Woeful limpid, cliché laden lard, THE GUNMAN is like a celluloid midlife crisis writ large across the big screen.
Sean Penn has buffed up to play Jim Terrier, who at the beginning of the picture is a mercenary who is having a torrid affair with a doctor in the Congo. Trouble is he is the designated trigger on an assassination of a government minister and on completion of the kill, he must vanish from the continent without saying his goodbyes to the medico.
Several years later, in a platitude of penance for this vile act, we find him digging wells in another African state, but this time he is the target of a hit. Using his skills, he escapes, ending up in London, where he makes contact with Stanley, an old colleague. Stanley reveals that a price has indeed put on his head. Continue reading The Gunman→
Ray Winstone’s cheekily monikered memoir, YOUNG WINSTONE, is a blinder.
A bang up autobiography that is structured more like a cartographer than a star spangled expose of a celebrity, YOUNG WINSTONE charts the first half of this man’s life – he’s 58 in February – in twenty-five chapters each bearing place names as their titles.
Winstone’s sense of place, his East End roots, and the streets and precincts he knocked around in his formative years, inform every sentence in this rollicking yarn of a geezer and his gaff.
Readers have a lot to be grateful for because the book was spurred on by a spurning.
The tossers at the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? rejected Raymond’s family as being too boring. But the research done as a preliminary did enlighten– both branches of Ray’s family came from the East End, traced all the way back to the 1700s, mum’s side from East Ham and dad’s from Hoxton. Continue reading Young Winstone→
NOAH (2014), director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan/The Wrestler) has crafted an intimate and audience gripping, big screen epic with his new bold interpretation of The Ark Story. Experience the fates of Tubal-Cain, Noah and his family and Noah’s first grand-children, as taken from the Old Testament’s early history of the Jewish Nation. This has not been seen with this level of quite extraordinary attention to detail, since the era of the great film director Cecil B. DeMille’s bible epics, as photographed in VistaVision at Paramount Studios.