Rolf Peter Ingvar Strom has certainly made a name for himself, but rarely ever secures the big roles that he deserves unless it’s in some dark Swedish tv show…
The Coens have that magical touch that doesn’t come around very often, if they were chefs they would put together the most bizarre ingredients and while you would turn your nose up at it, you would probably like it and wouldn’t know why. There is nothing remarkable about the drama in their movies but the characters are so unique and magnified that they hypnotise the audience. They manage to bring out the best in a lot of actors that I had lost hope of, including George Clooney, one of their marvelous creations was the icy blond hitman in Fargo, and was my introduction to Stormare. The stony faced and emotionless thug, Gaear Grimsrud is coolly played by Stormare who’s more interested in pancakes than sex. Driving around with his inferior and lippy partner Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) they manage to get entangled in one of the most bizarre kidnappings on film. I can find no fault with the movie or any of the cast. Continue reading Spotlight – Peter Stormare
Jeffrey Combs is one of my horror hero’s and I’ll save the long story about his brilliant career and obsession with H P Lovecraft for another article but I’m sure hes no stranger to anyone reading my blog so I’ll dive right in.
Re Animator (1985)
Whenever I think of Jeffery Combs the first movie that comes to mind is Stuart Gordons, Re-Animator. It’s one of those Cult Classics that never gets old and is a staple for any horror fan, even if you don’t like it, it’s cemented its place on the path to horror enlightenment. Combs plays Dr Herbert West a slightly deranged and very determined scientist who may have found a way of bringing the dead back to life he’s energy in this role is outstanding, as he experiments on anything that crosses his path, no man or beast is safe. Things get out of hand in this horror comedy with hellish overtones, but Comb’s love for everything Lovecraft really shines in this role alongside the infamous Barbara Crampton. Continue reading Spotlight – Jeffrey Combs Vol 1
Here is a selection of 5 stand out Sylvester Stallone movies, I’ve still not really worked out what these 5 Selected lists are all about, sometimes the top 5 best movies from an actor/director sometimes their worst, or just a select sample of their acting abilities if they have any, for this I’ve chosen my favourite Stallone movies and this time they are in order..
05. Death Race 2000 (1975)
This American Sci Fi sports movie produced by Roger Corman was a cracker in its day, something so influential that it sparked a range of remakes and copy cats over the years. Sylvester Stallone plays Joe Machine Gun Viterbi, who takes part in the Transcontinental Road Race which is televised as a form of morbid entertainment in a dystopian future. It’s not his crowning glory but definitely a role I always remember him, in a bizarre live action wacky race. Continue reading Spotlight – Sly Stallone
Dee Wallace is one of my favourite ladies of horror, while a shrinking violet of a character she’s often overlooked for her contributions to horror. Often starring with her husband Christopher Stone (RIP), she has thrilled audiences with her great acting and made several cameos usually playing a sweet wife or mother. Personally I’d have preferred to see her as the mother in Lost Boys (1987) as she plays the perfect horror mother so well.
05.The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Playing a small part in this cult classic horror, Dee appears as the sensible elder daughter Lynne and mother to a young baby in Wes Craven’s ultimate family trip into hell. She manages to really pull out all the stops in this horrific mutated horror set in a desolate part of the American Desert.There is an epic scene which sees a lot of violence and Dee is one of the pivotal actors. She emotive in his role, and very convincing, Craven really managed to get the most out of all of his cast in this groundbreaking new wave of horror.
Continue reading Spotlight – Dee Wallace
In the early days I was a big believer that Mr Gibson might just be a brilliant actor given time, but while he took over Hollywood with his quirkness his personal life definitely lost him some fans, but it’s pretty easy for me to set that all aside and focus on his acting and he does constantly reinvent himself and returns with something fresh and new.. Here are 5 Selected Mel Gibson films, probably Volume 1..
Mad Max (1979)
Doing something his epic while starting your movie career will cement you in the history books no matter what crap you produce later on, strangely the charismatic lead went onto some pretty awesome movies while also showing himself up to be a douchebag on so many social occasions, but he remains well loved on the screen.. In Mad Max he plays the quiet loner, a family man who seems to take on a different persona while on the roads running down (quite literally at times) bikers and crooks galore. Max Rockastansky is both brilliant and when pushed, highly dangerous and sadistic, and the man is really pushed to his limits by a brutal biker gang headed by a deranged and brilliant stage actor Hugh Keays Byrne. Going head to head the battle hits new lows as the men target each other and everyone around them slowly picking off by standers until he’s mano et mano. A thrilling indie apocalyptic movie which really brought out the best acting for Mel, although we were never to see this particular persona again. Continue reading Spotlight – Mel Gibson
05.Monkey’s Paw (2013)
This modern reboot of a 116+ year old story is sensitively approached, it’s hard to add a twist to a story which everyone knows and that has been retold in many ways over the years, it has some interesting qualities, but falls a bit flat, this is despite an excellent performance from Lang who isn’t cast as a lead but is the main character which catalysts the movie on in dark and gruesome ways, he’s on screen presence is certainly a bonus. 6/10
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The sequel to the groundbreaking sci fi movie Alien (1979) introduced another face to the world of androids, instead of the killer bot in the original film, instead James Cameron created a more likable synthetic human names Bishop and sensitivly acted by Henriksen. Previously the android has been devious and acted purely on the greedy actions of the Company but in order to win over audiences and the main character Ripley, a whole new approach had to be taken. Henriksen applied his smaller frame and softer nature to the role and I think it worked really well, he walked on eggshells around those who feared and distrusted him and at no point did he really give an indication of selling out, he briefly appears in follow up films and I think is one of the solid characters from the Alien franchise, and one of a few films with co star Bill Paxton. Continue reading Spotlight – Lance Henriksen
05.Bad Timing (1980)
A strange brooding drama starring Art Garfunkel as a uni professor who has an affair with his student, but the young girl; still full of life and seeing the “relationship” as a fling is soon off doing her things as his obsession grows into possession and things between them become dangerous, add her depression into the mix and we have ourselves a crime of passion or do we? Keitel plays a Columbo style cop who is on the case, he’s pretty central to the story and could have had more on screen time but he’s memorable and really developed the character in the time given. 7/10
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05.The Adventures of Bukaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Technically this was a flop but it also has a strange dedicated following, so it’s cult? Either way it’s an American sci fi romantic adventure comedy… which isn’t all that unusual for the 80’s as there was a boom of comedy sci fi romance flavored films but Wellers successfully pulls off a Dr Who type character who was very multi talented and the talents of physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot and musician are all under his belt as he attempts to save the world by defeating a band of inter-dimensional aliens called Red Lectroids from Planet 10. What more could you possibly want? 7/10
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A cherub faced star with an ability to take on difficult and energetic roles, Tim Robbins has made some blinding performances over the last couple of decades
05.Mystic River (2003)
It took me ages to get into this film, it’s a slow burner but does eventually reward those who wait it out. Robbins plays a pretty sorry character who has some terrible luck, after being sexually abused as a child he’s then suspected of murdering his best friends daughter, an intensely taut coming of age mystery that earned all the actors and director, Clint Eastwood no doubt a lot of worthwhile attention. It’s gritty and Robbins was slick and convincing in his difficult role. 8/10
Continue reading Spotlight – Tim Robbins