Tag Archives: Gary Oldman

10 Great Richard E. Grant roles

The undisputed media star of this year's Academy Awards season—coming to a conclusion with the ceremony on Sunday, February 24—is the Swaziland-born veteran actor Richard E. Grant. Those of us deeply embedded in the cult of his first feature film, Withnail and I, are especially enjoying the various articles about Grant's enthusiasm, and his deft social… Read More

10 Great Tom Hardy roles

I was listening to a podcast recently looking back at Christopher Nolan's Inception, and the hosts mused about Tom Hardy, what an impact his presence had on the film, and whether this was his breakout role in Hollywood. There's no doubt that even in an ensemble as well-assembled as this, his presence shone. One of the… Read More

Now on Canadian Netflix: Spring 2018

Mute (2018) A sci-fi thriller half a mess and half an interesting exercise in style. That it comes from Duncan Jones, the filmmaker responsible for Moon, Source Code, and, yes, Warcraft, hopes were high this would be a strong genre entry, but Mute never hits above its pulpy elements. We're in future Berlin, which looks… Read More

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review

Directed by Matt Reeves, Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, from a novel by Pierre Boulle I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released back in 2011. It seemed an unlikely prequel to a 43-year-old film, but as a slab of b-movie entertainment I thought it worked. My biggest beef with… Read More

RoboCop (2014) review

Directed by José PadilhaWritten by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 Robocop script by Edward Neumeier and Michael MinerThe second of three remakes planned for the unholy trinity of Paul Verhoeven future dystopia films (last year's underwhelming Total Recall, the forthcoming Starship Troopers), all of which didn't need new versions, but when did that ever… Read More

Lawless review

Directed by John HillcoatWritten by Nick Cave from the Matt Bondurant book The Wettest County in the WorldIf you enjoyed the gritty Australian western The Proposition, also conjured by antipodean twosome Hillcoat and Cave, you'll find a similar blood-splattered tonality here, their adaptation of Bondurant's tale of his grandfather and two great-uncles' exploits as moonshiners… Read More

2012 Oscar reaction

Well, what can you say about The Oscars? When they go with a new idea for hosting like Franco and Hathaway last year, they get shit on. When they go with the safe choice of Crystal, they get shit on. John Doyle in the Globe & Mail said this was the worst Oscars ever. I… Read More