Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pilgrimage - Tribeca Film Festival - April 23

I was lucky to be able to go to New York on April 23 to see the premiere of Pilgrimage at the TRIBECA Film Festival starring Richard Armitage.

Beware of Spoilers below.

These are just my impressions of the film and Richard Armitage as Raymond De Merville.

I'll try to keep it fairly free of spoilers, though there are bound to be some. I know other RA fans have posted already about seeing the movie on Sunday, so by now many things have been revealed.

I found that the movie was much more than what I expected from watching the trailer. The location, scenery, and music set the stage and we were transported to another time, and another world.

To me the story is about a fight for control and conquest, of Ireland and the world, by two powerful groups in 1209, the Normans and the Catholic church.

I loved the use of three different languages in the film (or was it four?). Gaelic, French and English not only marks each of the groups we're about to meet as different, but again serves to take us to another time. As a bilingual person who also speaks a third language, I felt instantly comfortable with the use of different languages, and of English as the "common tongue".  Reminded me of the use of "Spanglish" in my life.  (But have no fear, there are subtitles).

The locations in Ireland and Belgium are beautiful yet unearthly. The perfect composition and selection of music also contribute to transporting us into another time. 

Being a non-native French speaker myself (fair, not fluent), I thought Richard Armitage did a marvelous job speaking French. I was impressed.  He was very natural, even when speaking with Frenchman Stanley Weber.

Richard Armitage rides in as the perfect villain. From the moment he takes off his helmet, you know Sir Raymond is a man used to intimidating people, and liking it. He looks marvelous. Richard was born to wear chain mail and wield a sword.

I've seen Richard play bad guys before, but he's particularly villainous as Raymond De Merville.

The actors and their great performances really make this movie worth seeing. Great performances by Stanley Weber, Jon Bernthal, Tom Holland, and Richard Armitage. But also wonderful performances by the other monks in this story, John Lynch, Hugh O'Connor, and all the other actors that I haven't mentioned individually. The actors more than the story really make this film worth watching.

Pilgrimage is an indie action film with historical and religious tones. This is not a historical epic, or a historical documentary. It is also blood and  gore and violence.  Worth seeing for the locations, the music, and most of all for the great actors in this film. 

I hope Richard Armitage fans around the world will get a chance to see it, and will go and see it. 

I greatly enjoyed the Q&A at the end with some of the cast, the director, writer, and producers, of Pilgrimage.

Photo by Aram Tertzakian

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Sean Bean - April 2017

Happy Birthday dear Sean Bean

It has been a long time since I first saw you on screen. Some days I can't even remember the person I was then. Does that happen to you?

But one constant since then has been you, and I'm proud of you as a fan. Very happy about your long, successful, and often surprising, career that I've had the pleasure to follow.

Have a wonderful Birthday

Many new adventures to look forward to this year as a Sean Bean Fan:




and maybe

old photo
Dark River

Still Sharpe 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Happy Valentine's Day Richard and Sean

Tactics and Strategy

My tactic is to look at you

To learn how you are

Love you as you are

My tactic is to talk to you

And listen to you

And construct with words

An indestructible bridge

My tactic is to stay in your memory,

I don't know how

Nor with what pretext

But stay within you

My tactic is to be honest

And know you are too

And that we don't sell each other illusions

So that between us there is no curtain or abyss

My strategy instead is

Deeper and simpler.

My strategy is that some day

I don't know how, nor with what pretext

That finally you need me.

by Mario Benedetti (translated by Chris Kraul)

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone 

 (Photos from Pinterest)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

David Bowie's Reading List from The Telegraph and My Reading List

The Telegraph has an interesting article today on David Bowie the book lover:

I'm sorry to say I've only read 8 of the books on the list of Bowie's top 100 favorite books. But I'm going to copy the list and keep it with me to see what I can add to my reading (or listening list, I listen to audiobooks on my commute to/from work). 

I hope that if you're reading this post, you'll take a look at the article and look at Bowie's reading list, and add some of them to your reading list.

Of course, I will never live long enough to read all the books that I would like to read or hope to read. I used to read during my lunch hour at work, in the days I had a lunch hour. That's gone out of fashion in the workplace today, having a "lunch hour" so I don't do that anymore.  

My two favorite actors are both readers, book lovers, and over the years I've looked to them and what they're reading, or what they are working on at the moment if based on a book or books, to add to my reading list.  

Richard Armitage wins the prize, since he is not only an avid reader, but a wonderful, amazing, unique, talented narrator (performer). He's also very enthusiastic about sharing with his fans and the public what he's reading, what are his favorites, what he's reading to research a role and also on selecting projects that are related to works of literature, or recently to books about contemporary issues. To see a partial list of what I'm reading or listening to thanks to my Book Guru, Richard Armitage, see the sidebar on my blog. So right now I'm listening to his performance of David Hewson's Romeo & Juliet: A Novel, from Audible.

Sean Bean has also narrated books and continues to do so, but not as many as Richard. (And some are sports related books he's narrated, those really not my genre at all, sorry Sean.)  In part I read less books from Sean because he talks about his reading list less on interviews, also because he's rarely asked. The media sees him as a "hard man" and so can't really stretch their minds to think this is a man that loves books.  Because of Sean I discovered the books of Bernard Cornwell and George RR Martin. I've recently added another author and set of books to read that Sean is reading now and says is his current favorite (Empire Magazine, January 2017 Issue, answering question from his friend Viggo Mortensen),  Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr.  Book, or first book in the series, it is a series I discovered, added to my Audible library. 

What is it with my two men and Berlin? 
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