It must have been 2008 when I sat down to watch In Bruges for the first time. I’d seen it advertised, but the trailer made it look like some knock about buddy cop movie, and at the time I wasn’t interested. Then a few people told me how shit the trailer was, how the film was something completely different, and so I thought I’d give it a go.
Long story short, I think I watched it on a weekly basis for a good few months. Anyone who came round to my university halls and hadn’t seen it, we’d stick it on. For me, it’s the perfect blend of brilliant dialogue, stunning visuals and great performances, with no hint of didacticism and some world class scenes – Brendan Gleeson’s suicide is one of my all time favourite cinematic moments, the use of Luke Kelly’s Raglan Road as a backdrop an inspired touch.
For me, it’s the perfect blend of brilliant dialogue, stunning visuals and great performances
I’ve been waiting for Martin McDonagh’s next film with baited breath ever since, my appetite briefly sated when his brother John Michael-McDonagh released the equally brilliant The Guard last year – a modern day Western, transferred to the west of Ireland. Now there is confirmation that the follow up to In Bruges, another dark comedy entitled Seven Psychopaths, will be released later in the year, and the poster doing the rounds online has got be salivating at the prospect. Seven Psychopaths, and seven reasons why this film is going to be incredible.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Colin Farrell, and despite dodgy performances in Alexander and Michael Mann’s shocking Miami Vice remake, he’s got a pretty great back catalogue. Of course there’s his brilliantly vulnerable and juvenile performance in In Bruges, but also there’s his turn as the manipulative, reptilian Danny Witwer in Minority Report, as well as in the understated Ondine. McDonagh obviously brings out the best of him, so he’s sure to lead the line brilliantly here too.
When I was a kid my brother and I would stay up late to tape the Friday night film on Channel 4, and one that I remember consistently coming back to was White Men Can’t Jump, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. To be honest, I haven’t seen it in so long now that I struggle to remember it at all, but at the time I loved it. Harrelson’s not a particularly versatile actor but his ability to switch from goofball comedy to sharp and menacing in the blink of an eye makes him a worthy addition to any cast.
Definitely the most underrated actor working today, and someone who seems more comfortable as a supporting actor rather than a leading man. He has stolen more than one film from under the nose of his more illustrious co-stars in memory – I’m thinking The Green Mile, Welcome to Collinwood, The Assassination of Jesse James From The Coward Robert Ford. He has the talent to carry a film on his own too, as Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, and more recently the glorious Moon proved, but he’s at his best when he’s riffing off his fellow actors. Bound to be excellent in this.
Sam Rockwell - Definitely the most underrated actor working today
After a deserved Oscar nod for the harrowing Precious, Gabourey Sidibe has been on the small screen for the most part, popping up in American Dad starring alongside Laura Linney in American drama The Big C. She’s obviously a talent actress who doesn’t seem phased when appearing with big names, and her performance in Tower Heist showed she has an eye for comedy too.
Abbie Cornish / Olga Kurylenko
Ok, I’ll admit, out of the seven psychopaths these are the ones I’m least excited about, so I’m counting them as one. Cornish’s CV currently includes Limitless, W.E. and Sucker Punch, so doesn’t really do her any favours, while Kurylenko has starred in known shite like Max Payne and Quantum Of Solace, as well as bizarre looking film about a wedding that gets interrupted by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.
Still not excited? Just you wait mate, just you bloody wait.
Christopher Walken & Tom Waits
ARE YOU TAKING THE PISS? CHRISTOPHER WALKEN AND TOM WAITS IN THE SAME ROOM IS AWESOME ENOUGH! ACTING TOGETHER? IN A FILM? WITH ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE? HOLY SHIT IS THAT A RABBIT TOM WAITS IS HOLDING IN THE POSTER? AND WALKEN HAS A DOG! IS IT A BIJON FRISE? OH JESUS WHAT COULD TOM WAITS WANT WITH THAT RABBIT?
I need to sit down. This is just too much.
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