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May 5, 1995 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Sonatine, starring Takeshi "Beat" Kitano and written and directed by him, is a rivetingly weird existential gangster picture. Although the story line - about a world-weary crime boss called in to settle a turf war in Okinawa - is your standard gangland scenario of duplicity and betrayal, there's nothing standard about Kitano's approach. Often keeping his camera in a fixed position, Kitano creates a mood of unsettling tranquillity, and so the violence, when it comes, is doubly alarming for the matter-of-fact manner in which it's recorded.
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June 2, 2013
Whitey Bulger   America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice By Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy W.W. Norton & Co. 478 pp. $26.95 Whitey   The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss By Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill Crown. 435 pp. $27 Reviewed by George Anastasia   It was supposed to be the FBI's "dream team," two high-level informants in position to provide chapter and verse about the workings of the Boston underworld.
NEWS
November 18, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
A reputed crime boss who has been accused of sitting on a ruling Mafia "commission" was sentenced yesterday to 39 years in prison in another racketeering case by a judge who called his life "a tragedy. " As the sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a jury in another courtroom for a fourth day deliberated the fate of Carmine "Junior" Persico and seven others charged with running the commission, a Mafia board of directors. U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan told Persico, the reputed head of the Colombo family, that he does not normally lecture defendants at sentencing.
NEWS
July 5, 2000 | by Kitty Caparella , Daily News Staff Writer
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated today for Michael A. Bruno, son of the late crime boss Angelo Bruno, at St. Monica's Catholic Church at 17th and Ritner streets. Michael Bruno, a lover of classical music who was devoted to his family, died Saturday. He was 67. The son of Angelo and Susan Bruno never became a "made" member of La Cosa Nostra, according to authorities. Born in Philadelphia in 1932, the young Bruno attended public schools and graduated from Southern High.
NEWS
April 29, 1989 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reputed New Jersey crime boss Gaetano "Corky" Vastola was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday after his conviction last month on federal racketeering and conspiracy charges. Judge Stanley S. Brotman imposed the sentence and a $70,000 fine after a four-hour hearing in U.S. District Court in Camden. Elias "Lew" Saka, a co- defendant in the case, also was sentenced to 20 years. Saka, described by Brotman as "the biggest con man I've ever had before me," was fined $185,000. Both Vastola, 60, and Saka, 65, will remain free on bail pending their appeals.
NEWS
November 4, 1995 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
The federal mob trial has reached the cutthroat part, where it's the last chance to save your neck so your lawyer pulls out all the stops. It's been happening on a couple of fronts. Earlier this week, attorney L. Felipe Restrepo was quizzing witness Rosario Conti Bellocchi about why a dead fish was left on the car of his client, Salvatore "Shotsy" Sparacio. Bellocchi, once engaged to crime boss John Stanfa's daughter, told the lawyer: "Mr. John Stanfa told me he did it. " The fish was sent as a warning that Stanfa "wanted to get him killed" because of a dispute within the crime family, said Bellocchi, now a government informant.
NEWS
July 12, 2011 | Associated Press
BOSTON - An FBI agent yesterday portrayed Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, as a willing companion who changed her identity, made clandestine phone calls and moved from place to place during their years on the run together. The testimony came during a bail hearing for Greig, 60, who was apprehended with Bulger last month in Santa Monica, Calif., more than 16 years after Bulger fled Boston. Greig's attorney has asked that she be released on bail while awaiting trial, but prosecutors want her to remain behind bars.
NEWS
April 17, 1994 | By Fen Montaigne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, an obligatory local tourist site has been Vagankovskoye Cemetery, a resting place for generals, artists, athletes and - above all - postwar Russia's most beloved singer, Vladimir Vysotsky. Until last week, Russian tourists disembarked from their buses and made a beeline for Vysotsky's memorial, just inside the cemetery gates. But since last weekend, a fresh grave a few feet from Vysotsky's has attracted more attention. It is the last resting place of Otari Kvantrishvili, a businessman who had close ties to Russian government officials, ran a major charity and had a penchant for appearing on TV to advertise his good works.
NEWS
April 2, 2000 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former mob boss Ralph Natale's decision to become a government informant paid off in multiple dividends for federal investigators last week when authorities in Philadelphia and New Jersey announced high-profile indictments linked to information provided by the jailed crime leader. On Friday, 11 reputed mob figures, including alleged mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino and his two top associates, were charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment that included allegations of murder, attempted murder, extortion and drug trafficking.
NEWS
May 5, 1989 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Mafia brothers who already are serving life in prison were sentenced yesterday to additional jail terms of 35 and 40 years after a prosecutor condemned them for taking part in murders for the Philadelphia mob even after their own father became the victim of a mob hit. Frank Narducci Jr., 34, accepted the 35-year sentence without reaction, but his wife, Sandy, brushed away tears and called out, "I love you," as he was led away in handcuffs....
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June 26, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Picture a bank vault. Yes, this is a column about the 76ers and their reticent general manager, Sam Hinkie, and Thursday's NBA draft. But first, please be patient, and just picture a bank vault. Behind that giant, circular door - four feet thick, made of steel, equipped with a complex dial lock - are untold amounts of treasure and wealth. Now, imagine there are two burglars, each of whom wants to break into the vault. The first thief is an affable, diligent fellow, as far as felons go, and his plan to enter the vault is simple.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
JUDE LAW GOES big to play the lead role in "Dom Hemingway," literally and otherwise. Law's packed on some "Raging Bull" pounds to play Dom, an ex-con and career criminal emerging from a long stretch in prison to collect the large amount of money owed him for keeping quiet in prison. The actor goes big in other ways - the movie is larded with oratory, long and loud and stylized and obscene, and Law delivers each speech with theatrical panache and red-faced commitment (not from embarrassment, but from exertion)
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April 11, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
NEWS
June 2, 2013
Whitey Bulger   America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice By Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy W.W. Norton & Co. 478 pp. $26.95 Whitey   The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss By Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill Crown. 435 pp. $27 Reviewed by George Anastasia   It was supposed to be the FBI's "dream team," two high-level informants in position to provide chapter and verse about the workings of the Boston underworld.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
TORONTO - Colin Farrell and Martin McDonagh are like blood brothers, really. Irishmen of similar age (the actor is 36, the playwright and filmmaker, 42) and similar sensibilities (quick, jolly, sarcastic), they haven't sliced their thumbs open and let the blood pass between them, like fierce friends in an old movie. (At least, they're not telling anybody if they did.) But they have been responsible for gushing founts of fake blood in the two projects they've made together: 2008's inspired hit-men-in-hiding dark comedy, In Bruges, and Friday's Hollywood-underbelly screwball caper, Seven Psychopaths . Especially in Seven Psychopaths - in which Farrell stars as a screenwriter unwittingly caught up in a dog abduction scam that engenders the wrath of a shih tzu-loving local crime boss - the exploding heads, exploding limbs, and exploding Buicks are everywhere, achieving a kind of Peckinpah -esque crescendo of carnage.
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Forget about driving on the 1600 block of Walnut Street from dawn to dark on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, it's going to be used in the making of a mob movie, "Dead Man Down," which began shooting around the city a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps star Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Noomi Rapace (of Sweden's original "Dragon Tattoo" movies) will be seen outside Urban Outfitters, Alma de Cuba or the Apple Store. Occasionally, nearby 17th Street and Walnut from 17th to 18th may also be off-limits.
NEWS
August 28, 2011
By George Pelecanos Reagan Arthur Books. 304 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Dan DeLuca George Pelecanos is rejuvenated in The Cut , the literary crime writer's 17th novel and the first to feature Spero Lucas, a 29-year-old ex-Marine Iraq war veteran turned tough-guy investigator. Over the course of his last four novels, Pelecanos - who has also worked on the HBO series The Wire and The Pacific , and currently writes for David Simon's New Orleans drama Treme - has been somewhat adrift, trying out new modes of storytelling with results that have been sometimes superb (2008's The Turnaround )
NEWS
July 12, 2011 | Associated Press
BOSTON - An FBI agent yesterday portrayed Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, as a willing companion who changed her identity, made clandestine phone calls and moved from place to place during their years on the run together. The testimony came during a bail hearing for Greig, 60, who was apprehended with Bulger last month in Santa Monica, Calif., more than 16 years after Bulger fled Boston. Greig's attorney has asked that she be released on bail while awaiting trial, but prosecutors want her to remain behind bars.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2010 | By JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
When Michael Jordan was in his prime, he was undoubtedly the best player in basketball. Players like Charles Barkley and Karl Malone wound up winning MVP awards because it seemed that some sportswriters were so used to Jordan's greatness, they held him to a higher standard, or they wanted to "spread the wealth around" and have other players win occasionally. To Comics Guy, that's poppycock. If you're the best 10 years in a row, you should be rewarded for being the best 10 years in a row. It's the thing that has always bothered him about the Oscars - the idea that someone should win because it's "their turn" or that someone like Meryl Streep should lose to inferior actresses because she's won before.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2008 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
A LOT OF GREAT reading material hit comic-store shelves in 2008, but there was one book that was easily the cream of the crop and unquestionably the best comics had to offer. The Title of the Year is "Scalped. " This title from DC's Vertigo line has been described as "Sopranos on an Indian reservation. " That, however, doesn't do it justice. It's better. The book's central figures are the same now as when it started: Dashiell "Dash" Bad Horse - one of the most confident, convincing and crazy bad asses ever put in print - and Red Crow, a former "Red Power" activist turned powerful crime boss.
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