In the new movie Harry Brown, Michael Caine plays a retired Royal Marine who sets out to avenge his only friend's death by killing the teenage hooligans who did the job. What follows is a bloody mix of Gran Torino and Death Wish, with Caine staying one step ahead of the ineffectual police as he acquires a gun and begins to work his way through the youths. Now, Caine is often cast as the roguish gentleman and the jolly, working-class type, but this is hardly the first psycho he's played. Luckily, we happen to love psycho Caine, so we thought we'd run down some of his craziest roles.
Are we ready for Crouching Ta-Tas, Hidden Dragon? According to the < href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ibe47ce7261506e1805ee060094cd30c8" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter, Demi Moore has signed on to two new indie movies, including a martial arts picture. GI Jane, a movie only I could love, showed that Demi could be tough, but I am having a hard time seeing the star of Striptease opening a can of kung-fu whoop-ass on a cast of characters made out of...origami!
The Reporter notes that the film, entitled Bunraku, "is set in an original universe a la Sin City and draws from a mixed bag of genres, including puppets, origami, comic books, video games and German expressionism." Sounds like a match made in some fanboy's YouTube mash up video. Origami, for the uninitiated, is the ancient Japanese art of taking a piece of paper and folding it into elaborate shapes and figures. I once saw some guy on HBO making an origami vagina. Perhaps he knew about this movie. Demi's role, again according to the Reporter is: "an enslaved concubine of a warlord who is forced to marry her captor." Mucho mayhem and paper shredding ensues.
After putting chompers in chochas, Teeth director Mitchell Lichtenstein is putting Moore in his Parker Posey drama, Happy Tears, so named because the actors cried them when the script revealed every character's teeth were solely in their pie holes. Moore plays an angry sister fed up with her...oh, never mind. Lichtenstein just better hope it opens before The Cabinet of Dr. Origami.
Moore's attempts at indie cred follow Flawless, her recent caper film with Michael Caine, an actor I hope Bunraku director Guy Moshe casts alongside her. Everyone knows Caine is the acting equivalent of that "gal who cain't say no" in the musical Oklahoma, so he'd take it. It can only help it. Puppets and video games? Jeez.
Let's get the hype out of the way: Yes, The Dark Knight was hyped, hyped, hyped. Yes, it's opening on about seven gazillion screens (more than 4,300, to be precise). Yes, the hype got even more deafening after Heath Ledger's tragic death. The hype factory for this movie was working at such volume, in fact, that the rest of the movie sort of got lost in all the white noise. (For example, Aaron Eckhart? Fantastic in his own right, but there's nary a mention of his performance in the media coverage up to this point.)
Okay then, hype acknowledged -- about the movie, and about Ledger's performance in it. And to think I foolishly worried the movie couldn't live up to it all.