- My Boston Red Sox' triumphant post-season run to the World Championship;
- We attended widely different live concerts and musicals (Wicked, Nick Lowe, Kiri Te Kanawa, and The New Pornographers);
- I was sick for a week; and
- We went out of town for two weekends.
As a big fan of detective stories, I really appreciated the way Patrick worked comfortably amongst the criminals and drug dealers-- when a drug dealer volunteers to help catch some child molesters, Patrick rides along with him. The drug dealer is a genuinely bad guy who should be in prison, but he hates child molesters like anyone else, so he wants Patrick to catch them.
Casey Affleck is excellent as a small-time detective who struggles to define himself when he is forced to make enormous moral choices.
Michelle Monaghan, whom I found very promising in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, is given a underwritten and ultimately disposable role. She tags along with Patrick and occasionally puts in her two cents, but she deosn't seem to be much of a detective.
Amy Ryan is excellent as the missing girl's mother: in her first scene, she appears to be a rather flat (and offensive) "white trash" stereotype, but her character gains depth and moral ambiguity with every successive scene.
Gone Baby Gone is an excellent example of the detective genre. Except for some of the performances, I don't think it really transcends into Oscar territory, but Ben Affleck deserves a lot of credit for co-adapting and directing a solid quality detective noir. (Regal Cinemas Fenway, with Em, George, and Mandy)