TOP 10 FILMS OF 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased as punch to share with you the 10 movies from 2013 that pushed me to the limits of emotional investment while sitting and / or laying in my bed! It’s been a damn great year in film. It was tough to pick just 10, but here we go!

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10. STORIES WE TELL: Sarah Polley’s documentary about her mother and the people who loved her starts off as a personal memoir then slowly becomes an exploration of the subjectivity and bias of memory. Great movie to watch with your family if you’re comfortable with uncomfortable silences with your family.

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9. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: If this is actually Stephen Soderbergh’s last film then it’s a damn shame. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are absolutely phenomenal in this love story gone freak-show, and let’s not forget there’s Scott Bakula with a moustache.

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8. Tie: SPRING BREAKERS and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Understandably nauseating for some but these two films were a large Tim Horton’s double-double of filth and debauchery for myself. Not something I would want every day, but when the time is right, when I need that extra kick, these two films will get me through to the end of the day with a helping of reckless abandon. Spring breakkkkkkkkkkkkk.
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0077. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Tom Hanks went full Hanks on this one.

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6. BEFORE MIDNIGHT: The third film in Richard Linklater’s incredible BEFORE series, BEFORE MIDNIGHT catches up with Jessy and Celine 18 years (EIGHTEEN DAMN YEARS) after the first film and continues to explore themes of life, true love, and the importance of walking.

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5. SHORT TERM 12: This film is such a damn home run on almost every level. It could have so easily slid into unbearable, noisy melodrama, but it always stays connected. Troubled teens? Bummer of a topic, sure, but Brie Larson and company guide it home with a gentle authenticity that invites you in (and then makes you weep).

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4. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: The Coen Brothers’ film about a musician who just can’t catch a break and is considering leaving his music behind him felt like an unwritten classic American novel. A perfect depiction of the fog an artist can find themselves in when a crisis of confidence arises. Oscar Isaac, you laid down one of the finest performances of the year, mixing drama, comedy and music, you my boy.

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3. A FIELD IN ENGLAND: I don’t think I’ve ever had a film invite me into it’s madness in such a way as this. Absolutely poetic and insane. I’ll let Martin Scorsese tell you what he thinks of the film “Audacious and wildly brilliant – a stunning cinematic experience.” Marty’s on board, so why aren’t you?! 

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2. HER: If you can agree to meet HER on it’s not-really-that-far-fetched premise, then you’ll be in for one helluva fascinating exploration of modern love. I feel for anyone who decided to laugh this one off, because it has so much heart and soul. Joaquin Phoenix, give me your powers (and your agent and manager’s contact information too, plz).

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1: THE ACT OF KILLING: Between 1965 and 66 in Indonesia, there was a government takeover where death squads brutally murdered between 500,000 and 2 million Chinese and anyone suspected of being Communist. The people who committed these acts are still in power and have never been held accountable for their actions.

THE ACT OF KILLING catches up with a group of these men, in their 50s and 60s, celebrated as war-heroes, and the documentary filmmakers encourage them to re-enact the murders and re-create them on film, and they agree to do so, hoping that the Indonesian public can see how heroic they were.

This film took me everywhere, I was mortified, shedding tears, and literally slapping my knee laughing a minute later. It’s a tough watch, and puts you through the ringer, but it’s finale is perhaps the most compelling thing I’ve ever seen put to film.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Enough Said, Sightseers, This Is The End, Frozen, Thor 2, and other stuff.

Movies are fun, right guys?

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“MOBY DICK” CLIPS


In celebration of MOBY DICK‘s recent broadcast debut, as well as it’s release on DVD and BluRay (you can purchase it now on Amazon.com), I’d like to share with you a few of my scenes from the 3 hour mini-series…

I picked up my DVD + Blu-Ray Combo Pack earlier this week, and it has been safely protected by Woody ever since…

A newer feature that I’m incorporating into the blog here on out is the addition of past blog entries for specific projects; so if you like, you can now travel back in time (magic) and read up on the project from way back when I first began blogging about it.

So for instance, you can go back and read about when I first found out that I was cast in MOBY DICK (read: INSERT DICK JOKE below). Internet magic!

PAST "MOBY DICK" BLOG-ENTRIES:

“MOBY DICK” ON BLURAY/DVD


As of today, Mike Barker‘s 3-hour mini-series, based on the classic novel MOBY DICK, is now available to purchase on BluRay and DVD on Amazon.com. BluRay link & DVD link.

Despite my insisting, each copy of the film will not be accompanied by a limited edition Glen-Matthews-bowler-hat. Sorry guys, I tried.

I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the entire thing, and I can easily put my stamp of approval on this one. Pick it up!

MOBY DICK STILLS

Mike Barker‘s 3-hour mini-series MOBY DICK had it’s premiere last week (Part 1 aired on the 8th, Part 2 the 15th) on Australian Television to rave reviews. If you’re in Australia, you can watch both parts on ABC1’s iView website @ http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/761180. If you’re not in Australia, you can’t. Believe me, I tried.

I am happy to also report that my friend Maggie from down unda’ was able to snag a couple screenshots of me in action with the extreme talents of (1) Charlie Cox, and (2) Eddie Marsan

For the time being, I suppose you’ll have to take my word that that’s Marsan.

Although no date has been set for a stateside release, RHI Entertainment is handling the distribution (http://rhitv.com/movies/moby-dick-2010), so hopefully word will come from them regarding the North American premiere for our eyes to feast on.

Stay tuned, seafarers!

MOBY DICK OFFICIAL TRAILER

If you’ve found yourself unable to sleep (see above), then it’s likely because you’ve been waiting for more information on Mike Barker‘s upcoming mini-series based on Herman Melville‘s classic novel MOBY DICK that I have a part in. Wait no longer! Have a gander at the official trailer for the mini-series below…

Funny story time: I recently attended a screening of one of my favourite Canadian films, PONTYPOOL. In attendance was the star, Stephen McHattie who happens to also be one of my favourite actors. I was lucky enough to go out for a drink with him and some friends afterwards, and it was nice and all, but I couldn’t muster anything to say except for “You’re terrific” every chance I could. I’m fairly positive that I came off as a (well-meaning) tit.

It wasn’t until two weeks after the fact that I remembered that I was told that McHattie played my Father in MOBY DICK, and although we didn’t have any scenes together, it would have been a better conversation starter to say “You’re my Dad!” then “You’re terrific.” as I gazed (too long) into his eyes.

Moral of this story: remember if you’re in the same movie as someone awesome, as it will give you ammunition to not sound like a (well-meaning) tit.

MOBY DICK – PREVIEW CLIP

Check out the video embedded below (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-yGhVTU2pA) for your first peak at the upcoming 4-hour mini-series, MOBY DICK, based on the literary classic

My character Tom (not featured in the clip) was not in the original novel by Herman Melville, and thus, will be considered blasphemy by MOBY DICK purists and internet trolls alike. Bring it.

Enjoy, and share…

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Still no word on a release date for the mini-series. Will keep you posted.

PS. My co-star from THE CORRIDOR, Jim Gilbert has a large, large role in the mini-series, and also a large, large beard in the mini-series.

Blog On!

In the interest of keeping content flowing onto the blog (it’s been two god-forsaken weeks since the last update), I wanted to share with you an amazing clip from a movie I recently watched…

Before I get to that, I need to tell you that when I was cast in MOBY DICK, I wasn’t told much in regards to the casting, so going into my first big shoot I had no idea who I’d be acting with. I had heard that Ethan Hawke was going to be in the film, as was Charlie Cox (who I knew from STARDUST), but that was it.

My first scene was opposite of a British actor who I recognized, but I wasn’t sure what from. And I’m glad that I didn’t remember. It turned out that the man I was acting opposite of was Eddie Marsan, two-time winner of Britain’s top honors for Best Supporting Actor in HAPPY-GO-LUCKY (2008) and VERA DRAKE (2004).


Check out his ridiculously stacked IMDb page here.

So I wanted to show you a clip from HAPPY-GO-LUCKY which showcases Marsan’s heavyweight talents, so you can also revel in awe with me…

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Dw1Q2jvsY

Forgive me if this blog entry seems to make no sense, it’s just that lately I’ve constantly been forced to reassess how damn lucky I really am to be doing this for a living, and how much I love it to work with talented people who love to do it too.

I’ll have another exciting blog update this week! Stay tuned.