ACTOR - Paddy Considine
I worry. I worry we're losing our humanity. That's why I feel a need to explore these people. There has to be some sort of redemption, some resolution. I have to believe that. Otherwise life is just a series of bad events.
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A Room for Romeo Brass 2000, R)
Last Resort 2001, PG-13)
Born Romantic 2001, R)
Happy Now 2001, Unrated)
The Martins (The Tosspots) 2001, Unrated)
24 Hour Party People 2002, R)
Close Your Eyes (Doctor Sleep) 2002, R)
In America 2003, PG-13)
My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 2002, Unrated)
Fans of Chris Morris will love this but seeing as I asked the moderators to add this title suggests to me that there aren't many on flixster, at least not any more. If you know and more importantly, if you understand what he does then you know what to expect although it is not his best film. If you don't know who or what he is or does this is not the best place to start. Brass Eye and Jam are much better and Four Lions is spectacular, this is just one of those funny little oddities in-between but well worth checking out.
Dead Man's Shoes 2006, Unrated)
My Summer of Love 2004, R)
Cinderella Man 2005, PG-13)
Stoned 2005, R)
Bosque de sombras (BackWoods) 2008, R)
Hot Fuzz 2007, R)
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007, PG-13)
My Zinc Bed 2008, Unrated)
Red Riding: 1980 2010, Unrated)
Red Riding - 1980 is a case of same characters different story. This time it is the Yorkshire Ripper that the Police are after, headed by the brilliant Paddy Considine and supported brilliantly by Tony Pitts who I think is under-sung in the series. The cast is great, aside from Considine though it is Sean Harris who steals the show as the terrifying Bob Craven, 100 times scarier than Peter Sutcliffe is portrayed. It is similar but also very different in its pace and tone compared to 1974 which I think was very well realised. It still looks great but it works as a stand alone film in its own right. This is a not to be missed trilogy.
Cry of the Owl 2009, R)
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee 2009, Unrated)
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee isn't as fun to watch as I'm sure it was to make. Buddies, Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine look like they're having a great time but the it's all in-jokes and messing about. Meadows is a great director but I think he's making a mistake with this whole 'Make a film in seven days' manifesto business. Scorz-ayz-ee is a cool artist, up for a laugh but ultimately taken advantage of somewhat. Also, it's not very funny or particularly original. Not sure why it's praised so much? It's like he's gone back to his early work that wasn't very good and forgotten about the most recent successful films he's had, I think he's subconsciously self-destructing with the worry of selling out. I hope I'm wrong.
Submarine 2011, R)
Who knew Moss (Richard Ayoade) was such a brilliant director! He was a big part of the creative force behind The Boosh though for many a year, the style is different but is still impressive and just as creative. This film is very much a love letter to French new wave really, its influence is a who's who of great directors and movies. I vaguely remember Ayoade saying in an interview that Submarine was largely influenced by his favourite film, Louis Malle's Zazie dans le Metro but it's easy to spot Truffaut's 400 Blows among many other classics. The well established actors such as Considine and Hawkins are on great form but the two young actors, Craig Roberts and Tasmin Paige are the real reasons to watch. They both steal each scene away from each other, not in a competitive way but with such a natural and exciting playfulness. Both should have a long and successful career as should Ayoade, maybe his career should consist of 2 parts acting 1 part directing? either way, he needs to direct some more because this is a great film, one of my favourites of the year so far.
The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher 2011, Unrated)
Blitz 2011, R)
Blitz explores the stereotype and myth of a South London that doesn't actually exist and does so fairly badly. Jason Statham plays a character that is a cross between someone Sylvester Stallone would have played in the 80's and a exaggeration of every other role he's ever had combined. I think the dialogue was written on the spot. By a 12 year old. Paddy Considine plays his new partner, a Gay policeman who is gay for absolutely no reason, considering the amount of times we are reminded. Aidan Gillen once again plays the least convincing villain of all time, a 'Cop killer' who seems to have the ability to fly, pass through walls and bend time. Or is that just the continuity department slipping up for the hundredth time? It's corny, unbelievable, stupid and a bit tired.
Now Is Good 2012, PG-13)
I have quite a few issues with Now is Good. Apart from asking yet again, why not cast an English actress in a British film (there are quite a few around) what was going on with the locations? London, Brighton, Dover...make you're mind up, where are we? It's not just the audience who don't know where they are it seems though, most of the characters are unbelievable but some, such as Olivia Williams's scatty Mother, were just plain cartoonish. The acting is not of the best quality and it really should have been considering the subject matter. Paddy Considine just about comes through unscathed but I'm not sure it's done him any career favours. Worst of all the casting is Jeremy Irvine. He is as wooden as a tree and was obviously cast for his looks, a huge mistake in my opinion as he looks like a brat. The story is actually quite good, it just hasn't been made into a particularly good film. All attempts at emotional manipulation (I cried, therefore it's good) fail miserably towards the end, you're glad it's over by the time you should be reaching for the tissues.
The Bourne Legacy 2012, PG-13)
I seem to be going against the grain yet again with the Bourne franchise because I really liked this film. I thought the way it interweaves with the final of the first three movies was brilliantly handled and I thought Jeremy Renner was much better than Matt Damon ever was. I haven't read the books and I can't say I'm interested in doing so but I thought this was a brave and well executed move and I now, unlike everyone else, look forward to seeing what else comes from the franchise. I wasn't too enamoured by Rachel Weisz though.
Girl On A Bicycle 2014, R)
The World's End 2013, R)
The World's End marks the end of the Blood and Ice-cream or Cornetto trilogy as it has come to be known, a trilogy of films written, starring and directed by Spaced trio Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. You know this already though. So, is it as good as Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz? Well yes and no. Firstly, you can't beat Shaun of the Dead. Secondly, Hot Fuzz is a little overrated. For me, The World's End is somewhere in the middle. It's a good story with a few laughs and plenty of action but for me, it's was too much action and not enough laughs. The characters were a little bit too serious for my liking, particularly Simon Pegg's character who verged on annoying and then plain unlikable towards the end. The pub-crawling 5 are the cream of actors working in the UK today, Eddie Marsden, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman were perfectly cast in their supporting roles but I don't feel they were used enough. The possibilities were huge and while I like the way they kept it thoroughly British, I still think they missed a few tricks. Apocalypse films are tricky buggers when it comes to writing a good end and I'm afraid I'm not sure this one is a winner but overall, I liked it. It reminded me enough of the original TV version of The Hitchhikers Guide of the Galaxy to appreciate and there were enough Spaced/Cornetto trilogy in-jokes to keep me amused.