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Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.
Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.
Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, »
- Demetrios Matheou
On the surface, HBO's currently acclaimed and so far strongly rated mystery drama series "The Night Of" seems to be very much a 'one and done' style affair - an eight-episode self-contained event series about a complex murder case in New York City.
That may not be entirely true though as showrunner Steven Zaillian told the press (via THR) this weekend at the network's TCA presentation that a possible second installment is in discussion:
"We're thinking about it and if we come up with something we all feel is worthy of doing, we'll do it. This was designed as a standalone piece. … That being said, there are ways of certainly kind of taking what it feels like and what its about and doing another season on another subject."
- Garth Franklin
“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off
One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »
Leonardo DiCaprio is a favorite to win the Oscar for Best Actor at Sunday night's award ceremony for his turn in The Revenant, and while many people are referring to it at "Leo's year," it's hardly the first time he's been up for the highly coveted award. In fact, this marks DiCaprio's fifth nomination. So where did it all start? DiCaprio, 41, first burst into the awards-circuit scene in 1994 when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal as Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. At just the age of 19, DiCaprio was the second youngest nominee of the year, »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Our series on remakes continues with a film which is more of a duplication than an actual remake. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Omen (2006).
If you’ve seen the original version of The Omen (1976) and then you watch the remake from 2006, you have to ask “Why did they even bother?” The remake was barely even a remake. It was a shot-for-shot, scene -for-scene copy of the original. Released on the 30th anniversary of the original, it offered absolutely nothing new, except a more modern cast and some mediocre CGI effects. Other than that, this is a completely unnecessary, gratuitous photo-copy of the first version.
About this film Rolling Stone Magazine wrote, “Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot by shot remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact”. Recently, we did a dissection of the Van Sant remake of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
5 items from 2016
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