Black Mass

I should probably be writing about my first week on the Whole30 diet, or being nostalgic about first-days-of-school gone by. But I just found out that a movie about Whitey Bulger is coming out this month, and I could not be more excited.

I recognize that this statement might be cause for concern. After all, Whitey Bulger is is one of the most notorious an depraved gangsters in our nation’s history. Why would a movie about him be cause for excitement?


1. A++ Casting: Johnny Depp as Whitey. Benedict Cumberbatch as his brother Billy, the crooked politician. I’d go on, but I don’t think I need to.

2. The Story: Whatever else can be said about Whitey (and a lot can be said), his story would make excellent television. I’m surprised this movie hasn’t been made sooner. That said, I’m willing to claim that most of the Boston gangster movies in circulation were inspired by him. (Boondocks Saints is totally what would have happened if the Bulgers had been good guys, and nobody can convince me otherwise.)

3. Timeliness: A little trial took place not long ago, the verdict of which placed Whitey Bulger in jail for the rest of his life. You might have heard of it. The Bulger brothers and the Winter Hill Gang are a part of history, people! Take notice!

4. I’m a Nerd: This bit should be self evident. I like books. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I own a copy of Howie Carr’s Brother’s Bulger, and that I found it fascinating. It inspired my undergraduate linguistics thesis–specifically, I compared Whitey and Billy’s accents. Which leads me back to Black Mass: I think the actors are going to put on accents, and I can’t wait to see if they get them right! But, really, go read Carr’s book. It’s dark and addictive stuff–especially you consider the danger he was in while writing it.

Obviously, I have very high hopes for Black Mass (especially since it’s reportedly Depp’s favorite movie to have filmed). I can only hope that I won’t be let down.

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