All posts tagged: Jonathan Pryce

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Blu-ray Review: Mads Mikkelsen is a Sure Shot in the Western, “The Salvation”

Mads Mikkelsen is best known here in the States as the latest incarnation of the infamous Hannibal Lecter. His performance on NBC’s Hannibal went largely unnoticed by the general audiences, but if you saw just one episode, you knew that this guy is one of the greatest actors working. The veteran Danish performer has had a renowned movie career in films ranging from French romances (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky) to gripping Danish dramas (The Hunt) to blockbuster spy movies (Casino Royale). With The Salvation, he leads an international cast and tackles the mythology of the Old West. This excellent western directed by Kristian Levring plays out like an origin story to one of the many Clint Eastwood Man with No Name films. Mikkelsen portrays Jon, an ex-soldier from the Second Schleswig War of 1864 between Denmark and Prussia and Austria. After the war, Jon immigrates to America’s frontier to begin a new life as a farmer. With his brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt), they set down roots in the rugged land, before Jon calls for …

Farkakte Film Flashback: It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business Edition

Michael Moore’s latest, Capitalism: A Love Story, opens around the country today, and if the early reviews are any indication, it’s yet another cleverly executed and scathing reminder of how we’re all … wait, let me check my notes … ah, yes — majorly screwed. Taken as a whole, the Moore oeuvre seems dedicated to the concept that before we die we’ll all be laid off, betrayed by our government, shot, burdened by lousy, expensive heath care, and cheated out of our tax dollars and retirement funds, possibly all at once. Moore’s latest is of course aimed at the business titans of Wall Street who let us have it twice, first by ruining our economy, then by wheeling and dealing the government into ponying up billions in public money so they could get started on ruining it again. I’m sure Capitalism is well executed but no doubt depressing, at least for those of us not on the receiving end of the aforementioned billions. I prefer my cinematic big business to be the fictional kind, where …