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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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The Departed

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Amy and I went to The Departed last night.  I’ve got some general movie fatigue these days because everything seems to suck, be a remake of Top Gun, or just be dull.  However, The Departed was incredible and it just blew us away.

Jack Nicholson may be my favorite male actor of all time.  Leonardo DiCaprio is finally coming into his own now that he’s an adult.  Matt Damon finally had a role where he needed to act – and he did a great job.  While it’s weird watching Martin Sheen be anything other than Jeb Bartlett, he also shined even when he was splattering.  Vera Farmiga had the best line of the movie when she said to DiCaprio “your vulnerability is really freaking me out.”  And Marky Mark Wahlberg continued to bend my mind with his range. 

Scorsese made sure there was plenty of gratutious violence, but for a Boston-based corrupt cop movie, it was believable.  Having lived in Boston for 12 years, it’s such a delight to watch it in a movie rather than live there.

  • http://www.ventureweek.com/blog Eric Olson

    I saw The Departed Sunday afternoon and totally agree with you. It was a fantastic film and I’m not just saying that because I was living in Boston during the filming (which was pretty sweet). I recommend everyone check this film out (well, not small children). It is a jewel amidst a lot of garbage.

  • http://hitchhiker.blogsome.com will

    Brad,

    I would also BEG you to get Infernal Affairs II from Netflix :) The first Infernal Affairs (which The Departed was based on) was a great movie but the sequel was even better. . . much deeper character development . . .

  • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

    Consider Infernal Affairs II to be Netflixed…

  • id

    Brad,

    Get the first Internal Affairs first. This way you would be able to directly compare The Departed and the original, which is imo much better (thought the remake is good in its own right).

    The Infernal Affairs 2 is actually chronologically happens before the first film, but I would strongly recommend to get the first film first.

    And after the first and the second do watch Infernal Affairs 3 which concludes the story ;)

  • Karyn German

    Loved it as well, but I am a huge Scorsese fan. Leo seems to be his new DeNiro…talk about an actor that has grown. I will slightly disagree on the Matt Damon comment. Did you see The Talented Mr. Ripley? I thought he was very good in that and I love seeing him play the bad guy.

  • http://miamifloridalawyer.org/ Miami Lawyer

    era Farmiga had the best line of the movie when she said to DiCaprio “your vulnerability is really freaking me out.” And Marky Mark Wahlberg continued to bend my mind with his range.

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