Some powerful moments come from a single actor. The right monologue can throw an episode into immortality, or a movie to the academy awards. This isn’t a ranked listed or the definitive list. I know I will have missed a few near and dear to some hearts. I’m hoping to at least get a good list. I’ll start fist with my “Great 8” TV monologues, then a follow up article with my “Terrific 10” Film monologues. Lets begin! Im Hype.
Be warned, these monologues appear at different parts of their respective series. So they might contain some spoilers. So watch under your own risk, I don’t think any of these will ruin a series for you if you haven’t seen them.
My first two post were about movies, so I thought id spend this next post to talk about some damn good TV. For my inaugural TV post, Im happy to share Luther with you. Luther is probably my favorite police/detective drama. It is helmed by an outstanding performance by Idris Elba as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther.
I feel lately, crime/detective dramas have become way more about gimmicks. Everyone has a special technology or unique skill set to give them insight to crimes. It was cool at very but now, its become kind of dull. Luther doesn’t have any of those gimmicks, he is just a dedicated police officer. He is almost dedicated to his own detriment. Luther is a detective for the Serious Crimes Unit, which only deal with the worst kind of criminals. These things motive and haunt him just the same, and for all the amazing work he can do. He can be a danger to himself and others when faced with the consequences of his fixations.
Today were going to take a look at the film adaption of the memoirs of Solomon Northup, 12 Years A Slave. This film was a recent big winner of the Academy Awards and for good reason. It was directed by up and coming British director Steve McQueen, and helmed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Micheal Fassbender, and marvelous Lupita Nyong’o.
McQueen’s take on the story is very faithful to the tone of the memoir. This is slavery ladies and gentlemen. No matter how hard Django Unchained tried: it is not cool, it is not fashionable, it is harsh reality, and this film dares to go there.
For my very first post, I’m going to review two versions of the same story. We’re going to be taking a peek at OLD BOY.
The original Old Boy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller. It is actually the second movie of a trilogy of films by Director Park Chan-wook. It was a critical success , and we all know what critical foreign success means. Yes, thats right.. the inevitable american remake. This 2013 film is given to us by the courtesy of permanent NY Knicks tear collector Spike Lee.
The general story involves a man, who is kidnapped and impressed for 15+ years. This prison is designed like a hotel room, there are no windows.. just a rotating painting of scenery to reflect night and day. He is given no explaination as to why he is imprisoned. All he has to keep himself occupied is a TV and paper in which to write. Through a TV report he learns that he has been framed for the murder of his wife, and his daughter is now an orphan. He spends much of the time in confinement planning an escape and preparing himself physically and mentally to get vengeance on his captor. Right before his plan to escape he is suddenly released. He is given the instructions that he has a few days to figure out two questions from his captor. 1. Who Am I ? 2. Why did I imprison you for 15 years?. If he doesn’t solve the mystery in time, people he cares for will be killed. If he does figure it out, his captor promises to kill himself as a reward.
Some spoilers below, but i wont ruin the big ones.