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35mm THE DEPARTED at the Vista, Los Feliz

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FRI, JAN 25, 2019 11:59p: The Departed (2006, Warner Brothers, dir by Martin Scorsese, 151mns, 35mm) VISTA

How we perceive moviemakers’ careers is both subjective and a function of time itself. Sometimes the movies we think are mediocre upon release (think the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski) reveal themselves to be masterpieces while movies we thought were masterpieces upon release turn out through the unrelenting withering honest eye of time to be mediocrities.

Francis Ford Coppola quoting someone else once said one doesn’t really know if one’s movie is good or bad until ten years have passed. If folks are still talking about it, watching it, amazed by it, there’s a good chance there might be something to it.

Well. . .it’s been twelve years since Martin Scorsese’s The Departed won Best Picture and, for this programmer at least, it is truly one of his most entertaining and fascinating works.

Probably no one was more surprised at how well received The Departed was then Scorsese himself. Who can forget that strange shrug he did when he won Best Director. The shrug seemed to say “This is the one you’re gonna give me the award for?!?!”. But in a way, The Departed turns out to be the perfect blend between Scorsese the supreme experimentalist/stylist/entertainer and Scorsese the cinematic priest offering a sermon on the state of the parish.

In The Departed, the entire country is corrupt and good people don’t stand much of a chance. A remake of the Hong Kong mega-hit Internal Affairs, The Departed takes the crackerjack concept of that movie-the police get an undercover mole (in a career best performance by Leonardo Di Caprio) accepted into Boston’s most notorious gang while the Mob Boss (played with “this may be the last one” gusto by Jack Nicholson) gets a mole (played with “I finally get to be the bad guy” glee by Matt Damon) into the Boston Police Force.

From there, the double crosses, the tension, and the cat-and-mouse game of who will be discovered first begins. All backed up by laugh out loud, amazing supporting turns by Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Winstone, and Martin Sheen.

The Departed was made during the second term of George W. Bush, in the middle of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Scorsese has often said he was at a low point when he made this movie. He was depressed and confused about the state of the country, moviemaking, even his own heretofore unshakeable Catholic faith. The uncertainty, confusion, scratching around in the dark all show here.

But the entire movie pulsates with a mastery of filmmaking that Scorsese hadn’t fully shown or let loose (in this programmer’s opinion) since Kundun. And no Scorsese movie had been this unexpectedly wall to wall entertaining since Goodfellas. For some reason when Scorsese gets pushed to the edge, fascinating things happen.

The Departed would mark a return to form for Scorsese that he has impressively managed to maintain since. While Silence may actually turn out to be the masterpiece of Scorsese’s late period, The Departed is the movie where Scorsese returns from the abyss and like Paul Newman in The Color of Money lets his parishioners know: “I’m back.”

Join us for a tour de force of acting, directing, cinematography, music, and style!

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/. Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 movies a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 WINTER SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 32 movies we’re showing from January 5th 2019 @ 11:59pm-March 2019), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Winter 2019 Season (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). This is our best deal at $192.00 (or $6 per movie). This offer is available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:

If you decide to buy the ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought before the all-access pass.

The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until January 5th, 2019 @ 11:59p which is the evening of PAN’S LABYRINTH, our first movie of the Winter 2019 season. After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.

With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal after the Season All-Access pass. If you know you can make a series in January but not a series in March, this is the way to go.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

MOVIEPASS (as of late November 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of MoviePass or any similar service.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.


SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.




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