The Drop: James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in Tough Guy Character Study

The Drop: James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in Tough Guy Character Study

The Drop, starring James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy is a wonderfully paced and low-key character study of a former tough guy and his cousin. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, in what is his second feature length film and adapted by Dennis Lehane from his own short story Animal Rescue, the film is a visit to the underbelly of the back streets and alleyways of Brooklyn. Lehane deviated from his usual setting of Boston and as a result the movie almost sings with the wealth of “Brooklyn-ese” that spills from the lips of all the characters.

Jay Z Is Dead…Not

Jay Z Is Dead…Not

It could have been the headline of 2013; Jay Z is dead…not. In what appears to be a parody news report, the 43 year-old rapper Jay Z was reported dead inside. The dangling structure of the sentence that announced the award winning multi-millionaire’s death was not actually a report of his demise.