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BLACK MASS (2015) – My rating: 8.7/10

BlackMassBeing a big Johnny Depp fan, I didn’t want to see Black Mass.  I didn’t like the way he looked with the receding hairline and slicked back hairdo, nor did I want to see him as a villain.  Of course that’s ridiculous because Johnny Depp is an excellent actor who can play many different genres.  Black Mass is a long, long, way from Captain Jack Sparrow or Edward Scissorhands.  Not a hint of Johnny Depp’s brand of silliness is anywhere to be found in Black Mass.  This is not Depp’s first go round as a mobster type character (Public Enemies & Donnie Brasco) to name a couple.  Black Mass is a true story about James “Whitey” Bulger, (Johnny Depp) a small time gangster who reined on the South side of Boston in the 1970s .  Bulger controlled an Irish-American gang called the Winter Hill Gang along with his right hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi (Rory Cochrane), Kevin Weeks (Jesse Piemons) and hitman, Johnny Martorano (W. Earl Brown).  Whitey has a brother, William “Billy” Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) who was a Boston senator and not tied to any type of crime.  A lot of this film surrounds the details of a relationship between Whitey and a FBI agent who was also a childhood friend named John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).  Connolly became corrupt as he grew closer and closer to Whitey and the gang.   The Angiulo Brothers, a powerful family with ties to the Mafia controlled the Northern side of Boston and killed one of the members of Whitey’s gang.  After some pressure from Connolly, Whitey became a FBI informant against the Angiulo Brothers.  The plot runs deep, the crime and violence runs deep and the corruption runs deep.  I found Black Mass to be quite entertaining and a solid story about organized crime.  The end is wrapped up nicely, the acting was superb, the story was real and I heard some talk about Oscar.  BTW, Kevin Bacon plays one of the FBI bosses at odds with Connolly.  I didn’t know he was in the film, so it was a surprise and a treat to see him perform.  This was one of the better movies of 2015.  Definitely worth seeing!

THE FOLLOWING – My rating: 8/10

TheFollowingWhat a thriller!  The Following is the story of a deranged, serial killer named Joe Carroll and his cult of admirers. As if being a serial killer wasn’t bad enough, this one has a cult following of deranged killers who will do anything for their hero, Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy.  The show stars Kevin Bacon as the obsessed cop, Ryan Hardy, who is hell bent on capturing Joe.  This series is in it’s 2nd season and all the characters are playing their roles brilliantly.  Joe had a wife named Claire Matthews, and a little boy but he killed her and the boy is now in the foster care system.  Joe’s wife was played by Natalie Zea, who was dating Kevin Bacon’s character, Ryan,  in season one.  By the time season 2 rolled around, Claire was out of the picture (or is she)?  This series is intense  and the thought this could ever be real makes me cringe.  The Following is not for the weak minded.  Graphic scenes are often shown when one of the cult members or Joe Carroll kills someone.   Joe is a psychopath who is well educated and was a professor before he was identified as the great Joe Carroll, serial killer.  Every week you can see what Joe and his cult are up to and how the cult evolves.  Cult occupations range from police officers, art dealers. teachers, pilots  and the list goes on and on.  It’s hard to know who to trust.  I find The Following interesting as well as a little scary.  You can’t go wrong with this one, it definitely entertains.