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Tremendous Trailer Trash Tuesday: All Boston Edition



Was not really in the mood to do any posting today, however I forced myself to buckle down and get something done.  Got to try hard to not let the evil in the world drag you down.  I am quite certain that this post will never adequately express my level of sadness in regards to the tragic events of yesterday but it was all I could think of doing.   Please check out the trailers for my top five films set in Boston and vicinity.





Gone Baby Gone:  Ben Affleck’s directorial debut starring his brother Casey Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan and Ed Harris.   An intense thriller from the same author who wrote Mystic River which just missed being on my list of top Boston films.  This film is set in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.






The Town:  Another film directed by Ben Affleck, I see a trend developing here.  The town is about a bank robber (Affleck) who is trying to get one more big score and get out of the game.  The reason for that is he has developed feelings for a former hostage/bank teller (Rebecca Hall).  He must attempt to appease his partners in crime, including (Jeremy Renner) while avoiding the FBI including an agent played by (Jon Hamm)  Lots of great scenes of the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown in this film.





Jaws: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss star in this classic adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel.  This may be director Spielberg’s greatest film as well.  While not set in Boston proper the film is set on the Island of Amity which is actually Martha’s Vineyard just off the coast of Cape Cod.   You can actually walk into many of the buildings used in the film including the Edgartown Town Hall.





Good Will Hunting:  Written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, along with an unusually subdued Robin Williams, this film is one of personal favorites.  The film tells the story of a struggling genius who is employed at Harvard University as a janitor.  So refreshing not to see poorly done fake Boston accents in a film.  This film is set in South Boston and features shots of Harvard Square, The Boston Public Gardens and MIT.  Much of the film was actually shot in Ontario Canada due to budget constraints.




The Departed:  Coming in at number one on this list is the epic Scorsese crime thriller starring DiCaprio, Damon, Nicholson, Sheen, Baldwin and Wahlberg.  I know there are no Affleck’s in this film, I am a little shocked as well.  In addition to being one of my favorite films set in Boston, this is one of my favorite films period.  Lots of great scenes shot in Boston as well as many scenes that were actually shot in Brooklyn NY.









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  • Mark Griffith April 16, 2013, 10:21 am

    I know I am kicking it old school but the Friends of Eddie Coyle was filmed in Boston as well and was a great movie. Nice post Adam!

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 10:27 am

      That is a good one, I just recommended that to someone the other day. Had to make some hard choices, passed on Mystic River, The Fighter and One Crazy Summer as well.

  • Jaskee April 16, 2013, 10:37 am

    Good list of trailers. Nice way to show some love for Boston under the circumstances.

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 12:51 pm

      Thanks Jaskee tough circumstances indeed.

  • Alex Withrow April 16, 2013, 12:22 pm

    A damn rough day, yesterday. Loved this sort-of trailer tribute of yours. Some of my favorite films up there. Nice work!

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 12:56 pm

      A rough day indeed Alex, thanks I had no idea how to approach posting today.

  • James April 16, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I appreciate seeing a post like this during such a difficult time. Good job.

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 1:16 pm

      Thanks James

  • ckckred April 16, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Great set of trailers honoring a great city.

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 5:16 pm

      Thank you Ckckred

  • scottydynamite April 16, 2013, 4:04 pm

    My father was working on the Vineyard when Jaws was shooting and they show Wonderland Greyhound Park in Good Will Hunting, there are no longer any dog tracks in MASS and most of the greyhound parks have shut down, even Lincoln.

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 5:17 pm

      No more going to the pups? That is too bad that was always a good time.

      • scottydynamite April 16, 2013, 5:28 pm

        Yeah, many a night I want to go do something and think a run to the track would be fun but no more.

  • scottydynamite April 16, 2013, 4:06 pm

    This was a great post idea Adam, the city could use a little love right now. I hope they drop the culprit of the bombing in Southy as punishment.

    • Adam April 16, 2013, 5:17 pm

      That would be a great punishment Scott.

  • m.brown April 16, 2013, 8:18 pm

    Excellent post, man. A nice way to honor the city.

    My mom’s side is from Charlestown, and I oddly spent every single summer of my life doing dumb shit in the shadow of the Tobin. I love it like my home, even though I’ve never actually lived there. I’m still beside myself with what happened to that great city.

    I think of the films you listed, my favorite is probably The Town. But in my youth, I would have said Blown Away. Or even…um, Celtic Pride.

    I wasn’t the smartest kid. Clearly.

  • Adam April 16, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Hey m.brown thanks for stopping by.

    Thats cool you got to spend some nice muggy summers in Charlestown ;-)

    We are all originally from Millbury, a small town near Worcester, about 40 minutes outside of Boston.

    Ouch, Celtic Pride lol, I realized I also forgot Boondock Saints on my list as well.

  • Keith April 17, 2013, 9:51 pm

    Good stuff and its hard to argue with any of the choices. Well, ok it would be easy to argue with them but it wouldn’t make sense. Oh you get what I mean!!!

  • Gary Schwind April 17, 2013, 10:11 pm

    Good piece. I shared this on Reddit. http://redd.it/1cl7ca

  • Joe April 18, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Great post Adam. After seeing how spectators of the marathon bravely and selflessly ran to the aid of the injured and watching the deeply moving moment before the Bruins game last night when all of the fans in attendance sang The National Anthem in unison, I can truly say that I have never been more proud to be from the great state of Massachusetts. A fitting post. I am glad that you, a good friend and a fellow Bay Stater, were able carry out this post. I’m sure it was not easy.

    • Adam April 19, 2013, 10:10 am

      Thanks JoJo

  • Shala April 18, 2013, 5:49 pm

    Great post. You can’t celebrate Boston without highlighting the work of the Boston boys – Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Thanks for the post.

    • Adam April 19, 2013, 10:10 am

      Thanks Shala, those two do seem to be in just about every movie about Boston in the last twenty years lol

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