Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the ring, but there's also some real emotional depth in the script by actor Johnny Harris and the direction by Thomas Napper (who was second unit director on Beauty and the Beast). So even if the film's plot feels somewhat contrived, the movie has strong resonance in its characters and situations. And it's shot and acted in a remarkably realistic way.
Harris stars as a has-been boxer named Jimmy, who has been evicted from his flat because his building is due to be demolished. With nowhere to go, he turns to his old gym, assuring his former trainer Bill (Ray Winstone) that he has stopped drinking and participating in unlicensed fights. But as Bill's pal Eddie (Michael Smiley) begins to coach him back into shape, Jimmy secretly turns to local gangster Joe (Ian McShane) for help to make some extra cash in an underground boxing match against a notoriously ferocious opponent (Luke J.I. Smith). Then it turns out that Bill and Eddie are hiding something from Jimmy as well. And that they know all about his upcoming fight.
Napper directs the film almost like a documentary, never indulging in melodramatic flourishes as these tough men carefully guard their emotions. He also avoids all rah-rah sports movie cliches. There are no soaring training montages, and the fight scenes are shot without any slow-motion dramatics or rousing music. They feel fiercely true to life, and very painful too. Harris is terrific in the raw central role, a likeable guy whose fiery temper continually gets him in trouble. He may cause his own problems, but he genuinely wants to be a better man. His scenes with Winstone and McShane are terrific, but it's his more prickly connection with Smiley's Eddie that gives the film its soul. Smiley provides Eddie with a wonderful inner life that connects with the audience in surprising ways.
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Ray Winstone pursued his acting career because he was ''too good looking'' to be a boxer.
Ray Winstone pursued his acting career because he was ''too good looking'' to be a boxer.
The 60-year-old actor has admitted one of his biggest passions is the sport, but he decided to forge a career in front of the camera because he didn't want to ''ruin'' his appearance.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper about his profession and his journey to where he is now, the hard man said: '' I was too good looking [to be a boxer]. I didn't want to ruin me looks. Why are you laughing?''
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Johnny Utah rarely lets his professional life as a promising new FBI recruit cross over with his personal passion of extreme sports, namely surfing some of the world's biggest waves. However, it seems his prowess as an athlete has finally found its use at work, as he is enlisted to go undercover on one of the FBI's most difficult cases. A group of masked men have managed to make off with extraordinary amounts of money in bank raids by using the most unexpected of escape techniques. Indeed, their ability to flee from a crime scene for exceeds the talents of those chasing them, which is why Utah is their only hope left. After successfully integrating himself into a group of suspicious-looking sports fanatics, he meets Bodhi; a charismatic individual with whom Utah embarks on a number of extreme escapades. Utah needs firm proof that Bodhi is behind the robberies, but as he becomes ever closer to him, the friendship evolves into an unexpected and highly dangerous bond.
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Sam Ellis is a high-flying United States Attorney looking at a likely rise to the top in his political career. He appears to have everything; the career, a child, a loving and supportive wife, and he's bursting with charisma. However, it seems all potential political candidates have a dark side no matter how deeply buried, and success is about to bring Ellis' into the open. After discovering his intern has fallen for him, he is suddenly faced with overwhelming sexual desire, but knows that he can't risk his position for a fleeting office romance. Thus, he attempts to calm his yearning by seeking out the services of a prostitute, but finds that once he starts he is unable to stop. It isn't long before his addiction to escorts starts affecting his everyday life when he uses them as a break from the increasing pressures of the media to run for U.S. Congress. Now it's not only his wife and his immediate colleagues he has to worry about keeping his secret from, but the whole of America.
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Johnny Utah is a young new agent in the FBI who also happens to be an incredible athlete in extreme sports. Thus, this makes him the perfect agent to go undercover on a rather unique case, where a group of particularly talented masked individuals are raiding banks with an extraordinary ability to escape in ever more astonishing ways. Utah soon infiltrates one particular gang of sportsmen, led by the charismatic Bodhi who he becomes particularly drawn to as together they venture on dangerous excursions from rock climbing to surfing. He's deeply suspicious that Bodhi is part of the robberies, but getting solid proof means getting even closer to him; close enough that even Utah's boss starts to get uneasy. Utah's got a lead, but can he bring himself to follow it? Or will he find an unlikely loyalty in his so-called friendship with Bodhi?
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While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually just another vacuous revenge fantasy from Taken director Pierre Morel. Clearly for Morel, the violence is the point, and any depth of meaning is irrelevant, which leaves the film superficially entertaining but a waste of the considerable talent on-screen.
Penn plays Jim, a charity worker in the wartorn 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo. His hot doctor girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) has no idea that Jim is secretly a black-ops sniper working with fellow mercenary commandos Cox, Felix and DuPont (Rylance, Bardem and Elba). Then their latest mission requires Jim to disappear. Eight years later in an all-new life, Jim discovers that someone is trying to kill him, so he travels to London to find Cox. When Jim's pursuers turn up, Cox sends him to talk to Felix, who now lives in Barcelona with Annie as his wife. With the mysterious killers still on his trail, Jim heads to Gibraltar to tie up the loose ends with DuPont, and finally discovers the truth about what's going on and who's behind it.
Yes, everything is leading to a brutal confrontation inventively set in a bull-fighting ring. But not much else here is either original or convincing. The whole African politics premise is little more than a plot device, while hopping from Congo to Britain to Spain does little more than change the background scenery. Otherwise, the script is so simplistic that it barely holds water, and each ambush, fight and chase sequence feels like something we've seen before. Especially since everything is both over-choreographed and gratuitously grisly. Still, Morel is great at creating a sense of tension that builds ominously from start to finish, adding some gritty urgency through corrupt politicians and self-serving businessmen. Unfortunately, the film continually sidelines these intriguing ideas for more mindlessly violent mayhem.
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The couple turned heads at the rainy London premiere, but they only had eyes for each other.
Charlize Theron accompanied boyfriend Sean Penn to the UK premiere of his new movie The Gunman on Monday night, braving the London rain to walk the red carpet together. The couple, who have known each other for 18 years but only began dating last year, looked very much in love as they held hands and posed for photographs.
Sean Penn poses with Charlize Theron at The Gunman premiere
Wearing a dark suit, 54 year old Penn walked the red carpet at the film’s premiere accompanied by his stunning girlfriend who wore a black floor length dress, which featured a halter neck and side split.
Ray Winstone - A variety of stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the premiere of 'The Gunman' which was held at the BFI Southbank in London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th February 2015
Far from the standard biographical documentary, this is a strikingly artistic exploration of the life of musician, actor and writer Nick Cave, assembled with the rhythms and energies of his work. It's such an inventive approach to filmmaking that it's both gripping and surprisingly moving, shot with a lush visual style that weaves in Cave's distinctive, provocative music and earthy humour.
The film follows Cave over the course of one day, which he has calculated is his 20,000th. Born in rural Australia, Cave is now 56, and lives in Brighton, England, with his wife Susie Bick and their cheeky twin sons Arthur and Earl. Over the course of this day, Cave reminisces about his life as he goes through his usual routine: writing his next script, working with his songwriting partner Warren Ellis and watching TV with his boys. On this day, he also visits the recording studio, talks about issues from his childhood with noted psychoanalyst Darian Leader, trawls through his archive and offers lifts to friends and collaborators like Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone and Blixa Bargeld.
There are moments when we can feel Cave and filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard straining to find a clever way of inserting the usual documentary elements, so the film sometimes feels a bit belaboured. For example, Cave's archive is a cluttered basement full of old documents, photos and videos that are projected on to the walls as archival clips. This may be contrived, but it's also bracingly original, as is turning the usual to-camera interviews into revelatory conversations with the man himself. And the songs are performed in jam sessions, practice rooms and beautifully shot stage pieces. For his part, Cave goes through this odyssey with deadpan wit and refreshing transparency, opening up about his personal life, creative processes and the tricky balance between fame and artistic integrity.
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A remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 'Point Break' is in the works. What do we know so far?
So, it looks like the Point Break remake is set for release in August 2015. Directed by Ericson Core, whose only other big directing job was 2006’s Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg, the new script has been written by Total Recall remake co-writer Kurt Wimmer. There's a whole lot of action movie experience going on there, which is a promising start. Core was also the director of photography for The Fast and the Furious way back in 2001, so we've got faith his visuals will be pretty impressive - that's for sure.
The 2015 remake is pegged to be an unofficial reboot of The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves as an ex-quarterback-turned-FBI-agent and Patrick Swayze as a system fighting surfer. After it's suspected that a gang of bank robbers, nicknamed 'The Ex-Presidents,' are potentially a group of surfers, Agent Utah is sent in to infiltrate their group.
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Darren Aronofsky continues to ambitiously experiment with genres in this Old Testament blockbuster, but this is his first real misstep as a filmmaker, as the impressive parts simply don't add up. Still, there are flashes of genius as the epic struggle between good and evil is echoed both in the grand spectacle and within the characters themselves.
It starts with the original sin, which divides Adam and Eve's sons - brutal killer Cain and peaceful caretaker Seth - into warring factions. A few generations later, all that's left of Seth's righteous line is Noah (Russell Crowe), his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and three sons (Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Leo McHugh Carroll), plus an adopted daughter (Emma Watson). After he has a vision that God is planning to cleanse mankind with a flood, Noah consults his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) and builds an ark to save his family and all of earth's animals. He also gets help from the Watchers, rock-encrusted fallen angels who previously assisted Cain's descendant Tubal (Ray Winstone), who goes into battle mode to stop Noah.
All of this is inventively set in a post-apocalyptic landscape left in ruins after generations of fighting. And Noah is the last true believer tending to creation, refusing to eat meat (although he wears leather accessories) and ruling over his family like a tyrant. This of course creates various carefully scripted conflicts for his family over the months they're stuck in the ark. But the moralising is never as deep as it pretends to be.
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