3 items from 2013
In the future, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford will be regarded as a classic. It’s a haunting epic packed with beauty and brutality thanks to Roger Deakins‘s finest cinematography, Brad Pitt‘s best performance to date, and a narrative that conforms to zero biopic conventions. However, at the time of its release writer/director Andrew Dominik‘s adaptation was a box office dud, grossing less than $4m across the globe on a $36m budget. A part of the problem was that it wasn’t the Jesse James movie Warner Bros. wanted. They were thinking Unforgiven, not two and a half hours of obsession and regret. Heck, they probably would’ve preferred American Outlaws, the other recent financial (and creative) misfire starring Colin Farrell as a plucky Jesse James. To a degree, that’s fair on the studio’s part: wanting the most commercial movie possible from what’s now considered »
- Jack Giroux
Dead Man Dies the Death: Farrell and 2013 have another major box-office bomb Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, best known for the Swedish-made blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box-office clout has diminished quite a bit in recent years following a whole string of box-office disappointments or downright disasters, the revenge thriller Dead Man Down has been turned into the most recent 2013 box-office disaster. The R-rated film, which also stars the Swedish film's Dragon-Tattooed girl, Noomi Rapace, opened with an embarrassing $5.35 million at 2,188 site, averaging a measly $2,445 per location as per studio (FilmDistrict) estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above: Colin Farrell holds his ground next to Noomi Rapace in Dead Man Down.) Expect the latest disappointing FilmDistrict release to vanish from Us and Canadian screens in the next couple of weeks; indeed, Farrell's action flick will be extremely lucky if »
- Zac Gille
Ignoring the fact that Colin Farrell's name sounds just about as Irish as it gets, there's still a shred of possibility that the southern drawl he spits as Jesse James throughout "American Outlaws" actually fooled a few theatergoers into thinking that this bushy-eyebrowed ladykiller was actually born a stars n' stripes yankee.
Let's face it: Farrell -- who currently stars in the new crime thriller "Dead Man Down" -- is a verbal chameleon, a man who has effortlessly toggled the fader on his pipes between his real Dublin-derived brogue and a convincing down-home All-American inflection throughout his two-decade-long career. Practically every role he's taken on has fit somewhere between those two points, but you'd have to subject yourself to a full-on Farrell filmography marathon to know just where each film ranks within his verbal spectrum. Accent charting clearly can't be accomplished overnight, especially when Colin Farrell is involved.
- Nick DeSantis
3 items from 2013
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