Tag Archives: Gary Oldman

The Professional

A PROFESSIONAL HITMAN, AN INNOCENT WITNESS, A CORRUPT DETECTIVE WHO WENT TOO FAR.  New York City hitman Léon Montana (Jean Reno) reluctantly lets a 12-year-old girl (Natalie Portman) into his life after her family is murdered by a corrupt DEA agent (Gary Oldman). One of Luc Besson’s most successful films is somewhat related to his … Continue reading The Professional

Darkest Hour: More Than Just Oldman

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE IN. In 2014, there were two different Winston Churchill projects in development. Producer Douglas Urbanski, who was also Gary Oldman’s manager, kept nagging the actor to play the prime minister, but he dismissed the idea, unable to picture himself as Churchill. At the same time, producer Eric Fellner had his … Continue reading Darkest Hour: More Than Just Oldman

They Will Win Golden Globes 2018

The Golden Globes are already coming up. The show will be on NBC this Sunday and Seth Meyers debuts as host. Should be a solid experience, but perhaps with few surprises. One thing we can be certain of is many references to #metoo, especially on the red carpet. Now here’s my predictions – category by category. … Continue reading They Will Win Golden Globes 2018

Child 44

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST? Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are … Continue reading Child 44

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

EVERYONE’S OUT TO GET THEM… IF THEY DON’T KILL EACH OTHER FIRST.  Down-on-his-luck but still professional bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is drawn into the big league again when he ends up escorting a hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) to the Hague where he’s to testify against a former Belarusian dictator (Gary Oldman). This action-comedy seemed … Continue reading The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The U.S. Congress and the Movies

  The Saturday Night Live clip above shows President Barack Obama finally having that famed shot of Kentucky bourbon with the incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. The latter is unconvincingly played by Taran Killam, but the point is clear – get a high-ranking Democrat and Republican drunk together and they might just discover what they have … Continue reading The U.S. Congress and the Movies

RoboCop

WE’VE GOT THE FUTURE UNDER CONTROL. In 2028, a corporation that specializes in robot technology finds the perfect candidate for their new part-man/part-machine product in a cop (Joel Kinnaman) who was almost killed by a bomb. This remake of the 1987 classic purported to take a more scientific approach, which it does to some extent. … Continue reading RoboCop

Lawless

WHEN THE LAW BECAME CORRUPT, OUTLAWS BECAME HEROES.  Three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke), who run a small bootlegging operation in Virginia during Prohibition, are targeted by a corrupt District Attorney and his ruthless enforcer (Guy Pearce). Based on a real-life story, which was chronicled by Jack Bondurant’s grandson Matt in a novel, … Continue reading Lawless

The Book of Eli

Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it. Some time after a nuclear catastrophe, Eli (Denzel Washington) arrives in a small town run by Carnegie’s (Gary Oldman) vicious gang; when they learn that Eli has a very powerful book they do everything to grab it. The Hughes Brothers’ first movie in … Continue reading The Book of Eli

Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

A FIRE WILL RISE. On the night of this film’s intensely anticipated premiere, a 24-year-old man attacked a midnight screening in Aurora, Colorado and murdered 12 people. The horrendous act caused the studio to remove ads for the The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan released a statement where he called the movie theater … Continue reading Dark Knight Rises: The Bat vs. Bane

A Christmas Carol

WHAT IF YOU HAD BUT A SINGLE NIGHT TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT? Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the … Continue reading A Christmas Carol