Film Review: Killing Them Softly

Film Review: Killing Them Softly

The Boston Crime Film has become a genre on its own much like the Western, or MGM Musicals − and the source material for “Killing Them Softly” was written by George Higgins, also known for writing The Friends of Eddie Coyle, whose adaptation many will cite as one of the earlier films in the genre. Andrew Dominik’s film, makes reference to the source materials setting early on, with one of the main characters having a Boston accent, and referencing that he’s from Somerville. But that’s the films only connection to Boston, from there it becomes a story that clearly is more focused on a theme of economic crisis, set at the end of the Bush Administration. [Read more…]

DVD Review: Chopper

DVD Review: Chopper

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If you look up “bad-ass” in the dictionary, I have no doubt that there is a picture of Mark Brandon Read.  Andrew Dominik’s first movie, “Chopper,” is one of the most interesting, amusing, entertaining and fascinating movie I think I’ve ever seen. [Read more…]

DVD Review: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

DVD Review: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

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Though it’s set in the 1880’s, Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” could have been set today.  The questions it raises, namely, what is celebrity, what makes celebrity, why do people crave celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, what happens after you get celebrity? [Read more…]