“The Dragon’s Loyalty Award”

As I have stated in the past, I greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time out of their day to read, comment or press the like button on one of my blog posts. Today, I am honored to accept my third and fourth “Dragon’s Loyalty Awards.” I would like to express my genuine thanks to Alex from http://alexraphael.wordpress.com and Reut from
http://sweetarchiveblog.com. If you are not already following their blogs, after reading this post, you should click the links to their sites and become followers. Amongst other aspects of his blog, Alex posts quizzes for his followers to participate in, film reviews, and a daily feature called ‘Lines of the Day’ which offers quotes from various entertainers and films, as well as from historical figures. Reut offers a variety of well written, honest reviews on film, music and television.

The following rules apply when accepting the award:

1. Display the award on your blog.

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate 15 deserving bloggers for the award.

4. Let those bloggers know you have nominated them for the award.

5. Write seven things about yourself.

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As I have also previously stated, when I have accepted awards in the past, the aspect of receiving these awards that I like the best is getting to promote other bloggers whose work I enjoy reading. This is never an easy thing to do because there are so many talented people on wordpress.com. It goes without saying, that I value each and every one of you who follows robbinsrealm. The following are the 15 bloggers I nominate for “The Dragons Loyalty Award.”

1. http://heenarathorep.com

2. http://chandleur.wordpress.com

3. http://sherlockianblog.wordpress.com/

4. http://www.moviemovesme.com

5. http://greercn.wordpress.com

6. http://le0pard13.wordpress.com/

7. http://themoviereviewdude.wordpress.com

8. http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com

9. http://harrclin.wordpress.com

10. http://reninassancemusings.wordpress.com

11. http://mykindofmovie.wordpress.com

12. http://thecreativefoxden.wordpress.com

13. http://thetelltalemind.com

14. http://thatmomentin.wordpress.com

15. http://precinct1313.wordpress.com

 

The following are seven things about myself:

1. I love to read, and I especially like discovering new authors whose work I can get into.

2. My astrological sign is Scorpio.

3. The film I am most looking forward to seeing this year is “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.”

4. My favorite modern day director is Quentin Tarantino. My favorite classic director is Alfred Hitchcock.

5. One of my favorite female writers is Joyce Carol Oates; not that I need to say something that has been echoed through literary circles for years, but I think she is brilliant.

6. Two of my favorite foreign films, which are the antithesis of one another are “Battle Royale” directed by Kinji Fukasaku, and “Vivre Sa Vie” directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

7. I need to drink coffee when I wake up in the morning, otherwise my ability to function at my best for at least the first part of the day, will be very questionable.

Once again, my genuine gratitude to Alex from and http://alexraphael.wordpress.com and Reut from http://sweetarchiveblog.com for nominating me for the “Dragon’s Loyalty Award.” For the people whom I’ve nominated, I am well aware that time constraints might keep you from accepting and passing along the award to others. If that is the case, I will not take the least bit of offense to that. For those of you who can participate and pass along the award to other bloggers, you have my sincere thanks.

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“The Babadook”

If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of … The Babadook

“The Babadook” is the well executed, provocative and tension filled, debut film from director and writer, Jennifer Kent. At the start of the film, Amelia is dreaming of a car accident, which claimed the life of her husband, Oskar (Benjamin Winspear). At the time of the accident, Oskar was driving her to the hospital, to give birth to their son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Amelia is convincingly portrayed by Essie Davis (The Matrix Revolutions), who embodies the character of the single parent attempting to do what is best for her son. The only reward she gets for her efforts is for her nerves to be constantly frayed. Amelia, who works days as a nurse at a retirement home, is still, almost seven years after the accident, grieving over the loss of her husband. She will not celebrate Samuel’s birthday on the actual day, nor does she want to talk about Oskar; not that she has many friends to vent to. Amelia’s social life, if it can be called one, consists of her sister Claire (Hayley McElhinney), a friendly co-worker Robbie (Daniel Henshall) and her kindly, next-door-neighbor Mrs. Roach (Barbara West).

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When it comes to her son Samuel, that is another matter. He is a troubled child, who always seems to be saying or doing the wrong thing at any given time. He is not only socially awkward, but has a very overactive imagination. Samuel constructs his own weapons to fight the monsters he fears are out to get him and his mother. His fear is at such a level that he takes to climbing into Amelia’s bed every night, so he doesn’t have to sleep alone in his room. This in turn, causes Amelia to have many sleepless nights. Samuel’s difficulties extend past his home life. The school he attends has had numerous problems with him, and has reached the point where a stern warning from Amelia to behave himself, will no longer be sufficient. Those in charge at the school wish to assign a monitor who will follow Samuel around throughout the day, not just as a way of preventing him from disrupting class, but also as a means to keep other students safe. Samuel has begun to bring his weapons to school. The suggestions on the part of the principal (Tony Mack) and Samuel’s teacher (Carmel Johnson), as to how best to help Samuel with his issues, results in Amelia withdrawing him from school.

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The film’s ninety-three minute runtime is a blending of the genres of drama, horror and thriller. “The Babadook,” which is based on Kent’s 2005 short film “Monster,” originally premiered on January 17, 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival. After watching it, William Friedkin, the director of “The Exorcist” stated: “I’ve never seen a more terrifying film than “The Babadook.” (As an aside: The name Babadook was inspired by the word babaroga, which in the Serbian language means boogeyman).

One evening, before bed, Samuel wants his mother to read to him from one of his story books. A normal request, made by a child to a parent or guardian, however, the book he chooses, “Mister Babadook,” is anything, but a child’s normal pop-up book. In fact, neither Amelia nor Samuel, recall ever having seen the book before that evening. After a few pages, that don’t contain written words of menace, the book changes in tone, and informs the reader that the creature contained within its pages – Mister Babadook – once invited in, there is no escape from him. The book not only frightens Samuel, but also disturbs Amelia. Even though the Babadook is given minimal screen time, Kent makes excellent use of the book in order to help enhance a sense of anticipatory dread in the viewer’s imagination, as to when the creature will appear. (As an aside: Kent based the look of the Babadook on stills of the 1927 film “London After Midnight,” which starred Lon Chaney Sr., but remains a lost film).

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In an attempt to distract Samuel from the sense of dreariness that seems to loom over their lives, Amelia takes him to his cousin Ruby’s (Chloe Hurn) birthday party. Ruby takes to teasing Samuel about his belief in the non-existent Babadook, as well as his not having a father. Samuel, stung by the remarks, pushes his cousin out of the tree house they are in, causing the breaking of her nose. After the incident, Amelia promptly leaves with Samuel. A short while later, he suffers a seizure. At the conclusion of the pediatrician’s examination of Samuel, he reports that there is nothing wrong with the child. Amelia, who is at wits end, begs the doctor to give her some medication to help Samuel sleep, which he does, but only as a temporary stop gap.

One day Amelia hears knocking on the door, to her shock, she discovers that the “Mister Babadook” book that she ripped up and threw in the trash, has been pieced back together and returned to her. If that weren’t bad enough, what notches up the scare factor of the re-emergence of the book, is that the writing inside of it has changed. The book now foretells that Amelia is going to wind up not only killing her dog, but hating her son to the point where her anger will drive her to kill him, and afterward take her own life. From that moment forward, unpleasant incidents begin to escalate, that, combined with Samuel’s erratic behavior, begin to take a drastic toll on Amelia’s ability to cope with such an overwhelming amount of stress. She is as at the point where she has allowed the entity from the story book to get so ingrained in her mind, that she begins to see the creature places that it clearly isn’t.

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Those looking for a film with gore or jump scares will be disappointed. For those viewers who enjoy more of a psychological bent to their horror, then this is most definitely a film you will want to watch. Kent couldn’t have asked for better performances from her cast, especially Davis and Wiseman. She also makes excellent use of atmosphere and sound to help sell the scares.

Will the Babadook wind up destroying the lives of Amelia and Samuel? If he does, will the book pass on to the next unsuspecting child or parent and keep his vicious cycle going? Does Amelia preserve her maternal instinct despite overwhelming odds and protect Samuel against the creature? Will it be Samuel who saves the day, not only rescuing his mother, but vanquishing the evil presence from their lives? Can the Babadook be defeated? Kent provides the answers to those questions and more by the film’s conclusion.

 

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“The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”

The 2014 television film “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” garnered well over four million viewers for the Lifetime Movie Channel. The success of the film prompted Lifetime to bring Borden’s exploits back to television, with a six episode mini-series; the order was later increased to eight. Original star, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Christina Ricci (Monster) signed on to reprise her role of the cold, manipulative, and not to be trifled with, Lizzie Borden. In addition, returning to the part of Lizzie’s older, good hearted, loving sister, Emma, is Clea DuVall (Argo). The television film centered on the murder of Lizzie Borden’s father Andrew and her stepmother Abby, at her hands, as well as the subsequent trial, where she was acquitted. Instead of retreading that storyline, the series picks up four months after those events.

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Although a free woman, Lizzie is an infamous celebrity. She is anything but beloved by the residents of Fall River, Massachusetts, where she lives, many of whom feel she got away with murder. She can’t walk down the street without people speaking in whispered tones. In one scene, a group of children are singing the unflattering nursery rhyme associated with Lizzie Borden. She gets hold of a fake hatchet, and scares all of them away, except for one girl (Gabrielle Trudel) who informs Lizzie that she’s not afraid of her. Lizzie replies: “Then you haven’t been paying attention.” Emma, for the most part, with the exception of a doting, love struck, police officer, Leslie Trotwood (Dylan Taylor) is also not looked upon favorably.

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At the beginning of the series, the sisters are still taking up residence in the house where the horrific murders occurred. Lizzie and Emma are also attempting to claim their father’s inheritance. The problem with that is, he owed a tremendous amount of debt to his business partner, the arrogant, Mr. Almy (John Heard). The money they owe Almy is going to leave the sister’s bankrupt. Further complicating matters, is the arrival of the Borden sisters’ shady, half-brother, William (Andrew Howard), who returns home wanting his share. As the initial episodes set up, anyone who becomes a problem to Lizzie is going to meet an untimely demise. Her half-brother and Mr. Almy, will not be exceptions to that; nor will others, throughout the series, who Lizzie will dispose of in a variety of ways. She has the ability to use against those who seek to do her harm, their own criminal activities, secrets, and human failings.

Members of the cast include, Cole Hauser (Good Will Hunting), who plays Charlie Siringo. He is a Pinkerton detective who can be charming or deadly, depending on a given situation, and he is not above breaking the law to see that justice has been served. John Ralston (Pound of Flesh) portrays hotel owner Ezekiel Danforth, who runs the establishment with his wife Isabel, played by Olivia Llewellyn (Enchantress). She will wind up becoming an unanticipated problem for Siringo, who takes an intense liking to her, and doesn’t care for the way her husband treats her. Siringo is in Fall River because he has been hired by someone to look into the Borden murders. He becomes a real thorn in Lizzie’s side, as he digs deeper than the initial investigators to find out the truth of what happened. Siringo is not the only law man of prominence in town. There is also Jeff Wincott’s character of Marshal Hilliard. On the opposite side of the law is Skipjack (Bradley Stryker) a criminal thug, and Chester Phi (Rhys Coiro), a photographer by trade, who unbeknownst to his family, not only works for criminals on occasion, but photographs and distributes pornographic photos. Jessy Schram plays attractive actress and dancer, Nancy O’Keefe, who upon meeting Lizzie, after the performance of one of her stage shows, is star struck by Borden. The two become fast friends. The actress informs Lizzie that she has read all about her and the trial in the papers, and tells Lizzie that she is more famous than the President. Through Jessy, Lizzie meets Broadway producer, Spencer Cavanaugh (Frank Chiesurin), who is interested in getting Lizzie to finance his latest production. The series also included guest stars such as “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks, “Game of Thrones” Michelle Fairley, as well as “True Blood’s” Chris Bauer.

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LBC Pic 6Comprised of the genres of crime, drama, and horror, the mini-series features a modern soundtrack. Those looking for any sort of semblance to historical accuracy as to what happened to Lizzie Borden after she was found not guilty at her trial, this is not the show for you. While several of the characters that appear on the show existed in real life, such as Charlie Siringo and Bat Masterson (Matthew Le Nevez), most are fictional. The series, in my opinion, is meant to be viewed as a campy, guilty pleasure, nothing more. As a fan of Ricci, I enjoyed watching it. I found it to be the perfect number of episodes for what it was, and I will return to it, if it is renewed for a second season.

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“Whiplash”

The character of Andrew Neimann is a young, jazz drummer played by BAFTA nominated Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), in a tour-de-force performance. Andrew idolizes musician Buddy Rich, and is pursuing his own musical dreams by attending school at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York City. The catalyst for the film is when he is overheard practicing one evening by Terrence Fletcher, portrayed by Golden Globe and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (The Closer). Fletcher, the conductor of Shaffer’s top tier band, is a mercurial character, and Simmons gives an indelible performance which, in the hands of a less talented actor, might have come across as a one-dimensional bully. After a short duration of time, Fletcher will have Andrew join his band as an alternate drummer. Thinking he has achieved the first big break in order to make his musical aspirations come true, Andrew has no idea what he is in store for. Fletcher’s personal mantra is that there are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job.’

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The compelling, exhilarating, and tension filled “Whiplash” was written and directed by Oscar nominated Damien Chazelle (Grand Piano). The 107 minute movie premiered on January 16, 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival. Chazelle’s initial attempts at securing financial backing for the project failed. Not deterred, he originally filmed “Whiplash” as a short, which he entered into Sundance in 2013. J.K Simmons played Fletcher in the short film, but another actor, Johnny Simmons, no relation to J.K., acted the role of Andrew. Chazelle’s decision turned out to be the right one, as the film went on to win the Short Film Jury Award, and afterward, he got the financing he needed. (As an aside: A portion of the movie was based on Chazelle’s own real life experience as a member of his high school band. He has stated in interviews that he felt intimidated by his instructor).

Not the first month, two weeks, or even a full day of class with Fletcher goes by without Andrew realizing what kind of hair-trigger temper Fletcher possesses. On the first day, Fletcher dismisses Metz (C.J. Vana), a member of the band, for simply being out of tune. The only thing is, the particular member he gets rid of, after insulting him, is not the musician who committed the error. Fletcher, however, feels that Metz deserved to get dismissed because he didn’t know he wasn’t out of tune. In time, Andrew falls victim to Fletcher’s intensity and expectations, which border on the psychotic: Slaps to the face for being off tempo, constant cursing and put downs, a chair thrown at him, bleeding from the blisters that have formed on his fingers, are all things Andrew deals with throughout the film.

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A brief ray of sunshine in Andrews life is his relationship with Nicole played by Melissa Benoist (Glee). She works the concession stand at the movie theater he goes to with his kind hearted father, Jim, who loves him unconditionally. In the role of Jim is Golden Globe nominee Paul Reiser (Mad About You). Any happiness he manages to achieve with Nicole, however, is ended soon after Andrew rises to be a core drummer in the band; music becomes Andrew’s sole focus, in essence, his very reason for existence. He informs Nicole that he can no longer be in a relationship with her because she would only serve as an impediment to his reaching his full potential. The scene where he ends their relationship, imparts to the viewer, that Andrew, while certainly not on the same maniacal level as Fletcher, can also be out of touch with reality at times when it comes to his pursuit of perfection.

Things escalate to a dangerous level for Andrew, not just mentally, but physically. Already pushing himself to the brink of exhaustion, while speeding to make a performance on time, after being threatened by Fletcher that he would lose his place in the band if he doesn’t arrive on time, Andrew gets into a car accident. Climbing out of the wreckage, and bleeding, Andrew runs the rest of the way to the competition. He attempts to play, but his wounds understandably affect his performance, and he can’t drum. For his efforts, Fletcher turns his threat into a reality, and kicks him out of the band. Andrew responds by attacking Fletcher. His actions cause him to be expelled from school, but also puts him in contact with a lawyer who is investigating Fletcher over his conduct; behavior which is believed to have caused one of his former students to commit suicide. Andrew, half-heartedly agrees to participate in the investigation. (As an aside: Teller wound up breaking two of Simmons ribs during the scene where he attacks him).

What will become of Andrew’s dreams of being a musician? Does he attend another school and continue with his studies under a more genteel professor? Does he just go for it and begin playing music anywhere someone will hire him? What happens to Fletcher? Does he continue teaching at Shaffer? Do the actions he has taken against a former student, whose death he is being blamed for, come back to haunt him? Will Andrew and Fletcher ever cross paths again? How will they act toward one another if they do? All of those questions and more will be answered by the conclusion of the highly critically acclaimed film.

The movie which takes its title from a piece of music written by Hank Levy, might at first sound like it is going to be predictable, but winds up being the opposite. Skillful editing by BAFTA and Oscar winner Tom Cross (Two Lovers) and the spot on cinematography by Sharone Meir (Mean Creek) help serve to further enhance the film, making it worthy of all of the accolades it has received. In my view the film can be perceived in one of two ways. Firstly, as a cautionary tale, as to the dangers of an unyielding drive to achieve the zenith level of excellence in a chosen profession. Secondly, as a harsh truth to those who seek to occupy the number one spot in whatever they do, that an individual must often make sacrifices beyond anything they could have imagined in order to obtain greatness.

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“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”

Dressed in a traditional black chador, an alluring female vampire walks and skateboards the streets of the fictional Iranian town called ‘Bad City’. A great number of its unsavory residents have already met an unpleasant end, as evidenced by the ravine full of bodies that is shown at the start of the movie. “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” is the well executed, debut film from director and writer, Ana Lily Amirpour. The visually striking movie, which is spoken in Farsi with English subtitles, was shot in black and white. The most refreshing aspect of its 101 minute runtime, is that it offers the viewer a twist on the traditional vampire lore. (As an aside: The filming for the fictional Bad City was shot in Taft, California).

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The vampire, portrayed by Sheila Vand (Argo), speaks little throughout the film, and is listed only as ‘The Girl’ in the credits. Her actions in the movie, which is part horror, romance and thriller, can be likened to that of the character of Dexter Morgan in “Dexter.” Like all vampires, her need to feed is necessary, but she only feeds off men who are truly bad. In one scene, involving a male child (Milad Eghbali), she demonstrates restraint. Instead of killing an easy prey, she warns the adolescent boy, that if he is not good from that day forward, she will do something terrible to him as punishment.

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Her world, at least at the start of the film, is a lonely one. Her only companion seems to be the music she listens to. Throughout the course of the film, unlike, for example, the HBO series “True Blood,” there is no background information imparted to the viewer about ‘The Girl,’ explaining how she came to be a vampire, or for that matter, how long she has lived as one. ‘The Girl’ also doesn’t seek the refuge of a coffin, opting instead to sleep during the daylight hours in her bed inside her house; the walls of which are covered with posters. (As an aside: Not only is the the word vampire never spoken once during the film, but upon its release, the movie made cinematic history by becoming the first vampire themed film to be set in the Middle East).

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At the beginning of the movie, the viewer is introduced to Arash (Arash Marandi). The character is dealing with problems of both a financial and personal nature. He wants more out of life; not only to leave where he lives, but to improve his current station, that of working as a gardener. His pride and joy is a vintage automobile. A car that has been taken from him by the sleazy, misogynistic, drug dealing, pimp, Saeed (Dominic Rains). Even though Arash doesn’t owe him any money, the car is used toward the mounting payments owed by his widower father, Hossein (Marshall Manesh), a heroin addict. The only time the father leaves the house, is when he has enough money to pay to spend some time with Atti, who is a prostitute (Mozhan Marno). Atti is someone who ‘The Girl’ looks out for, which is demonstrated during several scenes in the film.

One evening, while coming home from a costume party that he went to dressed as Dracula, Arash encounters ‘The Girl’. High on ecstasy, he doesn’t get any sense that she could be dangerous. He begins to make small talk with her. After letting her know he is lost, and asking her where he is, it turns out, he finds, much to his disbelief, that he is still in ‘Bad City’. He tells her he is Dracula, but that she shouldn’t worry because he won’t hurt her. When he touches her hand, he remarks how cold she is, but again taking no fear in that, as others might, he wraps his cape around her. The lack of dread in his actions toward her, and his attempt at conversation, disarms her. Not only does Arash come back to her place, (she helps him by wheeling him on her skateboard) but he lives to tell about it. ‘The Girl’ has taken a liking to him, and the two alienated, lonely individuals, begin a subtle romance. In the scene where she takes Arash back to her place, it ends with her tilting his head up, exposing his neck. Instead of biting him, however, she rests her head on his chest, as she listens to the sound of his heartbeat, while music plays in the background.

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To write more about what transpires during the film, would be a disservice to those of you who have not seen it. This is the sort of movie, where the less that is known the better. The film is shaped and added to by its eclectic soundtrack, which helps to move the story along. The cast is very effective and the imagery captured by cinematographer Lyle Vincent stays with the viewer long after the film’s conclusion. Let me state that this film is definitely not going to be for everyone. The movie is slow moving, and those seeking a visceral visual experience, for the most part, are going to be disappointed. The vampire nature of ‘The Girl’ is used sparingly. There is only one instance where things get graphic. As of the writing of this blog, the film is currently available for instant streaming on Netflix.

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“Death Wish”

Joanna Kersey, played by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Hope Lange (Peyton Place), and her daughter Carol (Kathleen Tolan), take a trip to the super market to purchase some groceries. After paying at the checkout counter, Joanna tells the cashier that they would like the groceries delivered. What could possibly go wrong? Well, in director Michael Winner’s (The Sentinel) thought provoking film “Death Wish,” plenty. Three thugs, one of whom is played by a young, Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day), in his film debut, follow the pair to their apartment. Thinking she is letting in the delivery man, Carol opens the door. Once doing so, her mother is murdered and Carol is sexually assaulted.

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A short while later, arriving at the hospital, where the two women have been brought, are Paul Kersey, portrayed by Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Charles Bronson (The Dirty Dozen), and his son-in-law, Jack, Emmy nominee Steven Keats (Seventh Avenue). After receiving the jarring news of what has transpired, and a subsequent scene showing a funeral taking place, Bronson’s character begins the normal period of mourning. His daughter, however, goes into a catatonic state. Doctors feel she is doing so in order to protect her mind from the horrific events that have unfolded.

Based on the 1972 novel written by Brian Garfield, the film was adapted for the screen by Oscar nominated screen writer Wendell Mayes (Anatomy of a Murder). The movie, which has a runtime of ninety-three minutes, premiered in American theaters on July 24, 1974.
“Death Wish” is a blending of the genres of action, crime, drama and thriller. Although an iconic role for Bronson, he was not the first choice to play the main character, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, and Frank Sinatra all turned down the part. Nor for that matter, was Winner the first director hired to bring the book to cinematic life. Sidney Lumet was originally going to direct the film, and it was going to star Jack Lemmon in the Kersey role, but Lumet opted to drop out and direct “Serpico” instead. Furthermore, producer Dino De Laurentiis and Paramount Pictures wanted to originally title the film “The Sidewalk Vigilante,” thinking that the word ‘death’ in the title would keep audiences away.

Eventually, Kersey, who is very good at his architectural job, returns to work. A short time later, he is sent by his boss to Arizona to personally oversee a twenty million dollar project for the company. He will be working for land developer Aimes Jainchill, acted by two time Emmy winner Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files). Aimes, a gun lover, takes Kersey to the practice range of the gun club he belongs to. While there, Bronson’s character demonstrates his proficiency with a fire arm. During the course of conversation between the two, it is revealed to the viewer that Kersey served in the military during the Korean war. His classification, however, was that of a conscience objector, who worked in the medical core.

Before Kersey departs to go back to New York, and while being dropped off at the airport, Aimes asks him if he is checking his suitcase. Once confirmed, Margolin’s character places a gift wrapped present inside of it. When Kersey returns home, he unwraps the gift, and discovers that the present is a .32-caliber revolver. While looking over photographs of his vacation in Hawaii with Joanna, a sequence which opens the film, Kersey gets an idea, the seeds of which were planted while he was in Arizona. That evening, Kersey ventures out, seeking a criminal, in order to administer his own special brand of vigilante justice. Initially repulsed by his actions, Kersey soon begins to embrace his new persona.

After a period of time, Kersey’s nocturnal activities make him a hero to the law-abiding citizens of the five boroughs of New York City who are tired of living in fear, especially once the sun sets. The collective body of New York law enforcement, however, wants to put an end to Kersey, who single handedly has reduced the rate of muggings in the city by fifty percent.

Adding intrigue to the film is two time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Vincent Gardenia’s (Age-Old Friends) character of Detective, Frank Ochoa. Ochoa, the head of the task force assigned to capturing the vigilante, makes for a formidable adversary. Gardenia’s character’s outside the box thinking, combined with his veteran skills, as the days pass, inch him ever closer to nailing Kersey as the thorn in law enforcement’s side.

Will Ochoa catch Kersey? If so, does Kersey take a final stand or does he allow himself to be arrested to face his crimes? Does Kersey, sensing the ever tightening grip of law enforcement desperate to catch him, leave New York to escape possible prosecution? While the film does provide closure to the viewer by answering those questions, it also can make one think of deeper societal issues. Is there ever a valid enough reason for a citizen who has been wronged to take the law into his or her own hand? Can Bronson’s character’s actions be sympathized with; even if his actions can be sympathized with, if it were real life, should someone who acts like that be treated the same as the criminals he seeks to rid the world of? If what happened to Kersey’s wife and daughter happened to a family member or close friend, could any of us say with one hundred percent certainty we wouldn’t at least think about seeking retribution against those responsible? When looked at from a certain perspective “Death Wish,” which at first glance might seem like a simple revenge film, goes much deeper.

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“The Dragon’s Loyalty Award”

I am the type of blogger who is very thankful when I receive ‘a like’ on one of my posts, or a few complimentary words in the comment section, so to receive an award from a fellow blogger is an honor to me. Today, I am accepting my second “Dragon’s Loyalty Award” and for that I would like to express my sincere thanks to http://britojohn.wordpress.com. If you are not already a follower of his blog, I strongly suggest you head to his site after reading this post and subscribe. A former storyboard and multimedia artist, who worked in the entertainment industry; he is currently using his wonderful talent as an animation artist working toward the completion of his first fantasy children’s book. His blog offers a wealth of material and visual eye candy.

The following rules apply when accepting the award:
1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 15 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Let those bloggers know you have nominated them for the award.
5. Write seven things about yourself.

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Now my favorite part about receiving these types of awards, but at the same time, the aspect of accepting them that always proves the most difficult for me, is nominating a set number of my fellow bloggers. I can’t begin to thank each and every one of you who follows robbinsrealm. I am grateful to you for taking time out of your busy day to spend a few minutes reading something I have written; that means a great deal to me. I hate to assume things, but I will do just that, and think that most of you are pressed for time, due to any number of factors, be they school, work, relationships, just to list a few; so again, thank you very much for reading my work. In the interest of fairness, since I read so many worthwhile blogs on wordpress.com, no one who I nominated for “The Liebster Award” will be nominated for this award, that way I can spread the award love around.

The following are the 15 bloggers I nominate for “The Dragons Loyalty Award”

1. http://thecinemamonster.com

2. http://neonblackreviews.wordpress.com

3. http://cinesolace.wordpress.com

4. http://thewinewankers.com.au

5. http://writerlovesmovies.com

6. http://emmakwall.com

7. http://wordlander.wordpress.com

8. http://cinemaaxis.com

9. http://jordanandeddie.wordpress.com

10. http://vicsmovieden.wordpress.com

11. http://parlorofhorror.wordpress.com

12. http://earthquakeboy.wordpress.com/

13. http://vinnieh.wordpress.com

14. http://warrenisweird.wordpress.com

15. http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com

The following are seven things about myself:

1. My favorite character on “Game of Thrones” is Arya Stark. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tyrion and Daenerys, and as I read more of the books, and as the HBO series progresses, I might be adding to that short list of absolute favorite characters, but for now Arya is my favorite.

2. My favotire type of food is Italian.

3. I think firefighters are true heroes.

4. When I lived on Long Island, one of my favorite things to do was to go into Manhattan to Madison Square Garden to watch the New York Rangers play hockey.

5. I have an extensive DVD film collection that spans all years and genres.

6. I love the New York Jets football team, but more often than not, they let me down. I hope with the hiring of their new head coach, Todd Bowles and General Manager, Mike Maccagnan, that they give not only myself, but all Jets fans for that matter, a reason to start smiling again, when it comes to the way the team performs.

7. I despise bullies.

Once again, my sincere thanks to  http://britojohn.wordpress.com for bestowing me with my second “Dragon’s Loyalty Award.” For those of you who I nominated, as aforementioned, I am cognizant of the time constraints that most of us are under in our day to day lives, so if you can’t answer the questions and pass along the award, I will not take offense to that in the least. If you take the time to answer the questions and pass along the award to fifteen fellow bloggers that you feel are worthy recipients, you have my heartfelt thanks.

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