All posts tagged: Mark Strong


PopSmarts: A Reputation For Difficulty

We who take it as a vocation to criticize the efforts of others must take great care to keep our own behavior above reproach. It is particularly bad form to take a fellow critic to task when he or she makes a judgment that seems eccentric or even outright mistaken. Judge not, lest ye be judged; because we all do it — oh, boy, do we ever — and what goes around comes around, and karma’s a bitch, and I would rather not have the razor-sharp critical mind of a Laura Miller or a Matt Zoller Seitz turned to the task of enumerating my failings, thankewverymuch. Which presented me with a bit of a dilemma recently while I was catching up on recent (-ish) films. I had occasion to watch the 2011 adaptation of John LeCarré’s thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I was immensely impressed, so much so that I did something that I hardly ever do; I immediately rewatched it. Three times in the space of twelve hours, in fact. It’s a remarkable piece …

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TV Review: “Low Winter Sun”

The run down, poverty stricken streets of Detroit are the backdrop of AMC’s latest crime drama, Low Winter Sun. Just like The Wire and Homicide used Baltimore to great effect, Low Winter Sun uses the streets of the Motor City to set the dark, bleak mood for this adaptation of the 2006 award-winning British mini-series by the same name. Unlike that BBC series, which ran 180 minutes, this American version is 10 hour-long episodes, and possibly more should the show garner enough acclaim and ratings. Since it airs directly after the final episodes of Breaking Bad, odds are in its favor. Is it worth your time? I think that fans of The Wire, The Shield and Homicide should be intrigued. I know I am. The pilot opens with a shot of Mark Strong (who also starred in the British version) as Detective Frank Agnew staring at camera, a tear running down his eye. Who’s he crying for? Himself?  His dead lover? We don’t know. From there we jump to another time and place: The back …