The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less. We will be reviewing our favorite Boston Film(s).
According to Ryan’s research, this is probably the best list of movies set in Boston
Here is what appears to be the official/unofficial list of everything related to Boston movies
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to BostonRyan@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Ryan!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Boston Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Apr 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A low level gangster trying to avoid prison time, tries to find ways to continue to survive as he feels life closing in on him.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite some time and was glad that this month’s GG choice by Ryan actually go to to finally see what it was all about.
The problem here is that the story itself feels extremely rushed and incomplete.
I liked the way that they try to show us how low level gangsters try to make things work on a smaller scale as the world begins to change around them at a faster pace than they can handle.
The cats led by Robert Mitchum, Richard Jordan and Peter Boyle are all quite good here, but they can’t help the fact that the way the story is told is done in quite a baffling way that it’s so much harder to enjoy what is going on.
They try too hard to get so much done in such a short running time, that obviously it feels as if things that need to be explained to us are just skipped over which is quite a shame.
Bottom Line – Gritty look at low level gangsters and how they try to survive in the ever changing world. Nice cast helps this a bit, but the storyline is just too baffling to actually enjoy. They try to get too much accomplished in such a short running time that things feel too rushed and incomplete.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alex Rocco, who plays bank robber Scalise, was a former member of the notorious The Winter Hill Gang that operated out of Boston, Massachusetts. Moreover, Rocco introduced Robert Mitchum to Howie Winter, who was the second boss of The Winter Hill Gang, to help Mitchum research his role as Eddie Coyle. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. Too baffling and doesn’t connect all the dots by the end like a good film should.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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