Tag Archives: Bill Nighy

Pride: Stronger Together

In January 2015, it was reported that the American DVD release of the British hit Pride lacked any references to its gay content. The most stunning example was that someone had actually erased a banner with the words ”lesbian” and ”gay” written on it from the cover of the DVD. The rest of the image … Continue reading Pride: Stronger Together

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The whole gang (almost) is here for another round of love, intrigue and fun under the sun at that charming hotel for seniors near Jaipur, India. The sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) suffers from the same problems as so many others; it’s contrived, overlong and whatever points the concept has were made … Continue reading The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Total Recall

WHAT IS REAL? In the future, when the Earth is divided into two habitable territories, factory worker Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) is having strange dreams of being a secret agent… This remake of the 1990 film ditches the whole Mars setup of the original, but the really damning part is how the filmmakers abandon almost … Continue reading Total Recall

Arthur Christmas

ALL ELF BREAKS LOOSE.    Delivering Santa’s presents is a huge hi-tech operation involving hundreds of elves, but when Santa’s youngest son discovers that one of the presents was mistakenly not delivered he sets out on a mission. An animated 3D adventure that combines the financial and creative powers of one British studio and one … Continue reading Arthur Christmas

24 Best Christmas Movies, Part 1:4

The first day of December is upon us and Christmas is coming ever closer. This is one of my favourite months and what better way to get into the spirit than watching classic Christmas movies? I have assembled a list of 24 Yuletide favorites – and ranked them from worst to best. Mind you, worst … Continue reading 24 Best Christmas Movies, Part 1:4

About Time

A NEW FUNNY FILM ABOUT LOVE. WITH A BIT OF TIME TRAVEL. When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his dad (Bill Nighy) tells him the family secret – the men in his family can travel back in time. It may sound like an elaborate sci-fi movie, but the time-traveling thing simply becomes another disarming … Continue reading About Time

The World’s End

PREPARE TO GET ANNIHILATED.  Ne’er-do-well Gary King (Simon Pegg) gathers his old friends for a pub crawl in their hometown of Newton Haven, little dreaming that they’ll get wrapped up in a global battle… Edgar Wright ends what he and trusted partner Pegg have labeled the “Cornetto Trilogy” (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot … Continue reading The World’s End

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Get these veteran actors together and it’s hard to fail; they play six elderly Brits who relocate to a hotel in India for various reasons, ultimately hoping to improve their lives. The dialogue and the characters they play may be clichéd, but as expected the stars perform with conviction (especially Judi Dench) and that goes … Continue reading The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Hollywood Christmas 1:4

One year ago, I featured a Yuletide countdown to Christmas from December 1st on my old website. This year, allow me to summarize the best of it in four chapters. A look back on scenes, movies and TV shows that make you want to go dashing through the snow. “We changed the word love… to Christmas.” … Continue reading Hollywood Christmas 1:4

Wrath of the Titans

FEEL THE WRATH. Years after defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is living a quiet life with his son as a fisherman when his father (Liam Neeson) comes to tell him that he needs his help saving the world once again. This sequel to Clash of the Titans (2010) has better 3D effects, an amusing performance by Bill … Continue reading Wrath of the Titans

Page Eight

  At the same time as Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is getting to know his neighbor (Rachel Weisz) better, he receives a report with explosive contents from his long-time friend and boss, MI5 Director General Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon). Originally intended as a feature film, this intimate and quiet portrayal of an aging agent nevertheless fits … Continue reading Page Eight

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

EVERY WAR HAS A BEGINNING. The third part of this series is a prequel that portrays the beginning of the centuries-long war between vampires and Lycans, a special breed of werewolves. The setting looks Medieval and is very darkly lit. Kate Beckinsale makes a quick appearance in the final sequence, but focus lies on the … Continue reading Underworld: Rise of the Lycans