Friday, October 9, 2015

Good Reviews for Paul Gross' New Film Hyena Road

Paul Gross in Hyena Road (2015)

Wonderful to read this morning some positive reviews and notices for Paul Gross' new film Hyena Road.

Canadian actor, writer, director, Paul Gross is an old favorite of mine, someone of my generation. I've seen some of his work through the years,and though sometimes for me failing to meet some of my expectations, he's always a pleasure to watch onscreen.  Another marvelous voice as well.

Gross starred in one of my favorite comedies of all time, and one I don't think enough people know about:

Slings and Arrows (2003-2006)

A hilarious Canadian comedy, especially for anyone who loves actors, or has ever been in a play! Look for it.

Some here in the US may remember Paul from Due South:

I first saw Paul Gross back in the 90's in Tales of The City.

He still looks good - and a very talented man indeed:

Back to Hyena Road - good review from The Globe and Mail:

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Hollywood war movies have treated the public to deep black, shining white and spiralling shades of grey; Hyena Road may prove too unemphatic for many a moviegoer as it repeats a well-worn theme – war is bad; soldiers are good – but its lack of histrionics is admirable and the realism with which it observes military life is remarkable. Hyena Road was shot in Jordan and Manitoba, on a budget reported at $12.5-million, which is very large for a Canadian film but tiny by the standards of any Hollywood war movie. Whatever the cost, its war scenes are plenty thrilling, but the film’s real achievement is its quiet authenticity.

"The war story featuring good people making the best of a bad situation may feel very familiar, but it is a better kind of familiarity that also characterizes Hyena Road. These are not the kind of folks you are used to seeing onscreen, but rather the kind you meet in life: They are a cheerful crew of well-meaning Canadians, usually hard-working and competent, often unsuccessful, but never dispirited. If Gross’s First World War movie Passchendaele was a sloppy and melodramatic attempt to depict Canada at war, Hyena Road now hits the mark."

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