Thursday, October 12, 2006

Kept You Waiting There Too Long My Love

The DepartedGo see The Departed. Martin Scorcese's new movie is violent, hilarious, and quite reminiscent of his classic Goodfellas. One difference, though, is talent. Whereas Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci probably had the best performances of their careers in Goodfellas, the skill shown by Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and yes, even Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed eclipse what most other actors of the past 20 years can do. The talent in this movie is embarrassing, particularly in Leo's case. He nailed it.

But this is no movie blog, which brings me to this: the other unheralded star, just like in Goodfellas, is the amazing rock soundtrack. It is frustratingly not being released until November 7, and even more irritating is the fact that there seems to be no word on the track listing! Undoubtedly, though, the use of Well Well Well by John Lennon, Baby Blue by Badfinger, Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb by Van Morrison, and I'm Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys was inspired and extremely appropriate as part of the story. Hopefully, most if not all of those tunes will be included on the soundtrack along with others that I've already forgotten in the 48 hours since I saw the movie. It's a great flick, an instant classic. The soundtrack has the potential to be the same.

For now, you can download the score here.

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