Saturday, October 14, 2006

Boston illegal

No doubt about it: The Departed is one of the best movies of 2006, and a definite Oscar contender. But isn't it time that audiences showed a little more love to an equally fine (and, arguably, even grittier) filmed-in-Boston crime story? Denis Leary is drop-dead perfect in Monument Ave., the late Ted Demme's sharply observed and vividly evocative drama about low life and sudden death on the mean streets of Charlestown, a working-class Irish-American neighborhood of Beantown. And the suppoting cast -- including a truly scary Colm Meaney, Departed co-star Marin Sheen and the chronically under-rated Famke Janssen -- is damn near flawless.

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