September 20th, 2004

breaking bad

Collateral

I went to see Collateral yesterday. This is a thriller directed by Michael Mann and starring Tom Cruise. I am not a Tom Cruise fan but I have to say he was utterly brilliant in this. I think he was even better than in Magnolia. If you like contemporary urban thrillers, this is a fine example of its kind.

Cruise plays a psychopathic hitman who hijacks a cab driven by nice-guy loser Jamie Foxx (another fine performance) as he carries out five contract killings over one night in LA.

There was an episode of Star Trek where Kirk is split in two, by a 'teleport malfunction' (hem hem) into nice and nasty Kirks. Neither one can function properly, and the task is to reintegrate them. This film works in the same way, neither Cruise nor Foxx are functioning human beings, and as in the Trek episode, the good must take the shadow into itself to become a real person.
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Now then, young man

Brian Clough has died. Abrasive, witty, strategic genius and messed up alcoholic. Should have been England Manager. Too late now.

EDIT - shit, Nick posts same story with same title here http://www.livejournal.com/users/nickbarlow/18673.html with a link to this tribute site, http://www.brianclough.com/new_page_2.htm which has some marvellous quotes:

''That Seaman is a handsome young man but you can't keep goal with hair like that."
"I only ever hit Roy (Keane) the once. He got up so I couldn't have hit him very hard."
"Don't send me flowers when I'm dead."