Thursday, September 17, 2015
Black Mass 
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
ChicagoTribune (M. Phillips) review
RogerEbert.com (M. Zoller-Seitz) review
AVClub (J. Hessenger) review
Black Mass  (directed by Scott Cooper screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of the Unholy Alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob [GR] [WCat] [Amzn] by Dick Lehr [GR] [Amzn] [IMDb] and Gerald O'Neill [GR] [Amzn] [IMDb]) is another "mob film." From perhaps a historical point of view, it'd be an interesting one to see.
But IMHO it has a needlessly provocative title and like other "mob films" it can not but glorify the mob or otherwise organized crime. And I just don't believe that the mob / criminality needs any more glamorizing publicity. These films make people start to think that "organized crime," while perhaps conceding that it is Evil [TM], is also somehow "quite normal."
We don't need people -- young, middle aged, or old -- to be seduced into believing that acting like "Little Sopranos" is normal, let alone the way things should be.
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