Tom Hardy has been acting in high-profile films since the early 2000s (Black Hawk Dawn, Star Trek: Nemesis), but it wasn’t until 2008 when he made a name for himself, first in Guy Ritchie’s “comeback” film RockNRolla, and subsequently in the film of the day, Bronson. The sixth film from Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) is, well…have a look at the plot synopsis from IMDb, as it might be the most concise the story can be told as::
“In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and ‘Charles Bronson,’ his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson – a scathing indictment of celebrity culture.”
First up, the links! Thanks to all of the LAMBs that sent in their posts for this edition of the MOTM (great turnout this month!).
* Andy Buckle’s Film Emporium
* Big Thoughts From a Small Mind
* Bonjour Tristesse
* Cinematic Paradox
* Dear Film
* Dirty with Class
* Duke and the Movies
* Films From the Supermassive Black Hole
* French Toast Sunday
* Movie Reviews by Tom Clift
* Spooky Bloggery
* Surrender to the Void
* The Movie Encyclopedia
It’s also time to vote on next month’s movie. I’ve included many of the choices from last month, but swapped a few out to keep it interesting. You have one week to vote.
As we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied in with the MOTM. This time, we bickered and bantered and nitpicked and – wouldn’t ya know it – had the most disparity in opinions on an MOTM film that we’ve we had yet. Suffice it to say that Bronson is quite the divisive film. On hand were host Dylan and his co-host Nick, as well as James, Sam, and Steve.
Also on tap:
* Rants and Raves of the Week
* Last LAMB Standing
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Thanks for listening!