New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 31

Life by Eric Hillis Over the past few years we’ve seen the emergence of a curious new sub-genre of films in which Ordinary Joes find themselves in the company of talented but troubled celebrities - Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, Dylan Thomas in Set Fire to the Stars and David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour. Anton Corbijn’s Life is the most interesting entry in this minor movement, possibly because its subject SHARE BUTTON hasn’t yet reached his cult status at the time the movie takes place. The Ordinary Joe in question here is freelance photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson). Tired of eking out a living with fluffy PR shoots on the sets of Hollywood productions, Stock aspires to something greater, a photo essay that will make his name, one worthy of Life magazine. Now if only he could find an intriguing subject. 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 31