of "big name" performers are in it, something one might expect with a Scorsese flick, along with the obligatory violence and strong language.
If that stuff doesn't bother you, check it out...