Tag: Christopher Plummer

Film Review

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

As soon as this remake of the popular Swedish movie was announced you could hear the hissing of dissent, the sharpening of knives and the flicking of thesaurus pages as people tried to find new words to construct old and familiar complaints. Yet there was also something different about this […]

DVD Review

The Tempest (2010)

Now that Christopher Plummer has won a much-deserved Academy Award (for his role in Beginners, but certainly also for his lifetime achievement in cinema), it seems appropriate to take a look at one of his recent stage ventures. As a Canadian, Plummer was invited by the Canadian Stratford’s annual Shakespeare […]

DVD Review

Hamlet At Elsinore (1964)

Being a native Dane, it is a special thrill for me to see a Hamlet adaptation actually shot at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore – a castle that was newly built in Shakespeare’s day, and has an entire church built into it. I have been to the castle several times, so […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Last year was the release of Let Me In, the Americanised remake of the Swedish vampiric horror Let the Right One In. Although the original was close to perfection, the remake felt for the most part, a shot-by-shot translation with everything cramped up to eleven, in terms of blood-splattering, visual […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The only question is, Why?  Barely is the 2009 original language version of Stieg Larsson’s pulp procedural out of US art houses than here comes a bigger budget English language film distributed in the mainstream cineplexes. David Fincher’s dragon tattoo girl isn’t enough better than the not-so-good Swedish Girl with […]

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Starcrash (1978)

There’s an easy and overused comment thrown at critics who have gleefully written a scathing review of any movie. “Have you done better?” is the comment often bandied about. Or “what films have YOU made?” is another variant on it. Which is strange. I’ve never understood it. By that rationale, […]

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Beginners (2010)

Late bloomers In the semi-autobiographical second feature by Mike Mills (of the 2005 Thumbsucker), a 38-year-old man called Oliver (Ewan McGregor) discovers his father is gay only when his mother dies after his parents have been married for 44 years. At 75, undaunted by age, Hal (Christopher Plummer) comes out of […]

DVD Review

My Dog Tulip (2009)

 My Dog Tulip is a vivid account—taken from the pages of J.R. Ackerley’s memoir—of the 15 years spent with his “ideal friend”, Tulip, an Alsatian (commonly known as a German Shepherd) he rescued from an abusive and neglectful home when she was 18 months old. Dog owners will be moved, possibly to […]

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My Dog Tulip (2009)

A curious film indeed: a hand-drawn animation painstakingly put together by a husband and wife team, bringing to vivid and imaginative life JR Ackerley’s memoir of his later life with a dog called Tulip. Ackerly was a commissioning editor with the BBC in the war years, and an (ahem) confirmed […]

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is not only Heath Ledger’s last film, but also one of his, and director/writer Terry Gilliam’s, greatest. Everyone is in top form as they bring together a masterpiece of cinema that nearly ended up sitting in a vault, half finished, for all eternity. Doctor Parnassus […]