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To celebrate the release of the wonderful, feel good ” Love is All You Need” we’ve taken a look at some of the greatest Danish Actors.
One of the most recognizable Danes working today, Mads Mikkelsen first garnered international attention when he played Bond villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (2006) opposite Daniel Craig. Clearly Mikkelsen has perfected the art of portraying the baddie: He has since been seen as the murderous psychopath in Bryan Fuller’s television series Hannibal (2013). But this actor is no one-trick pony. He garnered rave reviews for his collaboration with Love is All You Need (2013) director Susanne Bier in the award-winning Danish film After the Wedding (2006). He also scooped up the coveted Best Actor Award at the 65th Cannes Film Festival for his emotionally charged performance in The Hunt (2012).
Though he spent his youth in Venezuela and Argentina, Lord of the Rings actor Viggo Mortensen was born to a Danish father and briefly resided in Denmark during his childhood. In the nineties, the actor took the big screen by storm, appearing alongside big names in several prominent features including G. I. Jane (1997) with Demi Moore and A Perfect Murder (1998) with Michael Douglass and Gwyneth Paltrow. But a major breakthrough came with the new decade, when Mortensen was cast as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001). The actor has since become director David Cronenberg’s go-to anti-hero, marked by their collaborations in A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007) and A Dangerous Method (2011).
Nicolas Winding Refn
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn first made a name for himself in 1996 in a widely acclaimed debut, the crime trilogy Pusher (the second instalment earned fellow Dane Mads Mikkelson his first Bodil, a major Danish acting award). After the unsuccessful Fear X, Refn returned with the award-winning Bronson (2008) starring Tom Hardy as the real-life U. K. prisoner. His first major success however came with Drive (2011) starring Ryan Gosling as the unnamed Driver and Carey Mulligan. The film premiered at Cannes to widespread praise and Winding Refn took home the award for Best Director. He teams up with Gosling for a second time in the upcoming thriller Only God Forgives (2013).
Before his big break on the much-loved HBO series Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau first made a string of small, but crucial appearances in rather big films like Engima (2001), Wimbledon (2004) and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven (2005). He finally made the transition to stardom when he landed the coveted role of Ser Jaime Lannister in the small screen adaptation of the popular series by George R. R. Martin. His performance as the troubled, once arrogant villain could earn him an Emmy nomination.
Connie Nielsen achieved success very early on. After dabbling in French cinema at the beginning of her career, she ventured to the States where she made an impressive English-language debut opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in The Devil’s Advocate. With no signs of slowing down, she shortly followed up with one critical darling after another: Rushmore (1998), Gladiator (2000) and One-Hour Photo (2002). Nielsen also enjoyed a brief stint on the American television series Law & Order: SVU in 2006.
Sofie Gråbøl is best known for her portrayal of Detective Sarah Lund in the Danish television series The Killing, an instant hit in her native Denmark. For her performance as the aloof, obsessive detective, Gråbøl won international acclaim, not to mention cult status, and the series garnered the BAFTA for Best International Television Show.
In a career spanning almost forty years, Academy-Awarding winning director Bille August has brought several beloved literary works to the big screen, including Pelle the Conqueror (1987), which scored the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Subsequent years brought adaptations of Isabel Allende’s House of Spirits (1993) starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep and Winona Ryder, as well as the far more successful—both critically and box-office wise—Les Miserables (1998) with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Claire Danes. August is one of just six directors to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme D’or twice; he won for Pelle and 1992’s The Best Intentions.
Love is all You Need is released on September 2nd in the UK on Blu ray and DVD
With Olympus Has Fallen being released tomorrow take a look at the infographic of the action packed blockbuster.
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN - released on Blu-ray, DVD and Download from 26 August, 2013
Set against a light backdrop with gags a plenty Thanks for Sharing follows a group of recovering sex addicts including The Hulk and Pepper Potts (Sorry, Mark Ruffallo and Gwyneth Paltrow)
Ruffalo plays is a recovering sex addict who meets a new love interest and struggles with his disease.
Take a look at the trailer above.
Check out the trailer for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
A brooding love story with a dark twist Bob (Affleck) and Ruth (Mara) are parted thanks to their dealings outside of the law. Set against the beautiufl backdrop of the Texas hill it’s a beauty of a film and the trailer naturally is no different.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is released in the UK on September 6th
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in Philomean, a moving comedy about 2 people who become unlikely friends as they journey together to find Philmoena’s (Dench) child she had adopted 50 years before.
The trailer is not only beautiful but the skills of both Dench and Coogan shine through in what looks like it’s going to a be a beautiful film. Take a look now.
Darren Araonofsky’s debut feature Pi is officially 15 years old and to celebrate the milestone of this Sundance, Directing award winning feature a special 15th anniversary Blur ray has been released and we revisited this amazing film. The menu on this is beautiful and impressive and the HD quality shines through in these pre screens. The resolution of the film, purposefully grainy and gritty, is highlighted in the Blu ray version.
The true definition of a thriller this intense, gritty character study about paranoia and obsession surrounds Max Cohen, a mathematician who is hunting for a for a numerical pattern in the stock market, and indeed the universal patterns in nature.
Out in the UK on October 18th, Captain Phillips comes from director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Trilogy) and it is the fantastic directors take of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.
A big fan of Greengrass’s work we recommend you take a look at the trailed below and then read on
You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around Movie Emporium lately.
While we’ve still be enjoying trips to silverscreen that we love so much we’ve also been very busy with a lot of other stuff too.
It was 3 years and 2 days ago that this site (in an earlier form) was born and we’ve posted countless trailers, seen 100′s of movies and marvelled over many a poster but right now we’re going to have to just do this silently.
This is not goodbye, we’ll still be posting odd bits and pieces when we can, but it’s going to be on a much quieter scale while we spend some much needed time marvelling at the world.
To quote the terminator “I’ll be back…” or should that be we?
Robot & Frank is the charming and heartfelt tale of Frank and his digital companion who are brought together through illness but become partners in crime with surprising consequences. To celebrate Robot & Frank coming to Blu-ray, DVD and to download on 15 July we have compiled a list of our favourite robot films and the stories that have held our fascination.