14 items from 2014
Since he tore up the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's bold biopic Bronson, English actor Tom Hardy has proved a riveting screen presence in films like Inception, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Such mesmerizing charisma is an absolute must for his latest lead in the challenging thriller Locke. As you might have guessed from the Yahoo trailer up top, the whole success of this film is dependent on Hardy's performance. While the cast boasts members like Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty), their roles come down to voice work. Locke only ever shows Hardy on screen. A man alone on his phone in a car shouldn't work as an engaging film, but look at the pull quotes in the trailer above, and it's pretty apparent this one does. Here's the film's official synopsis: »
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
Welcome back to everyone’s favorite horror show about well-to-do cannibals — outside of the Real Housewives franchise, at least. The grand game of psychological Connect Four being waged between erudite gore-met Hannibal Lecter and the mentally unstable, Patronus-summoning Will Graham continues into its second season. Everything pretty much picks up where we left off, with roles and expectations reversed: Will is currently occupying the Psycho Suite at the Chilton Hotel & Resort while Dr. Lecter has become “the new Will Graham.” It’s a really exciting place to start for a show’s sophomore season, with all coils tensed and hammers cocked back. »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.
Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.
Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.
The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, »
- Ben Child
Ah, Mr Tom Hardy, I don’t think he can do any wrong at the moment and so we’re very excited to hear that he might be taking on not one, but two roles in the new film Legend from the writer and director of 42 and L.A. Confidential; Brian Helgeland.
If you’re from the UK then you’ll know about the infamous Kray brothers, previously portrayed by the Kemp brothers in the 1990 movie, the very notorious twin brothers from the criminal underworld in the 1950s and 60s. It must be known that Hardy is ‘in talks’ so nothing is fully confirmed but we’re hoping that Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior star might look at it as another intriguing challenge.
Nearly some 50 years ago now, the brothers Reg and Ronnie Kray ran a collection of people called The Firm. They were responsible for endless armed robberies, »
- Dan Bullock
While Tom Hardy was known to film fans for his turn in movies such as Layer Cake and RocknRolla, he came to the attention of a larger audience with his leading role in 2008′s Bronson. He soon followed that up with performances in films such as Inception, Lawless, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Warrior, with his selection in a project raising its profile. His newest feature, titled Locke, is written by Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight, who also takes on directing duties. Hardy will be joined onscreen by Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, and Olivia Colman, and the first trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
There are some actors who command the screen simply by virtue of their presence. Without uttering a line, they attract the audience’s attention and hold it for as long as they’re on screen. I’m growing convinced that Tom Hardy is one such actor, and he’ll have the opportunity to prove it with Locke, which stars a multitude of performers but visually, only features Hardy alone in a car.
The film follows Ivan Locke (Hardy), a regular man trying to keep his life together during a single drive. He calls up various people in his life, but the audience will only hear their voices. It is Hardy who commands the screen throughout and it shows great faith from writer/director Steven Knight to feature him and only him for the entire 90 minute runtime.
While the first trailer for Locke gives nothing away in terms of plot, it »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The English actor, whose movie credits include The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson and Inception, will play a "charismatic leader" who offers a deal to the show's leading character Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).
Hardy's casting was announced on the show's Facebook and Twitter pages today (February 14) as a special treat for fans.
Peaky Blinders' first series was critically-acclaimed and featured in Digital Spy's Top 25 TV Shows of 2013 list.
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
How I Live Now comes to the small screen on Monday 10th February. The film was released in cinemas during the tail end of last summer and in doing so found itself lost among some of the bigger budget movies but with its imminent Home Entertainment release, all this is set to change.
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (whom we spoke to earlier this week), the film stars Saoirse Ronan and George MacKay as Daisy and Eddie, cousins who meet and fall in love just as Britain faces war. It is very much a film of two halves with the first being full of love, vibrancy and sunshine and the second being bleak and dark in tone.
- Kat Smith
Johnny Depp hasn't shied away from playing real-life criminals, like gangster John Dillinger in Public Enemies or cocaine kingpin George Jung in Blow. So we shouldn't be too surprised that Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media have convinced the eccentric A-lister to play the notorious Whitey Bulger for Black Mass. Reporting out of the European Film Market, Deadline reveals Depp has officially signed on to star in Black Mass, a biopic that will chronicle the highlights of career criminal Bulger, who went from Boston's cruel kingpin to a fugitive at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted list. Joining him in this endeavor could be English hunk Tom Hardy, who has earned a reputation for growling tough guys with lead roles in Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Bronson. Hardy is said to be in early talks for the film's other lead role. Rush producer Mark Mallouk wrote Black Mass »
Before: 84kg (13st 3lb/185lb)
After: 61kg (9st 8lb/134lb)
McConaughey has already scooped a number of industry accolades for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, which he prepared for by consuming only Diet Coke, egg whites, chicken and the odd spoonful of tapioca. He has won both the Screen Actors Guild award for best actor and the Golden Globe for best actor (drama). He has also been nominated for best actor at this year's Oscars.
Before: 70kg (10st 12lb/152lb)
After: 100kg (15st 10lb/220lb)
Although the film fell a little flat, Leto was praised for his portrayal of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, in the 2007 biographical film, Chapter 27. Fingers crossed that goes some way to making all the pints of microwaved »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
Scott Foundas: They say dogs come to resemble their owners (or vice versa), but if you hang around a film festival long enough, do you start to resemble the movies? That thought crossed my mind on Sundance’s final Sunday, when, as I was leaving a screening at the Eccles Theater, a volunteer enthusiastically congratulated me on my lead performance in the festival’s big award winner, “Whiplash,” which took both the audience award and the grand jury prize in this year’s U.S. dramatic competition. Of course, it’s flattering to be mistaken for Miles Teller, who’s a very good actor (in addition to being nine years my junior), but I couldn’t help wondering if something more mysterious was afoot.
Maybe that’s because, just the day before, I had caught up with another of this year’s Sundance breakouts, “I Origins,” in which the »
- Scott Foundas, Peter Debruge and Justin Chang
It was many years ago when I first became familiar with Kentaro Miura's anime Berserk. Actually I was playing Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage on the Sega Dreamcast. A violent warrior swinging a giant sword against hordes of demons? I was hooked! Perfect fodder for a movie.
According to IMDb (so that this with a grain of salt as they're rarely reliable) a movie is coming in 2017 with an impressive list of directors... Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf), Oliver Stone (JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives, Drive, Bronson) - apparently all collaborating on the project which was originally conceived as a manga from Kentaro Miura.
Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein, 30 Days of Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) worked on the screenplay.
In the adaptation, “The Epic of Guts, a dangerous barbarian who joins »
- Uncle Creepy
14 items from 2014
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