As a crime flick junkie I couldn’t resist a chance to catch another of James Gandolfini’s last performances in The Drop, directed by Michael Roskam and written by crime master Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, The Wire). Not unlike his performance in Killing Me Softly with Brad Pitt, Gandofini plays the “reverse” Tony Soprano, a local hood who lost it all and is looking to steal a piece back by any means necessary. But The Drop is definitely Hardy’s movie. Not only did I dig his Brooklyn accent (he’s Brit), but in a character piece about restraint and predictability it was the strength of both his performance and LeHane’s script that got me through a second act that has a few drags. I caught it the last day in my local theater but you should definitely rent it or check it out on demand.
The Other Place
A native of Washington, DC, Kenji Jasper is the author of five books including the bestselling Dark, the acclaimed House on Childress Street and the crime novella, Snow. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, in Newsweek, Essence, VIBE and in many other publications. The Other Place is a boutique media arts initiative that will bring the world offerings in books, film and food, all with a subterranean 21st Century flair. It's first release, Jasper's own The Morning After, will be released in the Summer of 2013 followed by several web and television projects and Eve, Jasper's first full novel since 2007.