Being firmly ensconced in the suburban confines of the San Fernando Valley, a nighttime Hollywood trip is, at my middle-aged slumber, an inconvenience. But Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was holding a screening of Dom Hemingway in celebration of its recent Blu-ray and DVD release, and watching Jude Law go balls out as a vulgar and hot tempered safecracker was too tempting to pass out.
The event took place at Hemingway’s Lounge, an impressive oasis with books and typewriters adorning the surroundings. With A Moveable Feast and the short story A Clean, Well Lighted Place serving as constant inspirations, partaking in any festivity inspired by Ernest Hemingway was also a no-brainer, especially since a huge part of me misses Century City’s Harry’s Bar.
Nostalgia aside, the Dom Hemingway enabled bloggers, journalists, and other guests to munch on a few snacks and libations before the proceedings, and since I’m a glutton for photo opportunities with movie branding slathered next to my unimpressive visage, having Dom Hemingway partake in my photographic history was a distinct pleasure.
The film, directed by first rate filmmaker Richard Shepard (The Matador, The Hunting Party) continues Shepard’s love of unpredictable storytelling. One never knows where Dom Hemingway (Jude Law, doing inspired work) is headed, and even with his loyal best friend in tow (Richard E. Grant), Dom is a force of nature that can’t be controlled.
If you’re ever in Hollywood, Hemingway’s Lounge is worth a look, especially if you’re the literary sort who loves rooms filled with books. I didn’t try the Death in the Afternoon cocktail, but maybe I’ll give it a shot when fatalism enters my picture. As for Dom Hemingway, the Blu-ray comes includes audio commentary from Shepard, several featurettes, the theatrical trailer. I’ll be writing up a Blu-ray review of Dom Hemingway over the weekend, but the movie itself is definitely worth checking out (Dom’s opening monologue, in which he extols the virtue of his penis, is worth the price of admission).
If you’ve already seen Dom Hemingway or even checked out Hemingway’s Lounge, I’d love to read your opinions. Feel free to comment on my blog and we’ll also be having a Dom Hemingway giveaway next week. There’s going to be a ton of Dom on the blog in the coming days, so please stay tuned!