Tag Archives: Ralph Fiennes

Hail, Caesar!

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ABDUCTION. In 1951, Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) juggles a busy life, including trying to find out where the studio’s biggest star (George Clooney) has disappeared… The Coen brothers on familiar turf, with yet another kidnapping and a comedy set half a century ago. The biggest appeal here is how lovingly the … Continue reading Hail, Caesar!

SPECTRE

As James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a particularly powerful villain (and shadows from his past), the British intelligence community is about to change in a way that deeply worries M (Ralph Fiennes)… The 24th Bond flick connects with the previous three, and on a deeper level with one of the most classic ingredients of Sean … Continue reading SPECTRE

The Duchess

THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN HER MARRIAGE. In the late 1700s, Georgiana (Keira Knightley) marries the terminally cold Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes); when she befriends Lady Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell), she has no idea how it will change her marriage… The real-life story of an ancestor to Princess Diana has similarities to her situation … Continue reading The Duchess

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

  In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

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

Wrath of the Titans

FEEL THE WRATH. Years after defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is living a quiet life with his son as a fisherman when his father (Liam Neeson) comes to tell him that he needs his help saving the world once again. This sequel to Clash of the Titans (2010) has better 3D effects, an amusing performance by Bill … Continue reading Wrath of the Titans

Page Eight

  At the same time as Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is getting to know his neighbor (Rachel Weisz) better, he receives a report with explosive contents from his long-time friend and boss, MI5 Director General Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon). Originally intended as a feature film, this intimate and quiet portrayal of an aging agent nevertheless fits … Continue reading Page Eight

Coriolanus

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends. As food riots shake Rome, the fiercely independent Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes) squares off with the Volscian army and its leader (Gerard Butler); after being hailed as a hero, Martius is soon betrayed. The first feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is also Fiennes’s directing debut. His passion as … Continue reading Coriolanus

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

IT ALL ENDS. There are people who enjoy the Harry Potter books and films… and then there are Potterheads, the fanatics. I’ve always belonged in the former category. I read the first novel, then concentrated on the movie adaptations. I did care about what would happen to Harry and his friends, but never had the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

NOWHERE IS SAFE. The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

In Bruges

SHOOT FIRST. SIGHTSEE LATER.  Two hit men (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson) are sent to hide out in the Belgian town of Bruges after a botched killing, but their employer (Ralph Fiennes) has a secret agenda. Martin McDonagh’s feature film directing debut is a bit of an oddity – a charming gangster movie. It has irresistible … Continue reading In Bruges

Clash of the Titans

BETWEEN GODS AND MEN, THE CLASH BEGINS. A fisherman’s son (Sam Worthington), who turns out to be a demigod, is drawn into a war between the humans and the gods and must choose sides.Director Louis Leterrier is a fan of the 1981 original and you can tell that he’s having fun. You can too if … Continue reading Clash of the Titans

Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb

YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU’RE IN IT.   Doctors love to complain about movies that portray their line of work. So do cops, fire fighters, journalists… and soldiers. Many Iraq War vets harbor contempt toward this film’s depiction of life in Baghdad for a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The filmmakers seem to … Continue reading Hurt Locker: War is Da Bomb