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Entries in Eastern Promises (3)

Tuesday
Apr 30 2019

The New Classics - Eastern Promises

Michael Cusumanohere to argue a case for the the best fight scene of the last two decades.

The Scene: The Sauna Fight
It's no surprise that just about every discussion of the sauna fight fromEastern Promisesdwells on the bare skin.If the King of Middle Earth strips down to his tattoos and takes on two goons in a bathhouse brawl it's gonna dominate the conversation.

And it's not only gawking.It's thematically on point.This scene uses nakedness to make you feel a character's vulnerability as effectively as any film sincePsycho,plus all the skin on display reflects the film's obsession with bodies -- bodies as currency and bodies defaced and disfigured...

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Sunday
Apr 24 2016

Viggo Mortensen: Still here,still fantastic

Our celebration of Actors this month continues with Lynn Lee on Viggo

Is Viggo Mortensen the most interesting man in the world?Based on his peripatetic history and eclectic interests,he's certainly a contender.  In addition to acting,he's a prolific painter,photographer,composer,and poet who founded his own publishing house.  A dual American and Danish citizen who spent his early childhood in South America and Denmark before returning to his native New York,he speaks multiple languages,with greatest fluency in English,Spanish,and Danish.  Oh,and his ex-wife is punk singer Exene Cervenko,with whom he has a son.

As my husband put it,"Viggo Mortensen is who James Francowisheshe was."

I can't speak to the artistic merits of Viggo's off-screen pursuits,but I do see him as a kind of anti-Franco in keeping them largely off the public radar.  And while he's clearly driven by a need to express himself via many outlets,he still exudes a sense of some private,fundamentally unknowable core self.  It permeates his screen presence,too,and is part of what makes him so intriguing as an actor.(Well,that plus the rugged Scandinavian good looks and dimpled chin don't hurt,either.)More...

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Friday
Jan 07 2011

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Today's links.

  • TowleroadSean Penn to receive the Stanley Kramer (and other movie news)
  • PlaybillOlympia Dukakis will star in the little seen Tennessee Williams' playThe Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymorestarting tomorrow off Broadway.D'ya think the title inspired Martin Scorsese back in the day?
  • Serious Filmtakes a long predictive look at the eventualOscar Supporting Actress lineup,the 7 top contenders and some more still.
  • MNPP's wishin' and hopin' forEastern Promises 2
  • Movie|Linethe most scathing reviews of new wide releaseSeason of the Witch
  • Just JaredKristin Chenoweth is out and about,a free woman.Now that she's done with Broadway's high-grossingPromises Promises,can we please get her into a movie musical?C'mon Hollywood.You're so lame.Make more musicals.OBEY.
  • AV Cluba sequel of sorts (more like a spin-off) toKnocked Upcentering on Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann's married couple?For sure count us in.They made a great comic pair.
  • THRthe recipients of Oscar's technical achievement awards (which we be handed out on February 12th)

A few more...I can't stop.

  • Chateau ThombeauIt Happened...an 82 flashback.(I'm on aTootsiekick cuz of that Dustin Hoffman griping over innew Best Pics episode.)
  • In Contentionparty forThe Social Network's dvd.
  • Cinema BlendVera Farmiga and Elle Fanning to star as mother and daughter in indie dramaPure Life
  • China Lionis new distribution company that will hopefully make more Asian films available in Australia,New Zealand,Canada and the US of A.I think you should know that the Chinese remake of American blockbusterWhat Women Want(pictured right) is opening in 2011.Why do we care?Because it's Gong Li and Andy Lau and not Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson,that's why!