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THE BENAISSANCE IS HERE
Reading through the Comments section of your
December mag I was taken aback by Simon
Fallows’ letter regarding Mel Gibson and the
idea that “Mad Mel” is deserving of the
Were it only that, like McConaughey,
Gibson had appeared in a few crap ilms, then I
would still have to say that one decent acting job
(Blood Father) and one decent directing job
(Hacksaw Ridge) does not a “‘naissance” make.
The “McConaissance” no doubt began with
Matthew’s role in The Lincoln Lawyer, but it
wasn’t actually until his role in Mud that the
moniker emerged. He has continued to make the
title a worthwhile description, with his incredible
roles in Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Free
State of Jones and even a scene-stealing part in
The Wolf of Wall Street.
Gibson, on the other hand, has done some
truly despicable things as a human being, well
outside his professional career, which should
keep him from being tagged with any “rather
lovely monikers” for many years to come, if at
all. Be that as it may, the “’naissance” tag should
only be bestowed on those who can consistently
live up to it, which Gibson has yet to prove he
can do, professionally speaking.
If anyone is deserving of a little
“’naissancing” recently it’s the amazing Ben
Mendelsohn. Thank you for brilliant articles on
this gifted actor in both your movie and TV
magazines. He has been a favourite actor of mine
Letter Of The Month this month scores a selection of DVDs from this month’s new releases.
LETTER OF THE MONTH
WHILST IN JAPAN recently, my wife and I took
the opportunity to visit the New York Sky Bar in
the Park Hyatt Hotel made famous by the Bill
Murray classic Lost In Translation. Upon being
given the exact table both Bill and Scarlett were
sitting, we couldn’t miss out on this opportunity
to recreate this classic scene! Clearly I’m not as
cool as Bill but I did my best!
MARK FELLOWES, PERTH, WA
Those look like good times — even Suntory
times! Please tell us you went out and sang Brass
In Pocket and More Than This at a karaoke bar
and whispered something mysterious to your wife.