Screen Junkies » geoffrey rush http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:16:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Green Lantern’ Clips… And Clips… And Clips… http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/green-lantern-clips-and-clips-and-clips/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/green-lantern-clips-and-clips-and-clips/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 02:36:41 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=215044 In 8 new clips, you'll see how Hal Jordan learns to fly, thanks to the help of Fish Chicken McGee - among other things.

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4 photosNew ‘Green Lantern’ Posters: Alien Freaks Striking Poses

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Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 15:54:15 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212242 Offers an easily digestible myth with a clear set of rules.

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Finally, a summer movie I liked. I was getting really worried that I was turning into an indie snob. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is good, simple fun. Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio fixed all their own sequel problems by simplifying the story.

The Fountain of Youth offers an easily digestible myth with a clear set of rules. They have to get a mermaid’s tears, two chalices and find the cave. Blackbeard (Ian McShane) needs to get there before the prophecy of his death is fulfilled. See, that makes so much more sense than the last film.

It’s definitely better to have a new adventure with new characters. Dead Man’s Chest and At Worlds End tried so hard to give everyone something to do, they just made a mess of it. Now there’s some new discovery. Angelica’s (Penelope Cruz) history with Jack (Johnny Depp) implies greater stories that went on before. Every character, new or returning, gets the best dramatic introductions.

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Blackbeard is way better than Davy Jones. The subtle look of burning embers in the black beard is more impressive than the squid face, and he’s a real hardcore pirate. The young stud priest Phillip (Sam Claflin) and the hottie mermaid Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) are minimal, as Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) should have been.

There’s not enough Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush). He’s following behind Blackbeard’s crew, so we only get to check in with him now and then. But Keith Richards has the best line and a way better cameo this time.

The action is smaller in Tides and that’s better. It’s more about using the environment creatively, not having a giant spectacle. Tides gives each thrill its own space. You get a lot more out of a palm tree catapult, a complex palace escape, or Ponce de Leon’s cabin.

The film retains the Pirates magic, on a more intimate scale. Blackbeard’s powers string his crew up in the masts. See, you don’t need barnacle faces and hammerheads to make movie magic. Mermaids are creatures we already understand so they spark our imaginations on a gut level, both beautiful and monstrous. Dew drops defy physics, so they’re obviously visual effects but it’s subtle.

The 3D even looks better than any other forced 3D blockbuster. They emphasize the open space in scenes like the palace escape. You can definitely see the layers in the ships’ ropes and masts, or jungle paths. Fire looks fantastic in 3D and they even stick some swords in the audience’s faces.

This is how they should keep making Pirates movies. The first one was magical. We’ll never get to see Johnny Depp create a character like that for the first time again, but you don’t need to come up with bigger and more convoluted ideas. Just think of more creative situations to throw at Jack Sparrow, and let Depp work it out.

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New ‘Green Lantern’ Posters: Alien Freaks Striking Poses http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-green-lantern-posters-alien-freaks-striking-poses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-green-lantern-posters-alien-freaks-striking-poses/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 04:13:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=209441 The universe is gonna be saved by Ryan Reynolds, Forehead Man, Ugly Dog Face Man, and Chicken Fish: The Superhero.

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The universe is gonna be saved by Ryan Reynolds, Forehead Man, Ugly Dog Face Man, and Chicken Fish: The Superhero. I feel safer already.

Here are the new posters for Green Lantern, which show the Green Lantern Corps in action-tastic stances. It looks like Chicken Fish, aka Tomar-Re (Geoffrey Rush) is gonna lob some green power right at ya, catapult style. You’ve also got Sinestro (Mark Strong) scowling mightily, probably because he had a bad day at the fantasy tanning salon. Kilowog’s (Michael Clarke Duncan) strategy is to distract you with his face while he punches you in yours. Hal Jordan is rolling his eyes while powering up, as if to say,”I am way too powerful to be posing for this poster.”

If you haven’t seen the new TV spot, you can check that out here. Or just wait until these aliens strike poses in your local theater on June 17, 2011. (Facebook)

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Say Hello To Green Lantern’s Little Friend In Newly Released Stills http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/say-hello-to-green-lanterns-little-friend-in-newly-released-stills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/say-hello-to-green-lanterns-little-friend-in-newly-released-stills/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 02:52:02 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=208082 Hal Jordan is imagi-ring-ing a machine gun slash acceptable nightlight.

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Looks like Warner Bros has hit a wall. They want to keep releasing preview stills for their upcoming Green Lantern, but they don’t want to spoil too much. So now they’re releasing high quality version of images we saw in the trailer. That’s fine by me – I can’t get enough of Chicken Fish McGee, even in marketing reruns.

In frame one, Hal Jordan is imagi-ring-ing a machine gun slash acceptable nightlight. In the second photo, Ryan Reynolds admits to Tomar-Re (Geoffrey Rush) that he’s reluctant about joining the puffy chest club. Finally, in still three, it’s Green Lantern Corps party and the green gang’s all here, but Reynolds has a long face. Maybe he just got text-dumped by his girlfriend cause he’s spending so much time on planet Oa now. She never sees him anymore.

Green Lantern lands in theaters June 17th, 2011 – hopefully with more than just the footage from the WonderCon trailer. (Cinema Blend)

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‘Green Lantern’ Hits New Low (Voice) With Michael Clarke Duncan? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/green-lantern-hits-new-low-voice-with-michael-clarke-duncan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/green-lantern-hits-new-low-voice-with-michael-clarke-duncan/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:36:06 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206796 Michael Clarke Duncan took the green mile all the way to Green Lantern planet in his green machine. I assume he has a green machine.

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Michael Clarke Duncan took the green mile all the way to Green Lantern planet in his green machine. I assume he has a green machine.

The deep voiced actor is in talks to voice Kilowog in the Warner Bros take on DC Comics‘ Green Lantern. He would join Ryan Reynolds in just one of his many, many superhero roles, and Geoffrey Rush as Tomar-Re, aka Fishy McBirdo.

Kilowog is like an intergalactic drill sergeant for newbie green lanterns, who looks like a pig that was placed in the microwave as a prank. Between him and Tomar-Re, I think I understand how the Green Lantern Corps work: they frighten intergalactic criminals with their intense ugliness. Still, Duncan is a terrific actor with a smooth voice, so at least Kilowog will have that going for him.

Currently in post-production, Green Lantern is looking to land in theaters June 17, 2011. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Geoffrey Rush To Play Fish Chicken Man In ‘Green Lantern’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/geoffrey-rush-to-play-fish-chicken-man-in-green-lantern/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/geoffrey-rush-to-play-fish-chicken-man-in-green-lantern/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 01:56:33 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204665 Geoffrey Rush will voice Tomar-Re in Warner Bros. upcoming 'Green Lantern' film. Will Tomar take Admiral Ackbar's throne as the hot new alien fish man for nerds?

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Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar might be getting a little old hat. He’s been referenced so much now, on t-shirts,”Family Guy” and”Robot Chicken,” that saying “it’s a trap” doesn’t give me the same geeky thrill that it used to. However, Geoffrey Rush will voice a character in Warner Bros. upcoming Green Lantern film who might become the new alien fish man for nerds.

Tomar-Re is a scientist who regularly teams up with Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern as part of the Green Lantern Corps. You can see him in the pic above, looking scientifically concerned. Hopefully he’s working diligently in the lab to come up with a catch phrase, like “badda-blam” or “that’s ab-ab-ab-absurd.” Maybe he already has one, but I never read Green Lantern comics and my limited internet research has revealed nothing but hilarious cosplay photos.

Green Lantern is directed by Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell. (Deadline)

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Buttload Of New ‘Muppets’, ‘Stranger Tides’, And ‘Green Lantern’ Pics http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/buttload-of-new-muppets-stranger-tides-and-green-lantern-pics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/buttload-of-new-muppets-stranger-tides-and-green-lantern-pics/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:44:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=18821 Check out these non-moving pictures from this summer's biggest moving pictures.

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Check out these non-moving pictures from this summer’s biggest moving pictures.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES – You may be quick to criticize these pictures (or the existence of the film entirely) as looking exactly like the other films in the series. Then you’d look like a damned fool. They’re clearly wearing more blue in this film and Johnny Depp‘s hair is on loan from “American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox.

TH GREEN LANTERNIn this very exciting picture, Green Lantern and Hector Hammond are chilling together at some kind of premiere. You can see the Lantern is about to conjure a light ball or something else cosmic between his palms. It’s weird to see Peter Sarsgaard playing the ugly guy. I guess Jackie Earle Haley was booked.

THE MUPPETSJason Segal and Amy Adams cut a rug. They will later wrap the rug fragments around Segal’s forearm and hot glue eyeballs to it.


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Johnny Depp Acts Like a Pirate In a Trailer Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-trailer/#comments Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:07:42 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12239 Disney has dropped the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Longest Movie Title Ever. Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and this time Penelope Cruz is along for the bumpy ride as they search for the Fountain of Youth.

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Disney has dropped the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Longest Movie Title Ever. Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and this time Penelope Cruz is along for the bumpy ride as they search for the Fountain of Youth. I bet you he thinks that fountain is full of rum. I just bet you.

This Pirates seems to be chock full of everything that we haven’t seen in previous Pirates films. They even capitalized on the whole zombie phenomenon. This could have been intentional or the writers received a mandate to work everything ever into the film. The fourth time around you have to do that. Let’s just hope they keep it under five hours long. Kids can only take so much convoluted plotline.

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Review: The King’s Speech http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-kings-speech/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-kings-speech/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:25:12 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9139 The King’s Speech is a British period piece about the monarchy AND a triumph over disability story, so it’s a sure thing for the Oscars. This is one you’ll actually want to watch anyway and it doesn’t even play like Oscar bait.

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The King’s Speech is a British period piece about the monarchy AND a triumph over disability story, so it’s a sure thing for the Oscars. This is one you’ll actually want to watch anyway and it doesn’t even play like Oscar bait.

Bertie (Colin Firth), son of King George V (Michael Gambon) and Queen Mary (Claire Bloom), suffers from a stammer. His wife Elizbeth (Helena Bonham Carter) finds him a speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Bertie struggles with Logue’s lessons until he eventually has to take his place as King George VI.

This is the Rocky of speech therapy, complete with training montages. Logue’s methods of relieving vocal tension are clever, some almost 36th Chamber of Shaolin level. Logue makes a good tough love coach in Bertie’s corner too.

The film’s greatest asset is humor. Bertie and Logue are funny and engaging. Their humor is self-deprecating, even when Bertie gets frustrated. This is not the stuffy serious period piece I usually dread reviewing.

Firth’s performance is a careful balance of a realistic portrayal of a stammer, but perfect for dialogue. Don’t keep the audience waiting. Just give it a dramatic pause. It creates suspense. Will he say it? Will it flow? You really see the effort speech patients make. It’s a demoralizing condition and they make a noble struggle, whether it’s Bertie or the little kid in Logue’s waiting room.

Tom Hooper complements the drama with his visual style. He goes in for Raimi angles on Rush and Firth’s faces at pivotal speech moments. Then he leaves an unnatural amount of empty frame space in other scenes. He makes speech visual, so it’s not just talking.

This is the perfect kind of period piece where it’s just old enough to feel exotic but recent enough that it’s not hard to understand. The language is clear, pretty direct and close to modern, just with British accents. The costumes are classy but still look like suits and hats we recognize today as high royal fashion. We recognize the ‘30s era cars from gangster movies so we feel at home in this world.

The family drama of the monarchy was less interesting to me than the speech therapy, but it impacts the speech issue directly so it has to play. That’s just my natural frustration with king and queen movies. When Bertie becomes George VI, the king rules during World War II. That’s something we really “get” in America so we know how important those speeches will be.

The King’s Speech is one of those rare movies that is both important and compelling. Usually when a movie starts out with an important subject, it’s doomed to be pretentious and impenetrable to actual audiences. King’s Speech is relatable and moving. It just happens to also be a true story about a British person of the crown.

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