Did you know that they had to redub all of Tom Hardy’s lines in the opening scene of The Dark Knight Rises because audiences at an IMAX preview in December found it 100% impossible to understand what Bane was mumble-yelling about? It’s true!
But even without the metal mask on, the British actor isn’t exactly Sir Alec Guinness, as evidenced from this 1998 male modeling contest on a public access channel. The considerably leaner Hardy-boy manages to get booed during Q&A despite only saying four words.
Lawless begins with the shooting death of a pig, a scene that perfectly encapsulates the film’s tone: cruel and strange. The shooting is free of context aside from one child spurring another on to pull the trigger while the pig writhes in its pen, sensing danger in the air. The film never returns to the Read More
More secret agents appear in a pharmacologically induced state of general anesthesia called This Means War. A hack called simply McG, who perpetrated on the world such forgettable trash wallows as two idiotic Charlie’s Angels movies and Terminator Salvation, is hardly the professional you want around to monitor the dosage. The result is 98 minutes of moronic stupidity already being labeled on the Internet as “the worst movie of the year.” A premature assessment? Maybe. It’s only February. But after This Means War, one thing is certain: The year has nowhere to go but up.
It seems that all you need to land in a movie these days is a gym membership that twists and tortures a normal physique into that of Conan the Barbarian, with six-pack abs, a 28-inch waist and obliques the size of hubcaps. The result is usually a load of two-fisted junk; an exciting, well-made testosterone explosion called Warrior is a rare exception. Director Gavin O’Connor knows his way around a sports arena, and Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are two meatheads who can really act.
At the movies, incomprehensible gibberish has become a way of life, but it usually takes time before it’s clear that a movie really stinks. Inception, Christopher Nolan’s latest assault on rational coherence, wastes no time. It cuts straight to the chase that leads to the junkpile without passing go, although before it drags Read More