Clive Owen

Vanity Fair Prepares for War

by Alan Rapp on February 6, 2015

in Short Films

  • Title: Preparing for War

Just in time for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue photographer Jason Bell offers us three short films showcasing various British actors reenacting a wide breadth of scenes from American cinema. The various stars include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, James Corden, Kenneth Branagh, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Irons, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Orlando Bloom, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jude Law, Jack Huston, James McAvoy, Sally Hawkins, Clive Owen, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones, but Keira Knightley steals the spotlight with her recreation of the famous orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally…

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2004 – King Arthur

by Alan Rapp on July 7, 2014

in Home Video

  • Title: King Arthur
  • IMDb: link

King ArthurReleased in 1981, John Boorman‘s Excalibur remains the standard against which every King Arthur film is measured. Setting itself apart, Antoine Fuqua‘s film (released in theaters 10 years ago today) chose to ignore the more mystical and mythological aspects of the King Arthur legend while providing a more grounded version set during the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.

Here Arthur (Clive Owen) is a half-Celtic Roman cavalry officer in charge of a select group of indentured knights: Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd), Tristan (Mads Mikkelsen), Gawain (Joel Edgerton), Galahad (Hugh Dancy), Dragonet (Ray Stevenson), and Bors (Ray Winstone). Rome’s withdrawal should mean the end to their service, but the group is tasked with final mission to rescue an important Roman family from the invading Saxon horde. The result of which will spill the blood of Arthur’s knights, introduce him the Welsh warrior princess Guinevere (Keira Knightley) and her father Merlin (Stephen Dillane) – Arthur sworn enemy, and change the course of his destiny.

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Frank Miller’s Sin City

by Alan Rapp on August 19, 2005

in Home Video

  • Title: Sin City
  • IMDB: link

Walk down the right back alley in Sin City, and you can find anything…

It might seem strange to call a movie as violent and bloody as Sin City beautiful but no other word quite fits.  After all the movie vividly contains decapitation, canibalism, castration, severed limbs, truckloads of guns and explosions, and blood in all different shades and colors.  It’s a film noir overflowing with deceit, treachery, torture, murder and death.  Yet somehow this is all captured as originally drawn by Frank Miller and transferred so lovingly onto screen that one can not help but sit back with wonder and appreciation.  Beautiful?  ‘Bet your ass!

The plot of the film blends three main stories, with one or two small ones,  compiled from Frank Miller’s successful Sin City graphic novels.  We get three hardboiled protagonists in the sinful setting of Basin City. 

Hardigan (Bruce Willis) is one honest cop in a city owned by the crooks.  On his last day on the job he saves 11 year old skinny little Nancy Callahan (played as an adult by Jessica Alba) from a senator’s demented son (Nick Stahl) only to be shot by his partner and put in prison for Junior’s crimes. 

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