Posts Tagged Idris Elba
he’s amazing in LUTHER and was brilliant in The Wire and RockN’Rolla
“Now that I’ve achieved some of the things that I’ve wanted to achieve, I’m not going to be a slave to it all of a sudden. I respect the artist that lives that way. The people that just go, ‘You’re going to hate me for what I just did, or you’re not going to understand why I made that film or that record or whatever, but what you are watching is someone that’s living their life.’ You know: I’m not watching you; you’re watching me.”
“That really is more about the writing of The Wire than it is the performance. You know, Stringer Bell is a great character that was written. I happened to play him, but it could’ve been anybody playing that role.”
12 Years a Slave [Oct 18]
Director: Steve McQueen
starring: Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt
–a free black man from upstate New York gets abducted and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War United States
Touchy Feely [Sept 6]
Writer/director: Lynn Shelton
Starring: Rosemarie Dewitt, Ellen Page
–A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
Enough Said [Sept 20]
written and directed by: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
–a divorced woman learns the man she’s interested in is her new best friend’s ex-husband
Rush [Sept 27]
directed by: Ron Howard
Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Chris Hemsworth
–great competition between two British car racers in the 70s. looks amazing.
Don Jon [Sept 27]
written and directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly, Tony Danza
–guy addicted to porn. written and directed by JGL looks to have a lot to say about mass culture.
Gravity [Oct 4]
director: Alfonso Cuaron
starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
–an accident leaves an astronaut and an engineer adrift in space. this looks so freaky.
Runner Runner [Oct 4]
written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien
starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck
–not sure why Justin Timberlake’s been cast as a college student. It’s another of those off-shore entrepreneur meets an online poker player.
Captain Phillips [Oct 11]
Dir: Paul Greengrass
starring: Tom Hanks
–based on true story of ship hijacked by Somalian pirates. I’m all in.
Great Expectations [Oct 11]
directed by: Mike Newell
starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Flemyng, Toby Irvine
–A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [Nov 29]
starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Straight from the film’s opening shots, there is little doubt who the writer and director is behind RockNRolla. Containing all his favorite elements—London’s seedy underworld, sex, drugs, corrupt politicians and lavish excess– the film provides layers upon layer and rich, colorful characters. Writer/director Guy Ritchie brings together a stellar cast– Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba [The Wire], Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Chris Bridges, Mark Strong [Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day]– a cool concept and a cunning storyline. Everything and everyone ties back together in the end.
The setting: London. Uri, a Russian mobster [Karel Roden], wants to build a sports arena and to avoid all that nuisance of building permits and piles of paperwork, he enters a deal with London mob boss Lenny Cole [a ruthless Wilkinson] who a few politicians in his back pocket. Uri just needs to deliver 7 million and he’s good to go. Of course he hired The Accountant Stella [a wonderfully devious Newton] who has the Wild Bunch of One-Two [ Butler], Mumbles [ Elba] and Handsome Bob [Tom Hardy] working for her to steal the money as soon as it is en route to Lenny– some really funny/bloody scenes here.
Add into the mix that Lenny’s stepson is a famous rocker, Johnny Quid, who the paper’s have reported as dead but Lenny knows better. He’s a junkie that one. When Uri lends Lenny his “favorite painting” as a good will/good luck gesture at the beginning of their relationship, no one would even guess it would end up missing and in the hands of said rocker. After the money keeps getting stolen and everyone loses trust in each other, Uri demands the painting back but it is gone. After some detective work, the painting is recovered, and One-Two, who has a crush on Stella, gives her the painting. But Uri also has a crush on his accountant and is furious when he sees the painting in her flat.
To reveal any more would give away too much of this film and RockNRolla brings it all back around in the snap-pop-gasp way that Ritchie can often deliver.RockNRolla is easily my favorite Ritchie film so far. This time the major deals, double- and triple-crosses are in real estate. It is the new heroin. RockNRolla twists and zips along and will keep you guessing more than a few times.
On DVD January 27