Top 10 Tom Hardy Performances – Motion Picture Maniac (with Venom Teaser!)

Top 10 Tom Hardy Performances – Motion Picture Maniac (with Venom Teaser!)

A Blog Motion Picture Maniac

So the standalone Venom movie got its very first teaser trailer today (as I am writing this anyway) and while it didn’t give us a look at the big black beastie himself it did give us an excuse to laugh at all those heartbroken web articles, demanding answers like a bunch of football fans on the losing side as to why the studio ultimately decided not to unveil his new look. Pretending, for a moment, that the potentially post-production related answer isn’t as obvious as picking a fight with Tom “shut the f**k up you c**t” Hardy is a bad idea, or that French kissing Carnage will get your face slurped off, or – OR, get this, or that maybe, just maybe, CGI motion capture characters need to be RENDERED AND ANIMATED FIRST! HUH?

On that note, what satisfied me about the trailer was hearing Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and REALLY liking the sound of his voice, it’s not much to go on, this being a teaser and all, but it does sound like he’s got it down and I’m really looking forward to it. So I felt like putting together a list for him, my favourite performances of his, like I really need an excuse, he’s one of my favourite actors ever and I think I’m more excited for seeing his performance rather than the fact this could be Venom getting the cinematic justice he deserves; let’s get on – here are my top 10 favourite Tom Hardy performances.

Eames – Inception: “Mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling”

Farrier – Dunkirk: “I’m on him”

Max Rockatansky – Mad Max: Fury Road: “*grunt*”

James Keziah Delaney – Taboo: “Good day”

Ivan Locke – Locke: “I am the father”

John Fitzgerald – The Revenant: “I found God, and I shot and ate that son of a b**ch”

Reggie/Ronnie Kray – Legend: “Oh, I prefer boys/Hello Ron, cheers mate, f**k you”

Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson – Bronson: “What do I want…? What have you got?”

Bane – The Dark Knight Rises: “Shadows betray you because they belong to me”

Tommy Riordan Conlon – Warrior: “You owe me 200 bucks”




Motion Picture Maniac 

The Neon Demon – A Quick Capsule Review

The Neon Demon – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well it’s no Only God Forgives. Thank god. It’s also sadly no Drive, the heights of which Winding Refn looks like he may never reach again. That said The Neon Demon didn’t drive me to switching off the film like Only God Forgives did and, actually whilst it wasn’t mad keen, I’ve seen a lot worse films.  It’s also visually quite stunning.  The issue here is Winding Refn is a pretentious son of a gun and has no worries showing that, never feeling the need to give you resolution or meet expectation.  It’s whether you buy into that style of filmmaking or not and clearly I do not.  So one for fans yes, but for everyone else?  Probably take a pass…

Best Bit: Visually stunning

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Drive, Only God Forgives, Bronson

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Starred Up & ’71 – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Starred Up & ’71 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review


Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Starred up is an excellent British film.  Scrub that.  It’s a excellent film full stop.  Dramatic, powerful and free of the usual cliches that run through most prison films what your left with is a good story, well told and performed expertly. One of the best British films of 2014.

Best Bit: Jack O’Connell 

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Scum, A Prophet, Bronson




Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s very much the year of Jack O’Connell.  With a new Angelina Jolie film on the horizon, the above reviewed Starred Up and now thriller-come-Urban-Horror ’71.  And it’s very much O’Connell’s film, shining amongst a strong cast and giving a heart and soul to the tension.  Expertly directed by first timer Yann Demange, this film will have you at the end of your seat for it’s tight sub two hour run time.  Another O’Connell must see.

Best Bit: The Pub. 

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: We Still Kill the Old Way, Unbroken, Tower Block


Author: Phil Hobden