I can't believe it's been so long since the last picspam, bad me. Picspams are such a wonderful way of spreading the Mark love without actually having much work to do. ;) Since I'm having the worst writer's depression in a long time, have a ridiculous amount of screencaps instead of mediocre fic. Maybe Mark makes you as happy as me. ;)

These are from the 2003 TV movie Henry VIII, with Ray Winstone as Henry. Yeah, another movie about Henry VIII, as if there weren't enough already. Is it worth watching, apart from the fact that Mark is in it? Well, I don't know. You might say that it's less "pretty" and therefore probably more historically accurate than The Tudors, for example, but I honestly prefer The Tudors, and not just because they have more eye candy, but simply because it's absurd to stuff all of Henry's lifestory in one movie, even if it's three hours long. Ray Winstone may look more like the real Henry VIII, but Jonathan Rhys Meyers' performance is a lot better; Winstone was overdoing it at times, and no matter how ridiculous the real Henry might have been, in a movie it just looks, well, ridiculous and overdone, I found JRM more convincing. I don't know what drugs they were on to cast Helena Bonham Carter as Anne Boleyn. Their Cromwell was sleezy and disgusting and portrayed as an inefficient, grovelling idiot (just like the whole thing was at times disgustingly pro-Catholic), and their Cranmer was a manipulative, but otherwise boring bastard. Erm, I'm making this movie sound worse than it was, because it was still okay. It's not a pain to watch it, if you want to see Mark. It just makes my inner Cromwell fangirl cringe. ;)

I should stop rambling and get to the important part ... Mark as Norfolk. Really, it takes Mark Strong to make me like the Duke of Norfolk. ;) What a BAMF, such authority and charisma, he just walks around like he owns the place, and all of this with Mark's perfect, understated acting that makes you forget that there's an actor behind the character. I want to put him into The Tudors, where they conveniently ignored Norfolk's existence. -.- Anyway, enough rambling, here's a bunch of screencaps. Enjoy. :)

Mark Strong as Norfolk )
I actually wanted to tell a funny anecdote about a review I got for my Dooku/Qui-Gon fic Worth The Wait. But as I typed it, I realised that it wasn't really funny to anyone but myself. Instead, I decided to share the ultimate "bitch please"-picture with you - because I felt like this was the look I'd deserve for boring you to death with my blabla:

Hans Matheson is incredible. But you already know that. The screencap is from Nero, a film that can easily be described as a missed opportunity to make an awesome movie. Hans was breathtaking as Nero, but he was stuck in a script that wanted too badly to be a love story and ended up not making much sense. And he makes the most of the role he's playing, he's amazing in every single scene, he's so good that you can almost forgive the movie for not being what it could have been, plot-wise. Three hours about Nero - I would have liked to see more politics and less artificial romance. When you get an actor as great as Hans, it's a SHAME not to give him a better script to work with. Seriously. *grumble* Either way, apart from his wonderful acting and the fact that he has a voice like an angel (yes, he sings a bit in this movie), he's just gorgeous beyond words. Couple of more pics behind the cut, because I'm too lazy for a proper picspam right now.

Nero )
Great. I just wrote a huge post full of hysterical fangirling about Kick Ass and The Long Firm. Then either my internet connection or LJ had a little problem, and the whole thing was gone. I know why I usually write my posts in a text document and just copy&paste them afterwards. Stupid me. Serves me right. The good news for you is that you'll get a short form of my long, rambly post. I'm afraid it will still be long and rambly, though, just less so.

1) Go and watch Kick Ass. As soon as humanly possible. Because it's the most awesome movie in a very, very long time. I actually expected it to be rather silly and only watched it for Mark Strong. It turned out that the entire movie is wonderful. I think the best way to describe it is that it's just FUN to watch. Really, I've rarely had so much fun watching a movie, laughing and cheering and just enjoying myself immensely. The dialogues are funny, the fight scenes are cool, it's silly in a very entertaining way, it's original and creative, it's violent in just the right comic way, and the soundtrack is great. Both the actors and the characters they play are awesome. Not just Mark, who's great in every part he plays and who's slowly turning into my favourite actor ever, but also all these young, completely unknown actors who really have talent. Hit Girl was the coolest female character in movie history, I think. ;) And definitely the coolest little girl ever. I love her so much, and I really hope that we get to see her actress again when she grows up, she was really good. (And the fight scene between Hit Girl and Frank D'Amico (Mark's character)? It's not just incredibly cool ... it's kinda hot. Apparently I'm the only one thinking this, and I do admit that it's pretty sick. But, here you go, I found a het pairing I ship. The sickest het pairing you could possibly think of. IDEK. Blame Mark for being so incredibly hot.)

2) Go and watch The Long Firm. It's a TV-mini-series in four parts, based on a novel by Jake Arnott (which I haven't read). It's possibly the only movie in which Mark Strong doesn't just play a supporting character, but actually the main character. And this isn't Oscar-material - this is ten times better than most performances that get an Oscar. I don't think I've ever seen acting as great as Mark's in this movie. He plays a London gangster boss in the 1960s, who's on the outside this really tough, violent, ruthless BAMF, but who's so much more complex, one of the most complex movie characters ever. And it takes an actor like Mark to play such a torn, broken character, to play the entire range of his conflicting emotions without ever overdoing it. It's perfection. He's one of the rare actors who don't seem to play a character - but you only see the character as a real person, you don't see an actor behind it. Even most good actors can't do that to the point of disappearing behind their character. Actually, I can't think of any other actor right now who's so good you forget he's even there and ONLY see his character.
Also, good news for the slashers: Mark's character, Harry Starks, just happens to be homosexual (not gay, he insists on that in one really great scene ;)). Completely unrepressed and open about it. I had no idea about this when I started watching the movie, and I had half a heart-attack when Harry suddenly started flirting with some pretty boy and then kissed him. GUH! Unfortunately, it's still TV and we only get to see two very short kisses. No proper making out, no undressing, not even some hugging and groping (but there is a short het sex scene, which is just unfitting in a movie that is full of slash and has virtually no het at all). It's a bit frustrating, especially since there are apparently quite a few graphic sex scenes in the novel. Really, would it have hurt anyone to give us at least one nice slashy scene? I'm not asking for porn here, just, I don't know, some proper making out and tugging on each other's clothes and taking a shirt off or something like that? The stuff we see in every movie when it's a het pairing? *sigh*
Anyway, ignore my whining and watch the movie. Watch both movies. They're awesome. There might be a picspam for The Long Firm soon, if I manage to choose a reasonable number from the hundreds of screencaps I made ...

Rereading this I realise once more that my obsession with Mark is getting unhealthy ... I'm sorry, I can't help it. If he were a woman in the Middle Ages, I'd say that he has bewitched me or something. ;) No, but honestly, these two movies are definitely worth watching, whether you like Mark Strong or not.

This really deserves the word 'spam' by now, doesn't it? I'm sorry, I've been meaning to post these caps with the ones yesterday, but this incredibly slow internet connection is driving me insane. Today's spam material: Body of Lies. Again, awesome movie. I have to admit that I really like Leonardo DiCaprio sometimes, even if I paid much more attention to Mark in this movie than to him. ;) Mark is just incredible - I never knew English with an Arabic accent could sound sexy. It can. I absolutely love the characters Mark chooses to play, and in this movie he isn't even a real bad guy. Not a very nice guy at times, but definitely not the big villain. Anyway, pictures say more than my rambling, let Mark convince you to watch the movie. :)

Hani Salaam, head of the Jordanian secret service. Notice surprise!DiCaprio in the background. He will return later in the picspam.


"I have one rule: Never lie to me." )
I've been promising to do this for ages, but I just didn't get around to doing it any earlier. Here's another epic-sized Mark picspam, with screencaps from RocknRolla. The movie is awesome and definitely worth watching, not just for Mark. Although Mark is definitely the best thing about the movie, as in probably every movie he is in. ;) I especially loved his voice. I mean, I always love his voice, but RocknRolla has the added advantage of Mark's character being the narrator ... :D

Mark as Archy, the biggest BAMF in a movie full of BAMFs. ;)

"That's right, sweetheart. You've been fucked." )
You're probably sick of it already, but I keep finding hot pictures of Mark, and I would feel so guilty if I didn't share. In this picspam you will find:
- random pictures (different movies, premieres ...)
- screenshots from The Young Victoria
- and most importantly, screenshots from Sharpe's Mission (including a few cameos by Sean Bean)

This picspam is very relevant to the interests of certain people on my f-list who have a kink for uniforms, boots, and whips ... So even if you don't really care about Mark, you might want to have a look at the pictures from Sharpe's Mission.

It's Mark. And he's smiling. There must be a mistake in the Matrix.

picspam behind the cut )
Spam indeed ... yet another picspam, this time for my other new obsession, Mark Strong. There's a bunch of pictures from different movies, premieres, promo shots etc., followed by many many screenshots from Stardust. Because Mark Strong is hot in general, but he has never been hotter than as Septimus, I think. Not to mention that Septimus is plainly awesome and one of the many reasons to watch the movie. ^^

Those EYES. And ever since Patrick Stewart we know that bald is sexy. ^^

Epic picspam )



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