Tag Archives: Matt Damon

True Grit – 2010 – Ethan and Joel Coen

The only thing remarkable about this Coen brothers remake is that it’s pretty unremarkable. The pair stick rigidly to the strictures of the Western: horses, guns, whiskey, a smart-talking marshall, violence, vengenance and ahhhh the Wild West. All the right ingredients, but undercooked. JJ

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Green Zone – 2010 – Paul Greengrass

Time Magazine called Green Zone the eight best film of 2010. More like 156th. Greengrass casts his go-to-guy Matt Damon as an army brass who suspects there is more to the second Iraq war than WMDs. A poor companion to Hurt Locker, In the Valley of Elah and especially Generation Kill.JJ

The Departed – 2006 – Martin Scorsese

Adapted from the original, set in Hong Kong, Scorsese finally bagged an Oscar for his tense portrayal of corruption set in Boston. He nails pretty much everything in this brilliantly written, and acted, thriller. Leonardo De Caprio comes of age and Nicholson proves he is the best actor in America. JJ

Bourne Ultimatum – 2007 – Paul Greengrass

b.jpgThe final instalment of Jason Bourne’s adventures to learn of his forgotten past is intense, yet cool and composed.  By far, the best action-thriller of the decade. I got high on the Waterloo Station sequence. Omid Nikfarjam