Tag Archives: Guy Pearce

When We Rise

The Milk (2008) writer’s ambitious odyssey through 45 years of fighting for LGBT rights in America starts with gays finding their voice in San Francisco in spite of persistent police brutality and ends with the Supreme Court paving the way for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Focus lies on several real-life characters that we … Continue reading When We Rise

Iron Man 3

UNLEASH THE POWER BEHIND THE ARMOR. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has started to suffer from panic attacks at a time when the world is threatened by an international terrorist organization headed by the mysterious Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). The man who once wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) stepped into the directing chair for this one and … Continue reading Iron Man 3

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

Prometheus

THE SEARCH FOR OUR BEGINNING COULD LEAD TO OUR END. In the 2090s, the Prometheus is carrying a scientific expedition into outer space, heading for an Earth-like moon that could harbor clues to the beginning of mankind. Director Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise is in the form of a 3D prequel exploring philosophical … Continue reading Prometheus

Mildred Pierce

HAVING IT ALL WOULD COST HER EVERYTHING. In the early 1930s, the newly divorced Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) reluctantly gets a job as a waitress and soon comes up with a way to make a lot of money; her sole motivation is the happiness of her ungrateful, oldest daughter. This miniseries remake of the 1945 film … Continue reading Mildred Pierce

The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

IT TAKES LEADERSHIP TO CONFRONT A NATION’S FEAR. IT TAKES FRIENDSHIP TO CONQUER YOUR OWN. After watching this brilliant drama, I knew I had to consult YouTube for the speech King George VI made after Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. Sometimes, historical events portrayed in films absurdly seem a bit small in comparison with … Continue reading The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

EVERYTHING IS SUSPECT… EVERYONE IS FOR SALE… AND NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS.  In the case of L.A. Confidential, success was far from guaranteed. Director Curtis Hanson had made a few formulaic thrillers, screenwriter Brian Helgeland was not an established name in Hollywood and the two stars, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, were mostly known … Continue reading L.A. Confidential: City of No Angels

Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU’RE IN IT. Doctors love to complain about movies that portray their line of work. So do cops, fire fighters, journalists… and soldiers. Many Iraq War vets harbor contempt toward this film’s depiction of life in Baghdad for a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The filmmakers seem to have … Continue reading Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

The Road

IN A MOMENT THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER. Ever since a huge catastrophic event killed most people, a man and his young son (Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee) have been trying to survive; the man is becoming increasingly frail and teaches the boy what he knows. John Hillcoat previously made another dystopia, The Proposition (2005), and this … Continue reading The Road

Memento: Getting It Backwards

SOME MEMORIES ARE BEST FORGOTTEN. The film kept building over several months. It opened at the Venice Film Festival in September 2000 and then continued playing the festival circuit. Its American premiere was in January 2001 at the Sundance Film Festival. Critics debated the film’s merits, audiences admired the way the filmmakers played with time. … Continue reading Memento: Getting It Backwards