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Discussion in 'Entertainment & Literature' started by 7costanza, Jun 5, 2010.
Even the MOVIES won't use FLAGMEN!
The Town is worth seeing. Lots of action, great local scenes, good acting. Where else can I see a movie and drive through some of the places it was shot on my way back from my gal's condo? I know L.A. you get to do that everyday but you have to know Boston is special.
No argument here, I agree about Boston being special... for multiple reasons; I spent the first five years of my life in Jamaica Plain for one.
And you're right, I drive past places out here that are in movies and on TV all the time. This time, it was cool to see "The Motherland" up on the big screen.
I saw the Town over the weekend. One of the better flicks out there for sure and certainly worth the rip off $10.00. However, nothing will ever compare to HEAT. My favorite.
10 bucks? you got off cheap
I can remember when St. Elsewhere was on and I made a point of finding the building in the South End.
It's fun to find goofs too. I know it was brought up before at some point, but how many of you recall in "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" when they drove through the Sumner (or Callahan) Tunnel to go from the Garden to Dorchester?
I saw another movie once where there was a foot chase (no cops involved) that went around a local presitgeous university and it was similar to watching someone run across the Mass/RI border and suddenly exit Maine, but while there, all you see is Vermont. It was awesomely screwed up!
I saw The Town last night and must say I enjoyed it. As with most Boston based crime movies, I enjoyed the locations and settings (especially Fenway). I also liked the references and scene dealing with "the bridge". A little over-done, but brought back a lot of memories of robberies of days gone by.
For those of you who like George Clooney, or whose significant other likes George Clooney I'd recommend seeing THE AMERICAN. It truly is a European film in that the story unwinds slowly with attention to acting rather than speech. While most of the action is confined to beds and the plot is pretty shallow this may be a movie some of you would enjoy. With Clooney and partner engaging in just short of pornographic scenes this could be a good flick to suggest some after the theatre activity.
I'm now one of those who has seen "The Town." My wife and I saw it last night and though she wasn't impressed, I felt it was pretty damn good. And it was nice to hear well done accents!
I found it interesting that some REAL incidents were worked into the film. The opening robbery in Harvard Square. Though it was done very differently, there was a robbery of an armored car in that spot several years ago. The driver did get a few shots off at the robbers and I believe it may have been an issue on this board, but I won't swear to it.
Also, when the two armored car guards from NH were killed several years ago, that was touched on but fictionalized.
I did have two issues however with the movie. 1) I'm sick of CRIMINALS being romanticised. McRay was a freakin' CRIMINAL. He robbed, put people at risk (even though the only one's he killed deserved it) and was NOT a nice guy, PERIOD! Fer Krissakes, I'm so sick of these pieces of shit being put in a soft light. Ok, so they're human and I can appreciate that even scum have feelings, but this movie almost made him a freakin' hero! PLEASE!
The other thing was how at the end of the movie, a card came on saying how even though Charlestown really did produce all these robbers, the MAJORITY of people are good decent hard working folks and that the film is dedicated to them. Fine. It's nice they did that. But those words should have been put up BEFORE the cast was listed. Since the majority of people are leaving or have left the theater as the cast is listed, most wouldn't see this fine message. That's great for those of us from HERE who KNOW most Charlestown folk are fine decent people, but in Pimpleville, Iowa they don't know and will leave the theatre convinced that EVERYONE from Charlestown is a dirtbag....accept the GOOD dirtbags who are heroes at heart.
But yeah, TERRIFIC movie and worth the price of admission.
Thank you!!! I said the exact same thing. Good movie, I liked Ben Affleck, but he was a CRIMINAL. They make saints out of sinners far too often for my liking. Hollywood thrives off the money and interests of the drama obsessed, instant-gratification seeking, celebrity-infatuated, amoral nitwits of society. The rest of us just like good movies.
right.as.rain, thanks for the comments, but in rereading mine, I DO have to make some exceptions to my rant about the romanticising of criminals. "CAPER MOVIES", where the criminals are doing a job but the film isn't REALLY realistic are great. The ORIGINAL "Italian Job" is awesome as is "The Sting", "The Flim Flam Man" and movies along those lines where the criminals are the heroes, ok, those movies are still celebrating criminals, but I can handle that. Even "Goodfellahs" was fantastic, but it showed the mafia for what it was, not a wonderful bunch of goombahs, but a bunch of scuzballs who leached on decent people.
It's the ones like "The Town" where it's a bit too realistic it portrays these evil punks as good guys or at least, Not REALLY bad, I mean, Ben Affleck's character even gave most of the money he STOLE to a girl who put it to good use. PUH-LEAZE!
Time to get off the soap box. I'm boring myself. I did get my point across I hope. If not, well, I'm tired, I worked all night. (ah, the great thing about working nights, always an excuse for saying or doing something stupid!:smug:
I agree on some of those movies. There are those "bad guy is really the good guy" flicks that are excellent despite who the bad guys are. My problem is w/ movies that have the bad guys doing really bad things, and its completely romanticized, or the cops are always made out to be moronic apes, that are 1 step up from cromagnon man. I think it just adds to society's punk mindset that crime always pays, and authority is meant to be rebelled against.
...Or its just 2hrs of mindless entertainment. Either way, I miss seeing the bad guys do bad things, and good guys do good things. Bring back the days of John Wayne westerns, and Dragnet detective stories. I guess I'm old-fashioned.
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I'm old fashioned too.
Scorsese can make a bad guy movie that shows them in a bad light, despite them being the 'heroes' of the movie. I respect that. It's like the new show we've discussed on another thread, "Boardwalk Empire." The bad guys are shown as humans that occassionally do GOOD things, but bottom line, they are BAD GUYS doing BAD THINGS and are not held up to be praised or honored or respected.
Then again, the good guy has his faults too, but ah, whaddayagonnado?
Saturday was movie night. I wanted to see the Town...again...but decided to let the girl pick. We ended up seeing Let Me In. Have to say it wasn't bad at all. Went in not knowing what to expect. Very creepy movie, started off like a serial killer but ended up as kind of a vampire movie. Im not much of a sci-fi fantasy fan, but it was done well and very dark. Also had one of the most chilling/hilarious scenes and probably the best car accident Ive ever seen on film. Worth a look, my only gripe was when a detective was searching a house with a 1911 and had the hammer down (I groaned audibly and got elbowed for it.)
Next week its my choice, I suggested topless beer pong at Foxy Dolls....hasn't been vetoed yet :teeth_smile:
If this happens and you don't give details, we'll all give you the cold shoulder. Then again, WHO would be topless?
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ONE of the reasons I gave up on "NYPD BLUE after the second season. Sure the DETECTIVES were AWESOME. The uniformed guys were always one of the following: a) morons; b) crooks; c) badge heavy; d) wannabe detectives; or e) all of the above.
Well, that and sour, hate everyone, Andy Sipowicz got extremely boring after a while. I mean, did this asshole EVER smile? Even when he was happy and in love and had a kid, he still never cracked a smile or laughed. We've all known gruff, grumbly guys in our lives, but COME ON!
(yeah, I hated the show, but both of my wives liked it and at times I ended up watching an episode here and there).
But this is off track. "NYPD BLUE" was NOT a movie, nor do I hope it ever becomes one. It's gone and I'm glad.
Two older movies to make mention of.
The first, I'm sorry to say I did not see the whole thing. It was on Cable and it's called "The Battle of Alamein" is an Italian war movie about the aforementioned battle. Terrific movie. Sadly I only saw about 40 minutes towards the end, but what I saw made me want to see the whole thing. Many who don't really love history think the AfrikaKorps was entirely German and that Rommel did it all by himself. This movie shows the Italian contribution (which was great) and is a very fair and very well done depiction of the events, but of course focused on the Italians. There have been many jokes about the Italians in WW2 over the years, but this shows that they contributed as much, if not more to the successes of the Axis in North Africa than the Germans...once they were no longer under the command of Italian leaders that is.
Really a superior movie all things considered made in 1969.
The other is "Dog Day Afternoon". One of the first movies a friend and I went to even though we were under 18. Hey, we went to Boston and they just didn't care that we were 15! Despite one very implausible thing at the end, what a hell of a movie. You can have sympathy for the bank robbers but it also makes it clear, THEY instigated this cluster and bottom line, it was THEIR fault.
It has some humor, sadness and a touch of action-though not an action movie at all. I enjoyed it then, I enjoyed it last night watching it with my son (first time he's seen it) and I know I'll enjoy it again some day. Al Pacino in one of his best rolls.
"How To Train Your Dragon" came out on DVD this week.
WICKED CUTE MOVIE !!!
(ok, so I have a "toothless" McDonalds toy on my dashboard... SO??)
Got RED on DVD, the Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren DVD...pretty entertaining. Lighthearted but some great shooting/action sequences. Worth a watch, they take the gun stuff seriously.
RED just came out in theatres !?
BOOOTLEG!! Pirating is a CRIME!!!!!!
Does this site have any FBI members? Those guys are EVERYWHERE!
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Computers, it seems that you can type a nice long sentence and somehow parts get deleted. Hush, I found those deleted parts for ya.
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Personally I admire anyone who can show their softer side like that, no matter how silly they might appear to the general public.
The Men Who Stare at Goats was terrible. It isn't even worth watching. Edge of Darkness was pretty good although Mel Gibson's accent gets annoying in the film and it is very inconsistent. It is a terrible fake Boston accent.[/QUOTE]
Finally saw "Edge of Darkness" the other day. I had some time to kill and it was free on HBO On Demand. I liked it. I didn't expect the conspiracy plot thing but found it pretty, well somewhat believeable? I found the accent NOT bad at all. I've certainly heard worse.
As nuts has he's been lately (and I blame it on the girl-I bet she's the one got him drinking again and sent him over the edge-the edge of darkness. HA HA HA) but I still think he's top notch and everyone that seems to know him PERSONALLY has stuck by him.
But that's off topic. Good movie with some neat suspense. I didn't go through all the posts, but I recall someone mentioning that it seemed to take all of 45 minutes or less to get to Northampton and back in the movie. Yeah, that was a bit odd. Like they were just hopping out to the suburbs. Odd in a funny kind of way.
You kids watch too many mooooovies.
Watched the Blind Side with my wife last week and that was a great movie.
The movie "Faster".......