I had sort of mixed emotions while watching Dallas Buyer's Club. While I really liked, and appreciated the film, I was not really sure there was much new or original added to the story. What made the film so compelling was not the story as much as the characters. Each actor so very beautifully committed to, and inhabited each of the main roles. Matthew McConaughey was incredible and Jared Leto put in a beautiful performance. Unfortunately, to me, all of the hype and critical praise, especially for Leto, sucked a bit of magic out of the performances. Not the actors fault of course, but so much has been said and written that I went in with expectations that could never truly be met. I had almost no expectations watching McConaughey in Mud and The Paper Boy and found him far more compelling in both of these films.
My experience has always been that most viewers connect with certain characters early in a film or television show and view the story through their eyes. With Dallas Buyer's Club this character was Dr. Eve Saks so wonderfully played by Jennifer Garner. It was through her eyes I connected with McConaughey's Ron and Leto's Rayon. I have always enjoyed Garner but have never really given her much respect with regards to her acting. Even when figuratively and literally kicking ass in each episode of Alias, Garner was so effective it was easy to overlook her talent. It was through her beautiful eyes that I truly felt the power of Dallas Buyer's Club. Although I wish McConaughey and Leto much luck at this Sunday's Golden Globes, it was the sadly not nominated Garner who made the film for me.
This is the time of year many of us are thinking about what we hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. What we want to look back on next Christmas with a sense of pride and achievement. When I first profiled model Robbie Franco last year, he stated his goal for 2013 was to shoot with amazing photographers. Robbie's resolution for the year certainly was achieved in spades!
Since I last featured Robbie (No Limits) his portfolio has expanded, bursting with incredibly sexy shots from not only amazing photographers, but many whose work I have enjoyed sharing over the years. Leigh Carter from boy:gender, Andrew Bowman, HaringmanPLUS, Gabi and Mount Photography are just sample of some of the artists having shot Robbie over the past twelve months.
Another artists Robbie shot with was Jan Griffioen whose studio is located in the city of Zutphen in the Netherlands. I love how Jan blends darkness light and skin skin and how his images of Robbie so beautifully feature illustrate Robbie's body lines and curves.
'Well, working with Jan, was great, he has a big studio in Zutphen. I arrived there in the morning, we chat about our experiences and how the shoot going be with a nice hot cup of tea. Very relaxed. After that we started to shoot, for about 2 or 3 hours. Hope one day to do a second shoot with him!
Robbie loved his experience with Jan and would love to step in front of his camera again, maybe this time with another model. Robbie had never done a duo shoot before and for 2014, that is one of the top wishes on his resolution list. I will keep you informed of this progress!