Tag Archives: Tom Hardy

The Drop review

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, written by Dennis Lehane, adapting his own short story Animal Rescue. Anyone familiar with Denis Lehane's other grimy gangster tales brought to the screen—Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, for example—will recognize the world of The Drop from the get-go. We hear the prevailing myth off the top: Bob Saginowski… Read More

Locke review

Written and directed by Steven Knight I make a big deal about it when a quality film doesn't get distribution in cinemas here in Halifax, but I also understand the reticence of distributors—some feature films just don't have that crowd-pleasing vibe. And I get that the people making decisions might consider Locke and wonder whether anyone… Read More

Mad Max: Fury Road gets a trailer

This weekend was the San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest event in geek culture. Typically, it's when Hollywood studios preview their upcoming slate of fantasy and genre pictures. I gather the panel for and clips from Avengers: Age of Ultron (coming in April 2015) were pretty impressive. But what I'm probably most excited about is the first Mad… Read More

The Movie Star Roster 2014

Jack Nicholson once said, and I'm paraphrasing, here, that anyone who gets to be a lead in a Hollywood movie has something special. Why? Because too many people want it. If the star didn't have some of that magic pixie dust that appeals to audiences, someone else would have gotten the gig. That shit doesn't… Read More

Only God Forgives review

Written and directed by Nicolas Winding RefnOnly God Forgives is a bloody and relentless operatic noir set largely in nighttime Bangkok, bathed in neon scarlet, emerald, topaz, and gold. Imagine a film conceived by Gaspar Noe—he's thanked in the credits—written by David Lynch circa Lost Highway, and directed by Stanley Kubrick somewhere between The Shining… Read More

Tom Hardy as Mad Max

Max's InterceptorSome of you may have seen this image when it made the rounds in December, but I'm just catching up. This is the first photo of Tom Hardy in the role that made Mel Gibson a star.George Miller's reboot of his post-apocalyptic Mad Max saga, called Mad Max: Fury Road, more than a decade… Read More

Lawless review

Directed by John HillcoatWritten by Nick Cave from the Matt Bondurant book The Wettest County in the WorldIf you enjoyed the gritty Australian western The Proposition, also conjured by antipodean twosome Hillcoat and Cave, you'll find a similar blood-splattered tonality here, their adaptation of Bondurant's tale of his grandfather and two great-uncles' exploits as moonshiners… Read More

The Dark Knight Rises review

Directed by Christopher NolanWritten by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan andDavid S. Goyer. Batman was created by Bob Kane in DC Comics.And so it ends, eh? When Christopher Nolan was handed the reins to the pointy-eared vigilante franchise and Batman Begins came out in 2005, the character could only go… Read More

The Help and Warrior reviewed

With the Oscars on Sunday, I thought it worthwhile to catch up with a few of the films with nominations that I missed in the cinema. The Help Written and directed by Tate Taylor, from the Kathryn Stockett novel.Well, it's a bit hard coming at this with all the words written about it so far.… Read More