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Movies with Michael Doherty

Friday, 29 February 2008

The cream of Irish acting talent talk to us about their lasted film - In Bruges, and
Michael tells us just why Daniel Day Lewis won that second Oscar.


What films is Michael reviewing?

1. In Bruges
2. There Will Be Blood
3. The Accidental Husband
4. The Bank Job


1. In Bruges (16) Opens March 7th

Courtesy: Universal Pictures
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Martin McDonagh


Verdict: Playwright Martin McDonagh scooped an Oscar for his debut short,
Six-Shooter.

His debut feature, In Bruges, is equally impressive.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star as two hit-men kicking their heels in Belgium while awaiting instructions from bad guy Ralph Fiennes.
As you would expect from McDonagh, the dialogue is sharp, and the two Dubs have great craic playing off each other.


2. There Will Be Blood (15A)         
                    
Courtesy: Buena Vista
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Verdict: ''I hate most people''. So says oilman Daniel Plainview at a key moment in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of greed and obsession. When the character in question is played by Daniel Day-Lewis, you know that this hate is going to be evident in every pore, but most notably in the eyes. Indeed Day-Lewis can do more with his eyes than most actors can do with their entire body. Anderson's tale owes much to Citizen Kane (the central character's rise and fall), Wise Blood (the clash between the central character and a religious zealot, well played by Paul Dano) and the visual epics of Terrence Malick, but it's really all about Day-Lewis.

Justly garlanded at every turn, his is the finest piece of screen acting since Brando's Stanley Kowalski, whether it's those malevolent eyes, that John Huston voice or the barely restrained aggression that, like his burgeoning new oil wells, is ready to erupt at any moment. A veritable masterclass!


3. The Accidental Husband  (12A)  
                            
Courtesy: Momentum Pictures  
Starring: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth
Director: Griffin Dunne

Verdict: This week's rom-com features Uma Thurman as a radio agony aunt who finds she has her own relationship conundrum, torn between dream guy Colin Firth and a hunky fireman (Jeffery Dean Morgan) she accidentally married (don't ask) during a previous prank. Standard.

4. The Bank Job (15A)                              
                    
Courtesy: Digital Cinema Ltd
Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore
Director: Roger Donaldson

Synopsis: A car dealer with a dodgy past and new family, Terry has always avoided major-league scams. But when Martine, a beautiful model from his old neighborhood, offers him a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street, Terry recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime. Martine targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal that spans London's criminal underworld, the highest echelons of the British government, and the Royal Family itself...the true story of a heist gone wrong...in all the right ways.   (Source yahoo movies)

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