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A Sinister Reintroduction to Ethan Hawke

September 20, 2012


Hawke is having a reemergence of sorts. He never disappeared but in the day and age of Nic Cage in Season of the Witch and John Cusack in The Raven it is nice to see a 90s hero adapting and excelling. He has had his foibles along the way. He tried to adapt and direct his book The Hottest State and it turned out to be a massive turd. His last mainstream film Daybreakers was good but was lost amidst the 100 other vampire films that came out in 2009. For every Assault on Precinct 13 and Newton Boys flop he has popped up in critical hits like Gattaca,  Before the Devil Knows Your Dead and Training Day. It has been an eclectic career involving acting, directing, writing and monologues.

His horror film Sinister is sporting a %100 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the preview is fantastically creepy. After the trailer all I could say was “Whoa.” It looks like a mix of the fantastic Insidious and underrated Session 9. The demon in the film seems like a real jerk and even the preview features clichés done well. I’m already predicting that I will spend a third of the film with my hands over my eyes.


Hawke just wrapped on Before Midnight last week. The third in the fantastic Before series in which he and Delpy wax poetic and get better with age. Check out the wonderful typography my fiancée created for Before Sunrise.

I wasn’t expecting another sequel but I can’t wait to see it. I do feel that the Oscar nominated Before Sunset ended perfectly and was slightly hesitant about it because I loved the uncertainty. The reason I want to see this film is because nobody was asking for a sequel. It leads me to believe it is coming from an organic idea. They wanted to revisit the characters and hopefully not sully the story they’ve created.


Hawke is also the reason I am going to watch the director’s cut of Len Wiseman’s Total Recall. I lampooned it in a recent Bad Movie Tuesday because of all the squinting and lens flairs. However, I want to hear Hawke’s five-page monologue that was cut out of the film. It hopefully will add some intelligence to the dumb.

Watch the trailer. Read his books and use the monologues when auditioning for roles. Enjoy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. johnleavengood permalink
    September 20, 2012 6:41 pm

    I hope that Before Midnight and Sinister are in the theaters for the same time, at least for a little bit. Like when Reynolds was in a slapstick comedy (Waiting…), a romantic comedy (Just Friends) and a horror (The Amityville Horror remake) all at the same time in 2005.


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