Tag: Oscar Isaac

I Was Young When I Left Home

Sunday, 19 June, 2016 0 Comments

In 1961, Bob Dylan reworked the traditional song 900 Miles and turned it into the poignant I Was Young When I Left Home. He played it just once during a home recording session in Minneapolis at Christmas-time that year and it was finally given a general release in 2005 on No Direction Home: The Bootleg Series Vol 7.

Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in the epic space opera film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, made his film breakthrough in the Dylanesque Inside Llewyn Davis, and here he offers up a beautiful interpretation of I Was Young When I Left Home.

“I was young when I left home
An’ I been out ramblin’ ’round
An’ I never wrote a letter to my home
To my home, Lord, to my home
An’ I never wrote a letter to my home.”

A most excellent film

Thursday, 26 March, 2015 0 Comments

According to statistics, 1981 was the most dangerous year in the history of New York City. This, then, is the time and the place in which director J.C. Chandor stages A Most Violent Year. Crime is rampant, corruption is rife, danger lurks on the mean streets and the winter cold is pervasive. Despite these obstacles, Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is determined to corner a share of the oil heating industry. His wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), comes from Mafia stock and is the power behind the throne, but she has her Mrs Macbeth moments of doubt about her man. He lacks the native killer instinct needed to survive in America’s concrete jungle, she feels. Yes, he’s handsome, clever and ambitious, but he refuses to carry a gun. She is wrong, of course, and one of the great things about this film is that it shows how little we understand each other, no matter the intensity of our relationships.

Abel Morales: “You should know that I have always taken the path that is most right. The result is never in question for me. Just what path do you take to get there? There is always one that is most right. And that is what this is.”