When you think about the movies, there are a few locations that spring to mind. New York is a popular city that many filmmakers have tried to capture. London seems to be a popular place to destroy depict with its scenic elements. Then there are cities like L.A, Chicago, and Paris that all have countless amount of movies that take place in their beautiful hubs of humanity. But on the list, would you ever put Boston?
Ah, yes! The town that is synonymous with the Irish, Boston has had its fair share of movies taking place in the centre of it. With the release of Stronger a film that is set during the Boston Marathon Bombing, we take a look at the best movies set in the bustling city.
The popular foul-mouthed titular character is a pot-smoking, drug-taking, alcoholic teddy bear who is brought to life by his friend John when they were both younger and are now grown up dysfunctional “adults”. With John wanting to move on with his life alongside love interest Lori, he finds that his reckless pal of fluff is holding him back. Created by Seth MacFarlane, who also voices Ted, and starring Mark Wahlberg as John, Ted is a rambunctious comedy that will appease those who enjoy toilet humour, dark satire, and a goddamn swearing teddy. It’s also narrated by Patrick Stewart who gets to say the best lines in his regal voice. Honestly, it’s worth a watch just to hear him talk about an Apache Helicopter: It’s glorious.
The Departed (2006)
When you saw The Departed on this list, what was the first thing you did? Was it ruminate on Martin Scorsese’s Best Director win, which he so humbly deserved? Was it wonder why Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t nominated? Or did you launch into your worst Boston accent and do this:
I bet it was the latter. Never fear humble reader because we all do it too. The film those too rapscallions are imitating was, indeed, a wonderful crime drama from Scorsese that was based on a Hong Kong film named Infernal Affairs. It sees the State Police try to infiltrate a violent Irish Mob and sniff out a mole whose feeding information to the criminals. Starring Matt Damon, Jack Nicolson, Mark Wahlberg, and DiCaprio, this is a stunning film that twists and turns shockingly. There’s also some gruesome deaths orchestrated wonderfully by Scorsese.
Winning the Best Picture Academy award this year (undeservedly, I might add, but that’s a different argument for another day,) Spotlight was brimming with compelling talent and a damnung true story that still ripples throughout society today. Based on the titular group investigative journalists at the Boston Globe, the film revolves around their struggle to uncover child abuse within the Catholic Church and how the religion covered it up. With an acting troupe that consists of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Billy Crudup, Liev Shreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, and more – the film caught the shock of uncovering the horrors that lurk within one of the most revered institutes, shaking our faith and making us burn in anger.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
A couple of years ago, the baby-faced Matt Damon and the equally baby-faced Ben Affleck emotionally scooped up their first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. And quite rightly so, the turbulent visceral script ached with intellect and a powerful storyline. It also saw the late Robin Williams give one of his best serious roles, scooping him up an Oscar too. Good Will Hunting is about a janitor who happens to be an unrecognised genius but is steeped pent-up aggression after a horrific childhood. Sent to a therapist, they, together, find ways to step forward. Affecting (Affleck-ting?) drama that still stands strong today, Good Will Hunting is an impeccable piece of cinema.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Ben Affleck is a great director. In fact, he used his talents at crafting films to carve a second chance; making sure we’ve all forgiven him for Gigli. Anyway, after Gone Baby Gone, The Town, andArgo, we’re pretty much sold on his talent for helming movies. His debut feature, the aforementioned Gone Baby Gone sees Ben direct his brother Casey in an alluring neo-noir mystery about the disappearance of a four year old girl in Boston. Turning thriller with a tense intrigue, the movie explores the grittiness of Boston and the feeding press who flock when tragedy strikes. Unpicking everyone within this film, the end will throw rocks within the pit of your stomach.
What do you think? What are your favourite Boston films?
Stronger is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!