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* The Constant Gardener – Starring Ralph Fiennes & Rachel Weisz

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Constant Gardener (2005) Directed by Fernando Meirelles ( City of God (2002)), starring Ralph Fiennes  (The English Patient (1996)) and  Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones (2009), The Bourne Legacy (2012, filming)), with Danny Huston (Children of Men (2006))Bill Nighy (Love Actually (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)) and others.  This outstanding, award-winning dramatic thriller, a condemnation of corruption in government and the pharmaceutical industry, follows a soft-spoken and sensitive low level British diplomat, Justin Quayle, played to perfection by Ralph Fiennes, as he investigates the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.  Quayle’s wife, Tessa, a passionate and, at times, overbearing activist, is portrayed by an excellent Rachel Weisz, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her efforts.  Danny Huston, son of legendary director John Huston and half-brother of actress Anjelica Huston, is also very good as Justin Quayle’s (Fiennes) deceitful immediate supervisor, as is Bill Nighy, as the corrupt head of the Africa Desk for the British Foreign Office.  Magnificently filmed, from the vast and spectacular plains of Africa, to the squalor of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to the intimacy of a loving couple with an excellent screenplay by Jeffrey Caine based on the eponymous novel by John le Carré, and superb music by Alberto Iglesias, The Constant Gardener is, in both a large scale and personal manner, a critical look at Western liberal conscience, ethical and moral responsibility, personal virtue, courage and devotion, as well as being a finely honed, complex adult thriller.  Definitely a must-see film. (PR)

See our posts of the films Sunshine, starring both Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes, directed by David Cronenberg.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still – Starring Keanu Reeves

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Directed by Scott Derrickson,  starring Keanu ReevesJennifer Connelly with John Cleese and others.  In this remake of the eponymous science fiction classic of 1951, Keanu Reeves portrays an extra-terrestrial messenger, Klaatu, here to save the earth.  Though the theme of  nuclear warfare in the original film has been replaced by the theme of global environmental disaster in the remake, and the character of Klaatu, the extra-terrestrial, has been humanizingly inverted, The Day the Earth Stood Still, adheres, sadly, to many of the qualities of the original, notably the U.S.-centric perception of the world, and the shallow, stereotypical characters.  Though the film received a decidedly negative critical reception, it went on to be rather successful at the box office, perhaps in view of Reeves’ participation in The Matrix franchise.  Reeves, here, too, clearly demonstrates his talent for appearing emotionless, perhaps appropriate given the circumstances.  John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, in a role reminiscent of that portrayed by Michael Caine in the film Children of Men, is present for a very short scene, as a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  There are, of course, ample special effects, some of which aren’t bad, but by and large, The Day the Earth Stood Still is likely to appeal to fans of a certain dated school of science-fiction, and those who appreciate Keanu Reeves. (PR)

See our posts on the science fiction films Solaris, starring George Clooney, and Predators, starring Adrien Brody.

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Get Carter – Starring Michael Caine

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 11 December 2011

Get Carter (1971)(DVD) – Directed by Mike Hodges (Pulp (1972), Croupier (1998), I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003)), starring Michael Caine (The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), Sleuth (1972), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Cider House Rules (1999), Children of Men (2006) and many, many other films) and others.  This excellent and iconic British crime drama in which a London gangster, a magnificent Michael Caine as coldly impassive Jack Carter, investigates his brother’s death, and released in 1971, the same year as The French Connection, another superb example of gritty, bleak and fatalistic neo-realism, is thought to be one of the best British films of all time, and certainly of its genre.  Deceptively simple in its story, and unrelenting in its depiction of virtual soullessness, Get Carter, is full of subtle complications and scathing observations on any number of social issues, from grotesque English class injustice, to hypocritical so-called liberation of women, to the oppressiveness of architecture, just to name a few.  Get Carter is undoubtedly a must-see film (though absolutely not to be confused with the abominable 2001 remake of the same name, starring the dubiously talented Sylvester Stallone).  (PR)  (Note that Caine, as Carter, is reading a Raymond Chandler novel on the train to Newcastle, among other small, sly cinematic inflections.)

See our post on the film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, also directed by Mike Hodges, starring Clive Owen, and see our post on the excellent film The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman.

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Chloe – Starring Julianne Moore & Liam Neeson

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 25 September 2011

Chloe (2009)(DVD) Directed by Atom Egoyan (Felicia’s Journey (1999), Where the Truth Lies (2005)), starring Julianne Moore (The Hours (2002), Children of Men (2006), A Single Man (2009), The Kids Are All Right (2010)), Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List (1993), Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004), The Dark Knight Rises (2012, filming) and Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer’s Body (2009), Red Riding Hood (2011)).  Chloe is an erotic thriller, filmed in a truly lovely Toronto.  Liam Neeson is, as always, very good (especially considering his personal tragedy, the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in the middle of filming Chloe), Julianne Moore, lovely, of course, is also very good.  Definitely worth watching, for the ambiguity, Moore’s and Neeson’s, performances (and their stunning home), not to mention the erotic element. (PR)

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Posted by the editors on Monday, 4 April 2011

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead cinematic release poster

 I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003) (DVD) directed by Mike Hodges (Get Carter (1971), Croupier (1998)), starring Clive Owen (Children of Men (2006), Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Match Point (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006)), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter (1974), Spy Game (2001)), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange (1971), I Spy (2002)).  Despite it’s relatively impressive cast and the strong similarity in plot with Hodges’ 1971 cult hit Get Carter, starring Michael Caine,  I’ll Sleep When I’m Deada British gangster thriller, while evoking some interestingly enigmatic characters and relationships between characters, somehow disappoints in its post-post modern mission of portrayal of unresolved and conflicting, often rather sordid, ethics, leaving just too many options open to the viewer. (PR)

See our post on the excellent and iconic film Get Carter, also directed by Mike Hodges, starring Michael Caine.

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