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 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In LORD OF WAR, Nicolas Cage portrays “Yuri Orlov,” a man who builds an empire of illegal arms dealings from the humble beginnings of selling a couple of punks two Uzis in a cheap hotel room. He and his drug-addicted brother “Vitaly” (Jared Leto) sell to anyone and everyone (except for Osama Bin Laden--not on any moral grounds, but because he has a habit of writing checks that bounce), from the post-Soviet Russians to the African dictator “Andre Baptiste” (Eamonn Walker), and even covertly to the U.S. military. Yuri's 20-year journey will see him rise and fall in power and prominence, gain new allies, find himself in competition with fellow arms dealer “Simeon Weisz” (Ian Holm), marry the girl of his dreams, “Ava Fontaine” (Bridget Moynahan), and deal with a determined and incorruptible INTERPOL agent, “Jack Valentine” (Ethan Hawke).

Ian Holm and Nicolas Cage in LORD OF WAR



Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this 2005 action/crime drama. No U.S. studio would back the film, so international finances were secured instead. Lions Gate agreed to distribute the film in America. Antônio Pinto’s score was released by Lakeshore Records.


 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Pixar’s RATATOUILLE is a story of a rat named “Remy” (voiced by Patton Oswalt) who hankers to hone his improbable talent of mixing the right ingredients to make a delightful fare. He winds up in Paris, and sitting on a rooftop, he sees his own personal Mecca--the restaurant of “Gusteau” (Brad Garret), the man who famously said that anyone can cook before he was taken down by pernicious food critic “Anton Ego” (Peter O’Toole). After his tragic death, Gusteau’s lost two of its stars and that’s right about where a young man named “Linguini” (Lou Romano) comes in.

He’s a bumbling nobody with little talent and only a note from his deceased mother vouching for his character. The incumbent tyrant of a chef, “Skinner” (Ian Holm), reluctantly gives him a job as a wash boy which he barely is able to perform. In a fateful moment, he ruins a soup, and Remy drops in to salvage the dish. Now, after an initial berating, great things are expected of Linguini after a critic loves his new dish. Skinner suspects something is up.

Lou Romano and Ian Holm in RATATOUILLE



In the film, Head Chef Skinner tries to put Remy in a box. The character of Skinner was named after behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, who was known for the Skinner Box, where rats were placed and trained to push a button for food.

Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava co-directed the 2007 film. Michael Giacchino’s score was released by Walt Disney Records.


 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

That last poster would NEVER be created today.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

That last poster would NEVER be created today.


You think so?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

You think so?


Absolutely.
"Knives Out" wasn't Disney.
Disney exists in an alternate, virtue-signaling PC universe all of its own.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the prequel story to “The Lord of the Rings,” following the adventures of “Bilbo Baggins” (“Frodo Baggin's” uncle) and how he came to be in possession of the ring. The movie starts by bridging the gap between "The Hobbit" and LOTR by reintroducing Ian Holm as Old Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo says he will now tell the story of his greatest adventure, and then spends several minutes relating the entire history of the dwarfs to the audience before finally picking up where Tolkien chose to start, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." And then, instead of diving into the story, Elijah Wood appears in a cameo as Frodo. Only then do we finally get to meet the young Bilbo, played by Martin Freeman, and reunite with Gandalf, played again by Ian McKellan.

As mentioned, these opening scenes, in which Ian Holm plays the older Bilbo, do not appear in the book, which is told in present-time and not as a flashback. These scenes take place on the same day as Bilbo's birthday seen in the beginning of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001). Shortly after the release of the film “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, Holm recorded similar scenes, this time as Frodo, for inclusion in a new boxed set version of the BBC Radio version of “The Lord of the Rings.”

Ian Holm in THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY



The method of creating Hobbit feet was changed for this movie. For “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the prosthetic feet only fit over the actors' and actresses' feet, requiring them to be re-applied after periods of walking in them. For this movie, the prosthetic went all the way up to the knees of Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, and Elijah Wood.

Ian Holm filmed his scenes at London's Pinewood Studios, because health concerns left him uncomfortable with flying to New Zealand.

Peter Jackson directed this 2012 release. Howard Shore’s score was released by WaterTower Music in the U.S. and by Decca/Universal elsewhere.


 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES was the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy and was also the final screen appearance for Ian Holm. Once again, Holm reprised his role of Old Bilbo Baggins. Wrapping up the story, the very last scene leads into “The Lord of the Rings,” by finding Bilbo and Gandalf knocking on the door.

Ian Holm in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES



Peter Jackson directed this 2014 release. Howard Shore’s score was released by WaterTower Music in the U.S. and by Decca/Universal elsewhere.


 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Not often a leading man, Ian Holm was one of the world’s great supporting actors, particularly in film. Although he worked on the stage for more than two decades, and won a Tony Award in 1967, Holm developed a severe case of stage fright in 1976 while performing "The Iceman Cometh" and left the theater. He only returned three times after that.

After directing him in HENRY V (1989), Kenneth Branagh defined his acting style as "Anything you can do, I can do less of." Holm defended his style saying “I've always been a minimalist. It was Bogart who once said, ‘If you think the right thoughts, the camera will pick it up.’ The most important thing in the face is the eyes, and if you can make the eyes talk, you're halfway there.”

In 1989 Holm was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), and in 1998 he was knighted for his services to drama. Farewell, Sir Ian.

in NAPOLEON AND LOVE (1974)


in ALIEN (1979)


in THE ADVOCATE (1993)


with Sarah Polley in THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997)





 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2020 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I suspect that Ian Holm's greatest performance may not have been seen by most on here. It was in 1978 when BBC TV produced a superb trilogy on the life of J.M.Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. The title was "The Lost Boys" and was a haunting and accurate telling of the man's encounters with the Llewellyn-Davies family in stark contrast to that sugary and inaccurate nonsense called "Finding Neverland" with Johnny Depp hopelessly miscast and which I believe has now been turned into a musical.

If you want to see one of THE greatest acting performances of all time and what really happened with J.M Barrie and that family the DVD is still available at Amazon UK.


Challenge accepted, just placed reserve of DVD from local library.


Well his incredibly moving performance has been seen by me now. A tricky role that could have been one-note owing to the remoteness and outwardly emotional stuntedness of its main subject. Holm was simply superb. I knew not a thing of JM Barrie outside of his authorship and now I want to know more about him and the Davies family. A beautiful production.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2020 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   brofax   (Member)

Well his incredibly moving performance has been seen by me now. A tricky role that could have been one-note owing to the remoteness and outwardly emotional stuntedness of its main subject. Holm was simply superb. I knew not a thing of JM Barrie outside of his authorship and now I want to know more about him and the Davies family. A beautiful production.

Howard L, I'm really glad you took the trouble to seek out the DVD. I hope others will follow suit.

That was my first time to see Ian Holm on screen - a very small screen in those days smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2020 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

And what the heck, when you think of Tsar Nicholas, whose face and voice come to mind immetiately?

Oh yes, like John Adams and William Daniels. And I see I'm not the only one to mention the somewhat "transparent" presence of Mr. Holm in N&A with respect. It is good to see such positive spontaneous discussion of this film here. And I too now wish to revisit it while the iron's hot. To that end, it has just joined The Lost Boys via library DVD reservation.


Am very glad to have just re-watched N&A. Small role that it was, Holm was quite intense. The look in his face when he realized he was outnumbered and it was fruitless to resist said it all.

 
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