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Movie Breakdown: Legend

November 24, 2015

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The Impression:

I don’t know anything about the “notorious” Kray Twins, so my interest in Legend is based solely around my love for Tom Hardy.  Well, that and the fact that writer/director Brian Helgeland has been involved in some solid stuff over the years – LA Confidential, 42, A Knight’s Tale.

The Reality:

I’m roughly 99% certain that Legend only exists because someone wanted to provide Tom Hardy a space to just go wild.  In it he plays the Kray Twins, who were gangsters back in London in the 60s, and each character gives him a chance to be someone completely different.  And when I say completely different, I really mean it.  As Reggie Kray. Hardy gets to be a charming, well mannered, focused person, and his performance is so effortless that it’s jarring when it comes time to lash out and, you know, do gangster stuff.  As Ronald Kray, Hardy gets to be entirely unhinged, and it’s actually that character’s quiet, sincere moments that catch you off guard.  It’s a neat thing, and I enjoyed watching Hardy get to play on both sides of the tracks.

As for the film itself, it’s pretty okay.  To be honest, the Tom Hardy-is-great effect begins to die off about midway through it, and then the runtime seems to stretch on forever.  The Kray Twins may have been a wild, crime-slinging duo, but you don’t really see them engaged in anything that you haven’t seen in every other gangster flick ever, and this makes Legend somewhat of a bore.

If you love Tom Hardy, see Legend because he’s fun to watch in it.  Otherwise, I can’t really recommend it.  There are lots of other gangster films more deserving of your time.

The Lesson:

Tom Hardy has the most emotive eyes.  I think it’s why sometimes he can mumble his way through a role.  Even when you can’t understand him, his eyes tell you exactly what he’s saying.

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

May 3, 2013

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On my way home last night, my phone started going insane with the news that Jeff Hanneman had passed away at the age of 49 from liver failure. I didn’t believe all the text messages that people were sending around, knowing what kind of fan I am of Slayer even my Mom sent me a message and I knew this was real.

People die every day. Some too early, some too young, some you know others you don’t. When a legend passes, many people don’t know what it means to you, honestly I didn’t know how much he meant to me until I realized I would never see him play again.

Their music coddled me through some tough times, gave me hope for music in the dark ages, and inspired me to plug away each week on my radio show. The world of metal is so much darker without Jeff Hanneman in it, and he can never be replaced. If you have never had the pleasure of listening to Slayer, take a few moments and listen to a few songs I have selected, and for you fans, give hails to another metal legend gone too early. Peace be with you Jeff, we will always stay metal in your name.

:Slayer – Raining Blood:
:Slayer – South Of Heaven:
:Slayer – Disciple:
:Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss:
:Slayer – Hardening Of The Arteries:

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