When Jonathan posted the trailer for Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, I figured the time was right to see the original. I’d heard it mentioned, seen the special edition DVD’s stacked at the local HMV waiting for homes but I’d never felt the need to see the film but taking into consideration the general buzz the new trailer generated, Jonathan’s enthusiasm and curiosity, I rented the thing. Was it spectacular? No. Actually, it wasn’t even particularly memorable aside from Billy Connolly who could spew obscenities at anyone and make it cool and Willem Dafoe who is…well, strange. What was memorable was Overnight, a documentary which was recommended by one of our regular commenters.
A behind the scenes look at the making of The Boondock Saints, the doc outlines the rise and fall of Duffy, the ups and downs of producing a film and how, if you want to retain a job in the Hollywood machine, you never cross the path of Harvey Weinstein (or at least you never talk about him behind his back because you never know who’s listening). Having seen Overnight, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Duffy’s managed to make a sequel. That someone actually gave him money to make a second film is staggering. Did they not see what happened the first time around? But that’s neither here nor there because someone did and a new film is ready for release. What’s unclear is whether anyone will a chance to see it.
Paste is reporting that on October 30th, the film will open in five states (New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey). If you live outside of those states, you’re going to have to work for their screening. You see, the distributor is going down the Paranormal Activity route and asking fans to request the film with the idea that after enough requests, they’ll screen the film in your city. Seems a bit of a bum wrap for Duffy who is really at the mercy of his legions of fans but heck, if they’re really that fervent, they’ll spread the word.
If you’re interested in requesting the film, you can do so at Eventful after October 30th.