Posts Tagged ‘The International’

My Favourite Contemporary Actors

Freitag, März 27th, 2009

As I said before, everybody loves Top Ten Lists. Especially me. So I thought I’d start a new, sort of regular, feature here, where I make Top Ten Lists of things I like. Now, the usual way to go about that would be to make lists like “The Ten Best Actors Working Today”, but even I don’t consider my opinion so important as to call it objective. So I will make lists like “My Favourite Ten Actors Working Today”, even if that title is a little longer. And so, without further ado, here are the ten actors whose body of work I enjoy so much, that just their participation in a film means that I want to see it, in reverse order. If you know all ten of them, congratulate yourself on having good taste. (weiterlesen …)

Minute Movie Review – The International

Samstag, Februar 21st, 2009


An Interpol agent and a New York district attorney team up to take down a Luxembourgian bank that makes its money through criminal activities and arms deals. On the way, they jet from country to country, a bunch of people get killed and we learn that banks control everything. Oh if the movie only had been released last summer, as originally planned. Solidly shot and acted, the pace of the movie is too slow, the plot too convoluted and the message to simple to make the film entertaining or thought-provoking.

Random Observations:

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Okay, I admit it: I wanted Clive Owen as the new Bond and I was really hoping this would be Bond-like. Sadly, not so much.

The rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York was recreated on a set – amazing work.

The film is loosely based on the real events surrounding the BCCI, The Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Read more about it at the ‘ped.

Please, can we have one modern espionage thriller without a rooftop chase? Don’t get me wrong, they are fine in and of themself, but after Tangiers (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Siena (Quantum of Solace) in recent years alone, Istanbul really wasn’t necessary.