Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Casey Affleck

I always believed it was the things you don't choose that makes you who you are. Your city, your neighborhood, your family. People here take pride in these things, like it was something they'd accomplished. The bodies around their souls, the cities wrapped around those. I lived on this block my whole life; most of these people have. When your job is to find people who are missing, it helps to know where they started. I find the people who started in the cracks and then fell through. This city can be hard. When I was young, I asked my priest how you could get to heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God said to His children. "You are sheep among wolves. Be wise as serpents, yet innocent as doves."

-- first lines said by Casey Affleck in Gone, Baby, Gone

Just saw Gone, Baby, Gone and really liked it. I was greatly impressed with Casey Affleck way back when ... in Good Will Hunting. He just seemed like such a natural actor. Again, he embodies the character so fully and naturally in Gone, Baby, Gone. I really recommend the movie. Plus, it's full of wonderful acting by Amy Ryan -- who was so good in The Wire -- Amy Madigan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and someone new to me: Michelle Monaghan. Monaghan played it so nice and subtle.

So, with all of these really good performances, I'm even more impressed that Casey Affleck stood out.

The directing was also top-notch: Ben Affleck.

Kudos to everyone.


Rob Wagner's Script said...

I saw it too, and think Ben Affleck will do well as a director. Between Ben and Casey we can expect some good films over the years.

Ms. Manitoba said...

Thanks for commenting, Rob. I agree ... I look forward to more from both of them. And I was getting pretty disgusted with Ben's choice of acting jobs in the past few years. Things are looking up!