Tag Archives: Jim Broadbent

2015 Oscars – Live Action Shorts

Here are reviews of all 5 nominees for Best Live Action Short. Continue reading


The Trouble with Quibbles: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is inescapably epic. The nearly three-hour-long film has three directors–Lana Wachowski, Tom Tywker, and Andy Wachowski–includes 6 different stories spanning over a thousand years, chronicling the karmic ripple effect as the ramifications of several characters’ actions “echo through eternity.” The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Hugh Grant, and Susan Sarandon, all of whom play multiple characters. There’s no arguing whether or not the film is epic. And the only thing that surpasses the filmmakers’ ambition is their zeal. Bryan drank the Kool-Aid. Having little interest in its saccharine mix of schmaltzy spiritualism, morality tale clichés, and overblown take on the Golden Rule, I did not. Continue reading

Bright Side of Life – Review: Another Year

If you’re familiar with Mike Leigh, writer and director of Naked, Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake, to name just a few, then you know that wonderful characters and naturalistic plots are what sustain his films. This also means that any explanation of his latest, and best movie (from what I’ve seen of his filmography), will unavoidably fail to do it justice. I’m still going to give it the old college try, and hopefully you’ll trust me when I say that this is a great movie. Continue reading