Sunday Movie Roundup (2/5/2017)


Black Mass (2015)

Director:  Scott Cooper

Boston has always been a more “closed” town than the other big east coast American cities.  It’s always been a weird mix of provincialism and internationalism.  And even within Boston, South Boston is a very different place from the other parts of the city.  If you grew up in Massachusetts in the 1970s and 1980s, and one side of your family was Irish immigrants in Boston, chances are just about 100% that you knew something about the Bulger family.  And by this I mean Billy Bulger, at one time the most powerful politician in the state, and his older brother James “Whitey” Bulger.

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How Some Old Dystopian Science Fiction Predicted Our Future


The BBC recently ran an article describing how the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Running Man contained many supposedly accurate predictions of a dystopian future.  The article makes many valid points about how some elements of the film’s plot seem to describe our current social landscape, but the author forgets that The Running Man was in many ways a derivative film.  Much of its “predictions” were made by less promoted forerunners in the 1970s.

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Sunday Movie Roundup (12/25/2016)


If you find yourself with free time on your hands during the next few days, you might want to check out a few of these titles.  As always, I try to focus on the films that get little mainstream attention.  You can decide whether you want to see them.

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