Read On is a regular feature in which The Dissolve’s staff recommends recent film pieces. Because there’s always someone writing something notable about the movies somewhere on the Internet.
Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller presents an oral history of Tom Hardy’s love of dogs:
“2007: In an interview with Dogs Today (!), Hardy discusses how he used to take his late Staffie-Labrador, Mad Max—fatefully named for the character he plays in next month’s reboot—to drama school with him. ‘I wouldn’t go to class unless Max was allowed in,’ recalls Tom. ‘My old drama teacher said, “I remember when you used to walk into class with your dog in one hand and a can of Coke in the other.” Max was my support unit, it’s like I had a focus; I had an identity and higher self-esteem because something relied on me and loved me constantly. Then I felt important. I can’t stand those kind that fight their dogs, but I wonder how many sleep with their dogs under the covers at night? I’m very, very lucky that people—from 17 to now—have always allowed me to have my dog around.”
The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott look at this summer’s aging action heroes:
“Summer is supposed to be the season of youth, when the over-25 quadrant surrenders theaters to wisecracking cartoons, thumb-sucking comedies and action franchises based on toys, comic books, amusement park rides. This is when the big studios make most of their money with Krypton-proof titles like Transformers: Age of Extinction, and their year-round obsession with pandering to the kids reaches fever pitch. In the movie world, summer starts the first weekend in May, which this year meant the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, with those youngbloods Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and — the 50-year-old Robert Downey Jr.”
The Guardian’s Luke Holland asks: When directors shoot movies back to back, who wins?
“ ‘Right now, Jim has four sequels. And he’s trying to make it into three. That is where I think his effort is going right now. To keep it to three sequels.’ James Horner there, Oscar-winning composer of the scores for Titanic and Avatar, discussing James Cameron’s efforts to keep the number of Avatar sequels he plans to film all at once down to a nice manageable three. Three. Only someone with the almost despotic self-belief of James Cameron would consider filming three sequels back-to-back. Nevertheless, the man responsible for the two most financially successful films of all time isn’t the only one planning to take on the Herculean task of filming numerous epics at once. Following Age of Ultron’s inevitable success and Joss Whedon’s departure from the franchise, the Russo brothers, who will be taking over the affairs of all things Avengers after completion of the next Captain America film, plan to film two further sequels simultaneously.”
Fandor’s Calum Marsh on the eternal charm of the screwball comedy:
“My fiance and I fell in love with The Thin Man, and I know why: we like to think of ourselves as contemporary versions of its heroes, Nick and Nora Charles. We can hardly be the only couple to hold this wistful conviction, however improbable it may seem. Certainly William Powell, who plays Nick Charles, is a compelling figure on which to model oneself—a buoyant, irrepressible socialite of peerless wit and sophistication. Now, I suppose I can be mildly charming on occasion, and, in my finery and with a martini in hand, I may even pass for a gentleman. But I am no William Powell. Nor, indeed, is my fiance Myrna Loy, who co-stars as Powell’s wife, though in my acting capacity I imagine I ought to insist upon the comparison. My fiance and I are not, alas, privately wealthy—despite our best efforts to will to us lottery winnings or a sizable inheritance—as Nick and Nora are in the film. And to my knowledge we have not of late found ourselves embroiled in, let alone ultimately solved, criminal mysteries of any kind.”
Plus, the rest of today’s biz-ness:
- Warner Bros. has won the Channing Tatum Forever War
- Take your first peek at Jean Grey and Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse
- Here’s the trailer for Fresh Dressed, which chronicles the evolution of hip-hop fashion
- And here’s Eli Roth’s student thesis film, Restaurant Dogs
- Daniel Zovatto has joined the cast of Fede Alvarez’s A Man In The Dark