Coolidge Corner a real mob scene tonight

Johnny Depp in Coolidge Corner in Brookline

Depp (in salmon) shakes hands on Harvard Street. Photo by Brookline PD.

Brookline Police have been chronicling the arrival of Black Mass stars at the Coolidge Corner - and handling crowd control - this evening, for the movie's premiere.

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hmm

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When does the movie come out celebrating a more contemporary Boston terrorist like Dzohkar Tsarnaev come out? Whitey was a scumbag terrorist who spread the same level of fear and more murders over 20 years.

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It's coming

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Believe me, the Tsarnaev movie is coming, and I would be willing to bet is already in the works or at least being thought about by the people that make these movies. Oh, they may change the name or fictionalize it slightly to soften the blow, but it's coming. This is the kind of world we live in.

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Fictionalizing the Tsarnaevs

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If they really want to fictionalize them in the movie, they could portray some member of the family, any member of the family, holding a legit job.

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all you need to know

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about the Tsarnaev family is that the seemingly normal branch of the family that lives outside of D.C. elected to call themselves the Tsarnis when they came to the U.S..

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Absolutely disgusting...

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...so glad Southie is dead and SoBo took over.

I won't be watching this trash.

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I couldn'the believe that the

I imagine that Johnny Depp imaginesthat he's demonstrating depth in making the quoted statement. Instead he shows shallowness in not being able to imagine the prolonged anguish of the surviving relatives as Bulger walked around freely for years and Mike Barnacle wrote columns describing him as a modern day Robin Hood, who made young street tough from harming little, old ladies.

I couldn'the believe that the producers of this movie chose Johnny Depp to play Whitey. Although I loved the book, I knew that the choice of Depp catapulted this film over the shark. Depp looks ridiculous in his makeup and faux, deep, gravely voice. I giggle every time I see the trailer on TV, I giggle.

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I think he is right

Bulger was evil, but his behavior wasn't purely the result of that evil. He fully exploited the indoctrination in the "local rules" of those around him to keep himself from being arrested or incarcerated for many years. He was both a product of the culture around him, and an exploiter of that culture.

Way too easy just to write it off as "pure evil" when so many had a role in covering for him.

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Thanks for your reply,

Thanks for your reply, although I'm not sure that I understand your use of the phrase, "local rules".

We are much in agreement. Personally I recognize that people are complex and refrain from pigeonholing them into simple binary slots such as good and evil. I would be very unlikely to use a word like "evil" that has such loaded philosophical - even theological implications.

Moreover, I would be much more reluctant to correct the intellectual framework or model victims of such heinous crimes use to arrive at some understanding, or simply express their pain. To do so, would be both insulting and patronizing.

When someone pops into the story for a year of his life and will have no further involvement in the story or with the survivors other then to correct their expression of pain, it simply feels to be an extraordinary level of hubris.

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Boycott this film

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Casting Johnny Depp presumably is meant to glamorize the criminal scumbag.

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okay

Depp's glamour days are long behind him, I think. He certainly doesn't look like a pretty boy in his Whitey makeup (nor did he on the red carpet last night, frankly).

Once upon a time, he was an interesting actor. He's been phoning it in for the past 10 years or so, but maybe this (and not starring in every damn Tim Burton movie) will give him a boost again.

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not to nitpick but..

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Harvard Ave. is in Allston. It becomes Harvard St. when it hits the Brookline border. As someone who grew up on both sides of the border this mixup is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

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u wot m8? now i've got to

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u wot m8? now i've got to roast my gang to get this straightened out!

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Yep!

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Fixed.

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Harvard Ave. Brookline

Is the short one-way street between Park St. and Harvard St. I used to live there and it was tiring trying to explain that it was a separate street.

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