Monument Ave. (1998)
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Yet this movie really awakens you to how insidious the silly hi-jinks of youth (e.g., causing all the car alarms on the street to go off at one time) can really be. These kids then move on up into guilt by association, and slowly get rubbed out by the head mobster they have admired, and who even has the gall to pay for the funerals of those he kills/has killed. It's going on right now, folks, right here in Boston....but just not as much.
When the facts are in about Whitey Bulger, No. 1 guy on the FBI's most wanted , whose brother is chancellor of the Univ. of Ma. and formerly president of the Ma. Senate, you'll see a lot more parallels from this movie. The only logic test it failed was, "How could those parents NOT know their son and his buddies were sniffing coke in their home?"
This show is ALMOST a documentary of current life in south Boston. As someone with Scotch-Irish ancestry, I think of the Raytheon engineer whose mother took her husband's life insurance and moved to Stoughton from this Irish ghetto ....and marvel at his escape from the degraded lives portrayed here. See it. Take your teen-age kids to see it. Better than Sunday school.
There is no need to be a genius to know what comes later, because we have seen it many, many times. But there is a single thing that makes this movie different (and that's why I am writing about it): the cast. The real Irish origin of most of the actors makes the movie specially realistic. That accent that is almost impossible to understand and that way of walking and even of drinking is really well filmed by Ted Demme. For once, you can believe you are between a group of Irish that have not found a place in the United States. The film doesn't pretend to be critic with the political system, because it shows just a small neighborhood where even the policemen are Irish.
The way of filming Snitch makes us to think that all the characters are living in a kind of prison and they can't leave it but dead. No one moves from those dirty and dark streets.
Both things (actors and filming) are really different from other films about the same topic. The problem is that nobody is to pay much attention to this movie, because the story is too much typical. At the moment, in Spain it has been almost unnoticed.
It's a movie about trust and betrayal among a community where they only trust each other, never outsiders, and they are themselves the criminals (small time). Betrayal, however, is barely different from trust. And the code of silence rules absolutely.
Bobby O'Grady (Leary) knows that it just doesn't work. He just can't see it, and knows that he is a part of it.
Why is it is such a good movie? Authenticity. It feels real. Leary doesn't go over the top, no one does. It looks right, and feels right.
In the end, they don't make it easy. This is a story that can't end well, even if you try to put all the pieces together such that it looks like a happy ending. So, they don't force it. It ends as it has to.
It also suggests, along with the better-than-it-had-a-right-to-be Beautiful Girl, that Ted Demme was just tapping the surface of potentially great career when he died. He and Leary may have combined on a handful of classics if Demme had lived.
As much as I like The Departed and Mystic River, this is the movie that really captures the gangster life in South Boston. If you like movies like Force of Evil, Friends of Eddie Coyle and other hard-edged crime pictures, check it out.
i don't live in Boston anymore,but i remember home vividly.
i caught monument ave in the theater,in Copley sq.-Boston when it came into the theaters.riveted the the screen i was.
the lifestyle the local hooligan lives is not one of irresponsibility.all his action are seen,maybe not by law enforcement.but by other hoods.they live with many vices,expensive booze-hard drugs & cheap women.and the nice girls they find usually get hurt. a criminals code of conduct is the standard they live by,and its always evolving to meet the situation.
friends become foe's. the misguided become martyrs. and life go's on.
watch this film,and understand that this is how many men live their life.
This is an average movie though the acting can be considered very good most of the movie...
The ending is also quite disappointing because it leaves no questions behind and nothing to talk about... It is done in the most clichéd of ways. It could've delivered a lot more than that.