Five for the Fifth: SEPTEMBER 2014 Edition

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Welcome to FlixChatter’s primary blog series! As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. As customary with Five for the Fifth, I’d like to highlight a filmmaker/actor who’s having a birthday today. Well, it so happens that Paddy Considine turns 41 today.

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The underrated British actor is perhaps most well-known to mainstream audiences from his brief role in Bourne Ultimatum, remember the Waterloo station scene? I actually first saw Paddy in the excellent 2002 drama In America, as well as in two of the Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy: Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Aside from being a terrific actor, Considine is also an acclaimed filmmaker. He won a BAFTA for his directing work in Tyrannosaur starring Peter Mullan.

So what’s your favorite film from this talented English actor?
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2. I haven’t posted a trailer in a while and this one caught my attention from the past week, Escobar: Paradise Lost.

In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams – and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

I thought that the casting of Josh Hutcherson as the young surfer is interesting as I’ve only seen him in The Hunger Games so far. Benicio del Toro seems suited to play the mighty powerful Colombian drug kingpin, and he looks quite menacing in the trailer.

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I’ve been meaning to check out this documentary called The Two Escobars that focuses on the lives of two unrelated men who shares the same last name but somehow their lives were inextricably – and fatally – intertwined. Now I’m not sure how historically-accurate Paradise Lost is, other than using Pablo’s character in the story.

Thoughts on this one? Does the trailer pique your interest?

3. Most of you are probably familiar with Dan Stevens from his Downton Abbey role as Matthew Crawley. Well, if you google him now, he looks quite different from his Downton days. He apparently lost a lot of weight and had been training extensively to look leaner and athletic. I wasn’t watching the show yet when he reportedly left the show to pursue a Hollywood career, and so far it seems, it’s paid off.

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Stevens in The Guest
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Stevens in Walk Among the Tombstones

The English actor seems adamant to shed his period drama image as his upcoming roles are pretty bad ass. He’s playing the lead in The Guest as a soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. It’s an R-rated thriller that looks quite sinister. Another film he’s starring that’s also out this month looks to be quite a violent one. This time he’s playing supporting role to Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones, as a Brooklyn drug trafficker  whose wife was murdered.

The actor’s uprooted his family to NYC as well, perhaps to make things easier for his career as Hollywood beckons. Quoted in Daily Mail, he admitted that it was the hardest decision he had to make leaving Downton, but he said ‘I’ve got an appetite to learn new things. It’s nothing more than that.’

So my question to you is, which actor/actress (be it TV or film) would you like to see reinvent themselves in a similar fashion?

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4. Ok, now some casting news that’s been circulating the blogosphere this past week. Well, this happens to be a remake of Escape from New York that’s been in development hell for some time, heh perhaps that’s a sign they should’ve left it well enough alone? Reportedly Charlie Hunnam has just been cast as Snake Plissken, a role that Kurt Russell was perhaps best known for.

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Apparently Dan Stevens was up for the role as well, interestingly enough. I think Hunnam is better-suited as Plissken though, he’s got more of that devil-may-care grit and bad-assery about him that comes more naturally to him than Stevens. I remember a few years back there were reports that Russell was miffed that the studio was considering Gerry Butler, a Scot, to play an iconic all-American role. Ahah well, this time they gave it to an English actor anyway. Seems that Hunnam’s one busy actor, he’s also working on yet another King Arthur adaptation (directed by Guy Ritchie) with him in the title role.

In any case, here’s the rumored plot for the Escape of New York remake per Firstshowing: Rather than just focusing on Snake Plissken venturing through the prison that is New York, this time the story sees Plissken teaming with “a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President.”

What do you think of this casting news and this remake project in particular?

5. This month Five for the Fifth’s guest is my pal Tim from Tim Film Reviews Blog.

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It’s a question I’ve been pondering since the recent release schedule. Most people associate comic-book movies with big budget tentpole Summer movies, but there are actually quite a few small to medium budget movies made well under $100M. Dredd, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Blade, Hellboy, etc. just to name a few.

Well, do you think superhero/comic book films should get a big-budget treatment?


Well, that’s it for the September 2014 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all! 😀

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58 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: SEPTEMBER 2014 Edition

  1. 1. 24 Hour Party People as Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division/New Order. Many said that of all the people portrayed in the film, he was the most accurate for being constantly pissed off.

    2. I don’t know. I have seen The Two Escobars which painted a more accurate portrayal on Pablo while admitting that he did do things in order to advance himself but was a man of the people who loved soccer. This film however, I don’t know.

    3. I’ve never watched Downton Abbey so I can’t say anything about Dan Stevens as I’m not really sure who I want to see reinvent themselves.

    4. NO!!!! Sorry but Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken. Anyone else can fuck off.

    5. The only one I want to see is a third Hellboy since I loved the two films that were made under Guillermo del Toro’s direction and I want a third one to happen with del Toro directing and Ron Perlman as Hellboy.

    1. Oh I haven’t even heard of 24 Hour Party People, but now that I’ve looked it up it looks interesting. It’s got Steve Coogan too, might have to check that out.

      I really need to see The Two Escobars, maybe before I go see this one.

      Ahah well I think most people agree w/ you about your answer about Plissken 😉

  2. Happy birthday, Paddy Considine! Hot Fuzz is definitely my favorite film of his (and probably really the only one I’ve seen).

    I haven’t seen that trailer before. Josh Hutcherson is an interesting choice, but I think he can pull it off. The movie looks intriguing, anyway.

    Look at most of the films mentioned (particularly Dredd and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), all of them were good or great movies, despite not having a large budget. If a superhero/comic book movie can make a *good* movie, regardless of the budget, then I’m all for it.

    1. Hi Drew, welcome to the first FFTF 😀

      I LOVE Hot Fuzz, it’s such a hoot! Probably my fave of the trilogy.

      I’m curious to see Hutcherson in a grittier films, but yeah I think he can pull it off too.

      Yep, no matter what the genre, a good film is a good film regardless of budget.

  3. 1. Hmm…I guess ‘The World’s End’. I’m not all that familiar with his work.

    2. I’m intrigued, though not thoroughly convinced.

    3. I’m coming up blank.

    4. No, no, no! I’m of the opinion the studio should leave this alone. No one can replace Kurt as Snake 😉

    5. Well, Wonder Woman and The Flash come to mind, and seem to be coming to the big screen. So…I’m with ninvoid99. More HELLBOY!

    1. Hi Michael! Oh you should see Hot Fuzz if you’ve seen The World’s End. It’s got Dalton in it as a smarmy baddie, definitely worth seeing just for him!

      Ahah, I kind of know you’d answer that about Snake Plissken 😉 I’m glad Butler passed on the role, as it’ll be scrutinized to death if he took it.

      I’d LOVE to see Wonder Woman & Flash got a big screen treatment!!

        1. Oh then you’ve seen Paddy in Hot Fuzz as well, I think he played one of the small town cops who clashed w/ Pegg/Frost’s characters. Man I should rewatch that soon, it was quite violent in parts tho, but it sure was a hoot!

  4. Ted S.

    1. Besides The Bourne Ultimatum, In America and Hot Fuzz, I don’t think I’ve seen him in other movies. So I guess I don’t have a favorite but I think he’s focusing more on directing now.

    2. Doesn’t look interesting to me. Somehow it made laugh because reminded me of an episode of Entourage.

    3. I think Jim Carrey needs to re-invent himself soon because his film career going down the toilet fast. The new Dumb and Dumber movie looks atrocious and I’m a big fan of the first one. He hasn’t had a box office hit since early 2000s. He either needs to pursue more dramatic roles or get back to TV.

    4. I was hoping they’d chose Jon Bernthal instead, he’s more inline with what Snake Plissken should be for this generation. And I don’t have much faith in this remake, when a project that’s been in development hell for years, it’s not a good sign. Now if they sign some good writers and a respectable director to make the film then I’m in. Otherwise the original is still a great but flawed action film.

    5. I don’t read comics but I think SOME comic books should get big budget production. I couldn’t imagine Superman, Batman, Iron Man or any of those big named comic book characters being made with a small budget. Now of course the less well known ones can get away with being at a smaller budget, I believe the first Blade film was made for less than $50mil.

    1. I agree with everything Ted has said here. I am amazed at Dan Stevens transformation. I like seeing him in anything. I’m looking forward to Neeson and Stevens in A Walk Among the Tombstones.

      1. Hey Cindy! I’m curious to see The Guest & A Walk Among the Tombstones. I guess one could say Liam Neeson too had a career transformation of sort to become a bad ass action hero. Dan lost his cute baby face from Downton and I like his new look 😉

    2. Hi Ted, I knew you’d remember him from the Bourne movie 🙂

      Ahah, an episode of Entourage??

      Oh yeah, I haven’t been interested in any of Carrey’s movies in a loooong time.

      I remember Bernthal from Wolf of Wall Street but generally it’s not a project that I really care about.

      Yeah I think the main superheroes should get the big budget treatments, tho it doesn’t guarantee it’ll be good of course.

      1. Ted S.

        I don’t know if you watch Entourage or not but in one season, the main character of show wanted to play Escobar and most of the season were about him pursuing the role. I loved that show, it’s sort of like Sex in the City but for men. Also, they did show some good information on how Hollyweird town works. The show was loosely based on Mark Walberg’s early career in Hollywood.

  5. 1. Have you seen Dead Mans Shoes? It’s a super disturbing movie that has Considine at his best. Everyone should see it

    2. The Two Escobars is a fantastic documentary. Not sure about this movie though.

    3. Downton Abbey looks like the dullest show ever made so i’m not familiar with this Stevens dude!

    4. Escape From New York is one of my favourite ever films so i don’t see the need for a remake. Hunnam has a cool voice for this but Snake Plissken will always be Kurt Russell in my eyes. And i don’t want to see Snake team up with anyone!

    5. There’s a comic call Y: The Last Man which i would love to see come to the screen. It’s about all of the men in the world dying apart from one, its really funny and interesting

    1. Hi Mikey! No I haven’t seen Dead Man’s Shoes, but I’ll definitely give it a look.

      Oh you’ve seen The Two Escobars doc? I missed that on last year’s TCFF but I think it’s on Netflix Instant now so I better watch that soon.

      Well it looks like the remake is inevitable Mikey. I mean Hollywood’s creativity well has run dry years ago so whether it’s Hunnam or another guy, the movie’ll still happen.

      Hmmm, that sounds like an interesting comics. Btw, since you’re in the UK, are you familiar w/ this Dutch comics Danny & Katia? It’s a spy comics, I LOVED reading that as a kid.

  6. 1) I second mikeyb @ screenkicker… my favorite by far would be Dead Man’s Shoes. Shane Meadows of This Is England fame directed it and co-wrote it with Paddy. Mark recommended Dead Man’s Shoes to me. Well done.

    2) Haven’t heard of Escobar: Paradise Lost. The song Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing instantly reminded me of the Eyes Wide Shut trailer. Del Toro was certainly menacing but not sure about Hutcherson yet.

    3) I always liked Dan Stevens. Didn’t recognize him in The Guest picture above. One who comes to mind is Emma Watson. Daniel Radcliff has done a miraculous job of trying to reinvent himself especially doing Equus on stage at 17. He’s not quite there yet but he’s trying. Watson still has a huge hill to climb. Also Nic Cage’s turn in Joe is definitely a step in the right direction for him.

    Michael Cera, Zooey Deschanel, Katherine Heigl, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez all just kind of do their thing. Not sure reinvention is in the picture for them. I thought Neil Patrick Harris, Liam Neeson, Matthew McConaughey, Bryan Cranston have been brilliant at reinventing their careers lately.

    4) The way I feel about remakes is hey, if you can put your own spin on it or do it very, very well then go for it. I don’t have to go see it, right? Yea: The Thomas Crown Affair, Fright Night, The Departed (Infernal Affairs), Twelve Monkeys (La Jetee), The Magnificant Seven (Seven Samurai). Nay: City Of Angels (Wings Of Desire), The Bad News Bears, Vanilla Sky (Open Your Eyes), The Pink Panther, Arthur.

    5) Y: The Last Man would be a good choice. Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is rumored to be in production with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight). Gaiman has been trying to get this off the ground forever.

    1. I just saw the description of Dead Man’s Shoes, boy that looks intense! I saw there are two other Considine in the cast so was it a family affair?

      Del Toro seems like inspired casting for Escobar tho I don’t think the real guy was as tall as him, so his height certainly made him more imposing.

      So which film did you see Stevens in, Dave? Not sure if you saw Downton Abbey or not. I was hoping for the same thing for Nic Cage but I think Joe was just one of a plethora of mostly-bad movies he’s doing which happened to be good. It’s too bad as I’d love to see Nic have a career transformation. In a way, I actually want Gerry Butler to have a reverse transformation from Dan Stevens. I’d love to see him take on more dramatic roles that don’t rely on his physicality. He did that with Dear Frankie before so it’s not like he couldn’t do it if he choose to.

      Ha..ha.. yeah that’s a good way of looking at things Dave. You could just choose NOT to see something. We can’t get too irritated by the slew of remakes/sequels as it’ll never stop so what’s the point.

      1. I think people get irritated because we’d rather see the money go to original and creative films instead of rehashed stuff that has name recognition going for it. Same with sequels. It’s easy to forget that the movie business is run by lawyers and accountants where the bottom line is still king.

        Yes I watch Downton. It’s my guilty pleasure if I do say myself. He reminds me of Cary Elwes a bit.

        Dead Man’s Shoes was great but it’s a pretty violent revenge flick along the lines of Blue Ruin so take for what it’s worth. Paddy was electric in it though. Not sure about the family affair thing as I didn’t catch that.

  7. Another fun Five for the Fifth, Ruth! I always look forward to these posts every month! Anyways . . .

    1) I actually didn’t recognize the name Paddy Considine, so I had to look him up. I haven’t seen a whole lot of his movies, although I have seen both Bourne Ultimatum and Cinderella Man. So I’d have to say one of those two!

    2) Thanks for sharing that trailer! It looks much grittier for Josh Hutcherson, considering the more innocent roles he is known for. I’ve seen him in Hunger Games, Red Dawn remake (which was terrible!), and The Kids Are All Right, where I thought he was quite good. The trailer definitely piqued my interest, and I think it’s cool he’s trying something different.

    3) That’s pretty incredible that Dan Stevens doesn’t even look like the same person in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Is it bad that when I saw the trailer for that movie, it looked like another version of Taken?

    As for an actor reinventing her/himself, I would love to see Matt Smith come over to America and try out some new projects. He played the 11th Doctor, and he’s really played very few characters aside from that one. I know at some point he came over to the US, but I haven’t heard of any other new projects for him. I love that David Tennant is doing GracePoint (American version of the UK’s BroadChurch), but I thought he might be in that due to lack of other opportunities. Anyways, Matt Smith is my answer for this question! Would love to see him in a comedy film or even TV show!

    4) Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a Brit filling that American role. Perhaps I don’t view Escape from New York as an iconic American film, even with New York being in the title. I wouldn’t put it on par with James Bond, so the casting doesn’t seem too bad. But perhaps that’s an opinion from a very limited perspective. I suppose Charlie Hunnam could always drop out too . . . after all, he was the actor originally cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey!

    5) I actually don’t think all comic book/superhero movies should get the big-budget treatment, because I think the smaller budget works better for some of the niche films. I really liked Kick-Ass, Hellboy (well, the sequel is better I hear), and Scott Pilgrim, and I think they all performed fairly well within their budget and fanbase. All of those characters aren’t as mainstream as the Avengers or the Justice League, so that’s probably why I think they made well-enough films without having the hefty budget.

    1. Hi there Kris!

      Oh I actually forgot Paddy was in Cinderella Man but yeah, he’s one of those great character actors who can disappear into a role.

      Yeah I was surprised to see Josh in that role but hey it’s good that he’s branching out.

      Ha..ha.. yeah, Liam Neeson’s movies do start to look the same now. I mean Non-Stop looks like Taken on a plane 🙂

      Oh I thought Matt Smith was just cast in something, can’t remember what it was though. I saw him at a local Twin Cities Comic-con here in town and he seems like a funny guy. I think he’d be great in a comedy, just stay away from rom-coms!

      Oh I don’t care that a Brit/Aussie doing an American role either, I mean there are so many of them doing that everywhere, TV and movies. They just happen to be better actors! I’m glad Hunnam isn’t playing Christian Grey, heh I wish they didn’t make such a movie.

  8. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth:

    #1/: Paddy Considine would and should look into the British accent heavy kind of films that planted Alan Rickman on the map. Mr. Considine’s scheming eyes would be a great asset in that endeavor.

    #2/: Mr. Hutcherson is just starting out and seems to have attached himself to better than decent projects. He looks good, but hasn’t really developed or shown a great deal of depth outside of unrequited and romantic. I’m guessing that he might surprise!

    #3/: Guy Pearce has always surprised me with his taking on and losing weight and body hair.
    And his willingness to use heavy make up an prosthetics and appliances (‘Lawless’) in film.
    Very much, the same vein as Ron Perlman and Mickey Rourke.

    Would also like Kevin Spacey put on about fifty pounds and take on a vicious, sophisticated Sydney Greenstreet, bad guy/manipulator, non “House of Cards” kind of role.

    #4/: No. No. A thousand times, NO!!!!

    Giving Charlie Hunnam a landmark role brought to life by Kurt Russell would be blasphemy!
    Motivated and watched by rabid fanboys and girl. Guaranteed to crash and burn!!!!

    #5/: Here’s a different take on a DC character, Have an origin tale of “The Atom”. And take it in the direction of the classic, “The Incredible Shrinking Man”. A basically weak character, who has trouble hanging with the big boys and girls. Turn it inwardly and you may strike gold!

    1. Hello Kevin!

      Great answer about Considine! Ha..ha.. he does have that menacing look like Rickman was as Hans Gruber.

      I’m thinking Hutcherson is smart that he’s branching out the way Radcliffe is now post-Harry Potter. I like him, he’s definitely a better actor than that other guy in Hunger Games.

      Guy Pearce is definitely a chameleon. He can be scary, bad ass and tender in just the blink of a n eye.

      Ahah, I knew you’d have such an intense aversion to this remake idea. Can’t say I blame you but remakes seem to be the order of the day in Hollywood. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ they’ll remake something.

  9. Escape from New York is the only one I really have much of an opinion on. Other than my question of course haha 😀

    I don’t really care about remakes, the story is good and I like Charlie Hunam in Sons of Anarchy but i’d have to see what differences they’ll make 😀

    1. Hi Tim! Thanks for being a guest in this edition, man. I like Hunnam in Pac Rim but since I haven’t even seen the original ‘Escape’ movie, I don’t really have much opinion about it, I know a lot of people do, obviously 🙂

  10. Actually haven’t heard of Paradise Lost until now, but that trailer does pique my interest I must say.

    As for an actor who I’d like to see reinvent themselves, that’s actually a really interesting question, but one I’d have to ponder over for a bit first, as nothing immediately jumps out at me. 😛

    As for the question on superhero budgets, some movies have proven that a bigger budget isn’t always necessary, yet, so long as they’re not using their bigger budget as a crutch, I don’t necessarily have a problem with bigger budgeted movies in the genre, either. Just so long as the movie turns out well. 🙂

    1. Hi there Chris! Glad to be the one to introduce Paradise Lost to you 🙂 It does look intriguing, let’s hope the film lives up to the hype.

      Hey let me know if you think of the answer for #3 😀

  11. 1. You know I don’t actually remember him in anything other than Bourne movie and ridiculous World’s End but him and Pike made it watchable. Good actor.

    2. I can’t stand that Hunger Games babyface so – no 🙂

    3. I’d like Stephen to reinvent himself and be even more naked in his movies outside of Thrones 🙂 Or more movies in general, he has nothing lined up other than GoT. Also I’d love for Michelle Fairley to start appearing in more ambitious material, she has so much talent.

    4. He couldn’t even carry Pacific Rim so I’m kinda surprised they gave him that role.

    5.. Well I keep waiting for decent movie about either Poison Ivy or Harley Quinn….

    1. Hello Sati!

      Yeah, I didn’t care for World’s End either. Hot Fuzz was far more entertaining.

      Ha..ha.. Josh does have a baby face doesn’t he? My nieces love him but they’re young teens so what do they know 😀

      Mwahahaha! So THAT is your idea of an actor reinventing himself eh? Stephen has nothing lined up other than GoT either, yeah Toby doesn’t either other than Black Sails 😦

      Ahah yeah, I think the Jaegers, Kaijus + Idris carry Pac Rim, and that awesome soundtrack!

      We need more comic-book adaptations w/ female heroines!

  12. 5. I definitely think there is plenty of room for medium budget comic book movies, especially the ones that don’t need all the big-budget special effects. Having a smaller budget forces them to focus on the more important things like story and character that can often get lost when a lot of money gets thrown at a project. Many of my favorite comic book movies are the smaller indie ones.

    1. Hi Nathan! Yep I think you’re absolutely right that smaller budget fares can’t *hide* beneath all the CGI and special effects so they have to make it more story/character driven if they have small budget.

  13. Hey Ruthy Ruth! Happy Monday. I haven’t been online in a few days, I needed a little break. Do you ever feel like that sometimes? But I am back and ready to bring you a comment storm. 🙂
    1. Paddy Considine – I have to admit I am not familiar with his work. I will have to catch him in something. But thank you for bringing him to our attention!
    2. Escobar movie, now that looks cool, I would definitely watch that. I am really loving Benicio Del Toro right now. I actually just rewatched Fear and Loathing this weekend and it made me remember how great an actor he really is and it is nice to see him back in more movies. Even his small role in Guardians was pretty cool.
    3. Again, something else you mentioned here I saw this weekend. I saw Dan Stevens in a really corny movie called Vamps. I actually turned it off that’s how dumb it was. Anyways, yes I like that he is in more roles now because he is my beloved Matthew Crawley. But on the other hand he really pisses me off! I am upset that he left Downton to pursue movies, like really you couldn’t just finish the series? Also, I like how he looks in Downton, I don’t like this skinny version of him. I guess as you can see I am hating on him for leaving Downton, hahaha! But overall I take it back, I still like him and he will forever be Mary’s true love. 🙂
    4. Charlie Hunnam in Escape from New York, now that I would be excited to see! Charlie can do no wrong, I love him!
    5. Ummm how about the Archie comics, I’d like to see a movie version of that. hahaha as you can tell I don’t know much about comics.

    1. Hi Queen Mel!! I LOVE your comment storm, so bring. it. on!:D Yes I usually take one day break so Saturday I usually unplugged and not use my laptop at all.

      Hey, glad to introduce you to another underrated Brit!

      Oh, if you like Del Toro, have you seen him in Licence to Kill? That’s an under-appreciated Bond film starring my other Brit crush Timothy Dalton. Del Toro plays a villain, well a henchman to Robert Davi who’s the villain. He looked sooo young in that movie.

      I hear ya about Dan Stevens leaving DA, I think lots of people were upset by his decision. For a while I was doubtful he could make it here in Hollywood but critics seem to be praising him in The Guest so maybe he has a shot. I think he’s way too skinny now. It’s funny but I remember w/ Gerry Butler, I actually prefer his skinnier self when he was in Dear Frankie, before he bulked up for 300. Heh as much as I like his 8-pack abs, he kinda looked like a watermelon!

      Ha..ha.. you love EVERYBODY! 😉 I do like Charlie in Pac Rim, but I love Idris Elba!

      Ahah I LOVE Archie comics, I bet in no time they’d adapt that one too!

      1. Seriously that was a comment storm! I saw Licence to Kill a long time ago and I don’t remember it well, I would have to rewatch it. I totally forgot Del Toro was in that!

        I know I really think Dan should have stayed. I think he honestly does have a shot at making it big in American movies. He’s a good actor, has a good repertoire, but overall he needs to gain back like 5 pounds. Oh my goodness you are so right Gerry did look like a blown up watermelon! I don’t like him like that either. That is just too much for me. He looked perfect in RocknRolla.

        Ruth I do love everyone!! LOL That is why I cannot think of one specific person I die for like you do with King Stephens. I am working on my top 10 actor list I am stuck on the last 3, having a really hard time narrowing it down. Now you see why, I probably have like 50 favorites. The struggle!

        I am surprised all these years that they never made an Archie one. They just need a cute little redhead. I vote for that kid that was in We are the Millers. 🙂

        1. Del Toro didn’t have a lot of scenes but he was definitely memorable. It was one of the most gruesome Bond villain deaths tho, ahah.

          Yeah I think Dan went too far w/ the weight loss, I mean his head is so small now I don’t think he’d look good now as Matthew Crawley. Yep, Gerry was so big it was ridiculous! When I met him at TIFF in 2005 he was already started training for 300 but he was still pretty lean. I think he looked perfect in Rocknrolla and PS I Love You. Do you like that one? That’s one of my fave rom-coms!

          He..he.. I’d LOVE to see your top 10 actors list, or top 50 for that matter. Man that’ll be so much eye candy, oh la la! 😉

          Oh that kid in We Are The Millers is a hoot! Did you know he’s a Brit?? I was floored when I found that out!

          1. HAHA yes Dan’s head looks teeny tiny and so slim. Eat something Dan please! Agreed I was going to write and PS I love you, but I wasn’t sure if I should out myself in saying I like that movie. LOL!! He looks perfect in that movie. #sexyandsweet

            Trying to finish it up today or tomorrow. Just need 3 more, so hard!

            Yes wouldn’t he be a good Archie! No I didn’t know he was a Brit, he was actually best part of that corny movie.

              1. OH yes! I like Jeffrey too, he sort of looks like Javier Bardem. I doubt you have seen it but he was on another Starz show called Magic City. He looked pretty sexy in that one.

                Nice! I am going to read that right now!

                1. Oh I think Jeffrey is far better looking than Bardem. I don’t get the fuss about Bardem at all, plus his comment about Israel pissed me off. Sorry, no need to get into politics, ahah. Just stick to cute boys, Ruth! 😉

                1. OMG, I thought I sent you the link of my *encounter* w/ GB? I’m pretty sure I did a while ago. I met him at TIFF 2005 after a screening of his movie Beowulf & Grendel. Apparently he sat 4 rows behind me the entire time!! I didn’t know until the film was done & he was talking to some ppl near the exit door.

                    1. Ah right, I knew I had sent the info to you. Gerry was not as dark as I thought he would. No, I didn’t see Sean Michael (Guthrie is his character’s name). I interviewed him via email 😀 LOVE what he said about Toby!!

  14. On Considine: Paddy Considine blew me away with his feature film directing debut Tyrannosaur – that’s well worth seeing if you haven’t watched it already. My favourite performance is probably in Dead Man’s Shoes.

    On Superheroes: Although I think most comic book/superhero films get a bigger budget than they really need, I like the ones made on a much smaller scale because it lends itself to focusing on character and story than special-effects and out-of-control action sequences.

  15. Hey Ruth! Late to this but I wanted to come back and share my thoughts 🙂

    1. I really like Paddy Considine and Dead Man’s Shoes is probably my favourite of his. He’s currently in a BBC drama that I think you might like called The Suspicions of Mr Wicher. Someone’s probably already mentioned it in the comments.

    2. Hadn’t heard of this one but looks OK. I only see the dude from Hunger Games though now, not sure i’ll take him seriously!

    3. I’d quite like to see Johnny Depp reinvent himself. He seems to have gone quite stale over recent years so it’d be good to get something new from him.

    4. I’ve not actually seen Escape From New York so I’d probably want to watch the original first. I am a big fan of Sons of Anarchy though so Charlie Hunnam would pique my interest in the new one.

    5. I’d like to see some smaller budget superhero films. And I don’t mean ones like Kick Ass and Super, but like people with actual powers. Almost like Chronicle I guess.

    1. Hi ya Chris, sorry I missed your comment somehow.

      Oh I hadn’t heard of The Suspicions of Mr Wicher. I should give that a look.

      Ha..ha.. yeah Josh Hutcherson still has a lot to prove to make ppl forget about his famous role in HG.

      Yep, I’d agree about Depp, he’s been recycling the same type of performance for years.

      I’ve only seen Hunnam in Pacific Rim but he seems good for the role I think.

      Yep, Chronicle is definitely an intriguing twist to a superhero story.

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  17. 1. My favorite Considine film would be The Bourne Ultimatum, though my favorite performance of his would be Dead Man’s Shoes.

    2. This looks forgettable, but I might check it out for Del Toro’s performance.

    3. I’m hoping House of Cards’ Corey Stoll and Kate Mara continue their careers in film. They’ve done their best work on the show, but I’d love to see them top that in movies.

    4. The casting doesn’t interest me at all, unfortunately. I don’t think Hunnam can carry the movie like Butler could.

    5. I can’t think of any low-budget superhero/comic book films, but I’d love to see a Dredd sequel. Also, I’m open to any new Batman films, even if Nolan and Bale aren’t involved.

    1. It’s interesting that Considine is perhaps most famous to mass audiences for his brief role in that Bourne movie.

      Yeah, I think Del Toro is surely the main draw in that film.

      I hope Corey Stoll get more movie roles too, even in his brief role in Midnight in Paris is very memorable.

      Well, Butler is great in action fares, but I thought Hunnam was fun to watch in Pac Rim.

      I heard Dredd is gonna be turned into a TV series. I presume on cable given how violent it is.

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