What connects Harrison Ford to Martin Amis and Emily Blunt? | Movie | Daily News Byte

What connects Harrison Ford to Martin Amis and Emily Blunt?  |  Movie

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Go west!

Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton in 1923
Hitting our TVs in 1923 was Harrison Ford … Photo: James Minchin III/Paramount+

Action is the essence, as Tom Sizemore says in Heat. The action and/or juice these days is on prestige TV and streaming rather than film, and we see Harrison Ford make a rare turn to telly for the western 1923 (out December 19 on Paramount+), with Helen Mirren.

Ford Focus

Martin Amis in 1986
… which is in Indiana Jones, directed by Steven Spielberg, who wrote the intro to a book by Martin Amis … Photo: Homer Sykes/Alamy

Ford became one of cinema’s most bankable stars with the help of Star Wars and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones. In a more fitting collaboration, in 1982, Spielberg wrote the introduction to Invasion of the Space Invaders: An Addict’s Guide to Battle Tactics, Big Scores, and the Best Machines. The unlikely author of the book is one Martin Amis: : “Read this book and learn from young Martin’s horrific odyssey through the world’s arcades before you too become a video-junkie.”

Darts of pleasure

An image of a dart board with The Martin Chronicles written on it
… whose work is assessed in The Martin Chronicles …

This study of video gaming is unique to the Amis oeuvre, and spent many years out of circulation, but remained a white whale for Mart-heads and was reprinted in 2018. For further exploration of Amis, The Martin Chronicles, a podcast co-hosted by New Yorker critic Parul Sehgal, gently examines his often polarizing work.

Crooked English

Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt) in the recent western The English ...
… his Night Train was adapted into Out of Blue, featuring Toby Jones, who was in The English with Emily Blunt … Image: Drama Republic/BBC/Amazon Studios

Not yet discussed is his 1997 hardboiled homage Night Train, which Carol Morley adapted into the “intriguing and confusing” 2018 film Out of Blue, starring Patricia Clarkson as New Orleans detective Mike Hoolihan. Also featured is Toby Jones, who can also be seen in a strong cast led by Emily Blunt in the BBC/Prime series The English. It is among a string of recent westerns, including last year’s Oscar-winning The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion, and 1923, the latter of which is part of the growing “Taylorverse”.

Enter the Taylorverse

Taylor Sheridan
… Taylor Sheridan created another neo-western Yellowstone, and 1923 is the latest prequel … Photo: Valéry Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Actor/director/writer/producer Taylor Sheridan produced 2018’s Yellowstone, a neo-western drama starring Kevin Costner as the patriarch of the Dutton family. Last year, it spawned the prequel in 1883, and now it’s 1923, a sequel to the prequel, but still a prequel to the original. Two more spinoffs are planned. Sheridan also has the Tulsa King and the Mayor of Kingstown on the go. Eventually the Taylorverse will be as vast as the old west itself.

Hell or High Water poster
Image: Alamy

Pairing notes

watch Before conquering TV, Sheridan’s screenplay for the “elegiac Texan western” Hell or High Water in 2016 earned him an Oscar nomination.

drink Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton in Yellowstone is a fan favorite. Bring back his vodka of choice: “Double Tito’s, three olives.”


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