Tag Archives: Jeremy Irons

Night Train to Lisbon

When a timid Swiss professor (Jeremy Irons) saves a young woman from jumping off a bridge, it leads him on an unpredictable journey to Lisbon and the story of a doctor (Jack Huston) who becomes involved in the resistance movement. Bille August’s take on the critically acclaimed novel is an example of why some books … Continue reading Night Train to Lisbon

The Man Who Knew Infinity

GREAT KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM THE HUMBLEST OF ORIGINS. After writing to famous mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) in 1913 and sending him advanced formulas, the young Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who’s grown up in India without an education, is brought to Trinity College and urged to prove his work. This biography of the tragically short … Continue reading The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Mission

In the 1750s, a South American Jesuit community led by Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) resist a Madrid decision to transfer the area to Portugal, which allows slavery. Two years after The Killing Fields (1984), director Roland Joffé received a lot of attention for another emotional, reality-based drama depicting colonialism and a conflict played out in … Continue reading The Mission

Why Snyder’s DC Comics Films Fail, and Nolan’s Don’t

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first of this year’s big, cinematic superhero clashes (Captain America: Civil War will follow), is finally in theaters and the verdict is in. The majority of critics are giving it a thumbs-down, while the majority of fanboys are eating it up – and angrily attacking critics for not … Continue reading Why Snyder’s DC Comics Films Fail, and Nolan’s Don’t

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

How Hollywood Underestimates Life After 1492

I’m about to finish “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles C. Mann, the 2011 bestseller that explored just how much the Columbian Exchange changed the world and how globalization began. A followup to “1491”, which portrayed the Americas prior to Columbus’s “discovery”, the book takes us through the grim and often surprising … Continue reading How Hollywood Underestimates Life After 1492

Beautiful Creatures

DARK SECRETS WILL COME TO LIGHT. High-school kid Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who can’t wait to get out of his narrow-minded South Carolina hometown, is immediately smitten by a newcomer (Alice Englert) with special powers. Another attempt to attract the Twilight crowd, this time with so-called “casters” and magic. We have young lovers, a family … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures

Margin Call

Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.   The last thing risk management analyst Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) does before he’s fired from a Manhattan investment bank is hand a colleague (Zachary Quinto) a USB drive containing a project that he was working on; it turns out to be pure dynamite. In this independently produced drama, … Continue reading Margin Call

Reversal of Fortune: Having a Crack at Claus

THE CASE OF CLAUS VON BÜLOW. AN AMERICAN SAGA OF MONEY AND MYSTERY.   Three years after winning an Oscar for playing him, Jeremy Irons met the real life Claus Von Bülow. This was their first encounter. Von Bülow told Irons that he had heard of his old lawyer Alan Dershowitz representing Mike Tyson and … Continue reading Reversal of Fortune: Having a Crack at Claus

The Pink Panther 2

INSPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Someone is stealing the most precious historical artifacts in the world and Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) is hired to lead a team of crack investigators. There are virtually no redeeming qualities in this sequel that has few real jokes and no imagination at all. The impressive cast makes the failure even more galling; … Continue reading The Pink Panther 2