Tag Archives: Christopher Plummer

A Hollywood Hurricane

Today we learned that this trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming kidnapping drama All the Money in the World, which opens next month, is already a thing of the past. In the trailer we see Kevin Spacey as the billionaire J. Paul Getty, but after the revelations of the past few weeks about Spacey the unprecedented decision … Continue reading A Hollywood Hurricane

The Insider: Under Pressure

WARNING: EXPOSING THE TRUTH MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  I work for a major newspaper in Scandinavia. That means we are a powerful voice in the Swedish media landscape. But just like every other newspaper or network, we are owned by somebody, in this case a Norwegian corporation. The relationship between us and our owners is complicated, … Continue reading The Insider: Under Pressure

Sound of Music: Still Climbing Ev’ry Mountain

RADIANCE THAT FLOODS THE SCREEN… AND WARMS THE HEART! The movie is too good to be true. The real-life von Trapp family in Austria, whose adventures were chronicled by Maria von Trapp in a 1949 best-selling book called ”The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”, did not escape Nazi-invaded Austria as dramatically as in the … Continue reading Sound of Music: Still Climbing Ev’ry Mountain

Wolf

INSIDE EVERY MAN THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE – ONE GOOD, ONE BEAST. Publishing editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) is bitten by a wolf in Vermont; in the following days, as he falls victim to workplace intrigue, Will realizes that he’s going through strange changes… Jim Harrison, who came up with the story, wasn’t happy about … Continue reading Wolf

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