View Full Version : Hollywood's Spotlight on Boston

10-04-2006, 07:15 PM

10-05-2006, 01:33 PM
TV shows seems to portray the city in a better light than films.

10-14-2006, 09:37 PM
Has anyone else seen this? Wow, this movie is INTENSE....at the end, I was just sitting in the theater in shock. Great acting by pretty much everyone, especially DiCaprio and Nicholson. I'd recommend it if you like films that are funny, depressing, entertaining, and violent all at the same time.

And Scott is right, it gives quite the strong impression of Boston.

10-14-2006, 11:46 PM
yeah, i JUST got home from the theater. all i can say is that i have a new found respect for mass. state troopers. go see the movie, its very very good.

02-25-2007, 11:32 PM
WOOOO!!! Boston got its first Best Picture Oscar! I'm glad, this movie really deserved it.

02-25-2007, 11:38 PM
WOOOO!!! Boston got its first Best Picture Oscar! I'm glad, this movie really deserved it.

Yeah it did. So did Scorsese. He was long overdue.

02-26-2007, 07:40 AM
a bit too graphic for me, but I thought marky mark's acting was spectacular...very quick and insulting...sorta the oppositte of those people who get insulted and go home and think "aw man I should have said 'this' or 'that' to that person....why couldnt I have thought of it then?"

That seems to be a pretty much uniquely boston characteristic...at least from my limited travel experience/observation. I didnt see that attitude in orlando/daytona/little rock/montreal/san diego...but every now and then I'll meet someone like Mark Whalberg's character and subsequently find out they are from boston or within 128 somewhere.

02-26-2007, 08:08 AM
And next year Boston will be in another sure-fire Oscar winner (http://architecturalboston.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=632). :roll:

02-26-2007, 11:28 AM
Yay for the Departed, I really enjoyed it.

02-26-2007, 12:20 PM
I thought Wahlberg was over the top and distracting.

02-26-2007, 02:24 PM
"maybe no maybe yes maybe go fuck yourself"

02-26-2007, 06:17 PM
distracting from what, if you dont mind me asking--the movie was all about graphic material, whether linguistic or visual...whalberg was substituting a higher form of obscenity for the more basic and unappealing graphic nature of the rest of the film. I liked it.

02-26-2007, 09:16 PM
I thought his acting was over the top and therefore distracting from the other actors' performances. I just thought Wahlberg and to some extent Baldwin, were almost cartoon like compared to how realistic Damon and DiCaprio were.

Also, I think the movie was equally as psychological as it was graphic.

02-27-2007, 07:54 AM
I guess it is a metter of taste/opinion. While I know what you mean about him being kind of cartoon-ish, i thought that element added a much needed degree of humor to an otherwise pretty dark film. also, I dont think he was too cartoony at the end with matt damon...

02-27-2007, 12:18 PM
I dont think he was too cartoony at the end with matt damon...

True. :lol:

Beton Brut
02-27-2007, 04:15 PM
I was pretty happy for Marty, though Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas are all better films than The Departed...

I thought the Hurley looked pretty cool...I read something on the web around the time the film was released that the Art Director loved the building...

02-28-2007, 12:30 AM
I was pretty happy for Marty, though Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas are all better films than The Departed...

Ah I haven't seen The Departed yet, but have seen all three other movies plenty of times (probably seen Taxi Driver a dozen times), so I'm a bit worried reading these kind of comments, as I don't want to be disappointed. I suppose I should've steered clear of this thread altogether, but it's too late for that.. d'oh!

02-28-2007, 06:13 AM
IMHO, Friends of Eddie Coyle (http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19730627/REVIEWS/301010311/1023) was a much better movie that didn't rely on overt violence or over-the-top characters to describe a much more interesting and realistic portrait of organized crime and the Irish Mob in Boston circa the 1970's.

04-26-2007, 09:09 PM
Luring Hollywood here: Leaders near pact on film tax credits
By Donna Goodison
Thursday, April 26, 2007 - Updated: 09:57 AM EST

Beacon Hill leaders and the Patrick administration are close to agreement on proposed tax-credit reforms that would make it more enticing for Hollywood studios to shoot big-budget movies in Massachusetts.

Getting the picture: Related articles, multimedia & images ? Graphic: Luring filmmakers to Massachusetts

Deliberations are coming to a head as administration officials engage in talks with several companies interested in building multimillion-dollar soundstages here to create a ?Hollywood East.?

?The final details of the plans that we?re working on with the Senate and the governor?s office are coming together now,? said David Guarino, spokesman for House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi. ?(DiMasi) wants to do whatever we can within a tight budget year to encourage growth in the film industry in Massachusetts.?

Neither Guarino nor a spokesman for Gov. Deval Patrick would reveal changes under consideration. But studios have told the Massachusetts Film Office that the $7 million cap on the current tax-credit package discourages blockbuster movies, costing $100 million or more, from filming in the Bay State.

It?s unclear whether the changes will incorporate those already proposed by state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston and Dorchester), who co-sponsored the original legislation enacted last year.

In addition to removing the $7 million cap, Wallace wants an increase in the tax credits given toward productions? in-state payroll costs.

Wallace also wants to eliminate the ?sunset? provision that makes the tax credits available only through 2012. That?s seen as a key change necessary to pave the way for large film-related infrastructure projects, such as soundstages, to be built here.

?I?ve been working with (Undersecretary for Business Development) Bob Coughlin on some of this stuff, and he?s been talking to some companies who are talking about relocating here and possibly building a soundstage here,? Wallace said. ?They?re just kind of waiting on the legislation. We have the speaker?s support, which is a major hurdle.?

Jose Martinez, spokesman for the governor, confirmed the soundstage talks, but declined to reveal specifics. ?There are discussions with the industry,? he said.


12-28-2009, 09:58 PM
Finally got a chance to see 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle', which was finally released on DVD through Criterion this year. It's a lot of fun and give a great view of some 1970s Boston settings, including not one, but two scenes set in City Hall plaza.

Also there's a scene where a train blows through a vintage commuter rail station. Any idea what this is?

12-29-2009, 03:44 AM
Looks like the Turbo Train (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UAC_TurboTrain). Acela still hasn't beat its speed record!

12-29-2009, 07:21 AM
^ I rode that train. It creaked a lot (didn't seem safe). A valiant effort.

Beton Brut
12-29-2009, 10:23 AM
A triumph of industrial design, toppled by not-ready-for-primetime technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilting_train) (and other priorities (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_Highway_System)).

12-29-2009, 10:53 AM
I almost forgot, there's a scene set in front of another one of Boston's brutalist 70s landmarks: Oak Grove Station

Ron Newman
12-29-2009, 11:55 AM
The movie was released in 1973, but that station didn't open until 1977.

12-29-2009, 12:00 PM
Hmm. Maybe it's North Quincy?

Edit: yeah, on closer look, those are definitely red-line trains.

12-29-2009, 05:02 PM
A triumph of industrial design, toppled by not-ready-for-primetime technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilting_train) (and other priorities (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_Highway_System)).

Was the interstate highway system still a priority in the 70s? I thought it was effectively complete a decade before.

Ron Newman
12-29-2009, 07:54 PM
I-93 through Somerville and Medford opened in the early 1970s; otherwise, very little Interstate highway construction continued in this region. The only other exception I can think of was the connection of I-95 to 128 in the Lynnfield area, which happened some time in the late 80s or early 90s,

(Of course this is ignoring the Big Dig and Ted Williams Tunnel)

Beton Brut
12-30-2009, 01:25 PM
Was the interstate highway system still a priority in the 70s?

Funds that could have been better spent on an improved rail network went to expanding and maintaining highways.

I thought it was effectively complete a decade before.

To a point, but large sections of I-95 remained in construction into the 80s.

The point of my drive-by comment yesterday was that our cultural commitment to the automobile was already made in the 50s, and there's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. How many Americans would trade their car for a rail-system equivalent to Japan or Europe?

12-30-2009, 07:00 PM
^ Maybe it's just me, but I get culture shock whenever I come back to suburbia. I have a little Seinfeldian moment of "people still drive all the time? For everything? Really?" I don't think this would have been possible 20-30 years ago. It's possible (and more importantly, normal) to live in America now without your lips being plugged into the teat of your car and for it to be okay.

I guess I've always thought of the 70s as a turning point, when environmental and social concerns began to really start getting raised. A whole bunch of new transit systems went up then, in response (DC, SF Bay, Buffalo, among others), whereas transit contraction was the virtually unbroken rule in the 50s and 60s.