Tag Archive: Max von Sydow

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BBBB (out of 5) You destroy an evil empire twice, then years later you’re still having to disable their shields and look for the one weak spot in their giant planet-shaped weapon. It’s… Continue reading

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Flash Gordon

BBB (out of 5) The popular serial of the 1930s is turned into a film that features terrific special effects, rich production design and an even more unabashed sense of kitsch than the… Continue reading

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Victory (Escape To Victory)

BB (out of 5) A year after this film’s release, Sylvester Stallone would win the Vietnam War single-handedly with a machine gun, but did you know that before this he settled World War II… Continue reading

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Pelle The Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren)

BBBB (out of 5) Max von Sydow and son Pelle Hvenegaard (who, in a twist of fate that I’m sure was irresistible to the marketing department, was actually named after the book this epic drama… Continue reading

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The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukallan)

BBBBB (out of 5) An old Swedish legend is turned into gorgeous baroque drama by Ingmar Bergman in this deservedly famous, Oscar-winning film.  A medieval landowner (Max von Sydow) sends his dewy, beautiful… Continue reading

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What Dreams May Come

B.5 (out of 5) Robin Williams plays a happy family man, married to Annabella Sciorra, who tries to help a car accident victim and ends up getting himself killed in a highway tunnel. Next… Continue reading

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Europa (Zentropa)

BBBB (out of 5) Gorgeous, visionary tale from Lars Von Trier set in postwar Germany. German-descended, American-born Jean-Marc Barr shows up in his father’s destroyed country and, thanks to the connection with his conductor… Continue reading

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Shutter Island

BB.5 (out of 5) A terrific display of art direction surrounding a pretty empty experience of a movie, one that further aggravates the senses by taking up almost two and a half hours… Continue reading

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Miss Julie (Froken Julie)

BB (out of 5) Dull version of August Strindberg’s famous, tragic play. Anita Björk is excellent as the self-destructive heiress who has broken off her engagement to a man she doesn’t love and finds… Continue reading

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The Ice Pirates

B.5 (out of 5) Hilariously campy science-fiction adventure about futuristic pirates in a dried-up universe, who navigate the stars in search of its most precious resource, water. The one planet that is brimming… Continue reading

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Rush Hour 3

B (out of 5) An unmitigated mess that does very little to bring back the joy and fun of the original film from 1998.  Big-mouth Chris Tucker and crazy-moves Jackie Chan are reunited once again… Continue reading

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Conan The Barbarian (1982)

BBB.5 (out of 5) After losing his entire tribe, including his family, to the evils of a powerful sorcerer (James Earl Jones), Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) grows up to be a powerful warrior in… Continue reading

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Awakenings

BBBB (out of 5) Dr. Oliver Sacks’ autobiographical account of his years dealing with comatose patients makes for absorbing viewing in this touching, intelligent film. Sacks (Robin Williams) is presented with a room… Continue reading

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Never Say Never Again

BBBB (out of 5) Years after Saltzman and Broccoli began the mega-successful James Bond franchise, writer-producer Kevin McClory decided to start his own rival series of Bond films, managing to accomplish only this… Continue reading

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Minority Report

BBBB (out of 5) In a not-too-distant future, three humans are, as the result of genetic tampering, imbued with the ability to predict murders through their linked psychic dreams. A special task force… Continue reading

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Hawaii

BBB (out of 5) This adaptation of one part of James Michener’s mammoth novel(s) is interesting from time to time but, for the most part, is a bore. Max von Sydow plays a fundamentalist… Continue reading

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Shame (Skammen)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most exciting of the many curious and wonderful chamber pieces that Bergman filmed on his home island of Faro in the late sixties, with a science-fiction element… Continue reading

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Snow Falling On Cedars

BB (out of 5) The most beautifully photographed film of the year next to American Beauty is unfortunately also the most vapid. Robert Richardson’s cinematography, Jeannine Oppewall’s production design and James Newton Howard’s… Continue reading

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Three Days Of The Condor

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert Redford plays a CIA operative whose entire team is wiped out while he’s out for coffee, forcing him into hiding while also trying to figure out who is responsible.… Continue reading

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Robin Hood (2010)

BB (out of 5) The legend that has been the fodder of adventure tales for centuries is given the historical treatment in this bloated epic by Ridley Scott. Russell Crowe is the English… Continue reading

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The Exorcist

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Still considered to be the scariest film of all time, and rightly so. Ellen Burstyn plays a single mother and movie star whose stay in Washington while filming her… Continue reading

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Intacto

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating, incredibly odd drama about a secret cult that worships chance. After being the lone survivor of a plane crash, a man is recruited into a society whose members… Continue reading

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Dune

B (out of 5) Frank Herbert’s immensely popular science-fiction novel (the first in a series) has been turned into an unfortunate clunker of a film, helmed quite badly by David Lynch (he still… Continue reading

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A Kiss Before Dying

BBB (out of 5) Sometimes Ira Levin novels make terrific films (Rosemary’s Baby), and sometimes they really, really don’t (Sliver, though Levin can’t be faulted for Joe Eszterhas’ removing his entire original plotline… Continue reading

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

B (out of 5) Extremely annoyed is how you’ll feel from the opening of this execrable movie, a false and cloying attempt at feel-good post-9/11 drama that is surprisingly made by the director… Continue reading

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The Passion Of Anna (En Passion)

BBBB (out of 5) Max von Sydow is once again the lone island dweller whose peace is interrupted by three individuals: Liv Ullmann as an injured woman who damaged her leg in the car… Continue reading

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The Exorcist II: The Heretic

B (out of 5) Laughably bad sequel to the most famous horror movie of all time (right after Psycho, I suppose). Linda Blair‘s Regan is still suffering from bad dreams because of her… Continue reading

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Hour Of The Wolf (Vargtimmen)

BBBB (out of 5) Ask Ingmar Bergman to interpret La Dolce Vita through his own imagination and it comes out Carnival Of Souls, a dark and twisted nightmare that is as close as… Continue reading

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Winter Light (Nattvardsgasterna)

BBB (out of 5) ‘Yes Ingmar, it’s a masterpiece,’ Bergman’s then-wife Kabi Laretei told her husband, ‘But it’s a dreary masterpiece.’ No better description could be made of the second in the Swedish… Continue reading

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Through A Glass Darkly (Sasom I En Spegel)

BBB (out of 5) Four characters deal with God, love and insanity on a remote Swedish island in this pristinely beautiful film by Ingmar Bergman, his second of three films to win him… Continue reading

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The Magician (Ansiktet)

BBBB (out of 5) Max von Sydow is excellent as a conjurer who travels the countryside performing for villagers to make his living. He and his troupe arrive in a small town hoping… Continue reading

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Wild Strawberries (Smultronstallet)

BBBBB (out of 5) Ingmar Bergman’s probing, sensitive drama stars an excellent Victor Sjöström as a professor who is nearing his twilight years. On a road trip with his vindictive daughter-in-law (Ingrid Thulin)… Continue reading

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The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet)

BBBBB (out of 5) Visually stunning meditation on life and death by Ingmar Bergman. Max von Sydow is excellent as a medieval knight travelling through the world in order to escape Death, portrayed… Continue reading

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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Immensely moving film based on the book of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a high profile magazine editor who suffered a stroke in the prime of his life… Continue reading

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The Best Intentions (Den Goda Viljan)

BBBBB (out of 5) The examination of marriage isn’t a new theme for Ingmar Bergman, who wrote and directed a six hour drama on the subject in 1972’s Scenes From A Marriage. Here… Continue reading

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Hannah And Her Sisters

BBBBB (out of 5) The masterpiece in the Woody Allen oeuvre is this fascinating examination of sibling relationships. Hannah (Mia Farrow in a standout performance) is a generous and caring wife (to Michael Caine)… Continue reading

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