Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.
Most mass shooting gunmen live not necessarily in a world of psychosis but rather by an ethos of hatred and sadism. These killers adhere to the philosophy of Iago, who proclaims "I am not what I am," a nihilistic credo that attempts to refute Yahweh's life-affirming "I am what I am" code.
To begin with, he talks to you - yes, you. Not at you, like most soliloquisers, or to everyone in general, or to himself (Hamlet being the best exemplar of that). It's as if he's putting a hand to the side of his mouth, drawing you close.
Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.