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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.
Man of the moment Bryan Cranston star in Cold Comes the Night alongside Alice Eve and we have the trailer for you.
A hostage based crime drama, this first look at what we can expect from Cranston on the big screen is but a click away.
Take a look and let us know what you think!
Seeing a film that moves you and keeps you thinking about it for weeks after is one of the greatest treats the silver screen serves up and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints happily falls into that category.
A truly beautiful and sprawling love story this is a lovely film that will only make you realise how sucked in you are to the story when it ends and you are as wracked as the characters.
A love story set in the beautiful Texas, the film smoulders much like the landscape it is set in. While the set up felt rushed and i was initially unsure if enough had been done by the writers to make me interested in the characters i found my worries being forgotten as the story unravelled with a subtle intensity which made it a real treat.
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the parted lovers, Bob and Ruth, who have found themselves in this predicament thanks to their own mistakes. Both shine on screen, with Rooney Mara becoming her character to such a degree i on many occasions forgot who i was watching. Affleck can’t be overlooked either. His nonchalant and yet determined, slow burning performance paired with Mara’s onscreen show combines to be devastatingly brilliant.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints may not be a fast paced film but it has a certain something that ensures you invest in the characters journey’s and never once want to look away from the screen.
The cinematography of the landscape captures a sense of isolation felt by the characters and ensures that the viewer is taken on their journey giving us not a moments pause to jump off.
While i am a self confessed fan of these kind of love stories Ain’t Them Bodies saints instantly fell into the bracket of sprawling greats, alongside films like Legend’s of the Fall and Cold Mountain.
One of the most moving and beautiful films i’ve seen in a long while, this is not one to miss.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is released in the UK today.
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks star in Disney’s forthcoming Saving Mr Banks and you can watch the UK trailer below.
Telling the story of how the story of Mary Poppins came to be, this film looks like it’s going to be an enjoyable jaunt with Hanks taking on the iconic role of Mr Disney himself.
It’s definitely worth a look, you know what to do!
Saving Mr Banks is released in the UK on 29th November
Steve Coogan and Judi Dench star in Philomena and the first poster is below.
If you missed the trailer, take a look here, it looks like it’s going to be a nice little heart-warmer of a film!
Philomena is released on 1st November
Out on Blur ray and DVD tomorrow, take a sneak peek at this clip from the utterly charming film.
Starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm i loved this Danish/English film when it was in cinema’s earlier this year. It left me feeling uplifted and i left the cinema with a smile on my face.
Hit play and treat yourself!
The brilliant Director Mike Figgis, (Leaving Las Vegas, Internal Affairs, Time Code) is releasing a new film, Suspension of disbelief and you can see the trailer below.
Pain and Gain from Director Michael Bay and is based on a true story. Do keep that in mind as you read below.
The story is set in the 80′s and centres around 3 body builders who realise they will literally do anything to live their own interpretation of the American dream. Or greed and riches, as they believe it to be.
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
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.