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 Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

Woody Allen at 80

Today, Woody Allen turns 80 years old. There is every reason to congratulate this outstanding director even though he’s far from at the top of his game right now. Allen remains incredibly prolific, turning out a new movie every year. Once a year, we take our seat in a movie theater hoping to be dazzled … Continue reading Woody Allen at 80

Israel and Palestine Brings Out the Worst in Everybody

In my home country Sweden, a column was published a week ago that dealt with the current crisis between Israel and the Palestinian people. It really did have something to say about this tragedy, but its problem was that it was a mistake. It turned out to be five years old. The fact that few … Continue reading Israel and Palestine Brings Out the Worst in Everybody


  Uxbal (Javier Bardem) is raising two kids in Barcelona while also dealing with their bipolar mom (Maricel Álvarez), fixing work for illegal immigrants, and coming to grips with the fact that he’s dying of prostate cancer. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first Spanish-speaking film since Amores Perros (2000) takes some time before we get fully engaged … Continue reading Biutiful

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

BAFTA This Sunday? Few Surprises

The British know how to put on a good show as well, and this Sunday we’ll have the BAFTA Awards handed out in London. The clip above shows the wonderful Stephen Fry opening last year’s ceremony (welcoming everyone from the greatest stars to “assorted media scum”), and he’ll repeat the feat this year. A few … Continue reading BAFTA This Sunday? Few Surprises

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

Ridley Scott’s Five Best

Congratulations to Ridley Scott who turns 75 today! The director, who’s had a rough year with the suicide of his brother Tony, still looks set to follow the example of Robert Altman who kept on making good movies right up until the very end. This year, Scott delivered Prometheus and he recently wrapped The Counselor with Javier … Continue reading Ridley Scott’s Five Best

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