Tag Archives: Alan Rickman

Eye in the Sky

WELCOME TO THE NEW FRONT LINE. As a group of terrorists are clearly preparing for a suicide bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, a multinational group of military officers, politicians and lawyers argue over whether to send a drone-guided missile their way. After breaking through with Tsotsi (2005), director Gavin Hood had trouble finding his place in … Continue reading Eye in the Sky

There Will Be a Reagan Movie… But Not With Ferrell

So, we didn’t get to see a Ronald Reagan movie starring Will Ferrell. But was that really ever in the cards? The clip above is a Funny or Die skit starring Ferrell as President George W. Bush, a role he’s played many times, even on stage. The clip is a funny parody of Obama’s announcement that Osama … Continue reading There Will Be a Reagan Movie… But Not With Ferrell

Nancy Reagan and the Movies

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan is dead at the age of 94. This blog often delves into politics, but in this case I prefer to write about her as an actress – and how she’s been portrayed onscreen. In the clip above from 1980, Reagan (then in the middle of her husband’s presidential campaign) answers … Continue reading Nancy Reagan and the Movies

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

FOR THE GOOD OF ALL MEN, AND THE LOVE OF ONE WOMAN, HE FOUGHT TO UPHOLD JUSTICE BY BREAKING THE LAW. After escaping from a prison in Jerusalem, English nobleman Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) returns home to find the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) ruling over his land… One of the biggest box-office … Continue reading Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Now Let’s See a Whole Movie With Rickman as Reagan

Today, I saw Lee Daniels’ The Butler and there are two things I’d like to discuss here – how the civil rights movement is depicted in the film, and the portrayal of all those Presidents. What didn’t fly and what did in fact work? Let’s start with Harry Lennix. A little over a month ago, the … Continue reading Now Let’s See a Whole Movie With Rickman as Reagan

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

IT ALL ENDS. There are people who enjoy the Harry Potter books and films… and then there are Potterheads, the fanatics. I’ve always belonged in the former category. I read the first novel, then concentrated on the movie adaptations. I did care about what would happen to Harry and his friends, but never had the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

NOWHERE IS SAFE. The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Alice in Wonderland

YOU’RE INVITED TO A VERY IMPORTANT DATE 3/5/10. 19-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is being set up to marry a dull English nobleman, but is rescued by falling into a hole in the ground that takes her to a bizarre place called Underland. Lewis Carroll’s books are fused into one story in Tim Burton’s hands and … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

DARK SECRETS REVEALED. When Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for another year, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) wants his help in trying to learn what a new teacher knows about Voldemort. Director David Yates made the previous film as well, but this sixth chapter feels like more of the same without the passion and tension that … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince