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Saturday, 25 February 2012


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Yes, it is definitely one of the better films to have come out of Hollywood in recent times. And Pearce isn't really appreciated enough.

I see from his Wiki entry, Julia, that in between films he has returned to the stage in Australia - so good for him but I wish he would appear over here. Also, and I hadn't realised it, he played David, the future Edward VIII in "The King's Speech".

I don't really do movies much, but it's worth pointing out that the ending you disparage as a "Hollywood cliche" is actually true to the book the movie comes from - by James Ellroy. It's one of 4 connected novels, well worth checking out.

Stan, thanks for that because I did wonder and as it happens I used Wiki to make a note of Ellroy's "L.A.Quartet and it is now on my library list. I gather he has a somewhat idiosyncratic style but as I managed Cormac McCarthy, hopefully, I shall manage Ellroy. Even so, I still think it's a soft ending for such a tough story.

Guy Pearce is yet another Australian actor showing the Yanks how it's done.

James Ellroy is terrific.

And speaking of great moments in moviedom, I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to seeing my hero, Jack Reacher, as interpreted by what's his name, that pygmy madman?

"Guy Pearce is yet another Australian actor", er, but born in England!

I'm dreading the Reacher film and not just because he's being played by a dwarf but also because I'm not so sure they will succeed in getting across Reacher's 'stream of thought' as he weighs up various situations. And the action sequences in which he knocks out, say, six big men can work in prose because you don't have time to think about it but watching it enacted and you will see that it's nonsense.

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