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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Tabula Rasa

Hi all.

So after the craziness of MIFF I thought I'd take it a little bit easier this week and not watch anything new for the week (well other than, new episodes of Breaking Bad, The Newsroom, Damages and Wilfred but what's new?). That said, I predict this blog post to be a very short one considering my lack of doing anything this week. Yeah, pretty average. Oh yeah and cause MIFF is over I was able to kinda get back to work. Money!


Tony Scott tragically passed away this week after the director leapt off a bridge in Los Angeles. Tony is the brother of Ridley Scott. He was responsible for pretty much defining the look of the modern action film and, in many ways, started the whole high-concept Hollywood blockbuster. I haven't seen all his films but of the ones I've seen, I can say that I've quite enjoyed them. Even his most divisive of films like the schizophrenic Domino were insanely fun (at least for me it was). Tony Scott will be missed.


Here's the NSFW red-band trailer for John Hillcoat's newest, Lawless. The film has an incredibly talented cast in Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska and Gary Oldman. I liked what he did with The Road and am eager to sit down with The Proposition. As for Lawless, it certainly looks amazing - it reminds me a lot of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire except take out Atlantic City and substitute it for country-side America. Should be good.


I could've chosen a more serious picture but NO, this is the definitive SLJ picture. 

It seems Spike Lee has called in a favour because Samuel L. Jackson has agreed to be in a small but potentially crucial role in Lee's remake of Oldboy. Jackson will play a guard who holds Josh Brolin's character captive for fifteen years. The film currently stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copely and Elizabeth Olsen.


It's not often you hear about foreign remakes of American films as its usually the other way around but an interesting piece of news, Japan will be remaking Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning Western, Unforgiven. The film will star Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) in the Eastwood role and will replace cowboys with samurai. So essentially its like what Seven Samurai did for The Magnificent Seven (which is a very good remake of the Kurosawa classic). Interestingly enough, Watanabe has worked with Eastwood before in the under-seen Letters from Iwo Jima so no doubt this was some inspired casting.

And that's all from me this week. Yeah told you it was short. This week's blog post title comes from Korean indie band, Bluedawn. Their song Tabula Rosa is off their album When Spring Comes. It's a shame they've disbanded cause their low-key and atmospheric sound can be absolute bliss. Listen, enjoy and find more of them on YouTube.

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  1. That's fascinating news about the Unforgiven remake. I watched the original just the other week. It follows the Western formula to a T but by condemning violence instead of glorifying, the entire tone is changed and it makes what should have be an uplifting ending one that is undeniably melancholic and dark. The film could have been a little (lot) more subtle when it came to all preaching, but still, extraordinary stuff. Hopefully the Japanese version follows suit.

    1. It's certainly a much more mature Western and one that is undeniably Eastwood's own personally signed thank you to the genre that made his career).

      On that note about condemning violence instead of glorifying it, I think that this idea would have far more consequence in the context of a samurai who, as we all know, have to live by a code of honour. I think it'd be really interesting to re-appropriate it like that and I can only see where Warner Bros Japan takes this.