Welcome to the 405's latest column, 24 Frames. Writers Sahara Shrestha and Andrew Jamieson will be guiding you through the exciting, confusing and often brilliant world of 'film'. Expect news, trailers and plenty of opinion.

The latest edition is brought to you by Andrew Jamieson, who can be found on twitter over at @theghostwriterc.



In Memoriam: James Gandolfini - 1961-2013

Sadly the great actor James Gandolfini passed away on June 21st. I will confess here that I never watched the Sopranos and therefore I can't comment on just how good he was in the long running series. It's the one boxset I never got around to watching; suffice to say I was saddened by this great loss. Why? The man was brilliant.

I first saw Gandolfini in Crimson Tide (Dir. Tony Scott 1995) where he played a submarine officer in a tiny supporting role. Near to the end of the thriller, Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington face off against each other as they wait for the orders that will decide whether or not they launch a nuclear weapon against Russia which would bring about Armageddon. Eventually Hackman strikes Denzel Washington across the face and makes a 'blink and you will miss it' reference to Washington's ethnicity.

This scene is so uneasy and nuanced in the overall scope of the narrative that it means the audience needs a reference point away from the central protagonists to confirm their ideas about the two characters and their opposition. Gandolfini provided this reference with a sly grimace.

Only an actor of his quality could assist the audience to building up to this point of the movie via the brief mannerisms and persona that are allowed during a movie when an actor only has a tiny supporting role. Gandolfini did this from the first time he was on screen in this movie, and only for a quarter of a second in this last scene. Without him the scene would not have played out as well and the derision and attentiveness of the audience would have been subdued.

So Mr Gandolfini, the first time I saw you I knew you were destined for a big future and I wanted to pay homage to an early footnote; seemingly so small and yet it would leave an imprint on me in 1995 and on those I have spoken to who took you into their hearts three years later as an actor who 'offered a comedic sense of pathos, masculine vulnerability and violence' in such a renowned television series. I also pay homage to the greatness of your performances in Welcome to The Rileys (Dir. Jake Scott 2010), Killing Them Softly (Dir. Andrew Dominik 2012) and In the Loop (Dir Armando Ianucci 2009). I last saw this great actor in Zero Dark Thirty (Katheryn Bigelow 2012) and like I did in 1995, your role was small but unforgettable. Let this man's talent never be forgotten.



Trailer Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

If you were wondering if Martin Scorsese would currently be sat with a bunch of cuddly kittens with his extended family thinking about directing another tale about cinema for children, you were fucking wrong (apologies, I think I embraced the tone of the Kanye West song in the trailer too much).

Based on Jordan Belfort's book where he tries to make the Wall Street crash look like a lost bankbook, while indulging in sex, cocaine (lots of it) and swindling against a backdrop of capitalist indulgence (give me more, more women, more money, more women, more damn... apologies again) that leads him to the state pen.

As somebody who loves not only Scorsese but also Leonardo DiCaprio, it's safe to say that I think this movie looks superb. It seems to have the off-kilter humour of The Departed, certain shades of Goodfellas in the presentation, and a surprisingly vibrant colour palette from cinematographer Roderigo Prieto (he also shot Argo and Brokeback Mountain, as well as the pretentious pomposity that was Babel - which I like).

The supporting cast is lead by Matthew McConaughey who looks like he is in the middle of the best three years of his career, with Jonah Hill, Joanna Lumley and Jean Dujardin and the former 'Pan Am' actress Margot Robbie (she was also in 'Neighbours' - Yes!) backing up DiCaprio.

From the look of this trailer it seems we may have one of the movies of the year. It also looks as if it will feature themes and characters that will have a wider context in the economic climate of today. We'll also have a wild, fun and emotional ride too. More, give me more!