7 items from 2013
Director: John Hillcoat
Running Time: 111 minutes
Extras: Commentary With Director John Hillcoat & Matt Bondurant, Lawless: The True Story Of The Wettest County In The World, Franklin County, Va: Then And Now, Willie Nelson Music Video, Deleted Scenes, Trailer
Screenwriter Nick Cave and director John Hillcoat re-team following 2005′s The Proposition – a tremendous small scale drama – with Lawless. Adapted from Matt Bondurant’s ‘The Wettest County In The World’, the film gives Cave and Hillcoat chance to let loose with a larger cast of characters and lots of booze.
Brothers Jack (Labeouf), Forrest (Hardy) and Howard (Clarke) Bondurant bootleg liquor in depression-era Virginia. When over-zealous deputy Sheriff Charlie Rakes (Pearce) arrives in town their business and lives are threatened like never before.
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It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, January 14th 2013.
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The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One–a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge–a »
★★☆☆☆ It would be fair to say that Australian director John Hillcoat's previously released feature, The Road (2009), had minimal action. His dour adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic thriller played down the drama and focused heavily (arguably far too much) on anxious, pensive walking. Perhaps that's why his latest film is an all guns blazing neo-western; bloody, violent and packed with gangs out for revenge. Hillcoat hasn't wandered too far from his literary inspirations however, adapting Matt Bondurant's book The Wettest County in the World into a bloody crime drama under the revisionist title of Lawless (2012).
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The director of The Road, John Hilcoat’s latest film is an adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s novel based on the true tale of his grandfather and great uncles, three brothers: Forest, jack and Howard Bondurant, as moonshining bootleggers in Franklin County, Virginia. Lawless follows the repercussions of Forest (Tom Hardy) stands up to Special Agent Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), who arrives from Chicago demanding a cut in the brothers’ profits.
Films that are based on a true story often are at risk of lacking in plot, because most people don’t have as exciting lives as Hollywood would have us believe, but the Bondurant brothers went through a lot during the few years the story covers. As the film opens, we’re told that Forest Bondurant believes he’s practically immortal, »
Australian-born film-maker John Hillcoat is an often underrated auteur whose arresting filmography spans the broiling prison rebellion of Ghosts… of the Civil Dead, through the rugged western terrain of The Proposition to the bleak apocalypse of The Road, the last beautifully (but unpopularly) adapted from Cormac McCarthy's famously "unfilmable novel". Collaborating frequently with writer and composer Nick Cave, Hillcoat returns obsessively to themes of familial loyalty and modern mythology, with a quasi-biblical sense of archetypal justice and retribution often firing the infernal engine of his dramas.
Fittingly, family, mythology and vengeful justice are all at the heart of Lawless (2012, Momentum, 18), screenwriter Cave's adaptation of Matt Bondurant's visceral historical novel The Wettest County in the World. Handsomely set in prohibition-era Virginia (Benoît Delhomme's location cinematography conjures a perfect blend of pastoral lyricism and brutal violence), the film follows the changing fortunes of the Bondurant brothers, »
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Odd List Ivan Radford Jan 3, 2013
As 2012 recedes into history, Ivan counts down his pick of the year's finest movie soundtracks...
While Den of Geek writers were busy voting for the top film of the year, I’ve been rifling through my collection of albums from the last 12 months to work out which film soundtrack was the best. The conclusion? It’s been one heck of a year. (Please excuse the long list of Honourable Mentions at the end…)
These are the best movie soundtracks of 2012. Probably.
A quick rewatch of the trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson’s film reminds you of the power of Jonny Greenwood’s music. The Master is surpassed by its haunting score, which nails the psychological state of Joaquin Phoenix’s Able-Bodied Seamen, increasingly dominated by His Master’s Voice. It may not be as lyrical as Greenwood’s Norwegian Wood soundtrack, »
While Tom Hardy has yet to win any prestigious awards commemorating his skills as an actor, his popularity has been increasing. His break-out role in Inception has put his name in the spotlight, and his performance as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises left little doubt as to his potential. Lawless features another solid performance by the English actor and continues his streak of strong, likeable performances.
Lawless plays like a 40’s gangster film with modern production values and film-making perspective. The plot of these movies usually revolves around several high-strung characters whose interactions culminate in a series of “showdowns” from which the film derives its action. Therefore, there is high priority placed on the relationships between the actors, and usually less of a priority on the storytelling. “Characters” is a fitting description for the personas involved. They are usually deeply flawed and their motives are clearly defined.
Lawless tosses »
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7 items from 2013
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