With a bright colour palette, brazen extravagance and lively soundtrack you’d be forgiven for expecting one of the most un-Scorsese-like films yet. While it’s certainly one of his most daring inventions, beneath the surface lays the familiar crime epic the great director made his name with. Continue reading The Wolf of Wall Street Review
A Streetcar Named Delirium
If Jennifer Lawrence’s emphatic turn in David O. Russell’s dysfunctional romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook was the strongest female performance last year, then 2013 firmly belongs to a mesmerising Cate Blanchett in a similarly complex role. Woody Allen’s modern revision of A Streetcar Named Desire is driven by Cate’s Blanche-esque performance and combines heavyweight tragedy with the director’s trademark humour to deliver his finest film in a long time.
“Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”
James Gandolfini was always defined by, and will forever be remembered for, his iconic role as Tony Soprano in David Chase’s critically acclaimed HBO series that changed the face of television as we see it today. The late, three-time Emmy award winning actor, with those tremendously sad eyes, painted an authentic, moving and at times chilling portrait of the murderous, yet tortured mob boss in what remains the single greatest and most important performance in modern television history.
Recently film sources revealed that Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn is set to direct a biopic of James Dean’s all too brief life and his prolific friendship with American photojournalist Dennis Stock. As we eagerly anticipate the announcement regarding who will be cast as the cultural icon, we chart ten criminally under seen and curiously underrated biopics from cinema history.
Even the most notable actors have roles that are often forgotten and overshadowed by their career defining performances. The acting ability of these actors, particularly in the earlier stages of their careers, has shone through from supporting roles – Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys, Robert Downey Jr in A Scanner Darkly and Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction. With Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths approaching with the fantastic actor in a supporting role I take a look at some of his most refined, but lesser known performances. Continue reading The Forgotten Roles of Sam Rockwell