Posts Tagged Clive Owen
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo
–surprising solid dark comedy about a man (Robin Williams) mistakenly told by a doctor (Mila Kunis) that he has 90 minutes to live due to a brain aneurysm. Williams and Kunis are both fantastic. Henry runs around Brooklyn trying to make amends to his wife (Melissa Leo) who he’s drifted apart from and his estranged son. Simultaneously Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis) tries to track him down to tell him that she made a mistake in telling him he had such a short time to live and to bring him back to the hospital. It’s at times funny, at times thoughtful.
Words and Pictures
starring: Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen
–this appealed to me for the creative aspect– a writing teacher and an art teacher at a prep school spar over whether words or pictures are better communications. both are art forms. if you appreciate literature, art, culture, you’ll like this film. Both Juliette Binoche (Dina) and Clive Owen (Jack) play sharp-tongued, slightly bitter characters with panache. Dina, once a celebrated artist, moved to this small community to be near her famlly as her RA progresses and she’s less able to function on her own. Jack, a once-promising author and popular teacher, is an alcoholic and he may lose his job. Though they don’t get along at first, the two find they have more commonalities than differences.
The Ridds have been honest men longer than the Doones have been rogues.
More than a decade ago, the rebellious Doone faction killed John Ridd’s father. Since then he’s despised them. It’s 17th century England, around the time of the Monmouth rebellion against King James II, and there are few laws to restrict the Doone clan in profiting from intimidation and theft. Sean Bean excels as a ruthless renegade Carver Doone. He’s a swashbuckling fearless reprobate. When John [Clive Owen] falls into the river on the Doone property one day, Lorna Doone [Polly Walker] rescues him. They fall for each other in that classic Romeo and Juliet way. Soon rather barbaric and ceaseless fighting ensues as John seeks revenge and also follows his heart. Once Lorna’s past becomes exposed it brings even greater challenges for John. The outdoor scenery, period costuming and sets frame these early acting roles of Walker [Rome, Enchanted April] and Owen [Children of Men, Closer]. Unfortunately, Walker and Owen lack the chemistry for viewers to really root for the couple’s triumph. Both very lovely to look at and both talented actors. The material’s too thin. Considering she’s playing the title role, Walker definitely lacks enough dialogue and character development. Lorna Doone is only for fervent fans of these actors or of period BBC productions.
Lorna Doone 
Starring: Polly Walker, Clive Owen, Sean Bean
Studio: Acorn Media
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2001
Running time: 87 minutes