The Boondock Saints

Some of you out there are fans of Troy Duffy‘s The Boondock Saints. Don’t worry, we’re not naming names here. But if you fall into that group you’ll be happy to hear a third film just may be heading your way in the near future. The first one didn’t blow up right away, but it eventually found itself a pretty healthy cult following. (And it even found a spot in our list of the 14 Most Mundane Movie Murder Weapons, so that’s something at least.) The movie follows the blood-spattered, bullet-strewn, revenge-fueled adventures of fraternal twins Connor and Murphy MacManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus). It’s not a great movie, but it has its charms thanks mostly to the two leads and the support of Willem Dafoe in a fairly goofy role as the detective on their trail. It was followed a decade later by the even less kindly received sequel, All Saints Day, that saw the brothers return to Boston to dispense more Christ-approved justice. It’s unclear if any of you will admit to being fans of that one.

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As most of us no doubt know, it’s hard enough just to live with yourself after committing a gruesome murder – let alone dealing with logistics of the body and police and all that jazz. Thank god the act itself can be done pretty easily these days – what with all the guns and knives and catapults we have access to. Of course the problem is that your victim is always going to see it coming when you’re wheeling out your homemade trebuchet, which is why the best weapon is the one that’s right under their noses. The moving pictures know this, and have given us some remarkable kills with very unremarkable items in the past… Oh also – be warned now, the following is pretty gross.

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Terrifying Parents

It’s always smart to look up to those who’ve managed to stay alive for considerably longer than we have; clearly they did something right. In the world of villains and murderers – this quality goes double, for it means that they are not only capable of murder but also cunning enough to get away with their evil deeds. Here are some older mentors and parental figures that you straight up do not want to mess around with. Stone-cold killers in wrap-around sunglasses.

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It’s easy to stick some cool tats on a character and enhance their presence – and we all love cool looking tattoos. It gets better when there is thought put into the tattoos, such as Mickey Rourke’s surprisingly well-researched prison tattoos in Iron Man 2. What’s even better than that is when a tattoo is not only well thought out, but also speaks worlds about that character and the story surrounding them. It’s not always possible in the context of the film – but when it is, it’s nice to see. Here are some of the tattoos I’m talking about.

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Commentary Commentary: The Boondock Saints

We all love The Boondock Saints? Right? Right? Guys? Where you going? Look, I’m fully aware of the animosity for this film, especially its writer/director, Troy Duffy. Hell, even the DVD is annoying me right this second with this “You wouldn’t steal a car, so why steal movies” PSA. But there’s a point in everyone’s life where you have to realize bad filmmakers like talking about their film just as much as the geniuses. So we’re gonna let Mr. Duffy speak, and we’re gonna be taking detailed notes as to what he has to say. Yes, this one comes with the decade long-backlash. And I’m sure Troy Duffy’s commentary here is going to be filled with all kinds of insightful anecdotes about crafting the film, honing the story so its concise yet layered. I’m sure there isn’t going to be anything on this commentary track that puts Troy Duffy in an angelic light. And, in case you didn’t catch it, I put the sarcastic tone on the word “angelic.” So here is everything we learned from Mr. Troy “Overnight” Duffy’s commentary track for The Boondock Saints. That damn PSA is still going by the way. Don’t steal, folks.

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There is no denying that for better or worse, Troy Duffy’s brainchild The Boondock Saints is a freak of nature. Despite a very well documented shut down by Harvey Weinstein, a budget less than half the size it was originally going to have and a school shooting that kept it from theaters, somehow the boys from Boston have been able live on for the last decade, becoming such a huge hit that a sequel was made two year ago. And while the sequel hardly did gangbusters at the box office, the fan base is still a passionate one. So passionate that Duffy has been approached to turn his beloved films into a television series. In an interview with We Got This Covered for the Blu-Ray re-release of the original film, Duffy shared the news and also included the stance of stars Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus. We’ve been approached to do a possible Boondock Saints TV series. So the fans may be getting a part 3 as a television show. We might be able to pull that off….I actually called both Sean and Norman and they both said “hell yeah, we’ll drop everything.

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Troy Duffy, writer/director of The Boondock Saints and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day sits down with FSR during his bus tour to talk about his films, being controversial and what’s up next before Boondock Saints III.

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DeathofCult

The gap is tightening – movies are either full-blown successes or major flops. In a content-driven culture, how are some films that fail at the box office supposed to fly under the radar to have a second-life on DVD?

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The Ten Most Misunderstood Heroes in Movie History

In honor of the release of Hancock on DVD on November 25, we have put together our list of the Ten Most Misunderstood Heroes in Movie History. Check it out.

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published: 04.18.2014
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