Jude Law, an English Actor, film producer and director, is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. Over the course of his career, Jude Law has taken over Hollywood by accepting a broad range of roles. Playing anything from a science fiction paraplegic to a criminal photographer who moonlights as an assassin, Law has done it all. Having two Oscar nominations, it’s safe to say Jude Law is a Hollywood regular. In November, Law’s new film Dom Hemmingway will showcase his acting skills in what is said to be the ‘role of his career’. In anticipation of the new films’ release, we are taking a look at his top 10 movie performances.
One of Jude’s first recognisable roles was his portrayal of Jerome Morrow, a paraplegic ex- swimmer with perfect DNA. In this futuristic genetically “perfect” society, he sells his identity to Ethan Hawke, an “invalid”, who lacks sufficient genes required to achieve his life-time dreams. Although the acting from all the characters is exceptional, Jude Law manages to steal the show. Law received critical acclaim for his role and was nominated for an Oscar.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Playing a carelessly cruel, overwhelmingly handsome playboy, Jude Law stars in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Critics everywhere raved about his performance stating, “In a starry lineup, it’s Jude Law who commands most presence, playing the charmer so well that his absence in the later half leaves a gaping void”
This role made Law a major star in Hollywood and provided him with his first Oscar Nomination.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
In another sci-fi film, written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, Jude Law plays Gigolo Joe, a male prostitute robot built for pleasure. He becomes a big brother figure to David (Haley Joel Osment), a childlike android uniquely programmed with the ability to love. Despite grossing $230 million, A.I was regarded as a disappointment; however, Jude Laws performance is said to be unforgettable.
Road to Perdition (2002)
Regarded as Jude Laws best performance, Law plays Harlen Maguire, a crime scene photographer who takes a little too much pleasure in photographing dying victims. To capture the creepy qualities of his character, he was given a thinning hairline, a lower gum line and rotten teeth. This role showed critics everywhere that Law is not just a pretty face, but also an incredibly talented actor. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards with one win.
Cold Mountain (2003)
Jude Law’s performance in Cold Mountain provided him with his second Oscar nomination. The film follows W.P Inman’s desertion from the confederate army and the journey he takes to return back to the love of his life (Nicole Kidman). Cold Mountain was nominated for more than seventy awards, including seven Academy Award nominations and one win.
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
ude Law explores his dreamy side in his role as Brad Stand in the philosophical comedy, I Heart Huckabees. The film follows Bernard Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian Jaffe (Lily Tomlin), both existential detectives up for hire to investigate the meaning of their clients lives. Law plays a rich, good looking, charming and well liked Huckabee employee. With an A-list cast, a strange story and a lot of humour, I Heart Huckabee is a hilarious comedy that encourages you to think about your life.
Sherlock Homes (2009)
Playing opposite Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law plays the famously reliable friend and sidekick, Dr. John Watson. Robert Downey Jr. is given praise for making the Sherlock Holmes films good, and rightfully so; however, the film would not have been as succesful without Jude Law as Watson by his side. Law is confident, powerful, intelligent and chivalrous, seeming as though he was born for the role. The duo is a match-made in Hollywood heaven as the film produces nonstop laughs. With a third film in the making, Sherlock Holmes has grossed over $518 Million worldwide.
Jude Law stars in the medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. Although the movie’s main villain is the virus itself, Jude Law comes a close second. Law plays Alan Krumwiede, an opportunistic blogger encouraging a wide spread panic only in order to capitalize on it. Although his role seems arbitrary to the movie, Law is amazingly good at playing this terrible character. Contagion is not one of his most recognizable roles only because he played the villain so well the audience actually hated him. And who wants to hate Jude Law!
Side Effects (2013)
Steven Soderbergh and Jude Law team up once again for Side Effects, a psychological thriller.
Playing Dr. Jonathan Banks, a psychiatrist watching his life fall apart when a depressed young woman (Rooney Mara) commits a murder that could be linked to a side effect of the medication he prescribed. With many twists and turns in the plot of this film, Laws acting remains consistently remarkable throughout the entire film.
Dom Hemmingway (2013)
Gaining 30lbs in preparation of his role as an ex-con safecracker, Jude Law’s performance in Dom Hemmingway is said to be the performance of his career. Back on the streets of London after 12 years in prison, Law goes to collect what is rightfully his for keeping his mouth shut. Travelling with his best friend (Grant), Dom’s drink and drug-fuelled ego decides to go on a hunt for his long lost daughter.
Dom Hemmingway will be released in cinemas on the 15th of November.
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
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?
French academic turned filmmaker Bruno Dumont has slowly been carving out a very unique cinematic identity ever since the release of his first film La Vie de Jesus in 1997. Eschewing conventional cinematic narrative techniques, his films are various meditations on concepts such as good and evil, the nature of violence, the existence of God, and the responsibility of the spectator when presented with these topics in his uniquely obtuse manner.
Whether you agree with their message or not, the authors of these documentaries give light to some situations, opinions and stories that the general public may not have considered. From Bill Maher’s sarcastic and potentially offensive Religulous, to Alex Gibney’s soon to be released WikiLeaks chronicle: We Steal Secrets, these films inform, question, amaze, and prove that truth really can be stranger than fiction.
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
To celebrate the release of Iain Softley’s new film Trap For Cinderella out in UK cinemas this Friday, we’ve decided to take a look at a collection of the best films to grace cinema screens which focus on the theme of Obsession
Fatal Attraction, (1987)
Dan Gallagher, played by Michael Douglas, lives a normal family life with his wife and kids until meeting Alex (Glen Close). After a one-night affair Alex becomes obsessed with Dan and begins to terrorize him and insist they continue their relationship. She goes to great lengths, pretending to carry his child and kidnapping his daughter for a start, to try to win him back. Dan is forced to attempt to preserve his family, while dealing with the consequences of his own indiscretion. This classic obsession story earned six Oscar nominations and features the brilliant Glenn Close in one of her most iconic roles.
As famed novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) heads home from his Colorado retreat he is met with a freak blizzard which causes a car crash in which he is seriously injured. Seemingly lucky, he is rescued by none other than nurse Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), who professes herself as his “number one fan.” Annie takes Paul to her isolated house in the mountains, and he starts to realise that Annie may not be as sane as he previously thought. Based on the horror novel by Stephen King, Misery features terrifyingly terrific performances, especially from Kathy Bates who won an Oscar for Best Actress.
Single White Female, (1992)
Here at Movie Emporium we go to the cinema a lot, an awful lot. We don’t know if it’s just the London crowd, or typical of cinema goers wherever you are – but there are still fundamental failures in basic cinema etiquette. The main annoyance on Monday’s viewing of Hummingbird were people checking their solar-bright phone screens every 15 minutes throughout the film! FFS people just turn it off and leave it alone for two hours, your messages/facebook/twitter will still be there when you leave.
It is worth reminding everyone of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Wittertainment Code of Conduct:
Here at Movie Emporium we love to share with you the coolest stuff – sometimes that is written by someone else. Empire Online talked to David S. Goyer & Zack Snyder and got them to confess some special Man of Steel’s secrets. The 15 point article is FULL of SPOILERS so only go and read it if you’ve already seen MoS. Enjoy: Read feature at empireonline.com
By Gavin Baddeley
Horror films have long been criticised as immoral, inspiring all manner of antisocial behaviour in their impressionable audiences. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in particular was singled out as a bad influence: Banned by the British censors in the 70s, several of its sequels were caught up in the ‘video nasties’ panic of the subsequent decade. Yet surely this was unfair. For The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was actually a public information film in many respects; warning viewers of the hazards of picking up hitchhikers, while highlighting the issue of rural unemployment. In particular, the film led the way in stressing the perils of being careless with power tools.
The last few years have seen this Irish funnyman’s popularity sky rocket – in little over five years he has gone from being ‘that neurotic Irish guy from the I.T. Crowd’ to a success on both sides of the Atlantic, starring in Universal’s Bridesmaids and HBO’s Girls. So what is the secret to his success? It’s simple. O’ Dowd has that rare quality of being one of those celebrities you could easily go for pint with. His latest role sees him voice a creepy crawly, Grub, in Twentieth Century Fox’s new adventure comedy, EPIC which is released in UK cinemas on 22nd May. To celebrate, we’re taking a retrospective look at his career to date.