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Saying A Lot Without Saying Anything in The Drop
Here's an idea: Saying almost nothing can mean a lot more than saying almost everything. Let's look at a couple scenes from 2014's The Drop. Bob (Tom Hardy) only says a few lines in the scene above while Marv (James Gandolfini) does the majority of the talking. It's easy to see the dynamic between the two characters and how they feel about one another, etc. But take note of the way Hardy moves and reacts to Gandolfini's dialogue. He's the one who is in control of himself. Even though Marv is talking as if he has the power between the two of them, it's Bob that has all of it. He's calm and he's collected and in a way, it's like Marv is really talking about himself. The way the scene cuts back-and-forth as if they are both speaking is important as well. Hardy's subtle movements in his chair, the way he creaks his neck towards Gandolfini, it's like we already know what he's going to say before he says it. Let's take a look at the scene above between Bob and Nadia (Naomi Rapace). The first 12-13 seconds of the scene is complete silence between the two characters. Bob's actions before and after looking at Nadia's scars are what's important here. We can already tell that he is perfectly fine without asking about it, even as the conversation starts. Again, Nadia is doing most of the talking but Bob is in control of the scene. Nadia explains her scars without Bob asking and continues to do so until the scene ends. In the two aforementioned scenes, the quiet demeanor of Tom Hardy's character turns Bob into a tool for the other characters. Both Nadia and Marv talk about themselves to Bob -- who rarely talks about himself through the film. And how often are we doing this in our real lives? Many of our conversations, usually, deal with what we have done or about to do. We listen to other people's stories only so we can tell our own to them when they're finished. I'm not saying this is a terrible thing, it's human nature. But sometimes, we should try to listen for something that can't always be heard.
If Your Favorite Pop Star Was A Pokémon Gym Leader
Leader: Rihanna Badge: ANTI Badge Special Move: Diamond Storm What's her name? Leader Rihanna! If you're looking for love in a hopeless place, Rihanna will let her Pokémon do all of the talking. Leader Rihanna is known for shining bright like a diamond with Fire and Dark Pokémon types. First she'll make you stay, then she'll give you four to five seconds to recover, and then she'll take her bow after she destroys you. You'll have to work work work work work work to beat this woman of Disturbia. Leader: Britney Spears Badge: Venom Badge Special Move: TOXIC It's Britney, b*tch. You want a piece of her? Be aware, Leader Britney may seem like a womanizer but she'll hit you baby one more time. Leader Britney loves her special move, TOXIC which will make you wanna go until the world ends. Her ending line when she beats you is, "Oops, I did it again." The gym is like a circus as her Pokémon are practically her slaves. But after all, don't hold it against her. Leader: Beyoncé Badge: Alliance Badge Special Move: Blue Flare Who run the world? Leader Beyoncé! Listen, Queen B is known for her fighting Pokémon who will show you that her badge is the best thing you never had. You'll fall crazy in love with trying to beat her but Leader Beyoncé puts her love on top calling out all of the single ladies proving that pretty hurts. Can you see her halo? Don't get an ego if you do happen to win because she's flawless. XO Leader: Adele Badge: Crying Badge Special Move: Mind Reader Hello, it's Leader Adele. We all know that you're looking for that hometown glory but Leader Adele with her normal Pokémon isn't going to let any water under the bridge. When you are young, it's easy to think there's someone like you. However, rumor has it Adele makes her competition roll in the deep, watch the sky fall as she sets fire to the rain and she will take it all. You'll be the one chasing pavements as you run to escape from her turning tables. Don't worry, she'll try to make you feel her love even though she can't make you love her if you don't. Good luck. Leader: Sia Badge: Wig Badge Special Move: Heart Stamp You'll definitely feel alive when you meet Leader Sia. The Dark, Ghost, and Psychic Pokémon Reaper will show you that Big Girls Cry. This is the gym where fire meets gasoline, an exotic experience where Sia frequently hangs from a Chandelier as she triumphs over the battle. Don't worry about your elastic heart, you can try again for another opportunity. Just know you've been changed.
Saying A Lot to Absolutely No One with Locke
2013's Locke stars Tom Hardy as the titular character. The whole film takes place in his car during a two hour drive. Let's take a look at how excessive talking (instead of a lack of talking) can help enrich a scene. The monologues collected above from Locke to his father tell us a lot about his mental state and what he's going through as it's happening. It's obvious he has some disdain for his father and we learn that his dad had abandoned him when he was younger. And even though -- at times -- he sounds happy that his father is gone, it's obvious that he still cares about what his father might think of him. Again, we have to take a close look at Hardy's acting in these scenes. He goes from calm to unhinged in a couple of seconds during each monologue. It's important to take notice of the way he curses his father then immediately tries to plead or teach his father something. This gives us a peek inside of Locke's head. We are listening/seeing Locke process and work through his thoughts about his father. Throughout the film we can see him do this with the decisions that he makes. It's rare thing when we -- the audience -- can watch the way a character thinks his way through the emotions that he's feeling. I really enjoy the way these scenes capture absolute loneliness. I've definitely been in the position Locke is in, driving for hours with something terrible on my mind. And sometimes, the best thing to do let all of those thoughts out. Like making your mouth an open faucet for all the thoughts that are clouding your mind.
A Conversation About Thoughts and Thinking
[The following conversation takes place over the phone on July 18, 2015] Have you ever wondered what the inside of your mind might look like? I don't mean, like, your squishy brain or your skull. I mean, like, uh, I guess what I'm asking is: what do your thoughts look like? I know, I mean you think of something then you "see" it or whatever. I don't know science. I mean, when you think, how do you think, you know? Like what words do you use? Maybe this is just me or maybe I'm crazy, I don't know, but I kind of narrate my thoughts. Like I'm talking to someone, you know? No, not like that. Have you seen that Tom Hardy movie, uh, Bronson? No? I think you should watch it, man. But anyway, the thing about that movie is that it really gets or, um, understands how I frame my thoughts, you know? So like, throughout the movie he's on a stage and, sort of, like narrating the movie and telling the story to the people in the theater, it's really cool. It's brilliant actually. You're looking it up now? Yeah, Refn, he directed this one. I know you like him, dude, don't worry -- it's kind of why I mentioned it in the first place. But to get back on topic, you ever think about that shit? I mean, not like how you, yourself perceive thoughts but how other people do. I mean, that's how I do it. I'm constantly thinking I'm talking to an audience or a camera or narrating a movie, you know? I'm not sure if that makes me crazy, does that make me crazy? [laughs] Fuck you. Seriously, fuck -- hold on, lighting a smoke -- you. Fuck you, for real. If I'm so crazy, how do you think? What are your [takes drag] thoughts? I like to think there's a performance to everything, you know? What'd that asshole say? Shakespeare, yeah that asshole, he said something about the world being a stage. Right? And that's kind of what it is, you know? It's a stage inside and outside of my head. Think about it this way, right? You're constantly aware of the way you look, the way you act, and the way you want to be perceived, you know? Oh, shut the fuck up. You care more than anyone I know. Shut up. Listen. Shut up. Listen. Why isn't the same thing applied to the human mind, you know? You ever think some dumb thought and you immediately judge yourself of thinking that? Like another part of your brain became a different person and was like, "Hey, that's a little, uh, fucked up". Then you change the way you think because your own thoughts are judging you, you know? Isn't that shit so fucking weird? I mean, I'm constantly thinking about thinking and how other people are thinking. Fuck, I just said that goddamn word way too much. I just [pauses], ugh, think that there's so much about the mind that people won't ever really know. Maybe they're afraid of it? I don't know. Who cares? Listen, I have to go, there's, uh, something going on at Clem's tonight. Talk soon, yeah? Oh, and watch that fucking movie. It'll make you a better person.