December 22, 2001 |
Jim Broadbent has the look of an English Everyman, the kind of bloke who would be more at ease hoisting a pint at the local pub back home than drinking designer water in a tony Beverly Hills hotel lobby, his location for the day. The soft-spoken actor can sometimes hardly be heard over the holiday soundtrack playing nonstop in the background, and his casual appearance is a marked contrast to the sumptuous seasonal decor.
October 25, 2012 |
No woman was ever ruined by a book, New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker famously said, but filmmakers are always being seduced by them, with unlucky audiences left to pay the price. The latest case in point is "Cloud Atlas," which has been turned into a film with muddled, frustrating results. It's not difficult to see why the filmmaking Wachowski siblings joined forces with Tom Tykwer to jointly write and direct a version of David Mitchell's hugely ambitious novel. It's a book that deals with, as Andy Wachowski has said, "the sum of human experience," that unabashedly investigates what is important in life.
November 23, 2011 |
Five years ago the Bristol, England-based Aardman animation folks — who created the stop-motion legends Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and therefore are eligible for sainthood — made the digitally animated British/American co-production "Flushed Away. " Jam-packed with peril, if not with charm, the film had both eyes on a crossover American audience that never materialized. Now comes happier news and a much better film. The company's second digitally animated feature, billed as "an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation," carries the name "Arthur Christmas.
March 13, 1994 |
Director Mike Leigh leaves you speechless with this eccentric 1991 film that is at once surreal and very real, a film in which nothing happens and everything is experienced. Leigh concentrates on a working-class family living in a north London suburb: Wendy (Alison Steadman), her husband Andy (Jim Broadbent) and their twin teen-age daughters Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks, pictured, with Timothy Spall).
October 11, 2012 |
"Cloud Atlas," based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, tells six nested stories spanning several hundred years and three continents. Cast members including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent play multiple interconnected roles across the centuries. 1. In 1849 in the remote South Pacific, where the slave trade is flourishing, Dr. Goose (Hanks) administers medicine of dubious value to naive traveler Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess). Ewing's peculiar connection to a slave creates trouble aboard their ship.
October 15, 2009 |
Don't panic, don't touch that dial, but for the second week in a row (after the fine LeBron James documentary "More Than a Game") I'm pounding the drum for a sports film. But as written by the always entertaining Peter Morgan, responsible for "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon," "The Damned United" is considerably more than a sports film. Starring the top-flight quartet of Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent, this is a motion picture about ambition, betrayal and moral blindness, the tale of a complicated, driven, gifted man (who happens to be a professional soccer coach)