Boondock Saints Day

October 17th, 2010 – Super Sunday.

The day started well. Emma had gone to work and Alysha was still at her friends, so I got up and a coffee.

I then went up to my local shop (Vimco) and bought a couple of fresh chicken breasts and some pitta breads.

Once I got home I sliced one of the breasts into strips and made a marinade. (Tomato puree, herbs, paprika, various chilli sauces, salt & pepper, soy sauce and a flat teaspoon of sugar). I then left the chicken to marinade in the fridge while I settled down to listen to some music. 

Len arrived just after lunch and we started to watch Star Trek VI on Film Four. (Star Trek’s 1-5 had been shown the day before). Swany arrived about two-thirty with some steaks and his own marinade. Out came the wok and we set about some cooking. Spicy chicken in pitta’s all round. I had deliberately made my marinade mild so that Len would enjoy it, too. After this I set about cooking Swany’s steaks in pitta’s, while Len and Swany started watching ‘The Boondock Saints‘. Once the food was ready we all ate and watched the movie. A few beers were had while we watched the movie, then there was a short break before we watched ‘The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day‘. Len had already seen the movies but Swany hadn’t, hence the reason we were watching them back-to-back. It was about seven-thirty when the second film finished and Swany and Len left. All in all a good day. Good friends. Good food. And two damn good movies.

The Boondock Saints‘ movies were written and directed by Troy Duffy.

It was filmed in 1999 and completed in 2000. It was blacklisted from theatres due to a backlash against violent films after the Columbine Incident, the film never received a proper theatrical release. Instead the film found its fan base on video and DVD spawning an international cult sensation that has continued with next to no support from the media.

The story centres on two brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) and their friend Rocco (David Della Rocco).

After turning themselves into the Police, after a fight where they acted in self-defence, they have an epiphany that they should take on God’s work to rid Boston of its Criminals, and so begins their crusade. Meanwhile the Police and F.B.I. Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) are trying to find out who is killing all the scumbags in Boston. Yakavetta (Carlo Rota), the Mafia boss, has to enlist the help the help of The Duke (Billy Connolly) to protect his family and business interests. The Duke has been in prison for 25 years and is one nasty piece of work. It is Smecker who finally realises it is the two brothers that are responsible for the killings and has to make a decision. 

The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day‘ is set 8 years on from the aftermath of the first movie. 

The second film was released in 2009.

The two brothers are living the quiet life on a pig farm with their father in Ireland. 

Then the worst happens. They are informed that a local priest in Boston. that they knew, has been murdered. Not only that but the killer has made it look like the brothers are responsible. Enraged by the death of a priest and the fact that they have been set up, the two brothers return to Boston to find the real killer. And so ensues another battle in Boston as the brothers try to clear their names while keeping out of the way of the F.B.I.’s Agent Bloom (Julie Benz). 

Both movies are well worth a watch.

Until my next blog,

May it be well with you.

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