Much of the coverage of A Most Wanted Man, the new film by rock-photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn out this Friday, has focused on the fact that it contains the last complete performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – and a staggeringly sad one it is too. However, the film itself deserves a bit more of a nod, given that it’s a taut, finely constructed spy thriller with other strong performances (including Rachel McAdams – who knew?) and is shot with Corbijn’s particular ability to capture beauty and bleakness in the horizontal stretch of wide screen, as he did on his 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control. Well worth a watch.
“Wreckin’ Ball” is the fifth track on Ryan Adams’ new self-titled album, out today. It’s a simple, tender yet masculine song, voice and guitar and not a whole lot more, about feeling low and wanting a particular girl to come and around and make you feel worse. In short, it’s the kind of Ryan Adams song you can spend half your life – or at least the 14 years since “Oh My Sweet Carolina” and “My Winding Wheel” from Hearbreaker – waiting around for. At last.