Ok, ok, I know it’s been done, but I want to present my case for the use of motion capture. I suppose the reason for this is I recently saw … Continue reading Andy Serkis and the case for motion capture
Along with 20,000 other music fans, I attended the first day of Brisfest music festival yesterday. For those unaware of its origins it was created following the demise of the … Continue reading Brisfest 2012: A twisted tale of badgers and burlesque
Ok, for this piece I’d like to discuss my love of Mexico’s finest Directors. In terms of what got me fired up to write this, bear with me whilst I … Continue reading Three Amigos: Rise of the Mexican Directors
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I recently saw a film that had been on my watch list for a while, Chronicle. A new twist on the increasingly crowded superhero genre. When writer Max Landis (son … Continue reading Chronicle – the ‘found footage’ superhero film
For this post I’d like to discuss the career and my chosen favourite roles of Mr William Bradley Pitt. But where are some of his recent critically acclaimed films you may ask? Well, I can only list films I’ve seen and I have yet to see Tree of Life, Moneyball and Babel, so cannot include them. From what I’ve heard, they’d probably make my list. Alas, not this time.
- Tyler Durden, Fight Club (1999)
Mesmerising scenes, endlessly quotable dialogue. Became a cult hit largely due to Pitt’s character and performance. Raw, edgy, masculine and totally cool.
- Detective David Mills, Se7en (1995)
Here he convinced as a young, headstrong detective. The conflicting emotions portrayed in the climactic scene were astounding.
- Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Perfectly cast as the leader of the Basterds, with some great comic moments. His Italian scene was a classic.
- John Smith, Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)
Take two of the most attractive and charismatic stars in the world, throw in assassination, action and zinging one liners and what do you get? Pure chemistry.
- Louis du point du lac, Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Beautiful and distant with deep, melancholic eyes, Pitt played Louis the conflicted vampire perfectly. Watch his revenge scene.
- Jeffrey Goines, Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twitchy, edgy, mischievous and full of mayhem. He was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for his performance in one of Terry Gilliam’s best films.
- Jesse James, The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)
This film divided critics. It’s beautifully shot with a strong, understated performance from Pitt. He gives James a melancholic weariness, which is both troubling and beautiful. The assassination scene will stay with you.
- Mickey O’Neil, Snatch (2000)
With an accent that was impossible to understand, Pitt’s take on the hard-fighting pikey gypsy was truly memorable. Switching effortlessly from wisecracking to intense, unwavering aggression.
- Floyd, True Romance (1993)
A year before – what I consider – his breakout role in Interview with the Vampire, he appeared as a stoner providing comic relief in this Tarantino scripted, Tony Scott directed film. Don’t con-den-sen-in me man!
- Jerry Welbach, The Mexican (2001)
Hapless, romantic, but well-meaning. Pitt gives Jerry a warmth and charm so you root for him throughout. An underrated performance.
In terms of characters, a mixed bunch. For me, Pitt is at his best when combining comedy and intensity. With the exception of Se7en, Interview with the Vampire and Jesse James, the rest of my list are – to a degree – comically driven characters. Or at least, that’s how he played them.
I think what defines a lot of his performances is charisma. Magnetism, sex appeal, the ability to hold the screen – whatever you want to call it, all the best have it. Take his scenes in True Romance as an example. Genius.
The Life Aquatic (Wes Anderson) Two reasons this is my top choice, Seu Jorge and David Bowie. Seu Jorge’s take on Bowie tracks perfectly complemented the film. Standouts for me … Continue reading My top 10 supercool film soundtracks
I have yet to read this book. It’s been on my list for ages. Maybe now is the time before the film comes out!
Another modern day classic may be headed to the silver screen.
Y: The Last Man looks to be on it’s way, as Vulture reported that sources have revealed that the project is a priority for New Line Cinema. A script the studio is pleased with is in, which comes from Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, both former Jericho writers. So, it looks like the hunt is on for a director now, this after years of being in development hell.
Those not familiar with the book, Y: The Last Man comes from Brian K. Vaughn, who has done some amazing comic in his time, including Pride of Baghdad and Marvel Comic’s Runaways. It’s the story of Yorick and his Capuchin monkey in a world where every male species has died except for them. A haunting, emotional, action filled book, Y would be a great property to make the transition into a…
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For this posting I’d like to discuss the evolution of the Marvel universe. I recently – finally – got around to seeing The Avengers. Or, as it’s known in the … Continue reading Marvel – masters of the cinematic universe