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Praise is due to two superb actors who went from a Mike Leigh TV movie to Hollywood, pacing each other every step of the way
One of the nicer aspects of a veteran director returning to action is the chance it gives you to reacquaint yourself with their early films. So it is with Mike Leigh, whose Another Year is fast approaching release. I have to be honest here and admit that in recent years my relationship with Leigh's film-making has become a little frayed, and yet I'll always be grateful to him for showing me that great movies could take place in a recognisable Britain.
One of the first films to bring the glamour home, for me, was 1983's Meantime, a made-for-tv story of an unemployment-wrecked family in Dalston that brought together fresh faced talents Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. Watching it again, I felt the film was still »
- Danny Leigh
Hey, folks. Michael C. here from Serious Film with another overlooked contribution to film greatness. This time out let's look at a favorite of mine going back to my teenage years: the fight choreography of Rob Roy (1995).
William Hobbs is the Marlon Brando of movie sword fighting. He is the guy who blasted away years of mannered and artificial fight choreography and brought it down to Earth. A fencing advisor with credits ranging from The Duelists and Dangerous Liaisons all the way back to Olivier's Othello, one would be hard pressed to find a memorable sword fight from the last fifty years which Hobbs did not have a hand in creating. Out of that lifetime of memorable scenes his masterpiece is undoubtedly the climactic duel from Michael Caton-Jones' Rob Roy. It is a scene that doesn't just sit atop the list of great movie sword fights, but deserves prominent »
- Michael C.
Showtime is adding more star power to its upcoming series The Big C. The premium cable network has just added Liam Neeson (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Unknown White Male) to its roster of guest-stars. Official Release Los Angeles (July 26, 2010) – Celebrated film and theater star Liam Neeson will re-team with fellow Kinsey co-star Laura Linney in one episode of the new Showtime comedy series The Big C, premiering August 16th at 10:30 pm Pt/Et immediately following the 6th season premiere of Weeds. Neeson will play “Bee Man,” an eccentric character who Cathy (Linney) consults for a possible treatment for her terminal cancer. Best known for playing complex historical heroes, including his critically acclaimed lead performances in the docudramas Schindler’s List (which garnered him a Best Actor Oscar nomination), Michael Collins (earning him a Golden Globe nomination) and Rob Roy, Neeson has garnered rave »
- Alexis James-Whitehead
We've been looking at each Meryl Streep Oscar nod and its competitive field. Previously: 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 88 and 90.
When The Bridges of Madison County premiered in summer (a rare Eastwood berth, indeed) it seemed like Streep might finally win her 3rd Oscar the following Spring. She'd been away from the awards race in what seemed like forever. Hilariously, that "forever" absence had only been four consecutive years (1991-1994) but for Meryl, that's an eternity. In fact, a four year absence had never happened before and has never happened since all these years later. By the end of the 1995 film year, a really actressy one, the story was a lot different and the race was suddenly all but sewn up for Sarandon with only Streep and Stone as dark horse possibilities.
1995 the nominees were
Meryl Streep, »
- NATHANIEL R
Tim Roth may look like a seasoned small-screen pro while playing Lie to Me's slick human lie detector, Dr. Cal Lightman. But the truth is, after 30 years in the business, Lie to Me is Roth's first major TV gig. Before landing the show's lead role, Roth was one-half of Pulp Fiction's Pumpkin/Honey-Bunny tag team and the villainous Thade in Planet of the Apes. He also earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy. I spoke to Roth about his... More >> »
- Stefanie Lee
Ridley Scott’s newest epic, his own take on Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe, opens in theaters Friday, May 14. While the classical lore of Robin Hood has him stealing from rich to give to the poor… the trailer suggests Scott has turned the Robin Hood tale into one helluva Gladiator-sized period action flick complete with sword fights. So, anticipating quite an awe-inspiring onscreen display of steel blade clashing, we’ve compiled our top ten list of the best sword fights captured on film.
Reader’s Choice: The Princess Bride – In an effort to show we value our reader’s opinions, we’ve included a Reader’s Choice selection this week.
In response to the overwhelming reaction to this film somehow shamefully slipping through the fingers of the Movie Geeks on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, The Princess Bride has been added as a Reader’s Choice pick. The »
- Movie Geeks
Sam Worthington is having one fantastic career so far. He's starred in the highest grossing movie ever made, he's battled Terminators, and now he's fighting amongst the Gods. His career has gone from 0-60 faster than a Bugatti Veyron and shows no signs of ever hitting the brakes.In this press conference interview to promote his new film Clash of the Titans, Sam talks about working with special effects, with a horse that wasn't very friendly to him, what it was like working with Liam Neeson, his upcoming projects and more. (Special thanks to Christina Radish of IESB for the quick transcript.) Were you familiar with the stories of Greek mythology before making this film? Sam: I don’t know about in America or anywhere else, but in Australia we grow up learning the myths, like the Minotaur and the maze, and things like that. But, I didn’t »
Sam Worthington is an actor with a career that is undoubtedly on the rise. The native Australian graduated from Sydney’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art and went on to star in a number of Australian television shows and films, before being handpicked by director James Cameron to star in the groundbreaking sci-fi 3-D epic Avatar, which has now earned more than $2 billion worldwide, making it the top-grossing film of all time.
Prior to the release of Avatar, Sam Worthington made a definite impression on American audiences when he starred opposite Christian Bale in the sci-fi action flick Terminator Salvation. After filming wrapped, he took off for England to play Perseus in a re-imagining of the epic adventure Clash of the Titans, opening on April 2nd.
- Sara Wayland
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Entertainment grade: D+
History grade: D
Hairy, sturdy-thighed Highlanders swarm manfully through the glens, hunting cattle thieves. Meanwhile, the English-accented Scottish aristocracy – the Duke of Montrose (John Hurt) and his fictional sidekick Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) – mince around in lace and curly wigs. "It is years, your grace, since I buggered a boy," simpers Cunningham. "I thought him a girl at the moment of entry." So far, so Braveheart: the baddies are English and queer, the goodies are Scottish and ruggedly hetero. And by "Scottish", the film means "American". There's even an irrelevant subplot about one »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
9 items from 2010
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