I just happened to be rewatching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy after recently seeing Skyfall and I noticed that the ugly bulldog sculpture M has on her desk is the same that Control has in his office! A nice little nod, I think! Spymasters dig kitschy bulldogs.
November 17, 2012
So yeah I did finally watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It was amazing and I love this movie sdksdbinow. I would like to actually art seriously, but in the meantime enjoy these OHH MR. comics brought to you by beesinmypants and I durping around again. hohohohoh.
January 15, 2012
—Damn it, I got him back, didn’t I?
—Yes, that was good of you.
January 14, 2012
Looking at this photo, how the fuck were they not nominated for best cast at the golden globes?!
December 23, 2011
‘Poor loves. Trained to Empire, trained to rule the waves. All gone. All taken away.’
December 20, 2011
Tinker Tailor Soldier Cry
So I finally saw it. I have been waiting for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for a long long long time. As some poor, hapless friends of mine may attest, I’ve been counting down the weeks since July. I am a HUGE fan of the book (and trilogy and John le Carre in general) and the BBC miniseries and I’ve been thrilled about this version since it began development. I was a bit nervous that I’d built it up too much in my mind and that finally seeing the thing would be a let down but oh no - it was just as amazing as I had imagined.
I went last night with a whole big gang of people, some of whom were familiar with the source material and some who weren’t. Generally the people that didn’t know the story at all found it a bit confusing, which I can definitely understand - it’s certainly not told in a linear way, jumping from past to present pretty randomly. Don’t let that deter you, though. It’s still a fantastic story told masterfully. And oh man the cinematography and design was just beautiful, see it for that if anything.
I must admit that I was nervous about Gary Oldman. I didn’t think he could really, truely pull it off but I was pleasantly surprised. His Smiley is a little darker than that of Alec Guiness but he did it very well. Whoever cast this movie knew that they were doing.
And that cast. Perfect. Just really really really perfect. John Hurt, Toby Jones, David Dencik and Ciaran Hinds brought so much life to Control, Alleline, Esterhase and Bland respectively, more so, I think, than in the miniseries. Colin Firth was a spot-on Bill Haydon - handsome, charming, intelligent, though I found myself wanting some more Ian Richardson manly tears. Tom Hardy and Svetlana Khodchenkova were amazing as the unfortunate Ricky and Irina, and Stephen Graham made an intriguing Jerry Westerby - here’s hoping they make the Honourable Schoolboy!
I think special note should be given to Benedict Cumberbatch as Guillam. He was perfect. I mean really really really perfect. I cannot even begin to explain what perfect casting that was. He also managed to rock the hair!! I didn’t even notice it!! It takes true acting skill to pull of a hairstyle like that.
Finally, Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux really blew me away. Out of everyone I was maybe most impressed by him. Jim Prideaux is an impossibly tragic character to begin with but Mark Strong just made me burst into tears whenever he was on screen. Those longing glances between him and Colin Firth made me feel things I didn’t know I could feel.
If you have a chance to go see this movie seriously go see it. I know it’s not in wide release which is such a bummer. There’s only one theatre here in Toronto playing it!! So weird!! Totally worth it though.
December 17, 2011
Poor quality, I know, nothing better yet.
Jim & Bill, flashback
December 11, 2011
Sir Patrick Stewart as Karla. (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy & Smiley’s People)
I wish that they’d made a television series out of the Honourable Schoolboy so that we could see Patrick Stewart’s portrait hanging in Smiley’s office.
December 5, 2011