RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2015
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures
DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper
MPAA RATING: R
SCREENWRITERS: Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth
STARRING: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott, Juno Temple
GENRE: Drama, Crime
The case of Whitey Bulger and the FBI is an interesting tale. An old friend, FBI Special Agent John Connolly, from the neighborhood who looked up to Whitey decides to help him from being taken down by the FBI out of a warped sense of loyalty. This “help” allows Bulger to trade info on his Italian Mafia competition and in return he gets to have the FBI look the other way while he does his business. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it also sounds true because that’s how it went down.
The story is a slowly developing one but, it’s slower pace allows for some of the best parts of the movie. At the beginning, “Whitey” is obviously a bad guy but, the scenes with his family are the few moments that he softens up. In those moments you can see the minute amount of good left in a very very vicious and otherwise cold individual. Bulger has a rotting tooth that as he loses those little bits of decency appears to get darker like a visual metaphor for his soul. The character is interesting and Johnny Depp plays him adeptly using his chameleon like ability to turn in to the person he’s playing. It’s awesome to watch. Joel Edgerton also gives a praise worthy performance as FBI Special Agent John Connolly. His Boston accent is wicked awesome considering his real life Australian accent. Edgerton plays Agent Connolly who has a certain naive code of honor from the “old” neighborhood that he uses in all of his life decisions. This code of loyalty and blinding hero worship are what drag him down until he’s in over his head. The rest of the cast turn in good performances with Kevin Bacon playing Connolly’s apprehensive boss and Benedict Cumberbatch also dropping a distinctive accent to pick up a rather good accent as Boston Senator Billy Bulger (Whitey’s brother).
The performances pulled from this fantastic cast of actors is what will drive away any tedium one may feel during the slow build up of the picture. Depp and Edgerton are encapsulating and you have no choice but to get wrapped up in their scenes. Black Mass will get Oscar consideation whether it be for best or supporting actor, director, etc. is up in the air, but I know it will get many looks.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.