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DVD Review: Boondock Saints (Blu-ray)
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Boondock Saints
Blu-ray Edition
Directed by Troy Duffy
Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly
Fox Home Entertainment
Release date: February 10, 2009

In Boondock Saints the wrath of God isn’t eligible to a society filled with thieves, mobsters, and pimps. To them the afterlife is nonexistent and they live as though they’re not afraid of what awaits them when they die. But hold it right there. Why wait until we are all perished to be judged when we can be judged right here and now? As if any God or idolatry figure didn’t instill fear in us, common man wants to take on that challenge. The two brothers in Boondock Saints colonize before a society a set of rules that should help contain the urges of sin. These ideas placed before all are thrust upon the people in a scary, authoritative manner. To sum it up — these brothers take the responsibility of replicating God on Earth. Introducing this controversial topic and then not really spotlighting it compassionately because of the obsession with the actually killings themselves, Boondock Saints loses some of its power that could have struck a strong and mighty chord.

When we think of ordinary men wanting to rid the world of scum, the first name that enters our minds is Travis Bickel from Taxi Driver. We remember that insane man for stating: “All the animals come out at night — whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.” The ominous tones in that quote when Travis uttered it sent shivers down viewer’s spines. The McManus brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus), aren’t in any way symbolic with the character that Travis is. Connor and Murphy are church-going fanatics and deeply seeped in their Irish traditions. After they killed some Russian mobsters, their ideas of ridding other scum in the city become stronger and stronger all the while their targets become more prominent figures in the mafia world.

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Judd Nelson & Peter Fonda Join The Cast Of ‘Boondock Saints 2’
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In an announcement that no one likely saw coming, legendary actor Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold) as well as Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) have both joined the cast of Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

This news, released by DCP Boondock II Productions, comes as filming has just about finished over in Toronto, so it seems as if director Troy Duffy has been saving some of the best for last.

Mr. Fonda will be playing a character who has quite the intriguing name, The Roman. No word as to who The Roman is or what he does, but it sounds nice and scary to me. Judd Nelson will be playing Concezio Yakavetta, whom I’d be silly not to assume is a member of the mafia family from the first film; likely seeking revenge for his fallen brother? Maybe cousin? Could be interesting.

As we know, the movie also stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as the Saints and Billy Connolly as their father Il Duce. Also new to the party is Clifton Collins Jr. as Romeo and Julie Benz as Eunice.

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‘Boondock Saints 2’ Officially Begins Filming
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BoondockAfter the long, long decade of rumors, combined with many refusals to believe it was true, as well as my consistent coverage of this project all year, the massively desired sequel Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day has officially begun filming in Toronto.

Take that naysayers!

As a big fan of the original flick, I’m happy to see actual filming taking place and it’s very good to see Sean Patrick Flanery eating some food and being silly. At the same time, though, I’m still pretty antsy to see some images and footage of familiar faces back in action.

As I’ve previously reported, Sean Patrick Flanery www.seanflanery.com and Norman Reedus (www.normanreedusonline.com) are returning for this film as the McManus brothers. Billy Connolly, David Della Rocco, and Brian Mahoney will also reprise their roles, while Aaron Berg has joined the cast as JoJo Rhama as has Clifton Collins Jr. as a new character.

Below are a couple new production diaries to check out.

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‘Boondock Saints 2’ News + Pre-Production Video Diaries!
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Boondock SaintsWe at Geeks of Doom have been closely following the long-time-coming sequel to super cult hit The Boondock Saints and have been keeping an especially close eye since learning it was apparently going to finally be a reality. Because of these facts, I was shocked to find a multitude of small, pre-production diaries that I had not seen or heard about. Better late than never, I say. Here’s some updates and video peeks at how The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day is moving along.

As for information, the crew is currently in Toronto in “pre-production” mode, scouting locations and all that good stuff. They’ll be doing that for seven or so weeks, which is where these videos are coming from. After all of that, the actual filming will begin on October 20, 2008 in Toronto for another seven weeks and will carry over to some shooting in Boston. Upon the start of filming, I assume we should start to see some production diary videos with Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, and other cast members.

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Movie Review: The X-Files: I Want To Believe
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X-FilesThe X-Files: I Want To Believe
Directed by Chris Carter
Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly
Rated PG-13
Release date: July 25, 2008

“I can’t lose faith, Lancelot. It’s all I have left.” –Perceval from Excalibur

“How many times have we been here before, Scully? Right here. So close to the truth and now with what we’ve seen and what we know to be right back at the beginning with nothing.” — Fox Mulder from The X-Files: Fight The Future

“Let’s just say that I want to believe.” — Fox Mulder from The X-Files: I Want To Believe

The X-Files: Restoring Faith

The hedonistic glare of the Nineties is a distant memory. I remember my fervent weekly devotion to the X-Files television show. It was one of my favorite shows on network television. For me, the show was the very essence of Nineties television. In a post-Cold War landscape, it was time to turn the lens on ourselves. The show captured paranoia and conspiracy on a grand scale. The high concept pitch would have been The Parallex View meets Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

I would say the series worked very well for the first seven seasons. Why did it work? The relationship between David Duchovny‘s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson‘s Dana Scully was and will always be the core of the X-Files. Tamper with that dynamic and you do not have much to work with at all. As much as I adore every incarnation of The Avengers, it was always at its best with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. Yes, Anderson and Duchovny have that kind of chemistry.

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The Great Zombie Round-Up… The Sequel
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My Monstrous Militia,
FIDO

Dead, nearly dead, and undead alike rejoice, ’cause it’s that time of the month again. Time take a look the latest group o’ gangrenous guts being gouged from the gullet and strewn about for all to see.

Zombie movies are the new black

Later is Now, Baybah!
In case you had forgotten, 28 Weeks Later opens today and ObZomb (that’s me) says ‘Yes, yehaw, and yahoo!’ I cannot wait to feast my rotting ocular nerves upon what’s sure to be an awesomely good rip ’em up. I’m hoping we’ll get to see glimmers of Robert Carlyle‘s genius turn (IMHO) as Colqhoun in Ravenous show through a bit in 28 Weeks… man, that movie creeped me out!

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