Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
You'll recall that shortly after Kim Kardashian became engaged to Kris Humphries, Football player Bret Lockett told In Touch magazine that Kim had cheated on Kris with him while they were first dating. However, Kim was outraged when she heard about Lockett's claims and took to her blog and made an extensive statement about how she'd never met Lockett OR exchanged the highly sexual texts that Lockett claims she did. She said, "This guy should be ashamed of himself. Calling up a magazine and making up an entirely fake story just to get attention!?!?! It's just shameful and this guy should feel ashamed and humiliated. My friend Lauren London has never even met this guy, so to say she was the one who set us up is totally untrue. I find it so sad that a magazine will take the word of a stranger and try to pass their story off as true. And what's even more odd is that this guy would carry on a 'relationship,' yet never speak on the phone or see me in person? Makes no sense! Oh, and this guy has a rap album launching!!?!?! Wow...motives! LOL." The blog post ends with Kim expressing plans to take legal action against In Touch and Bret Locket.
And in what probably was an attempt to redeem himself, Lockett appeared on Showbiz Tonight last night and admitted that he had never actually met Kim because their schedules were both very busy, but instead what happened was Kim's friend asked for his number on behalf of Kim and that once she got it she texted him somewhat dirty things. Host A.J. Hammer gave Lockett the chance to explain how someone can have what Lockett called "a physical relationship" with someone they've never met, and Lockett said the way a physical relationship works is when two people have never met before is when a person touches themselves while they're texting the other person, which is what Kim did numerous times. In other words, while Lockett maintains he had an affair with Kim Kardashian, he probably didn't because his definition of what happened with Kim Kardashian doesn't fit the average person's description of "an affair." But good luck with your rap album, Lockett! And with your cognitive dissonance!
Kim Kardashian plans to sue In Touch Magazine, for saying that she's already cheated on her fiance, Kris Humphries. She wrote a long post on her blog about how she never met the guy In Touch claims she's been sleeping with, and that she's never sent him any text messages, and that she doesn't even know him. She said, "This guy should be ashamed of himself. Calling up a magazine and making up an entirely fake story just to get attention!?!?! It's just shameful and this guy should feel ashamed and humiliated....I've said it before and I'll say it again...don't believe everything you read." - Kim Kardashian
Sales of Lady Gaga's album, Born This Way, have taken a nosedive. It has dropped 84% since it debuted and sold 1.1 million copies, as it only sold 174,000 copies this week. However, Rolling Stone still puts the album in the top spot on Billboard charts. Um, I kinda think this is because everyone already owns it and the only people who don't are Sky Captains and the World of Tomorrow. - Celebrity Cafe
Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is reportedly pregnant. Gawker says that Weiner has been telling associates that Abedin is about three months into her pregnancy, and a source indicated the couple had been trying to conceive. Additionally, they have put their two-bedroom apartment in Queens up for sale -- which actually shows that Weiner is even MORE of a multitasker than we thought he was when we learned he was just sexting people. Think about how hard it is to sext without anyone knowing about it, while you're trying to get your wife pregnant, WHILE YOU'RE PUTTING YOUR HOUSE UP FOR SALE. I'm sorry, but this guy is working really hard. Recognize. - Gawker
New Jersey Nets basketball player Humphries proposed to Kardashian in May (11) after a six month romance and the couple plans to wed this summer (11).
But the Keeping Up with the Kardashians beauty has been left fuming after writers at In Touch Weekly published this week's (begs06Jun11) cover story with the headline, 'Kim Caught Cheating!'
The article accuses Kardashian of embarking on a five-month affair with American footballer Bret Lockett - while she was dating Humphries. Lockett, who is quoted in the story, appears to confirm the allegations - which Kardashian has strenuously denied.
TMZ.com reports the star learned of the tabloid's plans to print the story earlier this week (06Jun11), prompting her lawyer, Dennis Roach, to fire off a stern letter warning that any publication of the salacious claims are, "at a minimum, damaging, defamatory, and an invasion of her privacy".
But In Touch editors ran the article in their latest issue, which hit retailers on Wednesday (08Jun11).
The piece even features what the magazine insists is sexy text correspondence between Kardashian and the footballer.
Kardashian's representative tells the website her attorney now plans to sue the magazine and New England Patriots star Lockett.
It's the second false report about Kardashian in as many weeks - she was recently forced to shoot down reports she's pregnant with Humphries' baby after another magazine took her remarks about starting a family too far.