CONTROL (2007)


A film by Anton Corbijn

Cast: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson

Control, one of the most perceptive of rock music biopics, has been made of Ian Curtis.  It is based on a memoir by his wife Deborah (played by Samantha Morton), a teenager when they married. The title of Deborah’s book is, Touching From a Distance. The movie is quietly, superbly photographed and acted. The film is shot in black and white well Ian at times was depressed, confused and didn’t dream in color.

The film is about his marriage and some of his time with the band. He was not ready for marriage as she was she adjusted very well to it and was the rock of the family. She got pregnant soon after a little girl. Ian had an affair with Annik Honore (Alexandra Maria Lara), a Belgian woman that he meet on the road. Early in the film Ian and Deborah attend a Sex Pistol concert and tells her he has an idea what a band and music should be. He goes from there puts a band together and start singing, he looks like Jim Morrison who was a shy introvert singer. Ian Curtis suffered from epilepsy I don’t think he fully understood what was happening to him. Also he got depressed and confused where the band was headed with follow by moodiness. Here is a young man who was shy maybe didn’t want the band to go any further because he was scared to be too famous, he was suppose to go to America for two weeks nut it seems to be that he was not enthusiastic about it. This is not a rag to riches story here. Well we all know what happen with him I think we lost him too early age 23 that is too young. To me he was a manic depressive and the epilepsy didn’t help. I don’t even think (because of the suicide) he was Bi-Polar but then again. The film does not say it just leaves it at that a suicide.




A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A film by Anton Corbijn
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Brühl

A smart, effective adaptation of John le Carré’s post-9/11 political passion play about good, evil. Gunther Bachmann,(Philip Seymour) an espionage operative in Hamburg, a country trying to overcome its reputation as hot spot of terrorist activity. The organization is so secret and so deep underground than nobody know who they report to. In an other word they do not exist. Gunther is a man who is the leader because he can make the tough decision, and he is a tough as they come. When a beating up and starving half-Chechyan, half-Russian man emerges out of nowhere seeking political asylum, it catches the attention of not only Gunther’s agency, but the CIA (  Robin Wright) and other agencies in Germany. You see they want to know if he is who he says he is and not a terrorist. But the thing is that is father who died has left a ton of money to him. His father was a bad man. That is why Gunther is suspicious among other thing. in all of this emerges a lawyer and a banker.


Here is a great spy film for the die hard movie spy buffs. The film moves at one pace only this is not you James Bond where you are going to see explosion and car chases. This has a little bit of realism into it I would say a lot. A great cast in this film Philip Seymour Hoffman, (who is no longer with us) Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright. Hoffman truly delivers the role you can tell that Gunther has the weight on his shoulder. He also wants this badly he knows that is right and he instinct tells him to investigate more. Howerver Wright plays a smooth CIA agent who is trying to help. There is a remarkable tension throughout the film but to me it is a little bit predictable toward the end. In the spy game never trust anyone not to trust anyone not even your own people. Unfortunately this is the last film for Hoffman  past away a while back and what of great actor he was.