Tag Archives: Gabriel Byrne

Little Women

SAVE A PLACE IN YOUR HEART FOR THE UNFORGETTABLE STORY OF THESE LITTLE WOMEN. Gillian Armstrong’s most successful Hollywood project is one of the best adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, portraying a Massachusetts family of four sisters during and after the Civil War, primarily focusing on Jo (Winona Ryder) who wants to be a … Continue reading Little Women

The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

FIVE CRIMINALS. ONE LINE UP. NO COINCIDENCE.  After seeing the drama Public Access at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Spacey went to the party after the screening, walked up to the young men who had written and directed it and told them that he wanted a role in their next movie. At the time, … Continue reading The Usual Suspects: Catching Up with Keyser

In Treatment: Pushing Patients

I’ve never been in therapy, but have always been curious about it. I do have a friend who was simply unable to put a destructive relationship behind him once and for all. What went on during the therapy sessions concerns only him and his doctor, but it was obvious that things would not look up … Continue reading In Treatment: Pushing Patients

Smilla’s Sense of Snow

SNOW COVERS EVERYTHING… EXCEPT THE TRUTH. Smilla Jaspersen (Julia Ormond) looks into the death of a six-year-old boy in Copenhagen and finds connections with a powerful company and her own Greenlandic background. Director Bille August enjoys making movies out of literary epics, but this one turns out to be too much of a challenge. There … Continue reading Smilla’s Sense of Snow


THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING YOUR MIND… IS FINDING IT AGAIN. When a mentally disturbed man (Ralph Fiennes) arrives at a London halfway house, he starts remembering what happened to his parents when he was a kid. An unpleasant film from director David Cronenberg, a psychological thriller but not a gory horror movie. We … Continue reading Spider

A Simple Twist of Fate

MICHAEL MCCANN IS ABOUT TO FIND WEALTH BEYOND HIS IMAGINATION… A REAL FAMILY. Loner Michael McCann (Steve Martin) adopts a two-year-old girl after the death of her mother; what he doesn’t know is that the child’s father is a local politician (Gabriel Byrne). Martin did a fine job updating ”Cyrano de Bergerac” in Roxanne (1987), … Continue reading A Simple Twist of Fate

Assault on Precinct 13

UNITE AND FIGHT. On a snowy New Year’s Eve, a precinct about to close down is forced to house a handful of prisoners; soon, they and the cops find themselves under siege. This remake of the 1976 John Carpenter classic offers a few changes to the story, but is still packed with clichés, not least … Continue reading Assault on Precinct 13

The Man in the Iron Mask

FOR THE HONOR OF A KING. AND THE DESTINY OF A COUNTRY. ALL FOR ONE.  In 17th-century France, three musketeers rescue a man in an iron mask (Leonardo DiCaprio) who’s been imprisoned for a long time; he turns out to be Philippe, King Louis XIV’s identical twin… The Braveheart writer’s directing debut is an adventure … Continue reading The Man in the Iron Mask


YOU DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE… TO SUFFER. 23-year-old Pittsburgh hairdresser and atheist Frankie Paige (Patricia Arquette) exhibits signs of the stigmata; a Catholic priest (Gabriel Byrne) is sent to investigate. Some critics have compared this thriller to The Exorcist (1973) and there is indeed a Max von Sydow kind of priest present, as well as … Continue reading Stigmata

End of Days

PREPARE FOR THE END. As the millennium approaches, the devil (Gabriel Byrne) comes to Earth looking for a woman who is the key to his kingdom; ex-cop Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is on his trail. A traditional action movie for Arnold, but his character has more depth than usual. Jericho’s alcoholism and grief makes it … Continue reading End of Days