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THE REVENANT (2015)

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A film by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

A trapper on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being attacked by a bear and left for dead by some of the members of his own hunting team.

Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) Is a member of this hunting party who are looking for animals. In a serious intense scene, (a scene that was never done like this before) Hugh ends up getting mauled by a bear to where he looks to be on the verge of  death and meet his maker.One party member, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy)  wants to finish him off instead of  dragging Hugh because the indians are catching up to them.

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Here is an interesting concept for a story and Iñárritu did not let up once. A breathtaking scenery here on how it was in 1820 where man have this will power to survive anything. They were used to this kind of life style and knew the consequences. Of course the director puts us in the middle of the action and you never feel save. Back then nature and man was one, you didn’t even know what was in the corner always on the look out looking over your shoulder. They had to know how to make fire, hunt, cook, and make shelter. Now days not one man would last a day in the wild like that. We are no longer one with nature. We are urban. You feel every ache, pain and broken bone of Hugh experiences in his intense and long journey. DiCaprio has won an academy award for this film, he is fearless and shows the truthfulness of the dark side of his characters. On the other hand look at Tom Hardy here he is getting better and better his character is motivated by fear . I think this film has it all great performances, awesome cinematography as well as beautiful to breathtaking, a haunting music score and a great vision form the director who never cease to amaze his audience. Plus Alejandro González Iñárritu has won an Oscar for best director.

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LEGEND (2015)

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A film by Brian Helgeland

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

Based on John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, “Legend” chronicles British mobsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray ( both played by Tom Hardy) during their rise and eventual downfall in the 1960s. It is a look at  at Reggie’s life  evolving into a powerful presence in the gangster community and managing the psychopathic  behavior of his brother Ronnie. Not an easy thing too.

Tom Hardy here is an impressive actor who manages to play both characters as I watched him over the years he has grown into this character actor who has a great presence on-screen.  I remember him playing in Bronson and impressed every one with this awesome performance. Here is an interesting thing Bronson and Reggie knew each other in prison. Here Hardy plays both brothers one is Reggie who is calm, polite, can switch into a violent rage within second no surprise there after all he is a gangster. In the father hand you have Reggie’s brother Ronald who has a schizophrenic behavior and extreme openness to his homosexuality makes him an unpredictable loose cannon. There is quite a great scenes in this film where both of them fight at the casino the they owned a very well choreograph fighting scene I might add. The thing is are twin brother who are gangsters and takes on London in the 60’s are even doing business with the American mob. Everything was going smoothly as possible and they were making money until it all came down. Even Frances played wonderfully well by Emily Browning said at one time it is going to come down, she even tried to get Reggie to go straight but even that fell through. Here is a film worth a look with a terrific performance by Tom Hardy.

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BRONSON (2008)

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A film by Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews

Michael Peterson tells us he was born into a normal middle-class family. He does not blame his childhood or anything else for the way he turned out, and neither does this film.

At an early age, after seeing “Death Wish,” young Michael took the name of Charles Bronson. Bronson  became the U.K.’s most famous prisoner and without any doubt, its most violent. With a shaved head and a comic-opera mustache, he likes to strip naked and grease himself before going into action. The grease here that is all over his body is for so the guard can’t grab him. Slippery when greasy sort of speak. His favorite pastime is to take a hostage and charging the guard who are coming to get him with club and other weapons to beat him to a pulp. He has done that many times the thing is why well the film doe not tell us and if Bronson knows he doe not tell us either.

Here is a versatile actor who ha played a lot of gangster but none like this one. Tom Hardy here shine, he is full of rage most to go the tim naked and fighting guard. Even he has a list of demand, he has an animalistic instinct. He is raw at its purest form. When  you look at the scene you go this must hurt big time take a look at the end of the film what they do to him. He has been in Prison for 34 years, 30 of them in solitary confinement. He always wanted to be famous but like this?

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THE DROP (2014)

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A film by Michaël R. Roskam

Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

A bartender sees and hear everything. They are also invisible to the people they serve. An armed robbery by a couple of local thugs where Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) is the bartender. They Take $5000. The Chechen mobsters who own the place launder their ill-gotten money by way of a “drop” at the bar. Bob’s discovery of a bruised pit bull puppy, dumped in the garbage where Nadia (Noomi Rapace) who is scared and fragile lives. The two begin to bond over the puppy and fins out that they mutually  have a dark past. At first Bob you think well is he intelligent, of dumb but not really what is going on with him? He is too nice to be a thug or  mob guy, it is possible that he never left the city. But there is something more that meet the eyes.  Marv (James Gandolfini his last performance before he died) is the cousin of bob also works at the bar, he is the boss. He plays is right on the money. In Place there is this guy who roams the neighborhood and wants his dog back to the point he is blackmailing Bob. But bob senses something is going on here but can’t put his finger on it. At super bowl  sunday the Chechen mobsters tell Marv they are the bar drop, which mean a lot of money will be drop at the bar. In the meantime you have this cop who knows what is going on but can’t prove it. The tension build towards the super bowl, Roskam made sure of that. It feel like they went back to the basic way back in the day in the 70’s when they made those cool films. Great performances by the cast. Roskam who just did his first feature shows the city as grippy and has a silver gray feeling to it.

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LOCKE (2013)

Locke

A film by Steven Knight

Cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson

My sister told me about a movie card either Gaumont or UGC you pay $27 a months unlimited at the movie theater in France, it adds up to $324 plus and one time registration fee of $40,  so I got back 2 years 1/2 after living in the states for 35 years, and  I kind of forgot about it. Now my cousin who loves to go to the movies and will see foreign movies in its original version with subtitle so do I tells me about the card, but take the one UGC MK2. So I did. This is how its works you go online and you subscribe once it is done they will sent you your card in the mail within 5 working days. You have to be careful here you are locked in for a year period. Now if next year you do not subscribe you have to tell them by mail 3 month ahead of time if you forget you are locked in for an other year. Now to go to the movies it cost you about with UGC Matinee $9 after 11 am $14 ,Gaumont has one price no matinee it is $15. Now by the time july ends I would have spent $165 and I only spent $27.Now with you card you can see also cult movie from back in the 40’s to 80’s. I know you don’t have that in the states. On the top of it I can use the card all over Europe plus some other good stuff. Also I can go to a ticket machine (see pictures below ) and get my tickets there without waiting in line. So this year I am going to see a lot of movies.

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Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is a successful construction manager, He has a wife and 2 kids. He receive a phone call that will set in motion a series of events that will threaten his career and family life. I don’t want to give away too much but a phone call will change his life forever. Locke is relatively calm in making decision on the phone while he his driving to London. You see Locke has a conversation with his father who suppose to be seating in the back seat but he is not there. His father has neglected him and he resent that. It is disturbing. You wonder if he does that when he is at home. The drama that is unfolding in a from of your eyes is realistic and believable thanks the the strong performance of Hardy. Witnessing a man being pushed to the breaking point and it is emotionally and mentally exhausting for the actor and like I said what a great performance.  The ending will has an unfinished closure and I like it that way, use your imagination.

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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011)

A film by Tomas Alfredson

Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy

In the early 1970s during the Cold War, the head of British Intelligence, Control, resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. It transpires that Control believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent – a mole – and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of them it was. Smiley had been forced into retirement by the departure of Control, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent, Ricky Tarr, that there was a mole. Smiley considers that the failure of the Hungary operation and the continuing success of Operation Witchcraft (an apparent source of significant Soviet intelligence) confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him. To prepare for the role of George Smiley, Gary Oldman ate a lot of treacle sponge and custard to “put on a bit of middle-aged tummy”. Oldman also watched Sir Alec Guinness’s performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and paid a visit to Smiley’s creator John le Carré: “The way he touched his shirt, spoke and so on, I took all that and used it. I hope he won’t mind, but Smiley is in his DNA.”