Wakefield

The Friday Film: Wakefield

Wakefield is a film about a man (Bryan Cranston) who abandons his family. The protagonist explores the issues of abandonment as well as other social problems.

Most people know Cranston from Breaking Bad (and those of us of a certain age, Malcolm in the Middle) and his character here is similar in that he’s really very unlikable, yet still fascinating to watch.

Wakefield (Cranston’s character) moves into the upstairs of his huge garage without his family knowing, and begins to spy on them. He starts to enjoy his new lifestyle, foraging for food in the neighbors’ bins and getting back to basics.

He goes from big-shot city man to homeless (ish) down and out. Wakefield sees the appeal of being unreachable by anyone, yet he’s still able to check up on those he cares about.

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

 

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Pulp Fiction is the 1994 classic about bandits, hit-men, love and redemption from Quentin Tarantino. It has a cracking cast: Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few.

It’s probably my second favourite Tarantino film (Death Proof being the first) and God, I wish he’d go back to making films like this. Pulp Fiction has so much style and charisma, without glorifying the violence and drug use. That’s a pretty hard balance to achieve!

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You won’t know the facts until you’ve seen the fiction.