Filth

A24 Films

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Locke Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has just made a decision that will affect the rest of his life. The fact that he made it moments after hopping into his car after work means he long drive ahead of him will be spent dealing with the fallout, both expected and unexpected, and the entirety of it occurs without leaving the car. He takes calls from home and work, talks to himself as he works through his problems and mile by mile grows closer to his final destination. So simple yet so mesmerizing. Tom Hardy in a car for eighty minutes probably shouldn’t be this engaging, but his performance as an ordinary guy facing the life-altering fallout from one bad decision is powerful affecting. He feels real — his dilemmas, frustrations, actions — and we can’t help but relate to the grounded drama and emotion. Suspense builds through conversations and Hardy’s acting, all without leaving the car. And not for nothing, but this is one incredibly (and unexpectedly) gorgeous film too. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Making of, commentary]

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James McAvoy in Filth

Don’t let the bland, bloated, and messy The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fool you, this May is chock full of quality releases to start the summer off right with. While one would be better off seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier again this weekend for  a comic book sequel done right, there’s plenty of movies following The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s release that promise a good season for movie-going. One of those movies may or may not be A Million Ways to Die in the West. That film likely won’t change anyone’s mind, for better or worse, on Seth MacFarlane. It will be interesting to see if his fans have any interest seeing him in his live-action work, though. He’s a talented vocal actor, but does he have the chops for a live-action performance? The trailers indicate not, but maybe this super expensive comedy will surprise us skeptics. Before we see those 2 hours of “isn’t the old west crazy?!” joke play out, there are 10 releases not to miss this May before MacFarlane’s film arrives at the end of the month. Here are the must see movies of May 2014:

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Over the past few years James McAvoy has been transitioning into quite a manly actor. McAvoy used to have a welcoming boyishness to him that’s been seen less and less lately. He recently stripped himself of it in Welcome to the Punch before using it to his advantage as an unassuming punk in Trance. It’s not an easy transition to go from the young pretty boy to an actor you buy as the dangerous type, but McAvoy’s managed to pull off that transformation. This summer he’ll convince anyone who thinks otherwise with Filth. He’s a revelation in this Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) adaptation, playing Detective Bruce Robertson, a man with many, many problems. McAvoy’s performance in Jon S. Baird‘s film has already been experienced in some countries. In fact, you can import the Blu-ray from the UK. It’s totally worth the blind buy, but if you want to avoid the extra costs, the film will soon hit theaters and VOD in the States. It’s a hard-R movie, so keeping in spirit with the tone of the movie, Magnolia has released a red band trailer to let people know what they’re in store for. Behold Detective Bruce Robertson in all of his hideous glory (via IGN):

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imogen poots in need for speed

Imogen Poots‘s face is everywhere this year. She was recently seen in That Awkward Moment, has Need for Speed opening this weekend, Filth hits the states this summer, and maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see her in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups before 2015. Another movie Poots co-stars in this year is writer-director John Ridley‘s Jimi: All Is by My Side. She plays the incredibly suave Linda Keith, a supporter and close friend of Jimi Hendrix (André Benjamin) in the film. Speaking with Poots at SXSW this week, I learned she clearly admires Ridley’s strict focus on their relationship as well. She spoke fondly of Jimi: All Is by My Side and, of course, a terrific French bakery in Los Angeles. Our conversation touched on plenty of other relevant subjects, too. If you’re curious about how beautiful Charlestown, West Virginia, really is, for example, read what she has to say about it below.

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Filth

What do you get when you cross James McAvoy, hallucinogenic drugs and a rampant sex addiction wrapped up in another Irvine Welsh novel? The answer is something that looks like one helluva good time. Filth is McAvoy’s second time starring in a Welsh adaptation (Trainspotting) has him playing corrupt Scottish copper Bruce Robertson, a man who really used to be a good person, if you can believe it. As his status as a detective climbs, Robertson dives deeper and deeper into a seedy world of sexual favors, violence and cocaine. Mountains of cocaine.

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Filth Movie

James McAvoy is a charming and talented actor who’s done nothing but good work up to this point, so it was probably about time someone rewarded him with a role that allowed him to engage in casual sex, guzzle copious amounts of booze, and snort up enough drugs to kill a donkey. And, as you can see from the film’s brand new trailer, Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Filth” has provided him with just that sort of role. Given all of the sex, boozing, and drugs going on though, the trailer is marked as restricted, so don’t go trying to sneak any peeks if you’re under age. For the rest of you, enjoy, and try to make note of the fact that Filth looks like it’s going to be much more than just a shallow wallowing in bad behavior. This is a story from the same guy who wrote “Trainspotting,” after all, so there’s bound to be some pathos mixed in with the partying. McAvoy’s pervert, junkie cop character seems to be the complex sort of gent who’s struggling with a lot of issues, so this should be a role that’s both fun to play and worthy of his considerable talents. Give the fast-paced trailer a whirl for yourself and see if you can spot familiar faces like Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, and Jim Broadbent in the midst of all the madness.

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