Friday, October 30, 2015

Gangsters films represents one of the most popular genres in film history. Movies staring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G Robinson, James Cagney and Paul Mooney becomes the backbone of stories filled with violence and moral messages about family, honor and corruption. Later stories were inherited by Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, Joe Pesci, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio.

Now Johnny Depp have his chance of been a bad guy with the film Black Mass. This film is the true story of one of the most violent criminals of South Boston Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) leader of the Iris-American Winter Hill Gang. The story develops when a FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Egerton) childhood friend of Bulger and William Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) Massachusetts state senator pressure the two bothers to help him to go after the Angiulo Brothers gang offer Whitey Bulger his chance of been an informant letting him operate his way.

Connolly is in control of the Bulger’s but also of his FBI department manipulating his boss Charles McGuire (Kevin Bacon) and his close coworker John Morris (David Harbour)

Director Scott Cooper ( Crazy Heart) delivers an outstanding gangster movie filled with action, great performances and also with very interesting visual style. Johnny Depp playing Whitey Bulger is one of his best performances yet, since Edwood, Chocolate and Finding Neverland. His make up goes the borderline of creepy to very realistic gang leader Whitey Bulger.

Moving to NYC is probably one of the most complex and hard decision ever. Specially for college students, the pressure of been cool or trendy, also fit in the right groups is always the key. Tracy (Lora Kirke) comes to NY to study creative writing. Quickly she realize that she needs to be important in the school and also outside. Let’s face it, she is in NY and she needs to own the city. Tracy’s mom is getting married, her future husband have a daughter living successfully in the city. Brooke (Greta Gerwing) is a caricaturesque, pretentious, and egocentric New Yorker. After Tracy’s mom insistence of meeting the two stepsisters to be, Tracy make the call…

Brooke meet with her (Tracy) in center of NYC, Time Square. After a long night where Tracy get completely impressed by Brooke success, the audience start discovering what kind of person she is. Everyone who lives in NY or any other major city meet someone who lives thru appearances and have so many projects going on like Brooke. On the other hand Tracy is another character that you meet in NY. The newbie who’s trying to understand how the city works, how to deal with people the best way possible but also is the victim of self-assurance.

Noah Baumbah directs Mistress in America a story of two girls who discover thru each other their weakness, dreams and desires. The director satire city characters who are looking to be trendy and meaningful in this world, by using smoke and mirrors to impress their surroundings. Brooke is an entrepreneur/gym trainer/schemer who just simply impress Tracy who is a lonely girl who’s looking for a reason to fit.

The film is witty and sometimes funny. But at the end could be a sad reality for some people who feel amused by the real representation of people around us.