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In actual fact the thriller comes from Swede Daniel Espinosa, the stylish director of Snabba Cash and it’s his Hollywood debut, showing tons of purpose and slick execution. He’s clearly lost none of his voice in the transition to America and for once this is an artist who looks to have kept his vision in tact. This feels tight and lean, this is a thriller that only knows one speed, full throttle and it looks like a helluva ride.
Washington stars as a master criminal who soon after being imprisoned must escorted to a new secure locale by young agent Ryan Reynolds after some assassins destroy the CIA-operated safe house, in what is »
- Matt Holmes
In the wild world of acronyms, Bfg is an interesting one, so let's be very clear: When TheWrap reports that DreamWorks has just bought the movie rights to "The Bfg" they are not, in fact, planning to make a film about a Big F**king Gun. Sorry, gamers.
They are, however, about to make fans of classic children's author Roald Dahl very, very happy.
Dahl, of course, is the twisted mastermind behind such offbeat novels -- and classic film adaptations -- as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach." "The Bfg," like those books, has a bit of the darker elements that make his works stand out from the usually safe world of children's literature, as the story revolves around a friendly giant who teams up with a human child to convince the British army to round up and toss all the evil giants in a »
- Scott Harris
Allen Ginsberg, who set out to change the world so that he could fit into it, was admitted to the Columbia Psychiatric Institute, in upper Manhattan, in 1949. He was 23. On his first day there, he met Carl Solomon, two years younger but already bearing a history of mental imbalance. Solomon was well-read, with a special interest in the French symbolist writer Antonin Artaud, who had died in a lunatic asylum the previous year, and who Solomon believed had appointed him his representative in America.
The two psychiatric cases sized each other up. "I'm Prince Myshkin", Ginsberg said, alluding to the gentle anti-hero of Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot. The reference would have escaped most inmates, but Solomon got it. "And I'm Kirilov", he replied (from The Possessed). A friendship had begun, which would be immortalised in a declamatory, »
- James Campbell
3 items from 2011
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