Tag Archives: Mark Strong

The Brothers Grimsby

ONE SECRET AGENT. ONE COMPLETE IDIOT. In the middle of an assassination attempt, two British brothers are suddenly reunited for the first time since they were kids – one of them a suave, deadly secret agent, the other a moronic, soccer-loving working-class father of nine. Another Sacha Baron Cohen comedy in the same vein as … Continue reading The Brothers Grimsby

Kingsman: The Secret Service

MANNERS MAKETH THE MAN.  When an agent working for a top-secret intelligence agency is killed, his colleague (Colin Firth) enlists a troublesome teenager (Taron Egerton) to join a group of candidates who will be trained to fill the vacancy. In Matthew Vaughn’s view spy movies were getting a bit too serious, which is why he … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Way Back

THEIR ESCAPE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.  During World War II, a group of Gulag prisoners escape from the camp, but soon learn that the wilderness is the biggest obstacle to freedom. After Master and Commander (2003), director Peter Weir made another historical epic where a group of men face challenges in harsh locations. This story … Continue reading The Way Back

The Eagle

THE DESTINY OF A SOLDIER. THE HONOR OF A SLAVE. THE FATE OF AN EMPIRE.  Twenty years after the whole Roman Ninth Legion disappeared somewhere in northern Britannia, its commander’s son (Channing Tatum) arrives hoping to restore the honor of his family’s name. Inspired by the actual disappearance of a Roman legion in AD 120, … Continue reading The Eagle

Imitation Game: Another Beautiful Mind

BEHIND EVERY CODE IS AN ENIGMA.   The title refers to a paper that the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing wrote in 1950 where he introduced his now-famous test of a machine’s ability to imitate a human being’s intelligent behavior. The test is performed only through text, with questions and answers, and if the judge of … Continue reading Imitation Game: Another Beautiful Mind

John Carter

LOST IN OUR WORLD. FOUND IN ANOTHER.  Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara) comes across John Carter’s (Taylor Kitsch) personal diary of how he was transported from 19th century Arizona to Mars where he became involved in a war. Andrew Stanton’s live-action directing debut came with a price tag so hefty it almost put Disney in … Continue reading John Carter

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog entry highlighting the Super Bowl ads that featured Hollywood stars. After all, I have no interest in neither the game itself nor the halftime show if it’s going to feature performers like Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Admittedly the ad that raised the most interest this year … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2014

Michael Chiklis & Mark Strong Are Now 50

Today we say happy birthday to two actors who turn 50 years old. Both of them are tough guys onscreen. Michael Chiklis was first known as The Commish in the early 1990s, a friendly role that won him an audience but hardly much attention. That’s ironic, because when we saw him later on The Shield as the opposite, … Continue reading Michael Chiklis & Mark Strong Are Now 50

Zero Dark Thirty: The End of the Sheik

THE GREATEST MANHUNT IN HISTORY. The portrayal of torture in Zero Dark Thirty has sparked a fierce debate, but those Academy members who are boycotting the film tread on thin ice. Perhaps they should reserve their ire for a movie that is clearly guilty of the accusation? Kathryn Bigelow has definitely come out against torture, … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty: The End of the Sheik

Green Lantern

In our darkest hour, there will be light. Test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is “chosen” by a ring brought to Earth by an alien to become a Green Lantern, an intergalactic “cop” with superpowers. This 3D adventure took a long time to get off the ground, cost a lot of money and was generally … Continue reading Green Lantern

Kick-Ass

HAVE FEAR. THEY’RE HERE. New York teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) buys a bodysuit and turns himself into a superhero; his first attempts at creating justice are pitiful, but he eventually gets caught up in a battle between a crime boss and an 11-year-old avenger. A story that is partly grounded in reality as it … Continue reading Kick-Ass

The Young Victoria

LOVE RULES ALL. In the late 1830s, young Princess Victoria (Emily Blunt) is preparing to assume the British throne, but faces constant manipulation from her mother and her uncle, the King of Belgium. Or, How Queen Victoria found her groove. This project, which came about after a meeting between the Duchess of York and producer … Continue reading The Young Victoria