British actress Naomie Harris has been nominated for an Oscar for her role as a crack-addicted mother in the 2016 indie drama Moonlight. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some other roles she's played in her career.
In 1959 Brighton, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »
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"Lamb" focuses on the relationship between Brother Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), a teacher in a Roman Catholic-run institution for troubled boys in Ireland, and 10-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh ... See full summary »
This densely-packed film is based on a book by Tom Hart about the struggles of a young Yorkshire boy trying to come to grips with squabbling parents, a doctor who wants to institutionalize ... See full summary »
The Orient Express, on it's night trip from Munich to Venice, is full because of the beginning of the carnival in Venice. Between the passengers are a journalist, an actress and her ... See full summary »
This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends... See full summary »
Hugh Grant stars as a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of ... See full summary »
Billy Connolly says that whilst filming the sex scene with Melanie ('Julie Graham (I)'), the director urged him (and Julie) to be more enthusiastic, vocal and vulgar. Billy said that he's not like that in real life. Just "mildly grateful" that he's having sex. See more »
Boxer Liam Neeson stands up to his boss, drug dealing Ian Bannen
"The Big Man" (1990) aka "Crossing the Line" is a movie propelled almost solely by the intense and energetic performance of Liam Neeson. Ian Bannen scores too, but his role involves more inward intensity, more outward threat and more decadence and nihilism. Neeson is supported well by the acting of Billy Connolly. He plays a friend who works for Bannen and persuades Neeson to train and fight in a bare-fisted contest. Connolly's character is supportive but also weak, manipulative and unsteady. Neeson's wife is played by Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. Her part is not as well-written, and she really can't project it on her own. Her character's motivations in opposition to Neeson's venture never come across convincingly. The settings are brought out well.
Neeson is a great actor whose career has been in the modern era, post-studios, post the earlier greats and giants. The modern material he's had to work with is not up to the classics. He alone cannot elevate a movie like "The Big Man" to classic status, but we can imagine that he outdoes anyone of his generation in handling this role.
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