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Blog Contributor: LOCKE

Friday, May 9, 2014

By Tinsel & Tine Blog Contributor Monique Steans

I was really glad to get the assignment to see LOCKE, as it had been on my Indie film radar for sometime.

TOM HARDY'S character Ivan Locke, centers around an emotionally tortured man who on the outside seems calm but on the inside is falling apart at the seams. The film was shot entirely in a car, in London with a singular character, Locke, interacting on the phone with those in his life, it's an interesting journey. I couldn't help but feel an emotional connection to everything his character went through - from getting fired, to cheating on his wife, resulting in another woman having his baby; and a somewhat psychotic internal dialogue with his deceased father.
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STEVE KNIGHT wrote and directed this experimental tour de force and it absolutely deserves all the critical praise. #Locke was well received at the Venice Film Festival even though it didn't receive any awards, it is proof that Steven Knight & Tom Hardy make for one hell of an actor/director team. Knight is mainly known as a screenwriter of such films like Closed Circuit and Dirty Pretty Things, his directing debut was just last year with the Jason Statham action film, Redemption about an ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld. So Knight took a gamble with this experimental, dialog heavy drama.
Knight: The thing that I’m always interested most above anything else is dialogue. If you have something like this and you don’t have precise dialogue, you only have a performance. This is a lot more like a theatre piece, which is always how Tom and I wanted to approach this. READ MORE Andrew Parker Sim City 
- Up next, for HARDY - The Drop & Child 44, and next year, Mad Max: Fury Road!

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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