Little surprise that this morning's Academy Award nominations
included The Departed
, Martin Scorsese's violent crime thriller about the Irish mafia. The movie picked up five noms, including one for Best Picture.
This week, the Cleveland Cinematheque
is showing Infernal Affairs
, the 2002 Hong Kong movie that inspired The Departed (in fact, Scorsese's pic was originally called Infernal Affairs). The plot's pretty much the same: An undercover cop infiltrates the mob, while a gangster works his way into the police department. It's almost as great as The Departed, but without the butt-numbing two-and-a-half-hour running time (it clocks in at an economical 101 minutes). Infernal Affairs screens at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. --Michael Gallucci