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This week we're taking the plunge as Guljit Kambo front crawls through the principal piscines in film history
In the Us, the swimming pool is the ultimate materialist dream. Got your own pool? You've made it. Here in the UK, the private pool is entirely exotic, a fantasy belonging to rock stars and retired cockney gangsters on the Costa del Sol. Personally speaking, I can't swim, and the sickly smell of chlorine still haunts me from childhood. But who can resist the exotic allure of the movie swimming pool? Witness the under-lit dreams of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and Showgirls (complete with thrashing frolics).
There's more to the screen pool, however, than being a symbol of status and success. It can signify something far beyond the banal – after all, what is a swimming pool but mere water? In a great film, the pool is a theatre for »
Oscar winner Adrien Brody is back in theaters with Predators (i.e. Predators 5: A Reboot??? I don't know. I don't follow these things) and it arrives so shortly after his last sci-fi effort Splice... why not feature him? We never discuss him and isn't there plenty to discuss. As in Wtf with his career? I can't include all 35 movies so I thought we'd pick up just where things got interesting.
Though he's had his share of straight to DVD or barely released indies over the years, he actually started off with quite a few classy projects with the likes of Steven Soderbergh (King of the Hill) and Francis Ford Coppola (New York Stories). He reportedly expected Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998) to be his film-carrying breakthrough but Malick's film was so fluid in the telling that many famous actors were entirely deleted in the final cut and Brody's part was drastically reduced. »
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2 items from 2010
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