Director John Michael McDonagh has returned to the big screen with another small-town Ireland caper Calvary, the story of a righteous parish priest Father James Lavelle played by Brendan Gleeson. Standing alone against the moral decay of his flock, Lavelle is informed during confession that he will be murdered in one week by a disgruntled parishioner who we are told was the victim of child abuse at the hands of the clergy. From this premise unfolds a suspenseful, archetypal who done it or rather who will do it murder mystery.
A new viral video of Samuel L. Jackson involved in a media mishap has emerged just a few days after the now infamous clip of the Hollywood star’s reaction to being mistaken for Matrix star Lawrence Fishburne.
Jackson, who has starred in over 100 movies and is the highest grossing actor of all time, reportedly lost his cool when a reporter from E! entertainment news asked him if he was going to be involved again in the new Star Wars films.
“Star Wars? I wasn’t even in Star Wars. What the fuck are you talking about? You do realize that not all black actors look the same? I wasn’t in Flight, or Training Day or Shawshank. Star Wars, was there even a black guy in Star Wars?”
I love cinema but the cinema is a place I rarely trudge to these days. No not because I’m down with the kids and steal everything on my laptop, but rather I find it quite a scary place to be right now. Never ending sequels, comic-book franchises and U.S. military propaganda abound and the mostly enormous publicly traded corporations that comprise Hollywood, now more than ever, are beholden to the maxim of making profit before art. People go to see movies, but not films. Case in point the luscious There Will be Blood, one of the strongest films of the past decade, lost a huge sum of money despite its critical acclaim and awards haul.