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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=+

summer campI started off the night watching Odd Balls, but quickly changed my mind when I found out how shitty of a Meatballs rip off that movie was. So for Cheeseball Cinema, I decided to watch a different film and we stick with the summer camp theme for the 1979 film Summer Camp. The director of a failing camp ground named Herman (John F. Goff) decides to invite campers from ten years before for a free weekend in hopes that they will work for free and get their families to donate money to keep the place alive. What he doesn’t expect to happen is all the shenanigans that go on when the boys and girls get into a bit of a prank war and for the fact that a lot of them are trying to score with other campers and the staff. The film stars Michael Abrams (Beverly Hills 90210) as Dr. Fox, Kashka Bartisick as Cindy, Verkina Flower (Silent Night, Deadly Night) as Muffy, Linnea Quigley (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Pam, Shelly Hart as Linda, Walt Hill (Up Yours) as George, Ray Holland (Futureworld) as Horse, Peter Lovett (Hollywood Deadbeat) as Steve, John Laughlin (Footloose) as Matt, Jacqueline Giroux (To Live And Die In LA) as Kim, Ralph von Albertson as Mike, and the film was directed and featured Chuck Vincent (Hollywood Hot Tubs) in the film as well.

Jacqueline Giroux CollageIf you love T&A, then this film is the absolute jackpot when it comes to that. It’s like an hour and the half of shenanigans and boobs. Jacqueline Giroux’s character in this film is on a constant sex hunt as she mates with every older guy there is in the film and some of the scenes are laughable. Then towards the end of the film it becomes a total score fest as everyone tries to score. Some of the quality of the film is a little bad, but it could be because of the source or Youtube, but some scenes are way too dark to see what is going on. The pranks really aren’t that great and they could have thought up of better ones to entertain us. The story in the film is OK and the acting isn’t half bad, but what do you expect from raunchy comedies like this one. Hopefully you don’t expect much because if you do this isn’t the film for you. Meatballs started a craze with summer camp themed raunchy comedies, but none can live up the name Meatballs even though they try to come close. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one a 4 only because Odd Balls would get a 5 for being complete garbage. Check it out on Youtube if you dare.

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vhsI’ve been pondering for a long time as to whether or not I should watch this film because I am getting a little sick of the found footage horror films that have taken over horror. I do however have to say that this film was far from disappointing, I am actually happy that I took the time to watch this one. Yes the camera shakes can get a little tiring, but this is taking found footage to a whole new level. There are five stories in this film besides the main one we get in the beginning. A bunch of friends like to horse around and film everything that they do from stalking women and forcing them to show their breasts to breaking into places and smashing everything. Well, someone hires the guys to break into a house to steal a VHS tape and what they discover will shock even you. They discover a body in one of the rooms and lots of VHS tapes that they decide to watch. The first VHS tape centers around three guys that get a pair of glasses that records everything. So, they decide to go into to town to find some unsuspecting women to film doing the nasty. What they don’t expect to find is the succubus. In the second VHS tape, we get a couple that are on a road trip, but the husband doesn’t see what is about to come. The third VHS tape centers around a bunch of friends going through the woods while one of them uses them for bait for the glitch killer. The fourth video reminds me of a Rosemary’s Baby type scenario, but through Skype and it involves ghosts. The fifth and final VHS tape that we see evolves four friends going to a party on Halloween, but the party isn’t what they thought it was going to be.

vhs movieThe film stars Hannah Fierman (God Is Dead), Calvin Reeder (Jerkbeast), Jas Sams (The Art Of Suicide), Sophia Takal (Gabi On The Roof In July), Jason Yachanin (Poultrygeist), Helen Rogers (Block), and Lisa Marie Thomas (Footloose). As I had previously stated in the above paragraph, some of the shots are real shaky and can get a little annoying, but you expected that coming into it. All I can really say is that this is clearly one of the best independent Horror films of the last two years at least. Some of the scenes are real intense especially the first V/H/S tape that is reviewed where you see a man get castrated. If you’re on Netflix, do yourself a favor and check this one out, you won’t regret it. I am giving the film an A- because I never felt the movie lagged at all, it kept my attention, and VHS tapes are still cool in my book.

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