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Tom Hardy Will Star in The Outsider

11 Jun

Tom Hardy will be starring in The Outsider, a film by Japanese director Takashi Miike (Sukiyaki Western Djano, Ichi The Killer).

According to Deadline Hollywood, “It’s an epic story set in post-World War II Japan, chronicling the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Japanese yakuza.”

Miike directs a bit of everything, but is mainly known for his gruesome and bizarre films, i.e., Ichi the Killer, Imprint…etc.  Many of his films have been heavily edited for North American audiences so it’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

 

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The Dark Knight Rises: DVD and Blu-Ray

23 Nov

This holiday season, I gift myself to you – the people

The Dark Knight Rises will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray December 4th, 2012. How strange that it’s so close to Christmas. It’s not like the studio planned it that way – right?

Anyway, Warner Bros has decided to cash in on people’s love of special features and add two specials to the Blu-Ray release. The first will centre on the special effects team and how they developed the collapsing football field scene. The second feature will be Tom Hardy and Christian Bale discussing the back breaking fight scene between Bane and Batman.

I don’t know if it’s worth paying the ridiculous price for Blu-Ray, but it’s worth looking for on YouTube later.

Lawless: Review

4 Sep

Based off the book The Wettest County in the World, Lawless follows the Bondurant brothers – Forrest (Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Shia LaBeouf) – who run a moonshine business in Virgina during the prohibition era. Despite having a friendly working relationship with the police, the brothers are threatened by deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) who want a cut of their profits or to shutdown their operation down completely.

Guy Pearce is almost unrecognizable with dark hair, a strangely high pitched laugh, virtually no eyebrows and fancy tailor-made suits. That being said he’s in full crazy mode for this role. Bloody and graphic fight scenes dominate the movie – the most horrendous scenes are when Pearce is killing or torturing his enemies in gruesome and unpredictable ways. Vicious, vindictive and creepy, Pearce deserves at least an Oscar nod for his role.

Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke’s performances are quiet and solid as the two oldest Bondurant brothers. Hardy’s character deliberately lacks intensity compared to his other roles as Bane and Bronson. His character is always steady and provides guidance to his thoughtless and reckless younger brothers.

Shia LaBeouf plays the timid and weak youngest brother Jack. Regardless of his shortcomings, Jack’s committed to becoming a real gangster like his idol, Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman). Surprisingly enough, LaBeouf does a decent job as the black sheep of the family. Usually LaBeouf fills me with disdain considering his other roles are horrible or downright ridiculous, yet John Hillcoat managed to make LaBeouf somewhat sympathetic, which is no easy task.

Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Gary Oldman have minor roles that don’t seem worthy of them. Why pay for top celebrities, when anyone could play the role?

Director John Hillcoat previously adapted The Road for the big screen and Lawless is only his second big budget movie. Hillcoat balances out the intense and excessive violence with short funny moments, e.g. when Jack desperately tries to avoid Bertha’s (Mia Wasikowska) preacher father and Forrest replying with mhhmm in serious and scary moments.

In spite of all the talented actors and cringe worthy shootings and bloody fights, Lawless is lacking momentum. There never seems to be any urgency to get rid of deputy Rakes even after he injures or kills some of the brothers’ friends and family. The film never really seems to build to a final intense fight scene, rather there’s a series of violent scenes littered throughout.

Lawless is worth seeing for Guy Pearce’s performance, but don’t expect an outlaw picture that rivals Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or a period epic like The Godfather. Take the movie for what it is – an entertaining action adventure.

Gingers Invade Hollywood

29 Aug

For years, I believed everything South Park told me about gingers. Gingers were vile, vampire-like creatures that had to be stopped. I feared for the sanctity of Hollywood as more and more gingers congregated in the famous city; however, that fear subsided when I realized that many of these gingers were surprisingly talented actors. Maybe it’s the lack of a soul that allows them to transform so easily and believably into different characters? We may never know, but it’s important that you recognize some talented and potentially dangerous gingers.

Jessica Chastain

In 2011, Jessica Chastain starred in six movies, including her Oscar-nominated turn in The Help and the actress’s popularity only continues to grow. Unlike other new celebrities, Chastain is serious about acting and has the same credibility and presence as respected actresses like Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman. This month she stars alongside Shia LeBeouf and Tom Hardy in Lawless.

Christina Hendricks

You probably know her as the saucy and tough Joan from AMC’s Mad Men, but Christina Hendricks starred in Nicholas Winding Refn’s critically acclaimed drama Drive alongside Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston and Ron Pearlman. It’s unfortunate that she’s only in Drive for about 20 minutes, but its obvious that Hendricks can pull off roles on the big screen.

Amy Adams

I didn’t like Amy Adams for a long time and then I saw Sunshine Cleaning. Adams plays a struggling single mother who’s having an affair with her married high school boyfriend. Normally, extramarital affairs don’t inspire much sympathy, but her character was surprisingly well-rounded and seemed more lost and desperate than a home-wrecker. Watching her sing and dance in the new Muppet movie is what completely won me over. Next she’ll star with Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake in the baseball drama, Trouble With the Curve.

Caleb Landry Jones

To date, Caleb Laundry Jones has starred in a couple of movies, most notably as Sean Cassidy/Banshee in X-Men: First Class, but apparently the 23 year old is a talented musician and can play the drums, guitar, bass and harmonica. He’s also a true ginger – red, RED hair, pale as the moon and covered in freckles. This convinces me he’s soulless along his ability to transform himself from adorable (see above) to downright creepy (see below).  Next you can see him in Brandon Cronenberg’s murder mystery, AntiviralAntiviral will be screened at the Calgary International Film Festival’s Black Carpet Gala on Friday September 28th. Buy tickets online at calgaryfilm.com

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Joins the Cast of Mad Max

21 Jun

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will be joining Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max:Fury Road.  She will be part of a group called the ‘five wives’ along with Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keogh and Adelaide Clemens. The fifth woman has yet to be cast. There’s speculation that Huntington will play Tom Hardy’s love interest in the movie, which makes me hate her even more. This is Rosie’s second role: her first was opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. 

I wonder if Huntington knows about the hate-hate relationship between LaBeouf and Hardy that actually came to blows on the set of Lawless (previously called The Wettest Country). Please God let there be one smart interviewer who asks Huntington about it when media rounds start.

If you don’t know about the actors mutual disdain for each other check out the below link:

http://www.screened.com/news/this-tom-hardyshia-labeouf-beef-just-got-hilarious/2573/

 

 

 

 

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27 May

 

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