I wonder what it is that makes casting directors looking for the kind of hard-boiled American women that used to be called broads, call on the likes of Pike and Blunt? Maybe they discern an inner steel beneath the prettiness, forged out of the capable stoicism of all those female English forebears making their own marmalade and sending their officer-class men off to war. Whatever, Wilcox is another tough cookie, inflexible and even unscrupulous in the pursuit of bad guys.
But Koslow is the one taking all the mortal risks.
He is a Gulf War hero, who returned to civilian life with post-traumatic stress disorder and ended up doing a jail term after killing a man in a bar fight for abusing his pretty wife. Then he was sprung from the notorious Bale Hill prison by the FBI, on the understanding that he would use his skills to go undercover in the Polish mafia.
The crime boss blames Koslow, who, by way of penance, and with his beloved wife and daughter held as bargaining tools, must become an inmate again at Bale Hill in order to take control of drugs distribution there.
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The Polish overlord will not only make vast sums of money from needy prisoners, but can also manipulate them when they come out. So Koslow returns to the prison he worked so hard to leave, which is OK because he has the FBI to protect him, or thinks he does. Originally, this film was titled Three Seconds, after the novel by the Swedish author Anders Roslund on which it is based.
Julie Honor Swinton Byrne is an aspiring filmmaker from a well-off family, who has chosen working-class Sunderland for her latest project, largely because she wants to break out of her privileged bubble. She is a polite, considerate, sweet-natured young woman, sensitively played by Byrne in her debut feature role, with support — doubtless in more ways than one — from her real-life mother Tilda Swinton, who also plays her mother on screen.
Sweet and sour: Swinton Byrne and Burke. But the main predator in this story is Anthony Tom Burke , an urbane, smooth-talking fellow a few years older than her, who claims to have a mysterious job at the Foreign Office. Soon they are lovers, but Anthony has been hiding another secret: he is a heroin addict. By now, however, Julie is hooked on him. Given how Americanised it is, I suspect not.
Much of the dialogue will fly well over the heads of the target audience, but there are a few half-decent gags aimed at grown-ups, and a silly Roman senator called Tomcrus, pronounced Tom Cruise. James Frey is a reformed crack addict and alcoholic, who got clean, sobered up, and wrote a thunderously successful memoir called A Million Little Pieces, parts of which he was later found to have invented.
His family then contrive to get him put on a plane to Minneapolis, where his brother checks him into a rehabilitation clinic. The film, co-written by Sam and Aaron Taylor- Johnson, follows his experiences in rehab. But it suffers unnecessarily from a dearth of characterisation. Frey arrives on screen fully formed as an addict and leaves it well on the way to recovery. Except for a whimsical sequence in which he sits on a bench next to his younger self, we are told very little of his story, his background, his personality, which makes it difficult to root for him.
His brother Charlie Hunnam features only briefly. Maybe this is deliberate, encouraging us to define him only by his addiction and his efforts to overcome it, which are facilitated by his growing friendship with a fellow patient, Lilly Odessa Young. All that said, Taylor-Johnson gives a heck of a performance, not so much acting his heart out as acting his guts up.
He gets charismatic support too from Billy Bob Thornton, playing another patient, who becomes his mentor. One final observation: there are a couple of pretty gratuitous full-frontal shots of Taylor-Johnson naked, his admittedly arresting manhood there for all the world to see. I wondered about this, knowing that the director is his wife.
It feels a little like boasting, on her part if not his. Catherine Deneuve got the 76th Venice Film Festival off to a suitably glamorous start on Wednesday, playing, not exactly against type, a grand old French actress in The Truth. Deneuve might hope that the comparisons stop there, because her character, Fabienne, is a vain, self-absorbed diva, whose forthcoming autobiography paints her as an attentive mother. During this feud, they started using the Confederate battle flag as a group symbol as the Von Erichs would wave the flag of Texas so they chose to use the flag of Georgia , which at the time contained the Confederate battle flag, to counter it.
The group then moved on to their AWA run, returned to World Class, and then started a stint in the UWF where Gordy became the promotion's champion, Roberts held its TV title, and Hayes usually acted as their manager or served as a heel commentator on television broadcasts. Hayes and Garvin were paired as the Freebirds in WCW in , enjoying several reigns as World and United States tag-team champions, and were joined by Gordy for a while as well. Gordy died of a heart attack , caused by a blood clot on July 16, , at age 40 while Roberts died on November 29, , at the age of 67, of pneumonia and on November 1, , Armstrong died of a suspected heart attack making Hayes and Garvin the only living members of the Freebirds.
The Freebirds concept was heavily derived from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song " Free Bird " and the image of " Southern pride" evoked by the band. For most of the team's early existence, the song was used as their entrance music, in both television and live appearances. The Freebirds are sometimes credited as the first wrestlers to use entrance music for their ring introductions, although others including Gorgeous George 's use of " Pomp and Circumstance ," Big Daddy 's use of " We Shall Not Be Moved " and Kendo Nagasaki 's use of "Kendo's Theme" all predate the Freebirds.
During the mid s, a number of North American wrestling promotions who licensed copyrighted music faced difficulties in continuing those licenses. Other promotions which did not license music were under scrutiny for the practice.
Promotions began looking for solutions. The WWF, which hired Jimmy Hart and Jim Johnston in , used their talents to write and produce music under which the copyrights could be controlled by the company. Around this same time, Hayes recorded the song "Badstreet USA" and released a music video, which included the other Freebird members.
This song would largely be used as the entrance music for the Freebirds from that point forward, though they would use the other songs on occasion. During the Freebirds' career in the NWA, they won several of its regional tag team championships. While holding the title, promoters added a sub-gimmick to the team — "The Freebird Rule" — which allowed any two of the three members of the team to defend the title on any given night.
This rule has been re-used by a number of other companies when a three or more man team captures a tag team championship. This was a slight variation to the Freebird rule, as while both women defended the title, only Layla was recognized as the official champion. Harris to form the Blackbirds. A operator must confront a killer from her past in order to save a kidnapped teenager. Marguerite is a well-kept courtesan of the rich and influential Baron de Varville, but when a promising young man falls in love with her, his sincere adoration causes her to question her comfortable life.
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