September 2nd, 2014
I got some very positive, heartfelt and thought provoking responses from last month's blog thing.
It is truly appreciated.
We aren't close to closing but all of these rapid fire changes in the industry tend to keep one's
marketplace-mortality front and centre.
Last month I saw my favourite movie star, Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi extravaganza, Edge Of Tomorrow.
That the name is wholly generic to the point of it being forgotten before you read the 'w' is somewhat appropriate: the film borrows heavily from some classic science fiction heavyweights (Aliens, Starship Troopers) as well as the Bill Murray favourite, Groundhog Day. That being said, it was spectacular! It took those well-worn plot point and polished them into something gleaming and sort of brand new. Full of twists, homour and action the film never feels over-long and regardless of the fairly convoluted time-travel/manipulation angle I knew exactly what was going on every moment. that is a testament to the focus and talent of the writers.
If you like Science Fiction-action films, do not skip this.
(Out on DVD/Blu-ray October 7th)
Another movie I saw in August that rocked my world was Locke.
Man, Tom Hardy is something else. We haven't seen enough from him yet to truly make a proclamation but I am
on the verge of claming he is the new Phillip Seymour Hoffman. That's probably not the best comparison because Hardy is leading-man-handsome in a gruff, punched-in-the-eye sort of way but he really appears to have some serious range!
He's played: The burley prison inmate who's personality is subsumed by an alternate called "Charles Bronson" in Bronson: The slick
con man "Eames" in Christopher Nolan's Inception: The brutal yet cunning and too-smart-for-these-hillbillies, Forrest Bondurant in Lawless: and now Ivan Locke.
Ivan Locke is a simple, very capable man who always plays by the rules. Always. His code of personal conduct is an iron shroud keeping a distance between the man he's become and the troubled childhood he came from.
The film starts as Ivan Lock chooses to turn right instead of left on his way home from work. He has chosen to confront a messy issue in his beyond orderly life.
We ride with Locke exclusively for the next 80 minutes, the camera rarely leaving his face as he speaks on his cell phone to people in the the various corners of his life : Work, home and *problem*.
He speaks in a quiet, measured Welsh accent. A voice
meant to instill confidence and calm in the person hearing it and Hardy delivers it perfectly even when the shell of Lock is cracking and he can barely tolerate the situation he is in. The person on the other end of the line never knows exactly what he's feeling because of that voice.
One actor in one tight location--think Hitchcock's Rear Window. It's a bravura performance.
This film will make my top ten of the year without a doubt. maybe number one.