Last Ride in NYC

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 Here's a brief item cross-posted from my personal LJ:

I have some great news for Hugo fans in the NYC area. Hugo's 2009 film Last Ride, which the actor has called one of his personal favorites, will receive its New York premiere on April 7 and on April 9 at the Museum of Modern Art. Unfortunately, tickets can't be purchased online unless you're a member of the museum, but can be purchased on the day of the screening at the museum's information desk or, after 4.30pm, at the theater box office (full ticketing info here). Last Ride will be paired with the short film "Stunt Love".

Complications aside, it'll be a great opportunity to see one of Hugo's most iconic (and underseen) performances on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Hopefully this will presage an eventual DVD release or cable showing of Last Ride in the US too.

Hugo Weaving and Tom Russell in Last Ride, 2009

The Key Man has received mixed reviews in two screenings (so far) at SXSW in Austin, with the deciding factor in most viewers' opinions being whether they loved or hated the film's deliberate homage to 1970s filming techniques and period style, music, etc. No one so far has faulted Hugo's performance and some have genuinely loved the film. No formal reviews have been posted but I put up a selection of twitter reviews at my personal LJ, and The Irish Times gave the film a sentence or two of praise. Only time will tell whether the film is a cult classic in the making or an unfortunate period misfire a la The Tender Hook, which is still worth seeing for Hugo's performance.  I do know we deserve the opportunity to see the film and judge for ourselves.

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