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blackmassheader2It has been a while since the last time I did a Based On A Truesday Story (a play on the words Tuesday and True Story), but I had to bring it back for a special movie. This past Friday, Black Mass, the film about one of South Boston’s most notorious gangsters in James “Whitey” Bulger was released into theaters. The film stars Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco) stars as the notorious gangster himself as it looks at how Whitey got the push he needed in the game thanks to corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).  It takes you deep into South Boston as Bulger goes on a rampage as he becomes one of the most powerful gangsters and second on the list of the FBI’s most wanted men behind Osama Bin Laden. The film is based on the book of the same name by former Boston Globe writers Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill and it looks at what Kevin Weeks, Steve Flemmi, and John Martorano had to say about Bulger. The film also stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey) as Lindsey Cyr, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Billy Bulger, Kevin Bacon (Footloose) as Charles McGuire, Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as Brian Halloran, Rory Cochrane (Dazed And Confused) as Steve Flemmi, David Harbour (The Equalizer) as John Morris, Adam Scott (Step Brothers) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick, Corey Stroll (This Is Where I Leave You) as Fred Wyshak, Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) as Marianne Connolly, W. Earl Brown (Scream) as John Martorano, Jesse Plemons (Observe And Report) as Kevin Weeks, Juno Temple (Killer Joe) as Deborah Hussey, and the film was directed by Scott Cooper (Out Of The Furnace).

black massAs with every film that is based on a true story, there are always those who doubt how true each event is and whether or not Hollywood expressed their creative liberty with some of the film. Kevin Weeks, one of the men depicted in the film recently spoke out on the film calling it fiction. He commented on Johnny Depp’s performance of Bulger and how it was written saying, “The only resemblance to Whitey’s character was the hairline. The funny thing is, Whitey’s look didn’t really change at all, just his clothes. It’s like we were stuck in a time warp. And the mannerisms—the way that Whitey talked to us—he never swore at us. In all the years I was with that man, he never swore at me once.” He later commented on a scene in the film that was depicted in Miami when a deal was being made to take out an important figure. Weeks says, “That never happened. In fact, I didn’t know about Roger Wheeler’s death until the Callahan murder. So just by having me be there giving Halloran the money, they have involved me in a conspiracy to kill Roger Wheeler. I’ve been libeled. I wasn’t involved in that at all, so I have a big problem with that. I just don’t know where they get the right to put events in there that did not happen.” There is also a very cool article from Time Magazine that describes what was fact or fiction about some important events in the film. In the film, they claim that the violence increased once Bulger’s son died. While it’s true that his son did die, they claim that he had ordered several hits before then with Weeks telling The Daily Beast, “Whitey was violent long before his son’s death.” Nevertheless, I thought Johnny Depp’s performance was masterful and that he was the best part of the film. I do feel that they made Flemmi and Weeks minor characters in the film than what they probably were in real life. The film itself was good, but Edgerton and Depp absolutely steal the show. One of my favorite elements of the film was the cinematography because they take some amazing shots of the city of Boston and Southie. Overall, my final grade for the film is a B=+

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Krampus Greeting Card

Krampus Greeting Card

Since the trailer for Krampus was attached to The Visit in the theaters this weekend, that is all everyone has been talking about and I have never heard of Krampus. So, I had to look up exactly who Krampus was and it turns out this is a real thing that some people believe especially if you live in the German speaking Alpines. Apparently, in some of those regions he is a demon or devil, an anthropomorphic figure that accompanies Santa Claus and punishes the bad kids while Santa award the good ones. In some regions of Austria, he is just one of many that accompany old Saint Nick. Well, Legendary films is releasing a film called Krampus as this years holiday themed horror film. The film stars Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Toni Collette as well as many others. The man behind the amazing Trick ‘R Treat Michael Dougherty is the brains behind this project so you know its going to be good. I watched the trailer for the film which starts off by showing you all of the things we hate about the time before Christmas day up until the chaos begins with the family. That is when Krampus comes to visit and the special effects look pretty darn good. This could be the horror film of the year in my opinion especially in a year that has been a little lacking so far. Check out the trailer below:

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JEEPERSCREEPERS3CONFFEATIn other horror related news, if you were a fan of the Jeepers Creepers series that once starred Justin Long, then you’ll be excited to hear this. According to Fangoria.com, Myriad Pictures announced that it will finally complete the trilogy as Jeepers Creepers 3 is set to film in 2016. They announced at the Toronto Film Festival that the second sequel to Victor Salva’s first film will once again feature Jonathan Breck as the Creeper himself and that Brandon Smith will reprise his role from the first film as Sgt. David Tubbs. The story is seeing the Sgt. and his officers trying to kill off the Creeper during his final days of the 23 days of feeding. Victor Salva is returning to write and direct this film. So be on the lookout for that next year and stay tuned for more info on the film as it becomes available.