New Lingo: "A Rolling Stone Handjob"

by tully
October 27, 2006 5:54 AM
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While I had a blast watching THE DEPARTED, I find it rather disappointing that people are using words like "great" and "brilliant" to describe it. It was entertaining and well executed on just about every level, but "great" and "brilliant?" Really? Are you sure? I worry that the almost universally glowing praise the film is receiving has a rather easy explanation. Which brings us to tonight's lesson, ladies and gentleman. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce another phrase into the Boredom at Its Boredest lexicon. First, there was "The Coldplay Effect." Now, there is "A Rolling Stone Handjob." Here is the definition:

An aging artist releases a new record that is above average, yet it is nowhere near the level of his or her very best work. Yet somehow the fact that it doesn't suck, combined with the fact that the artist's previous several efforts have sucked royally, causes the reviewer to think the new record is far better than it actually is. It causes them to use superlatives like "great" and "brilliant" and "masterpiece," when the record is simply above average and good.

I know I always say that I stopped caring about the Oscars several years ago every chance that I get, but the fact remains that there is absolutely no way Martin Scorsese deserves a Best Director Oscar for THE DEPARTED. I'm not saying Todd Field deserves it either, I'm just talking about Marty at the moment. And while I truly enjoyed the movie, I don't think it belongs anywhere near the Oscars (aside from Leonardo DiCaprio's performance, perhaps).

In other words: Martin Scorsese is going to win Best Director this year.

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  • randy | November 1, 2006 3:29 AMReply

    leo killed it. amazing.

  • matt | October 27, 2006 12:12 PMReply

    haven't seen The Departed yet, but Alfonso Cuaron deserves it (Children of Men), though he might not even get nominated

  • Rando | October 27, 2006 7:01 AMReply

    First the Oscar really means nothing in terms of history of movies. Who deserves what.. but THE DEPARTED will stand the test of time. Time is the only way to really judge good or great movies. I understand your Rolling Stones analogy with only one exception. Maybe the critics love a new Stones album but when you hang out with your friends are they saying "Tully, you got to listen to the new stones album. It's GREAT!" Is The Departed that new and different from his other films? Not really. Is The Thin Red Line that new and different for Terrence Malick? Goodfellas is classic. Raging Bull is a classic. Taxi Driver is a classic. And THE DEPARTED will be a classic. Time will tell.