It was recently announced that David Fincher’s first directorial feature since Gone Girl (2014) will be a film titled Mank. The film will follow screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he struggles to develop the screenplay for the 1941 film Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.
Renowned British actor, Albert Finney, tragically died today after a short illness. He was 82 years old. Finney had a long and established career, which began in the theatre, before switching to roles in film. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England and became a prominent film actor in the 1960s, emerging as an original “angry young man” actor of the period. His debut performance on film was in Tony Richardson’s The Entertainer (1960) and he became known for a variety of roles with a career spanning six decades.
His incredibly impressive filmography consists of: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), A Good Year (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), and the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall.
Finney has been nominated for five Academy Awards. Four times for Actor in a Leading Role, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984). He also received a nomination in 2000 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Erin Brockovich. In later years, he declined a CBE and a Knighthood.
Albert Finney was something special and, in many ways, underrated. His five-time loss of an Academy Award can attest to that. He could do so much with so little and, no matter the role, he was irreplaceable. You couldn’t take you eyes off him. Whether he was silently pensive in the background or screaming in another actor’s face, Finney was always your focus. A tremendous loss to cinema and British film history.
“I don’t think that we necessarily lie. I mean, we make our living by pretending that we’re someone else. I don’t tell tall tales. I always tell the truth.”
1936 – 2019
To an icon.
To a universe he created.
To a legacy he leaves behind.
To a life well lived.
To Marvel’s original and greatest hero.
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”
1922 – 2018
After the release of Spielberg’s Ready Player One and little-known film, Avengers: Infinity War, the blockbuster season has arrived. So, here are my top 10 most anticipated films of the summer.
Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is considered today to be a classic of the science fiction genre, but the film also makes use of some conventional film noir themes through its characters and its strong, visual style. Mixing the classic genre of film noir with science fiction, Blade Runner is a generic hybrid, and I will explore which aspects of the genre the film makes use of.
Supernatural season 13 aired last night which officially means the end for the show’s longest-serving adversary. Mark Sheppard quickly became a fan favourite when he joined the show in season 5 and he eventually became a series regular in season 10. His on/off relationship with Sam and Dean has been one of the best parts of the show and, love him or hate him, his rise from a crossroads demon to the King of Hell deserves a round of applause.
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist tragically passed away yesterday at the age of 56. He was most well-known among audiences for his portrayal of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Stieg Larsson’s original Swedish Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which included The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Nyqvist also recently became known for playing the villain in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick. He was a fantastic character actor who in recent years was featuring more prominently in Hollywood films. Whether he was solving a decades-old crime, having a knockout fight with John Wick, stealing Russian nuclear launch codes or was simply one of the standouts in an ensemble cast, Nyqvist was always a reliable choice no matter the genre.
“I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a fucking pencil.”
1960 – 2017
Sir Roger Moore sadly passed away yesterday after a short battle with cancer. He was known to the world as James Bond and all round gentleman in real life. He was the longest-serving Bond, starring in seven films from 1973-1985. Live and Let Die was Moore’s first appearance as the beloved spy and his run ended with A View to a Kill. Whether he was ordering a martini, seducing a Bond girl, or saving the world, Moore always did it with style and class and buckets of charisma. A true English gentleman. Raise a martini to a legend.
“My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.”
1927 – 2017
The Summer is fast approaching and, with the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the blockbuster season has officially begun! Here are my top 10 most anticipated films of the Summer.