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My Father Die is an angry little debut for Sean Brosnan, and thankfully for papa Pierce Brosnan, not with biographical intent. It’s true that Brosnan keeps revenge in the family, but only by way of fictional bayou country folks. Pierce is safe from Sean’s bullet-ridden bite of familial revenge, unlike some characters who find themselves caught between not-so-friendly fire and the struggles of living up to (or denouncing) parental pedestals. It’s pulpy, fur-wearing, country fried fury, following a darker path that’s guided by stellar direction from the man with the golden camera. It’s not perfect, but stylish and provocative enough to erase any notion that “first-timer” is synonymous with “amateur.”
- Matt Donato
He's created a series of performances that have taken advantage of his intensity, his brutish physique and his way around a multi-syllable sentence – and now, Tom Hardy has somehow created a role for himself that feels more Tom Hardy than almost anything else he's done. In Taboo, the new FX series the actor co-created with father Chips Hardy and Peaky Blinders showrunner Steven Knight, he plays gruff protagonist James Delaney, an early 19th-century explorer who returns home to London to find out he's inherited land sought after by the East India Company. »
With The Neon Demon now (almost completely) exorcised from Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn‘s system, he is already deep into preparing his next project. On the docket for the director is The Avenging Silence, which will apparently sate Refn’s desire to make a “big extravagant action film.” Refn also said over the summer it is loosely inspired by “Dr. No,” Ian Fleming‘s classic Bond novel, as well as William Burrough‘s “Nova Express.” An extended synopsis has now been released for the feature, which hopefully will make its way to screens by 2018.
While he has dipped into action in sections of Drive, Bronson and The Pusher Trilogy, The Avenging Silence sounds like a big step for Refn into pure spy/action genre fare. However, fans of Refn’s stylistic choices should rest assured as he has already stated his protagonist won’t say much. This time, that »
- Mike Mazzanti
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast
The brainchild of frequent collaborators Steven Knight and Tom Hardy, Taboo might just be the fraternal twin of the pair’s Peaky Blinders, which was just renewed for a fourth and fifth season. With parental guidance from Chips Hardy, Tom’s father, who’s also credited as a series creator, and the big name draw of executive producer Ridley Scott, one mustn’t strain themselves when searching for motivation to tune in for the premiere this coming Tuesday.
The show is set in 1814 London, in the thick of the War of 1812 between Great Britain/Canada and the “15 United States of America.” The East India Trading Company, whose tyrannical depiction in the series ignited a bit of controversy prior to the show’s release, are attempting to monopolize trading routes on both coasts of America. Standing in their way is Nootka Sound, an »
- Joseph Falcone
Sam Narr reviews the first episode of Taboo…
After various teasers and building anticipation, the first episode of Taboo aired last night on BBC one. The huge draw to the period drama will no doubt be Tom Hardy, in what feels like a homecoming from Hollywood.
Taboo, set in 1814, follows the return of James Keziah Delaney (Hardy) to London’s lurid, gluttonous streets in wake of his Father’s death. Mystery surrounds his return as he has been assumed dead for a decade.
The introduction to the eight-part series gives an offering into the complexities of James’s return and character. The enemies from the offset the East India Company, the imperialistic trades and commodities arm that had free reign to voyage the world. James’s Father had purchased land in America which has not only become incredibly expensive, but may be a deciding factor in the war between the UK and Us. »
- Amie Cranswick
Tom Hardy is the one of the most intense, often horrifying, actors working today. He’s known for playing rogues, rascals, swindlers and straight-up nutbags in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and Bronson. But did you know he is shockingly good at reading delightful bedtime stories? Nor did I, which is why I was appropriately shocked to watch him read a child’s bedtime... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
6 items from 2017
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