14 items from 2015
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
Like many of you, I was pretty surprised and more than a little bit delighted when Liam Neeson made the next act in his illustrious career an action packed one. No one expected Taken to be a hit, or as satisfyingly enjoyable as it was, but it signaled a new trajectory for Neeson. That’s been all well and good, but one thing that it’s cost us is his performances in Oscar fare. Since Taken, Neeson has more or less dropped off of the Academy’s radar, with only one upcoming project hopefully set to return him to prestige territory. I like when he kicks ass, like he does in Friday’s new release Run All Night, but I prefer it when he contends for awards. Neeson is a very strong dramatic actor and certainly very solid as an action hero, but it’s the former where he’s really been able to shine. »
- Joey Magidson
To throw your child off a roof for her own safety, you have to be stuck in a really dire situation. Such a hellish, last resort scenario is experienced by Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) in the first trailer for No Escape, a thriller featured along with Big Game in our latest trailer round-up. No Escape (formerly titled The Coup) comes from the writing duo of brothers John Erick and Drew Dowdle (As Above/So Below, Quarantine) and stars Wilson and Lake Bell as Americans caught up in a coup. To get their daughters to a U.S. Embassy alive, they must rely on each other and their friend Hammond (Pierce Brosnan). Big Game, meanwhile, comes from Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale writer/director Jalmari Helander and stars Samuel L. Jackson as an on-the-run President of the United States who is striving to survive in Finland after Air Force One is shot down. »
- Derek Anderson
In the rugged countryside of Finland, a young thirteen-year-old (Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the president, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them.
This could be the good time, sleeper hit of the summer. Given its end of June release, Big Game is the type of over the top, action »
- Michelle McCue
Martin Scorsese is one of the most iconic directors of all time. He created such groundbreaking films like Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Yet it took him eight Oscar nominations, five Best Director nominations alone, until he finally received the Best Director Academy Award in 2006 for the film The Departed. Let's look back at the film that finally landed Scorese the gold.
Scorsese is one of those directors that has been creating for generations. He's the known for creating and depicting the worst antiheroes that you can't help but like and can't stop watching. You follow them on their twisted journeys and sometimes untimely demises, all while that same Rolling Stone song (“Gimme Shelter”) plays in the background. Your parents loved him, you love him, and I'm sure your children will or already do love him. There's always one particular movie of his that you discover that makes »
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The Boardwalk Empire actor on the brilliance of The Sopranos, Venice in winter and taking the kids to see Kasabian
Actor Stephen Graham, 41, was born in Kirkby, Liverpool, and got his breakthrough role in 2000, when Guy Ritchie cast him as Tommy in gangster film Snatch. Since then, he has played Combo in Shane Meadows’s Bafta-winning This Is England film and TV series and Al Capone in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Gangs of New York. He is married to fellow actor Hannah Walters, with whom he has two children. His next role is in crime drama Hyena, released in the UK on 6 March.
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- Ralph Jones
We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly." From a pundit, industry and Oscar fan perspective, it appears as though three of the five nominees have a legitimate shot to celebrate on Oscar Sunday. First up is "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne. The 33-year-old Brit has already won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and, as expected, the BAFTA Award in this category for his incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the popular biopic. Redmayne's main competition for most of awards season has been "Birdman's" Michael Keaton. The veteran actor was the apple of critics groups' eyes, earning honors from the National Board of Review and, by our count, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has finally secured funding for his passion project Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name, which follows a group of Portuguese Jesuits who face intense persecution during their mission to isolated Japan in the 17th century.
“I’ve wanted to make Silence for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality”, states Scorsese. “It is heartening to have adventurous partners like [financiers] Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films to work with on this picture”
Filming on Silence is set to get underway on January 30th, with Scorsese directing a cast that includes Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Adam Driver (Girls).
- Gary Collinson
One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Although that anticipation was under the presumption that Silence would actually come out this year, let alone be made. The film has been in pre-production for ages, by Marty’s account, nearly two decades, but the film is finally coming together with funding from Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films, Deadline reported.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (yes, he’s in Everything now) as two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan on a mission to spread Christianity and locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. The pair face incredible, violent persecution while on their journey, and the film has been likened to Scorsese’s last East Asia epic, Kundun.
- Brian Welk
A new video examines director Martin Scorsese’s use of mirrors in his films ranging from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Gangs of New York and his most recent work in The Wolf of Wall Street. Is Scorsese using it as a reflection on humanity? Is he commenting on the thwarted views of the characters?
Watch the video below to judge for yourself how Scorsese uses the mirror with his characters.
The post Watch how Martin Scorsese uses mirrors in his films appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Zach Dennis
Any occasion where we see the union of two talents like Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent is reason for celebration. Hawkins absolutely blew me away in “Blue Jasmine,” giving that film’s most un-affected, resolutely human performance, and dutifully managed to tread through the veritable sea of bad dialogue and questionable character motivation inherent in the script for Gareth Edwards’ not-entirely-terrible “Godzilla” reboot. Broadbent, meanwhile, is a man who needs no introduction. He’s one of our finest living actors, having lent his chameleonic quality to varying films like Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” and Edgar Wright’s “Hot Fuzz.” They are two of our most considerable working actors and in this new short film—an emotionally brutal piece of minimalist storytelling called “The Phone Call”—we get to see them square off against each other, even if Broadbent »
- Nicholas Laskin
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro were frequent collaborators throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s starting with the acclaimed crime drama Mean Streets in 1973, and ending with Casino in 1995. Leonardo DiCaprio became the autuer's next muse, beginning with the 2002 period drama Gangs of New York and culminating in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street. Never before have Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro appeared in the same Martin Scorsese movie together, until now! The duo have finally teamed up, along with Brad Pitt, for the short film The Audition.
Each actor was paid $13 million apiece to star in the short film, which is being used to promote City of Dreams Manila, a new casino in Manila Bay, Philippines. With a budget of $70 million, we get our first look at The Audition in the form of two trailers meant to serve as ads for City of Dreams and Studio City casinos, »
In what is now a new and continuing tradition, the Golden Globe Awards have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be made public this Thursday. Of course, voting for the Oscar nominations was closed before the awards were revealed so don't think last night's wins will have any effect on the nominees. But this isn't an article designed to look at nominations, though we'll certainly get into a little of that. Instead we're looking at what chance last night's Globe winners have at winning the Oscar based on the recent Globe vs. Oscar history. This post serves as my ninth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and we'll take a look at the past 30 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
From humble Irish beginnings to full-fledged Hollywood stardom, Liam Neeson has had a whirlwind career.
Heck, he even reinvented the action hero.
Coming up in the '80s, Neeson enjoyed moderate success on stage and screen. It was his star turn in a 1992 production of "Anna Christie," however, that inadvertently catapulted him to fame. After seeing a performance of the Broadway play, Steven Spielberg cast Neeson in his now acclaimed "Schindler's List" (1993) and made the Irishman a Hollywood leading man. This winter, Neeson is back as another noble ass-kicker in the action movie "Taken 3."
From his early influences to his own fighting prowess, here are 30 things you probably don't know about Liam Neeson.
1. Liam John Neeson was born June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
2. His mother was a cook, while his father was a caretaker at a local primary school.
3. Neeson was one of four children, and the only boy. »
- Jonny Black
14 items from 2015
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