The Pestle


Ep 46: “The Departed”

July 18, 2018

We sneak a look at Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and discuss:

  • 180º rule;
  • themes;
  • the importance of theme;
  • and much more!

“Justice is incidental to law and order.” – J. Edgar Hoover

Film Analysis

No huge analysis. We can see the backlighting is really separating the subject from the background so much that it doesn’t even look like the Uncle is a part of the scene at all. This could be an intentional jab at the character to indicate that they are not part of Bill’s world moving forward.

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  1. Joseph from Hawaii says:

    Yessssss! Was hoping for this! Listening now, thanks guys! Hope you guys are having a good summer 🙂

    1. wes says:

      Thanks, Joe! Life got a little crazy there for a while, hopefully we’re almost settled back into our routine. Hope your summer is awesome!

  2. Joe from Hawaii says:

    I was surprised by the dialogue on police at the end, but I appreciate the stance of it being a difficult, boring job, not unlike being a soldier. It’s also important to remember that police are fallible people. The tendency to put people in uniforms on pedestals and obey blindly really hinders the conversation on the erosion of our rights.
    Someone had made the point on another podcast that being drug tested for employment was unheard of in the 70s, unless you were in a position that truly required it. Now, any minimum wage job will require you to pass a UA, and we don’t blink an eye at the over reach, I wonder where we’ll be in another 40 years.

    1. wes says:

      haha, yeah, I try not to bring in my personal views too much so hopefully it was at least thoughtful and balanced.

      That said, I absolutely love everything you’re saying! They are fallible and shouldn’t be on pedestals, we need objectivity as with all things. I have the same concerns about overreach and how passively letting things like needing a UA for minimum wage jobs will erode our civil liberties in the long term and widen other gaps in the meanwhile. I think the gov looks at what we allow in the private sector and take it as permission to do likewise, but in secret. It can feel a little gloomy, but knowing other people like yourself are aware also gives me a lot of hope.

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