The Jacket

Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kris Kristopherson, Daniel Craig, McKenzie Phillips…

Written by: Massy Tadjedin, Marc Rocco, and Tom Bleeker

Directed by: John Maybury

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Released: January 23, 2005 (Sundance Film Festival)

MPAA Rating: R

In my top 10 Adrien Brody movies, The Jacket is number six. So, obviously, I enjoy it. There are just nitpicky things (or maybe valid) things that keep it from scoring higher.

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The Village

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Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Brendan Gleeson, Sigourney Weaver, Jayne Atkinson, Cherry Jones, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Michael Pitt, Jesse Eisenberg…

Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama

Running Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Released: July 26, 2004 (U.S.)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Synopsis

It’s difficult to tell you much about The Village without spoilers, so I will be vague, and put most of my focus on Adrien’s performance.

The safest synopsis I can give you is: People in an isolated community live their lives according to specific rules handed down by the elders. However, younger residents seek to challenge said rules for the good of others.

There, I think that’s a general enough summary.

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“A Sorta Fairytale” – Tori Amos

Note:

As it turns out, this video was released prior to The Singing Detective. Oops.

Cast: Tori Amos, Adrien Brody

Songwriter: Tori Amos

From the album: Scarlet’s Walk

Video Director: Sanji

Released: 2002

Synopsis

What can I say about this music video (or short film, if you prefer Michael Jackson’s terminology)? It’s “weird” on first viewing, but once you see it all and re-watch, it is much more effective. And touching.

Tori Amos is a (very lovely) head on a leg, Adrien Brody is a (very lovely) head on an arm. They meet and get all “love at first sight” with each other.  He hurts her feelings and she flees. They reunite on a beach. They kiss. Both sprout more limbs and become fully human.

My opinion is that it’s meant to be a quite literal interpretation of the phrase “you complete me.” It’s artsy, and kind of sweet… in a creepy sort of way.

Another note:

This video (with some bonus features) is actually available on DVD, in case you’d like to own it (you know I do).

Scores

Video Overall: 6/10
Brody Performance: 7/10, I’d say

The Video

 

The Singing Detective

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Adrien as “first hood.”

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Mel Gibson, Carla Gugino, Alfre Woodard, Saul Rubinek, Adrien Brody, Jon Polito

Written by: Dennis Potter (based on the television series of the same name)

Directed by: Keith Gordon

Genre: Dark Comedy, Crime, Musical… also sort of Film Noir

Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Release: January 17, 2003 (Sundance Film Festival)

MPAA Rating: R

Synopsis

Robert Downey Jr. stars as Dan Dark, a writer being treated for the physical and emotional challenges of a rare skin condition. He basically lives a second [imagined?] life as an alter-ego based upon his books: The Singing Detective (hence the title). It’s part film noir, part musical (though, no one actually sings, they lip sync to classic tunes), part comedy, part tragedy, part very… unique story. Downey does very well in both roles, as one would expect. I’ve yet to see him give a disappointing performance.

Fun fact:

The Singing Detective‘s director, Keith Gordon was once an actor. You may remember him as (main character) Arnie in the possessed anthropomorphic car thriller, Christine. At least, that’s where I best remember him. I think having a director who also acts is really great, because they know about the process and how to motivate people.

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Bullet Head

I’ve been careful to go in chronological order here, but I thought it might be nice to mix things up and review something that’s being released next week on BluRay/DVD (and is already available in digital markets, such as iTunes).

Thanks to my friend Shirley Ann for encouraging me to do so.

Here we go

Cast: Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Rory Culkin, Antonio Banderas, and Han Solo as “DeNiro” (the dog).

Written by: Paul Solet

Directed by: Paul Solet

Genre: It’s like a Crime, Thriller, Action, Drama

Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Release: December 8, 2017 (Lithuania)

MPAA Rating: R

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The Pianist

We’re here, guys! We’ve finally reached The Pianist!

Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Ed Stoppard, Jessica Kate Myer, Julia Rayner, Daniel Caltagirone, Andrzej Blumenfeld, Valentine Pelka, Ruth Platt, Ronan Vibert, Andrew Tiernan…

Written by: Wladyslaw Szpilman (memoir), Ronald Harwood (adapted screenplay)

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Genre: Drama, History, Biography

Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Release: May 24, 2002 (Cannes Film Festival); December 4, 2002 (U.S.)

MPAA Rating: R

 

 

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Dummy

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DUMMY: Adrien Brody, Vera Farmiga, 2002, (c) Artisan Entertainment

 

Cast: Adrien Brody, Milla Jovovich, Vera Farmiga, Illeana Douglas, Jessica Walter, Ron Liebman, Jared Harris, Mirabella Pisani

Written by: Greg Pritikin

Directed by: Greg Pritikin

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Release: February 21, 2002 (U.S.)

MPAA Rating: R (pretty much for Fangora’s vocabulary)

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The Affair of the Necklace

Cast: Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Brian Cox, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken, and Hayden Panettiere.

Written by: John Sweet

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Genre: History, Drama (“Costume Drama”)

Running Time:1 hour, 58 minutes

Release: November 20, 2001 (U.S.A)

MPAA Rating: R

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Love the Hard Way

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Why does this publicity photo make this movie seem like it’s a romantic comedy, or something? 😉

Cast: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier, Liza Jessie Peterson, Elizabeth Regen, and Katherine Moennig

Written by: Wang Shuo (source material), Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle (screenplay)

Directed by: Peter Sehr

Genre: Drama, Crime, Romance

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Release: August 8, 2001 (Locarno Film Festival)

MPAA Rating: R

Note

This movie was marketed as if it was made after The Pianist. It was not. The presence of the World Trade Center towers should be enough evidence of that. They just wanted to sell DVDs on the back of Adrien’s Oscar win. I can’t fault them, though… it’s a good strategy.

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Bread And Roses

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Cast: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, Jack McGee, Alonso Chavez, George Lopez… there are also several actor cameos in a party scene.

Written by: Paul Laverty

Directed by: Ken Loach

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Released: May 10, 2000 (Cannes Film Festival)

MPAA Rating: R
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