Posts Tagged ‘The Equalizer’

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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the equalizerThere have been tons of long awaited sequels announced, reboots, re-imaginings, and remakes that run rampant throughout Hollywood, but most are not as good as today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday flick. The film is called The Equalizer and it stars the incredible Denzel Washington (Training Day) as Robert McCall, a man who thinks he has retired from a certain life that we don’t know about and is trying to move on with a quite life. That is until he meets a young woman named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is on the wrong side of the tracks in her life as she is being run by a brutal Russian mob. One day, Robert notices that something has happened to the young Teri and he comes out of retirement to evoke the set of skills he was given to serve one hell of a dish of Vengeance on the Russian Mob. The film also stars Marton Csokas (XXX) as Teddy, David Harbour (End Of Watch) as Masters, Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) as Mandy, Bill Pullman (Independence Day) as Brian Plummer, Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as Susan Plummer, David Meunier (Justified) as Slavi, Johnny Skourtis (The Return Of King Hippo) as Ralphie, Alex Veadov (We Own The Night) as Tevi, and the film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (Shooter). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s take a look at some of the stats.

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equalizerThis was one of my favorite action movies from 2014 and once again Denzel is an absolute bad ass in the vein of what Liam Neeson was in Taken. Of course, everyone is going to be making comparisons between the two films, but each deserves their own credit as both films are fantastic. Denzel plays this guy who is very clean cut, no BS, and no excuses kind of guy who like a flick of the switch is an absolute killing machine. Before I went to the movies to see this, I didn’t know that the film was done in Boston which added an extra element to the film for me, but it could have been done anywhere and I still would have liked it. The film has all of the prototypical 80’s action movie shots with one being Denzel walking with explosions happening in the background and another being him walking through the rain looking like a badass action hero or the angel of death from the victim’s perspective. The stats are pretty self explanatory as he gets 37 kills, we don’t really know who he really is besides being someone who may have worked for the government, and he goes on the mission of vengeance to help Chloe’s character. Some of the kill scenes in this film are pretty clever and it’s almost like they competing against Taken for most creative ways to kill people. Nevertheless, someone is going to pissed at that last statement because you know violence is bad. Do not try any of this at home. The film is available online to watch and on DVD so I suggest watching this if you are a fan of action movies and a fan of Denzel Washington who is an amazing actor. I am going to give the film five fists out of five for a final grade.

The 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards- Voting Begins

Posted: January 2, 2015 in Awards
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Alright, the time is now for all of you to get those fingers working so that you can participate and vote for your favorites in the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. We have all sorts of different categories in music and movies like Album Of The Year, Superhero Film Of The Year, and even Cameo Of The Year makes it’s return. So, I want to remind you that voting is officially open, but the voting process is going to end on February 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET. So, you have until then to let your voices be heard and remember let’s have some fun.

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The 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards

Posted: December 28, 2014 in Awards
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me awardsThe fourth annual Monster Entertainment Awards are here to celebrate all the best of music and movies in 2014. As usual, I will lay out who is competing in what category and you will have the chance to vote for who you believe deserves to win. We are once again working together with #FriskyFridaytop5.wordpress.com  to give you the #FriskyFriday babe of the year and Snapchat Account Of The Year and we are also working with MRXPunchout.wordpress.com for wrestler of the year and Diva of the year. This is one of my favorite things to do on this blog besides the Pedal To The Metal March Madness Tournament. I am going to set up the voting and then you’ll have until February 1ST to vote. After that, I will reveal the winners. Let’s look at the categories and the nominees:

Movies

Movie Of The Year

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

2. Interstellar

3, The Judge

4. Fury

5. Exodus: Gods & Kings

6. Gone Girl

Bad Ass Movie Of The Year

1. Fury

2. The Expendables III

3. 300: Rise Of An Empire

4. John Wick

5. Godzilla

6. The Equalizer

Superhero Movie Of The Year

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

2. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

3. Captain America: Winter Soldier

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (They Started Out As A Comic Book)

5. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Horror Movie Of The Year

1. As Above So Below

2. Annabelle

3. Ouija

4. The Purge: Anarchy

5. Deliver Us From Evil

6. Leprechaun: Origins

Remake Of The Year

1. Leprechaun: Origins

2. Robocop

3. Annie

4. About Last Night

5. Godzilla

6. The Equalizer

Comedy Of The Year

1. Neighbors

2. 22 Jump Street

3. A Million Ways To Die In The West

4. The Interview

5. Tammy

6. Horrible Bosses 2

Stand Up Special Of The Year

1. Jim Jefferies Bare

2. Bill Burr- I’m Sorry You Feel That Way

3. Nick Offerman- American Ham

4. Sebastian Maniscalco- Aren’t You Embarrassed?

5. The Skylar Brothers- What Are We Talking About?

6. Chelsea Peretti- One Of The Greats

Animated Film Of The Year

1. Big Hero 6

2. The Lego Movie

3. Mr. Peabody And Sherman

4. The Nut Job

5. Penguins Of Madagascar

6. Rio 2

 Music

Album Of The Year

1. AM by Arctic Monkeys

2. Girl by Pharrell Williams

3. Night Visions by Imagine Dragons

4.The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

5. Ghost Stories by Coldplay

6. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Ray

Hip Hop/Rap Album Of The Year

1. The Pinkprint by Nicki Minaj

2. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

3. 2014 Forrest Hills Drive by J. Cole

4. Hood Billionaire by Rick Ross

5. The New Classic by Iggy Azalea

6. A Better Tomorrow by Wu-Tang Clan

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Sonic Highways by Foo Fighters

2. Rock Or Bust by AC/DC

3. All You Can Eat by Steel Panther

4. AM by Arctic Monkeys

5. 1000HP by Godsmack

6. ††† by †††

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Catacombs Of The Black Vatican- Black Label Society

2. Redeemer Of Souls by Judas Priest

3.  Blood For Blood by Hellyeah

4. Do You Wanna Start A War by Fozzy

5. White Devil Armory by Overkill

6. .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot

Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year

1.  The Satanist by Behemoth

2. Sun Eater by Job For A Cowboy

3. War Eternal by Arch Enemy

4. You Can’t Stop Me by Suicide Silence

5. Our Endless War by Whitechapel

6. Inked In Blood by Obituary

In association with mrxpunchout.wordpress.com Wrestler Of The Year Award

1. Kevin Steen

2. Seth Rollins

3. Dean Ambrose

4. Roman Reigns

5. Bobby Lashley

6. Bobby Roode

7.  Sami Zayn

8. Daniel Bryan

Diva/Knock Out Of The Year

1. Paige

2. AJ Lee

3. Nikki Bella

4. Velvet Sky

5. Maria Kanellis

6. Kimberly from WXW (World Xtreme Wrestling)

In association with friskyfridaytop5.wordpress.com #FriskyFriday Babe Of The Year Award

1. Khloë Terae

2. Stephy C

3. Cristal Catalina

4. Ashley Alexiss

5. Stefanie Knight

6. Natalie Gauvreau

7. Ashley Heinrichs

8. Lauren Li

#FriskyFriday Snapchat Account Of The Year

1. Tits McGee

2. Jacqui Ryland

3. Destiny Quinn

4. Bex Robertson