Screen Junkies » brendan gleeson http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:40:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ Director Shocks Everyone By Casting Michael Fassbender http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/at-swim-two-birds-director-shocks-everyone-by-casting-michael-fassbender/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/at-swim-two-birds-director-shocks-everyone-by-casting-michael-fassbender/#comments Sun, 10 Jul 2011 17:21:15 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219549 It's more Irish than a potato famine.

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Character actor Brendan Gleeson, set to make his directorial debut with his long-in-the-works adaptation of the Irish classic novel At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien, has done what every director eventually must: Cast Michael Fassbender. Fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy have been attached to the project for some time as well. A plot synopsis would be … difficult, considering that the novel is some kind of meta-fictional morass involving a writer whose novel begins to intertwine with the people in his life, but suffice it to say it’s Irish.

No word yet on which characters will be played by which actors, but hopefully they’ll all be able to get their Irish accents right. At Swim-Two-Birds is set to begin shooting in spring 2012. (ScreenDaily)

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LAFF Review: The Guard http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-the-guard/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-the-guard/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:14:50 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215726 Basically, it’s 'Rush Hour' with an obnoxious WHITE cop, and a reasonable competent black agent has to deal with him.

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I can reassure myself not to be bummed that I missed The Guard at Sundance, because it actually wasn’t that great.

Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is an Irish cop who takes acid on the job, alludes to crack experiences, and whores around with escorts. He plays around on crime scenes and mouths off when respectable officers try to lead. FBI Agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) comes to Ireland to bust some drug traffickers, and he gets stuck with Boyle.

Basically, it’s Rush Hour with an obnoxious WHITE cop, and a reasonable competent black agent has to deal with him. Gleeson and Cheadle are both likeable enough actors, but I didn’t find many of their shenanigans amusing.

To be fair, I missed a lot with the dialect. At one point I thought Boyle accused someone of interfering with a llama, but there were no llamas in the case. Maybe on DVD with subtitles I’ll realize The Guard is a comic masterpiece.

Probably not though, because what I did understand wasn’t that funny. I know, I should find fondling the privates of a murder victim hilarious, but I’m just too highbrow. Boyle’s “innocent” racism is not ironically misguided. It’s just obvious. A foreign suspect tells her partner “there’s a black man at the door” in a subtitled twist on every Will Smith action movie joke. I suppose Boyle’s refusal to see Everett’s baby picture came out before “The Office” did it, but it’s still less funny in The Guard.

I don’t care about or fear the criminals they’re after. Towards the end there’s a nice standoff scene with banter between the hero and villain, and a fun cowboy climax complete with cowboy music. It’s still a mess.

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Vera Farmiga Handling Ryan Reynolds In ‘Safe House’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vera-farmiga-handling-ryan-reynolds-in-safe-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vera-farmiga-handling-ryan-reynolds-in-safe-house/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:14:56 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208908 She's a spy!

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The upcoming spy thriller Safe House is already in production, but that doesn’t mean new names can’t be added to the cast – even ones that are hard to spell. So it is with Vera Farmiga, who has signed on as the handler to the character played by Ryan Reynolds, “a young agent assigned to escort a dangerous criminal to safety after they are attacked at a safe house.”

She’s joining Denzel Washington, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick and Liam Cunningham in the Daniel Espinosa-directed movie. She did a pretty good job playing a kind-of-similar character in Source Code, and has made a bit of a niche for herself playing professional, attractive women in thrillers like The Departed. So, good casting, Hollywood casting people! This is why they pay you the big bucks. (Deadline)

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T-1000 And Friends Invade Denzel Washington’s ‘Safe House’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/t-1000-and-friends-invade-denzel-washingtons-safe-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/t-1000-and-friends-invade-denzel-washingtons-safe-house/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 07:42:37 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25762 There ain't no party like a 'Safe House' party, and look who's invited to the film: Robert Patrick, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham and Sam Shepard.

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There ain’t no party like a Safe House party, and when you throw a Safe House party, you need a whole bunch of somewhat well-known actors. That’s why Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Brendan Gleeson (the Harry Potter movies), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans) and Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down) are joining the cast of the new Denzel Washington thriller Safe House. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa, who directed The Fighter, but not that The Fighter – a different The Fighter.

In the movie, Ryan Reynolds plays a CIA agent who needs to protect criminal Denzel Washington from assassins, after Reynold’s safe house is compromised. Will Ryan Reynolds‘ character secretly turn out to be a superhero, like all the other roles he’s been playing lately? We can only hope the Green Lantern shows up, so Hal Jordan and Alastor Moody can team up to fight T-1000. If that’s what’s gonna happen, I’ll be there opening night. (TheWrap)

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