May 2012

Pure brilliance.

New images from “Django Unchained”……

Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua “J” Cody (James Frecheville), from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives for years. Then Julia dies from a heroin overdose and J has no other choice than to contact his grandmother, Janine “Smurf” Cody (Jacki Weaver), the family matriarch. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew “Pope” Cody (Ben Mendelsohn), the hyperactive Craig Cody (Sullivan Stapleton), and the barely of age Darren Cody (Luke Ford). Pope and his best friend, Barry “Baz” Brown (Joel Edgerton), are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne’s Armed Robbery Squad with Sgt Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce) in the frontseat is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. Then the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch…

Its always a treat for me to see wellmade Australian movies after my years of living there. Hearing the aussie accent, seeing wellknown environments and the general feeling of Australia. I reckon the movieindustry in Australia is not really getting the attention it deserves, but in this case the production of “Animal Kingdom” has gotten welldeserved worldwide positive critique. This is very wellmade as said, intense with great acting. And somehow I felt this weird feeling of watching more of a documentary, placing you almost in a bubble as a viewer. Despite the fact that I am not that fond of gangster/mafia/criminal movies, this is quite good. (4 out of 5)

Detective Sergeant Tom Brant (Jason Statham) is dispatched to take down a serial killer called “The Blitz” (Aidan Gillen), with three policeofficers on his conscience so far. Brant teams up with detective Porter Nash (Paddy Considine) to proceed with his investigation. “The Blitz” manages to slip through the grasp of Tom every time, and with the precious lives of his colleagues diminishing one by one, Tom is led to the question: if we can’t protect our own, then what good are we?

Why did I rent this? Hardly for Statham who I don´t like at all. The man can play one role and one role only. I rented it for the presence of Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen. Two quite solid actors. However, the script to “Blitz” is hardly of the highest standard and the character of Brant is such a cliche it almost says cliche on the forehead of Jason Statham. It has its moments, but it still ends up a as more or less a standard Statham vehicle. (2 and a half out of 5)

James Frey isn’t like other writers. He’s been called a liar. A cheat. A con man. He’s been called a saviour. A revolutionary. A genius. He’s been sued by readers. Dropped by publishers because of his controversies. Berated by TV talk-show hosts and condemned by the media. He’s been exiled from America, and driven into hiding. He’s also a bestselling phenomenon. Published in 38 languages, and beloved by readers around the world. What scares people about Frey is that he plays with truth; that fine line between fact and fiction. Now he has written his greatest work, his most revolutionary, his most controversial. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. What would you do if you discovered the Messiah were alive today? Living in New York. Sleeping with men. Impregnating young women. Euthanizing the dying, and healing the sick. Defying the government, and condemning the holy.

What would you do if you met him? And he changed your life. Would you believe? Would you? For two thousand years people have spent their lives waiting, praying, fighting, begging, and going to war for the Messiah. They continue to do so, every minute of every day, every day of every year. And yet, as far as we know, the Messiah has never come. How would a man like Jesus be perceived if he appeared today? How would he live, what would he say, what would he preach and believe? How would society react to him, and what would they to do him? And though he may be the Messiah, he is not the man that has been prayed for over the course of the last two thousand years. He believes religion is a fraud, government is a sham, and that love should be a choice, regardless of gender. He is, as Christ was, everything that religious leaders and government officials fear, what they speak against, and what they destroy. He did not burn books, or picket doctor’s offices, or spend his time in religious institutions. He simply preached a message. Love your fellow man. Written from the perspective of his family, friends, and followers, in the same way the story of Jesus Christ was told in the New Testament, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, also known as Ben Jones, also known as the Messiah, also known as the Lord God.

Like many others I red “A Million Little Pieces” and liked it, believing that this was actually parts of Frey´s life. When the “scam” was revealed I reckon it did take away something from the experience, and also cast doubts over how much Frey actually made up. But, what this didn´t take away is the fact that Frey is a solid novelist. I never red “My Friend Leonard” or “Bright Shiny Morning”, but when I bumped into “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” in the bookstore, I felt that this was intriguing. A look upon how the Messiah would act and react when returning to earth as we speak. The storyline is presented through the words of people who knows, interact, meet or befriends Ben Zion Avrohom aka the Messiah. I reckon a more interesting way then compared to if Frey would just let story be told through Ben. Taking upon yourself a topic like this can of course create massive controversy and Frey most likely see that as a plus. Is it controversial? I reckon that depends on your own belief. I can´t say I am a diehard christian, but I do believe in God as a presence that exist for me in both good times and hard times. I do have some doubt of the words in the Bible. But, I also believe that this God is
there more for comfort and to listen. And this presence don´t condemn or judge. Thus, the message in “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” that love is really the core of everything. Just love. That is something I would like to be believe in. The reappearance of the Messiah carries of course a somewhat intriguing thought, and Frey manages to get your own thoughts going. But, at the same time, I missed a stronger hook. Or hooks. Something that made me not want to lay down the book. It also made me feel/think that Frey picked this topic/storyline due to the fact that he knew it would give him headlines yet again. “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” is not bad, but at the same time not something that made an everlasting impression on me.

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