Tag Archives: Peter Stormare

Dancer in the Dark

YOU DON’T NEED EYES TO SEE.  In 1964, Czech immigrant Selma Ježková (Björk), who’s nearly blind, is working in the U.S. to save money for her son’s eye surgery, but eventually ends up on death row. Lars von Trier’s musical, made in Sweden, set in the U.S. and starring Icelandic singer Björk, polarized audiences and … Continue reading Dancer in the Dark

Awakenings

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE MIRACLE.  In 1969, physician Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) arrives at a Bronx hospital; after successfully using a different drug for catatonic patients, he sees them miraculously ”wake up”. This adaptation of Oliver Sacks’s experiences depicts the obvious anxiety and joy of coming back to life after being … Continue reading Awakenings

The Big Lebowski

THEY FIGURED HE WAS A LAZY TIME WASTING SLACKER. THEY WERE RIGHT. L.A. slacker Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) goes to see a millionaire who has the same name as him to get compensation after an unfortunate encounter with two thugs, but is drawn into a kidnapping case… The Coen Brothers’ attempt to have a little … Continue reading The Big Lebowski

Penguins of Madagascar

THE MOVIE EVENT THAT WILL BLOW THEIR COVER. The four penguins from the Madagascar movies break into Fort Knox and face an enemy from the past whose name they can’t for the life of them remember. The wonderfully enterprising penguins already had a TV series of their own, but this 3D spin-off stands independently. Their … Continue reading Penguins of Madagascar

Pain & Gain

THEIR AMERICAN DREAM IS BIGGER THAN YOURS. In 1995, ex-con and personal trainer Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) talks two other bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) into helping him kidnap and extort a wealthy gym member. Michael Bay’s stab at a “simpler” film between his Transformers epics was based on a series of newspaper articles by … Continue reading Pain & Gain

22 Jump Street

THEY’RE NOT 21 ANYMORE. Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) are back undercover, this time at a college where they’re looking for a dealer who’s been supplying students with a deadly new drug. The sequel to 21 Jump Street (2012) has such a loose attitude that it’s a wonder the two stars even remember … Continue reading 22 Jump Street

The Last Stand

NOT IN HIS TOWN. NOT ON HIS WATCH. A drug lord who’s taken a hostage is speeding toward the Mexican border in a modified Chevrolet, but first he needs to cross a sleepy Arizona small town where the sheriff is a former LAPD cop… Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years (after his stint … Continue reading The Last Stand

Witless Protection

PROTECTING AMERICA’S ASSETS. When a small-town deputy (Larry the Cable Guy) sees a woman escorted by several intimidating men, he assumes that she’s been kidnapped and “rescues” her… but the men are in fact FBI agents. The setup for this hillbilly comedy is contrived enough, but it actually only gets worse. Larry is Larry; you … Continue reading Witless Protection

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

REVENGE IS SWEETER THAN CANDY. Ever since killing their first witch as children, siblings Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton) have been working as professional witch hunters; now, they’re facing a very powerful coven… Dead Snow (2009) director Tommy Wirkola’s first international feature presents a new twist on the old Brothers Grimm tale, complete with … Continue reading Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As a man (Heath Ledger) who tried to hang himself joins a traveling theater troupe in England, its ancient leader (Christopher Plummer) is worried about a deal he once made with the Devil. Just like the drunken idiot who in the film’s early scenes is sucked into the mysterious world on the other side of … Continue reading The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Fargo: A Game Changer for the Coens

A HOMESPUN MURDER STORY.   It’s been said that William H. Macy fought hard for this film. Ethan and Joel Coen were not sure that he was the right guy to play Jerry Lundegaard, a loser who plans to have his wife kidnapped. But Macy knew better. As soon as he had read the script … Continue reading Fargo: A Game Changer for the Coens