Tag Archives: Christopher Plummer

Dolores Claiborne: Island of Misery

SOMETIMES, AN ACCIDENT CAN BE AN UNHAPPY WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND.  During a critical scene between Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) and her abusive husband Joe (David Strathairn), she tells him that he’s likely to end up in Shawshank Prison. Fans of Stephen King will recognize this as a typical sign that the story takes place in … Continue reading Dolores Claiborne: Island of Misery

Malcolm X: How Little Became Huge

At first, Norman Jewison was considered as director of a movie chronicling the life of Malcolm X. After all, he had done a great job on In the Heat of the Night (1967), a film that took on the racial conflicts of that period in America. Jewison was interested in the project, but there was … Continue reading Malcolm X: How Little Became Huge

Hector and the Search for Happiness

EVERYONE WANTS TO FIND IT. Hector (Simon Pegg), who’s bored with his perfect little dull life, tells his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) that he needs to go away on a journey east to find out what exactly makes people happy. Much like Eat Pray Love (2010), this movie offers banal answers to difficult questions and has … Continue reading Hector and the Search for Happiness

Terrence Malick, the 20-Year Mystery, Turns 70

The clip above is fascinating. It’s from last year when Christopher Plummer came together with George Clooney, Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron for a Newsweek round-table talk about the Oscars. However, in this clip they’re talking about Terrence Malick and they seem to be unusually candid about a filmmaker who usually … Continue reading Terrence Malick, the 20-Year Mystery, Turns 70

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

SOME FIGHTS ARE BIGGER THAN THE RING. In 1971, Muhammad Ali’s refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War becomes a case for the U.S. Supreme Court, but Chief Justice Warren Burger (Frank Langella) believes it has no merits. His name may be in the title, but in this HBO drama the champ only appears … Continue reading Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Priest

THE WAR IS ETERNAL. HIS MISSION IS JUST THE BEGINNING. When Priest (Paul Bettany), who’s part of the elite warriors who won a war between humans and vampires, tries to warn the leaders of the current worldwide theocracy that the bloodsuckers are back, no one believes him. The man behind Legion (2010) turns the South Korean … Continue reading Priest

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As a man (Heath Ledger) who tried to hang himself joins a traveling theater troupe in England, its ancient leader (Christopher Plummer) is worried about a deal he once made with the Devil. Just like the drunken idiot who in the film’s early scenes is sucked into the mysterious world on the other side of … Continue reading The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Beginners: Waiting for the Lion

This is what love feels like.   The buzz surrounding this film on its premiere related to Christopher Plummer’s performance as an elderly man coming out to his son. That is undeniably an inspiring part of the film, but it’s not what touched me the most. A lot of people who’ve seen this film likely … Continue reading Beginners: Waiting for the Lion

The Last Station

Intoxicating. Infuriating. Impossible. Love. In 1910, Valentin Bulgakov (James McAvoy) finds himself in the middle of a battle between Sophia Tolstoy (Helen Mirren) and her husband’s (Christopher Plummer) most ardent disciples who are trying to take control of the author’s copyrights in the name of “the people”. Mirren and Plummer are very passionate as the … Continue reading The Last Station

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

WHAT IS HIDDEN IN SNOW, COMES FORTH IN THE THAW.   Investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is hired by a wealthy industrialist (Christopher Plummer) to look into the mysterious disappearing of his niece 40 years ago; he believes that a family member might have killed her. This remake of the 2009 Swedish film rides the … Continue reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Battle of Britain

In 1940 the Germans are preparing under Goering’s leadership to invade Britain, but the RAF valiantly fight them in the air. One of Britain’s proudest moments is not given the proper treatment in this forgettable epic. It’s all about the planes and the air battles; an amazing number of old aircraft were used and those … Continue reading Battle of Britain

The Return of the Pink Panther

YOU MAY REST ASSURED THAT THERE’S TROUBLE, BECAUSE INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU IS ON THE CASE… THAT’S THE TROUBLE. When the famed Pink Panther is stolen in Lugash, the Phantom (Christopher Plummer) is suspected as always; Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is on the case, but the Phantom is innocent. The fourth movie in the series reunited Blake Edwards, … Continue reading The Return of the Pink Panther