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.
To the injured in #Boston; thoughts and prayers. To the rest, eyes wide open. And live large; don’t let these motherfuckers get to you.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) April 15, 2013