Tag Archives: Javier Bardem

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who’s being chased by an undead pirate hunter (Javier Bardem), joins forces with the son (Brenton Thwaites) of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) in the search for the Trident of Poseidon. The fifth entry in the series, this one also in 3D, has a busy plot but still drags for long stretches… … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

To the Wonder

Terrence Malick’s first serious misstep, a rambling ”portrait” of a struggling couple (Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko) who move from Paris to the Oklahoma countryside, and a Catholic priest (Javier Bardem) who’s unhappy and can’t hear the voice of God. Fans of the filmmaker might find something to enjoy in the beautiful visuals and some deeper … Continue reading To the Wonder

The Counselor

At the same time as he asks the woman (Penélope Cruz) he loves to marry him, a counselor (Michael Fassbender) also gets involved in a drug deal with dire consequences. Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay combined with Ridley Scott’s considerable filmmaking skills should have been dynamite, especially considering No Country for Old Men (2007). What … Continue reading The Counselor

Eat Pray Love

LET YOURSELF GO THIS AUGUST. Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) has pretty much everything, but is still unhappy and feels lost – perhaps a culinary trip to Italy, a bit of praying in India and a love affair in Bali will take care of things? Gilbert’s Oprah-endorsed new age book gets its inevitable film adaptation that … Continue reading Eat Pray Love

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

Love in the Time of Cholera

How long would you wait for love? After failing to marry the woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) he loves, Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) decides to wait for her as long as it takes; the following fifty years are devoted to uncomplicated sexual pleasures. This take on Gabriel García Márquez’s widely celebrated novel drew lots of scorn from … Continue reading Love in the Time of Cholera

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

LIFE IS THE ULTIMATE WORK OF ART. Vicky and Christina (Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson), two friends with very different views on life and love, go to Barcelona for the summer; they meet a charismatic painter (Javier Bardem) who affects them both. It’s amazing to see the 72-year-old, versatile filmmaker deliver such a heartfelt, young, vibrant film; … Continue reading Vicky Cristina Barcelona

No Country for Old Men: Blood in the Sand

THERE ARE NO CLEAN GETAWAYS.   When I started reading Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”, it took a while before I was hooked but then I was taken aback by the writer’s way of describing the desolate, bleak future. In this film, which is based on one of McCarthy’s books, cinematographer Roger Deakins captures the stark … Continue reading No Country for Old Men: Blood in the Sand

The Sea Inside: Robbed of One’s Body

There is a scene in the movie where a wheelchair-bound bishop tries to make the paralyzed protagonist stop contemplating suicide. Since the bishop can’t climb the stairs up to the bedridden man, they have to shout but the “conversation” leads nowhere. The bishop and his church are simply too rigid. This happened in real life … Continue reading The Sea Inside: Robbed of One’s Body