Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Departed--Rats, rats and rats

This was my third viewing of the movie. I don't exactly remember when was the last I watched it. The reason why I have seen it thrice is because it never gets boring despite its great length and it's one of the greatest thrillers of all times. This is another Martin Scorsese masterpiece!

What do you like about this movie? A lot of things. It's one of the most comical execution of a story involving mafia and police. The portrayal is never supposed to be taken seriously. Dramatically, there are more number of rats(informants) on both sides than anyone could predict. The movie has an amazing soundtrack to support it. The movie gets more and more engrossing towards the climax and climax is just way too surprisingly thrilling. It blew me away the first time I watched it--there are just too many sudden Departed ones in the climax. Why exactly agent Dignam killed agent Sullivan  remains open to interpretation.

Performances and dialogues are a class apart in this picture. I loved especially watching Leonardo Dicaprio and Jack Nicholson. The dialogue between them when Jack is drawing a painting of rats and says "I smell a rat," and then does a lot of theatrics is perhaps the best drama for me in this movie. There were just too many good performers in this movie and these two stand apart. I think, I should again watch Infernal Affairs and Goodfellas. This is one of the best movies despite its long running time.

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King and Beggar

King Janaka once dreamt that he was a beggar. On waking up he asked his Guru -- Vasishta: Am I a king dreaming of being a beggar, or a beggar dreaming of being a king? The Guru answered: You are neither, you are both. You are, and yet you are not what you think yourself to be. You are because you behave accordingly; you are not because it does not last. Can you be a king or a beggar for ever? All must change. You are what does not change. What are you? Janaka said: Yes, I am neither king nor beggar, I am the dispassionate witness. The Guru said. 

This is your last illusion that you are a jnani, that you are different from, and superior to, the common man. Again you identify yourself with your mind, in this case a well-behaved and in every way an exemplary mind. As long as you see the least difference, you are a stranger to reality. You are on the level of the mind. When the 'I am myself' goes, the 'I am all' comes. When the 'I am all' goes, 'I am' comes. When even 'I am' goes, reality alone is and in it every 'I am' is preserved and glorified. Diversity without separateness is the Ultimate that the mind can touch. Beyond that all activity ceases, because in it all goals are reached and all purposes fulfilled.

Source: I AM THAT
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