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Black Mass and the amazing performance of Johnny Depp

Posted in Johnny Depp, movies, music by Anna Maria Polidori on February 26, 2016

Five Boston’s industry insiders talks of Spotlight, Black Mass and that scaring “Whitey” that has been Johnny Depp published yesterday an article of an informal chat about the latest big productions filmed in the city during this past year. Some movies based in Boston running for Oscars other ones very appreciated.

Black Mass and Spotlight the biggest ones.

For talking of them asked to five Boston’s industry insiders to accept the invite for a round table.

All enthusiastic of the idea, people involved: Peter Keough Boston Globe correspondent and The Boston Phoenix Film Editor, Erica McDermott actress, Manny Basanese, screenwriter, professor and TV writer, Wes Hazard, comedian and Brian Tamm, executive director of the Independent Film Festival Boston.

The biggest expectation for the city are the Oscars fingers crossed will receive Spotlight, the movie based on the story of the pedophile priests in the Catholic church.

A real bomb started thanks to an article written by Lombardi and published by the  Boston Phoenix  in 2001. No one had previously launched accuses so precise against a certain pedophile priest. Legend wants that it is not clear if the reporters of the Globe read that piece or not written by Lombardi but months later the Spotlight team was ready to start the investigation against the pedophile priests, publishing a first piece on Jan 2002.  The Spotlight team started officially the investigation against the pedophile priests with a staff of reporters of the section all dedicated just to this topic.

Spotlight is the oldest investigative structure of an American newsmagazine.

In the Catholic city of Boston  big but not that much for not knowing, everyone whispered something from years and this “something” in 35 years of abuses arrived at the ears of reporters of the Globe as well, but everyone preferred to keep the story alone. There wasn’t any pale idea that the so-called “provincial problem” could have had repercussions in the rest of the world and mainly that it had such big proportions. A real quake for the reputation of  the Catholic Church.

Why the Globe was in grade to start this investigation? A new editor of the newsmagazine from a close city the answer. He didn’t feel any kind of fear for any structure of the city, powerful or not. The solidity of the newsmagazine permitted and permits this world and the other.

So the editor proposed at the team Spotlight an investigation at high levels for trying to understand what it was going on with these pedophile priests  and these voices of abuses in the city. The team assigned the Spotlight one. This one in fact would not have been just an isolated article but it would have revealed how big was this phenomenon in the city. It was necessary an investigation and various reporters involved.

The team Spotlight has been according to Erica McDermott “serious and nervous”.

Tamm added: “You needed somebody with the weight of the Globe to go against somebody with the weight of the Catholic Church to really be able to say, “We’re really going to dig in after this”.

But why Black Mass didn’t receive any nominations as waited? Is there an answer? To Keough Spotlight is more intense and real than not the exaggeration of a movie with gangsters.

The work of reporters long, maybe boring, not always exciting, for sure sad considering the topic, but real.

Black Mass to McDermott can’t be considered real because dealing with gangsters means “liars, and cheats”. According to her we won’t never know the real story of Whitey Bulger.

Basanese thought the performance of Johnny Depp was spectacular.
Again the comparison with Goodfellas and The Godfather still the best ones of the genre and Black Mass lived like a repetition of these movies and not an original movie able to make the difference, adding something new.

McDermott impressed by the charisma of Johnny Depp when he arrived on set for filming. McDermott was Mary Bulger, the wife of Will Bulger, brother of Jimmy Bulger.

For people living in Boston Whitey 11181839_422107524629563_434860139454374437_nBulger has meant a long portion of their existence. And McDermott remembered while she saw Johnny 10464331_720316338028152_7942615333055848116_nas Bulger10433842_294206544086329_1853548928510790858_n (Copy 1), how similar he was to the mobster.

McDermott told to she grew up in the area reading in the newsmagazines a lot about Bulger, on the news, she watched documentaries. She knew his story.

Like for “Red” Shea shea and Johnny Depp_crop  (Shea and Johnny/Bulger) an ex-affiliate of Bulger, the actress told Johnny that to her the situation was unreal. “I have to sit with you 1512595_296627340510916_1920857366028700172_n (Johnny while filming Black Mass in Boston) for a while. I have to hang out with you 10368357_737807142908607_3782839849500156741_o (Johnny with the owner of a pizzeria, great fan of Beatles!) for a little while in order to be able 10296945_773851102659454_1753884311_n (Johnny at the Brattle Book Shop) to do johnny362 this” she added during a break from a scene and before they re-started to film.

To Hazard one of the best scene the one when Bulger/Depp goes up to the FBI’s agent’s wife bedroom. It is a moment of tension. Emotive tension. Hazard added at “Johnny Depp is acting the hell out of this scene. You just watch him disappear”.

Johnny Depp didn’t win any Oscar nomination and nor did Black Mass but he is winning and he won tons of prizes all around the USA.
For Johnny Depp this one has been a “prize season”.
It won’t be Oscar, but he won all the rest of possible prizes for Black Mass, and it is good because after a long moment of “absence” let’s use this word, Johnny is back with a real character, with the portray of a real criminal.

Why the Oscars are important? Hazard explains at that they can’t be particularly relevant but “They are a symbol of excellence”.
Hazard at the same time reveals that not always his favorite movies are Oscar movies.

Hazard on Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger: “He was one of the most chilling things I’ve ever seen in my life”.

The best movie filmed in Boston for people at the round table?
Good Will Hunting, The Departed, The Fighter.

Good Luck to Spotlight Spotlight. May this movie win a lot of Oscars.

Thanks to Boston and Bostonians because Johnny 12742554_515967618576886_2322515261370518220_n lived a wonderful and happy moment of his professional and private life in this city. Peace and joy better than an Oscar.


Anna Maria Polidori


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