Saturday, September 7, 2013
Thoughts on 5 Films
http://bit.ly/153rpES) I spent most of the movie browsing the Internet for information about him and his time in Dumont. Turns out, he lived only a few blocks away from my mom's current location. I can't wait to ask her husband about him. He knows everyone in his town, so chances are he has some information. Too bad talking to him would involve me calling my mother and that is the biggest chore in the world. Anyway, like I said, I was distracted for a lot of the movie, but to be honest, it didn't really do much to catch my attention. Michael Shannon did a terrific job at being a cold-blooded killer, but that's expected. Since I did so much Internet searching on the subject matter, I find it weird that a lot of stuff was over-looked for the movie - like the fact that he was allegedly abusive to his wife (he may have even stabbed her). I think they were trying to stick to the "facts", but Richard Kuklinski was only convicted of 3 murders and the movie definitely shows him murdering more people than that. They showed a brief flashback of him being abused by his father, but it was a "barely there" moment that should have been explored. The movie just seemed to play it safe; stuck to the surface level of a murderer instead of digging down deep. I am constantly looking for stories that show the cyclical nature of violence and abuse - most of my interest lies from the female perspective of women who stay in abusive relationships, but it's also extremely interesting to think about the cyclical nature of the male abuser (ones who have been abused or witnessed abuse themselves, as a child). That's obviously not the story that these filmmakers wanted to tell, but it would have been far more satisfying. Even weirder is the fact that the poster states: "Loving husband" - Ummmm....what? That's completely offensive, considering that she has actually stated that she was abused. That just makes me think that the filmmakers either didn't do enough research, or really had no interest in telling the truth.