Tom Hardy Portrays Cray-Cray Kray Twins in ‘Legend’

Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) portrays the Kray Brothers, real-life identical twins Ronald and Reggie, who ruled the underground of London during the Swinging ’60s with a gang that dabbled in everything from protection rackets and armed robbery to murder.

Apparently Hardy is trying to make up for being the sidekick in Fury Road by playing both leads in this movie, which co-stars Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Doctor), Chazz Palminteri and David Thewlis (Remus in the Harry Potter films).


The story of the Krays was portrayed onscreen once before, in 1990’s The Krays, starring brothers Gary and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet.

Legend opens Oct. 2 in the USA.


‘God Help the Girl’ Trailer

Here’s something different: Me plugging a film starring one of my favorite actresses. (Yeah, right.) What’s different about this particular flick is that it stars Emily Browning, not Jena Malone. (Uh, you’ve done that before, too, Joe.) The movie is called God Help the Girl. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the movie tells the story of the emotionally troubled Eve (played by Emily), who turns to songwriting as a coping mechanism.

God Help the Girl, directed by Stuart Murdoch of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian, opens Sept. 5.

Could Pompeii Be a Disaster of a Flick?

It’s certainly nowhere near as high-profile as some films due for imminent release (coughCaptainAmericasequelcough), but Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming Pompeii has a couple of things going for it: It’s based on an intriguing and haunting historical event, and it has a pretty terrific cast, including Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Kiefer Sutherland (24), Jared Harris (MAD MEN), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LOST) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Matrix trilogy).

I’d like this movie to be a success because I’m a fan of Ms. Browning, but the rest of the cast also deserve for the project not to suck, however, looking at the trailer…

So who’s going to party like it’s AD 79 when Pompeii opens Feb. 21?

God Help the Girl

Some of you readers may have figured out by now that I am a big fan of Emily Browning, a talented young actress who has been getting back into the swing of the industry of virtually retiring following Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Since Sucker Punch, she has appeared in last year’s controversial Sleeping Beauty, and now she is filming God Help the Girl. 

The film is about a girl called Eve (Browning) who is hospitalized for emotional problems and turns to songwriting to deal with her demons. Her work leads her to Glasgow, Scotland, where she meets James (Olly Alexander) and Cass (Hannah Murray), musicians facing crises of their own. Directed by Stuart Murdoch of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian the movie grew out of a series of songs he wrote in 2003 that felt more appropriate for a girl group to sing. The songs were released on the 2009 album God Help the Girl.

Until the project is released, you can keep track at the official God Help the Girl site.

In Defense of Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch is not a bad movie. I mean, it’s not that bad. I think it’s a misunderstood film that will, years from now, be rehabilitated and reinterpreted – possibly becoming something of a minor classic, much like Dark City.

If you did not like Sucker Punch, that’s fine. Go in peace. We all like different things, and I’m sure we don’t agree on lots of stuff. However, in recent weeks, Sucker Punch has been subjected to some of the worst, most savage reviews of 2011 – critiques that have not been merely negative, but outright vicious rants. I saw one screed that blamed the decline of Western moviemaking on Sucker Punch! (I gave it a positive review, though.) Anyone who hasn’t seen it might be forgiven for assuming that the movie stars Mel Gibson and Bernie Madoff, and was directed by Moammar Gadhafi.

It was directed and co-written by Zack Snyder, who did the stylish 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, then adapted Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300, followed by an adoring translation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ beloved Watchmen comic-book series. It stars Emily Browning as Babydoll, Abbie Cornish (Sweet Pea), Jena Malone (Rocket), Jamie Chung (Amber), Vanessa Hudgens (Blondie), Carla Gugino (Madam Gorski) and Scott Glenn (The Wise Man).
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Sucker Punch (2011)

If you have ever wanted to see a true live-action anime, then Sucker Punch is your movie. More than a comic book, more than a cartoon, Sucker Punch is anime with a video-game polish. It is a visually stunning movie that can best be described as feast for genre fans.

Don’t be put off by the venomously negative slams from mainstream critics who have gone way (way) out of their way to blame this movie for every ill from global warming to the Kennedy assassination. That’s a lot to lay at the feet of a movie that simply asks you to pay attention and use a little imagination. If you’ve ever been to – or ever wanted to attend – the San Diego Comic-Con or any similar event, this movie is for you. If not…well, why are you reading this blog?
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Back at the Keyboard (for a bit)

Ack! The crackling of knuckles and the popping of tendons! I have not typed in over a week because I was on vacation and thus took eight days off from WordPress, Twitter, Facebook – all that cyberstuff. I even went without e-mail! (Doncha just love wading through all the accumulated spam and mail after a long break…) Anyway, I’ve only been home for a few hours and simply could not stay away from the computer for much longer.

I’m not going to type out a long treatise about my trip – well, not yet, anyway – but I really did want to get my feet wet again. So I tweeted, and now I’m blogging a bit. Little by little, things will get back toward normal. And my fingers will loosen up; they actually hurt now! Yikes! I have a friend who types about 80 words a minute, while I clock in more around eight words per minute (which causes her no end of dismay). I had lately been boosting my skillz to around 12 or maybe even 14 words a minute! But now, these rickety old joints have stiffened, and I feel like I’m back to the single digits. Ow!

Anyway, in a transparent bid to fill some space and save my fingers, I thought I’d link to this great new teaser promoting the upcoming fantasy flick Sucker Punch, which is now less than a month away! This is a moody clip that really captures the dreamlike quality that I understand the movie to have. Enjoy…

Sucker Punch, directed by 300 and Watchmen auteur Zack Snyder and starring Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Abbie Cornish, will be released March 25. (BTW, that music is Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups.

Newest Sucker Punch posters

Are you looking forward to the release of Sucker Punch this March as much as I am? The answer is probably “No,” because I’m looking forward to it rather a lot. (And here’s a list of 10 other movies I am also eagerly awaiting.

I mention this because several new posters for Sucker Punch have been released, including five posters of the individual characters…

So why am I so eagerly anticipating this film? Check out the official synopsis after the cut:
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