Tag Archives: Daniel Craig

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

SPECTRE

As James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a particularly powerful villain (and shadows from his past), the British intelligence community is about to change in a way that deeply worries M (Ralph Fiennes)… The 24th Bond flick connects with the previous three, and on a deeper level with one of the most classic ingredients of Sean … Continue reading SPECTRE

Defiance

FREEDOM BEGINS WITH AN ACT OF DEFIANCE. In 1941, after the murders of their parents, the Bielski brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell) hide in a forest in Belarus where they organize shelter for other Jews, and an armed resistance movement. Edward Zwick has shown a knack for portraying exciting historical chapters in the … Continue reading Defiance

Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

PRAY FOR MICHAEL SULLIVAN.  There’s a deleted scene in this film where John Rooney (Paul Newman), a local Illinois mob boss, meets with the legendary Al Capone and his closest associate, Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci). Capone is played by Anthony LaPaglia, a very capable actor. In the end, though, director Sam Mendes decided to leave … Continue reading Road to Perdition: In Capone’s Shadow

Infamous

THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY THAN YOU KNOW. The year after Capote, the drama that followed author Truman Capote’s fascination over the countryside killings that inspired him to write “In Cold Blood”, came this film that is almost as good. Starts out as more of a light comedy as the flamboyant Capote clashes with rural … Continue reading Infamous

Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

It was at a party thrown by Hugh Jackman in 2010 that Daniel Craig ran into Sam Mendes after downing a few cocktails. Mendes was curious about the next James Bond movie and asked Craig who’s directing it. “Well, you are”, the star blurted out. It was basically just a joke between two guys who … Continue reading Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

Cowboys & Aliens

FIRST CONTACT. LAST STAND. In 1873, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wanders into a small Arizona town, unable to remember what he’s been through… and then aliens attack. There’s nothing wrong with the visual effects or the cast in this spectacular summer blockbuster; Craig is even trying to channel his inner Clint Eastwood. But one has … Continue reading Cowboys & Aliens

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 wave … Continue reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

THIS YEAR, DISCOVER HOW FAR ADVENTURE WILL TAKE YOU.   When Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson hooked up to make the first truly ambitious screen adaptation of Hergé‘s classic comic-book hero, it was easy to expect the most humorless of fanboys to react negatively. One of the first people to comment on this movie was … Continue reading Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

The Invasion

DO NOT TRUST ANYONE. DO NOT SHOW EMOTION. DO NOT FALL ASLEEP. A short while after a space shuttle explodes on re-entry, psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) realizes that people around her are turning completely emotionless. German director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s first Hollywood flick is (yawn) another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), a … Continue reading The Invasion

Quantum of Solace

James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes on a personal vendetta after the death of the woman he loved and realizes that she was blackmailed by a powerful organization. Bond film nr. 22 continues where Casino Royale (2006) left off and shares similarities with Licence to Kill (1989) – Bond is blinded with rage and tries to kill anyone connected to the … Continue reading Quantum of Solace

Elizabeth: The Golden Cage

DECLARED ILLEGITIMATE AGED 3. TRIED FOR TREASON AGED 21. CROWNED QUEEN AGED 25. The opening credits are thunderous and intimidating, suggesting that this is perhaps a horror movie. They are followed by a grisly sequence where people are burned at the stake. However, what appears is a film that is quite obviously and cleverly inspired … Continue reading Elizabeth: The Golden Cage