Charlize Theron is the queen of action right now in Hollywood, which isn’t a bad title to attain after 20 years playing mostly deeply serious character roles. Theron, who is originally from South Africa, doesn’t have as deep a resume as some of the actresses from her generation, but it’s not lack of talent that prevents her, more a tendency to take on misguided “message” projects that fall flat. Additionally, if you look for Monster among her 10 Best, you won’t find it as it is one of the few films in my life I’ve walked out of because I found it so deeply unpleasant. Doesn’t mean that she wasn’t outstanding in her acting; just means that there’s only so much hooker/serial killer I can take (and from the eventual director of Wonder Woman….who knew?). She’s on a serious career upswing in the wake of stealing Mad Max: Fury Road (where’s our Furiosa spin-off?) and re-establishing her action dominance in Atomic Blonde. She looks 20 years younger than her actual age, and can beat you up, so it’s unlikely this actress is going to fall prey to the gender wall that eats so many careers. I’d like to see her do more comedy though. She has great timing, and that’s something you can’t teach.
Tom Hardy has, for an actor only 15 or so years into his career, put together a top 10 list of projects that would be the lifetime envy of most. Rarely the leading man, Hardy seems most comfortable in a high-class ensemble where he can build indelible characters that steal movies. Even before he became part of the “Nolan Troupe”, joining the director for Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Dunkirk, Hardy was firmly established as a consummate character actor. Even in films like Mad Max: Fury Road, in which he’s the title character, he was content to let Charlize Theron’s Furiosa steal the movie while he provided the constant and the result was the Academy actually nominated a cool movie for Best Picture. Hardy is one of many actors that had their first high-profile role in Band of Brothers (one of the five best things ever to air on TV) along with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and others. Hardy doesn’t stick just to films, having returned to TV for the massively underrated Peaky Blinders and beginning his own starring vehicle in FX’s Taboo. He’s a chameleon (compare skinny Band of Brothers Hardy with Bane), but at the core of all of his characters is a fierce anger that sometimes burns hot or cold, but it’s always an asset to whatever project he’s undertaking.
We do a lot of serious looking at film…but sometimes you just want to be stupid funny about the films we love and for that you need Auralnauts. You’ve probably seen the Kylo Ren Reacts series that the YouTube channel (to which you should subscribe) put up during the roll-up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but before that (and this site), they had an equally fun time with vocally distorting themselves into Tom Hardy’s Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. So for a Friday laugh, I present: Nutrition-Obsessed Bane. HE WILL FEEEED YOU….PROPERLY!!! TGIF, Time Killers.
Behold the launch trailer for Batman Arkham Origns which is out on Friday. I loved Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but I went against pre-ordering this one. With Xbox One so close, funds need to be conserved and I’m just not certain with anyone but Rocksteady handling the franchise. I hope it’s fantastic, but no pre-order.
Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
Black Mask is the game’s key villain. He’s hired eight assassins to kill Batman, a younger Batman than we’ve seen in the other games, during the holiday season in Gotham. Deathstroke, The Mad Hatter, Copperhead, Penguin, Firefly (who gets some nice time in this trailer), Bane and the Joker are all confirmed. I’m more impressed everytime I see something new from this installment and I’m rethinking a pre-order. Batman Arkham Origins will release for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U on October 25, 2013.