Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are at it again, bringing their unique dramaction touch to real-life stories of terror and heroism. Patriots Day is not at all what Ian and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel expected, and this exciting (occasionally ridiculous) account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing made for one fascinating (and spoilerific) conversation. Does Wahlberg's alternately affecting and obnoxious Composite Cop character hurt the film's emotional impact? How does Patriots Day stack up to the filmmakers' previous collaborations, Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor? And why can't we stop thinking about those delicious Dunkin Donuts Coolatas, kid?
Also, Ian shares some big news about We Believe in Dinosaurs; announces a one-of-a-kind screening of Martin Scorsese's Silence this Sunday at Chicago's Music Box Theatre; and presses full-steam ahead on the non-apology train of his deep-seated disdain for movie Bostonians.
It may be Friday the 13th, but Episode 186's luck is Boston Strong!