After watching Once Upon a Time in America for the first time this weekend (a shameful omission on my part), I found this New York Times’ piece.
I crossed an item off my bucket list today. I should have done it a very long time ago, but I finally got around to watching The Shawshank Redemption.
I had extremely high hopes and, fortunately, it didn’t disappoint.
Really looking forward to Beasts of No Nation.
Based on a book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the film will also be released to select U.S. theaters on the same day it appears on Netflix, allowing it to qualify for industry awards. For movies like this where the audience is uncertain, the Netflix model means producers get a guaranteed paycheck, regardless of cinema ticket sales, and the film can still benefit from critical praise and any subsequent awards it earns.
No worries. This is England is the exception to all this, of course…
Yeah, it stands on its own in my eyes. Before I began filming my storyline Shane [Meadows, the director] sat me down I watched the first few episodes and I was blown away by it. To me it was a master class in acting. We’re watched these young people grow up for the past 10 years, watched their characters develop and progress – it’s beautiful. He had me laughing my head off one minute, then I was in tears the next. Television that can make you do that is what we used to watch television for.
A great interview of one of my favourite actors. Also, I’ll use any excuse to link to material discussing This is England.
The gist, courtesy of IMDB:
A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
If there’s one thing this series does exceptionally well, it’s building a believable atmosphere. Perfomances from the main cast are great, too.
Everyone has heard stories of Robert De Niro’s method acting in action, whether it was gaining 60 pounds to play the later years in Raging Bull, or driving a cab in New York before filming Taxi Driver. Goodfellas has its own little story as well. In the infamous dinner scene with the mother of Joe Pesci’s character, Tommy DeVito, there’s a very particular way that Jimmy “The Gent” Conway pours out his ketchup, spinning it rather than pounding, which was the result of a phone call between De Niro and Henry Hill about what the former friend preferred.