Within the annals of twentieth century American organized crime there will forever be an elite, short-list of names with unmatched recognition. They are the sinister royalty, a collective brotherhood of infamy.
"I have a feeling Black Mass will be very different. It's based on the first non-fiction book written about this saga. It proclaims itself to be based on a true story, so I'm sure a lot more research has gone into making it as accurate as possible."
Exceptional acting, superior direction, a compelling story and brilliant cinematography make "Black Mass" a must see.
Johnny Depp leads an impressive ensemble cast in this well-made story about not only Whitey Bulger, but the FBI agents who empowered his reign as Boston's crime boss for two decades.
Perhaps no other location in a bid for the 2024 Olympics has stimulated more controversy than Boston has. Some are vehemently opposed. But for those who want to offer the city up for this extravaganza, there are many reasons to do so.
There was always talk that the fibbies looked the other way when it came to Bulger because he was an informant. But was he really? Based on what I saw in this documentary, the answer was no... or at least more no than yes.
Let's take every hardened criminal in a maximum security prison and dump them on ISIS. Let's plunk the Crips and Bloods down on the Iraq Syria border. We'll kill two birds with one stone. We'll empty out our prisons and have a worthy opponent for ISIS.
Begin Again comes from writer-director John Carney, who burst forth with Once a few years ago. This film, which stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo (among others), captures the same blend of wistful emotions and life-affirming musical energy as that 2006 hit.
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While the U.S. Attorney's office secured 30-plus convictions, in some respects salvaging a modicum of respect for the system, Whitey and his lawyers not only exposed but completely undressed the unsavory and amoral corruption that was rampant in the FBI and DOJ during Whitey's reign in Boston.
Boston law enforcement authorities' bitterness and mistrust of past FBI actions, on view at Whitey Bulger's ongoing trial, have bubbled to the surface in the aftermath of Boston Marathon terror bombing.
Who are they? What is their background? Do they like the danger and the money? Or hate it. Stay or leave? If they're religious, how do they reconcile their ethical teachings? How are their lives affected?
Are we taking "seeing the best in others" too far, or are we driven by self-interest - ignoring the signs for the possibility of a winning team, making money or "keeping the peace" in a family or relationship?
The only way to ensure that that these informers do not abuse the system is to keep them on a very tight leash -- ever mindful that their goal, and their probity may be a totally different than that of their handlers.
Martorano, a divorced father of five appeared tired, yet well fed, in his expensive Italian blue suit and tie as he took the stand to testify against his old friend Whitey Bulger.