Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Thank Goodness for Wikipedia

"In Bruges" is a new Martin McDonagh film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

This dark, dark comedy sparkles because of McDonagh's brilliant dialogue. Two London-based hitmen are sent to Bruges, Belgium to lay low after their latest killing. As far as one of them is concerned, you couldn't pick a more boring place in the entire world to spend two weeks. But, of course, the adventures come to them.

This is McDonagh's first full-length picture. He won an Oscar in 2006 for his live action short "Six Shooter."

In 2005 I saw his play "The Pillowman" on Broadway. And a few years ago I saw his "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" in London. This play was memorable because there was so much theatrical blood they literally had to mop the stage during intermission (or "the interval" as they call it across the pond).

"In Bruges" doesn't stint on the blood, nor on the cussing. But it's an intriguing film (or "fill-um" as Farrell's Dublin-born character would say).

The photo above has nothing to do with Bruges, Belgium. It's just a picture I took at sunset of the intersection of Westwood and Pico from outside the movie theater.
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