This is the first post of the website to accompany the book, Big Screen Boston: From Mystery Street to The Departed and Beyond, the first guide to the 250 or so movies made in and around Greater Boston. I think the time is right for such a book, what with The Departed nabbing an Oscar (and being good, too) and with production going through the roof lately. It will be out on May 1, and there'll be several screenings of movies covered in it around town (more about that in future posts). I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the wealth of good movies that have been made here. Not just the well-known ones like The Thomas Crown Affair, Good Will Hunting and the like, but homegrown movies like Lift, Floating and the "Beanstreets" movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Billy in the Lowlands and The Dozens, indie films in the true sense of the word. I'll get to these and other movies in the future, but here's something to whet your appetite: the trailer for the best movie ever made in Boston, Peter Yates' 1973 adaptation of local boy George V. Higgins' novel, The Friends of Eddie Coyle.