Blogathon

Canadian Eric Schweig…

o-canada-niagaraWow, can you believe that another rendition of Speakeasy and Silver Screenings‘ O Canada! Blogathon is here. Time sure flies.

For my third year joining in, I’ve decided to pick an actor again (last year, although it feels like yesterday, I looked at The Grand Seduction and the previous year, Donald Sutherland). An actor that I feel is underrated. May I introduce to you Eric Schweig. Born in 1967 (19 June to be precise), his real name is actually Ray Dean Thrasher. Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, he was born in Canada. Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

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Now…you’ll probably know where I’m heading with this post…(for those of you new to my Blog, let me just say that The Last of the Mohicans is my absolute favourite movie of all time)…so, yep, I’m heading down the Uncas (Last of the Mohicans route). But what other route should I take? It is, after all, this movie which introduced me to this actor. I’d never heard of him before then (granted, according on IMDB it was only his 3rd movie) and must admit I haven’t seen too much with him in it (although he’s been in a fair amount). It takes quite something to share screen presence with Daniel Day-Lewis and boy, oh boy, does Eric Schweig manage to do this. While he doesn’t have the lead role, he is definitely noticed. Or maybe it’s just that I have a bit of a weakness for the Uncas/Alice love story. But really, I thoroughly enjoy the ease with which he takes on the character of Uncas (and no, here we won’t discuss how true to the book the movie is – this is a post about an actor, therefore a movie). So, for a long time, all I had was the 25 year old Eric Schweig  – back then my parents and I had no TV in the house (by choice) and besides, Video Cassettes were limited. IMDB and the internet didn’t exist, so, unless an actor was making Magazine gossip, you weren’t really aware of who else was out there and what they were acting in. My Quinlan’s Films Stars book also dated too quickly.EricSchweig

Only a number of years later with my own place and a TV, I happened to catch the trail-end of Follow the River (1995). Unfortunately didn’t see too much of Eric Schweig‘s character, however, it did trigger me to go find some other roles I’d enjoyed him in. And I found…

SkinsfilmSkins (2002). Here he plays Rudy Yellow Lodge, a police office in an Indian Reservation. He is joined by Graham Greene (also a Canadian) who takes on the role of Mogie Yellow Lodge, Rudy‘s alcoholic brother. While not always easy to watch it was an eye opener and I did actually enjoy it. The cast also includes, amongst others, wonderful fellow Canadians Gary Farmer, Michelle Thrush and Nathaniel Arcand as well as Gil Birmingham (not Canadian)  It also presented to me an Eric Schweig 10 years older to what I’d be introduced to. In this darker, more serious role, he is still great to watch. In contrast, his smaller role in The Missing about which I’m not going to say too much here other than, I really needed to watch The Last of the Mohicans again.

I’ve got Dead Man’s Walk waiting to be watched and trying to find Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (not only because of Eric Schweig but I want to see it regardless of who’s in it) and Into the West is also proving difficult to find (once again with Eric Schweig but on my to-watch list anyway). He’s been in so many movies and series and I’m embarrassed to say that for such a wonderful actor I really haven’t seen enough of him.

But, that’s not all. As a means of connecting to his heritage, Eric Schweig carves masks (look them up, they are gorgeous), a skill developed from his early childhood days of carving. In fact, I believe he never intended to get into acting but was involved with woodwork and framing work.

So, here’s to a Canadian who really is worth noticing.

 

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Happy New Year (Blogathon)…A Long Way Down

happynewyearblogathon5I can’t believe that we’ve already come to the end of another year. Or rather, the start of a new one. Well, bring it on…

…with The Happy New Year Blogathon hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog.

I’m tackling A Long Way Down (not to be confused with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman‘s cyling trip Long Way Down). And…for those who glance through the story on the internet…don’t think it is dreary for New Year because of the “subject matter”.

What is it? Let me count you down:

10…Another one of those movies…the ones that I almost don’t watch, pick up when not really sure what I really feel like watching…and ending up thoroughly enjoying. This is one I went into with absolute no clue of the story.

9..The opening is what caught my attention. Not knowing who was in it or what it was about when I started out…having Pierce Brosnan show up meant it surely can’t be that bad. When his character announces that he’s decided to kill himself (on New Year’s Eve), first instinct was to switch off but shortly afterward I saw him trying to get a ladder up London’s Toppers building…and I was wondering what lay in store. Not in a morbid way.

8…The additional opening credits presenting me with Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul likewise promised something good. Oh…Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill too.

7…Within the first four minutes, the mood is lightened  (dare I even say that) on the rooftop with the wonderful entrance of Maureen (Toni Collette)…spoiler alert…asking Martin (Brosnan) if he will be long and if she should wait somewhere. What a brilliant scene (although, actually not something to laugh at but this is probably deemed a black comedy after all).A-Long-Way-Down-Poster

6…By the time Jess (Imogen Poots) and JJ (Aaron Paul) turn up (independently of each other) with similar fates in mind, I know that this is going to be an interesting one.

5…Clearly, the chosen spot is a bit overcrowded and after brief introductions, they all go their separate ways…well, for a few minutes anyway…until fate has them all in Martin‘s car. The four former strangers decide to make an agreement. They will work at getting through their respective problems, together, until Valentine’s Day. So unravel the respective stories while four relationships develop.

4…Based on the novel of the same title by Nick Hornby, this isn’t such a dreary movie after all. It has some dark and light comedy moments with some really beautiful ones and other quite serious ones mixed in. The topic at hand is never made a joke of.

3…Directed by Pascal Chaumeil I found this movie really beautiful despite the many negative reviews it received. Here’s the trailer to give you a taste of what it’s about:

2…Another spoiler…but the movie ends on the following New Year’s Eve. And…well, because it would be totally wrong any other way, with all four of them still friends.

1…Happy New Year (what else does one say here?)

 

Thievery and such…

thieves71So, by virtue of entering this Blogathon, there may  be a major spoiler. So, read no further if you don’t want the key plot point to be revealed. Although, having just looked out for the movie poster, it is no real secret what the spoiler is. So, maybe it isn’t spoiler after all. Oh well….moving along swiftly…

This is one of those movies that didn’t get much publicity (if I remember correctly) and that which it did get seemed to be the negative kind. Generally not “listening to” reviews or ratings and watching movies purely because they appeal to me for whatever reason, I was keen for this one to be released. Oh….yes, I’m talking about Man on a Ledge. Minor detail.

What’s it about? Well, yes, a man on a ledge. High above the hustling bustling streets of New York. He’s threatening to jump. The crowd has gathered below…many hoping he’ll actually jump. Others just gawking. And that, my dear readers is exactly the intention of this man, Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington). You see, if all eyes are on him, they won’t be elsewhere…where a heist is underway.

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To seemingly drag it all out, Nick requests a specific negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) to come to the scene. He’ll talk to nobody else. And it’s roughly at this time that you’ll realise things aren’t actually what they seem. That this is no ordinary robbery and that it is all so very clever. So the plot thickens…as they say.

I really enjoy this movie. It isn’t a hectic action blockbuster but an entertaining heist movie that keeps you engaged at a slower pace than the car-chase type ones. Joining Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks are Jamie Bell (gosh…this was the first time I’d seen him since Billy Elliott, no more little child), Ed Harris, Edward Burns, Genesis Rodriguez and Anthony Mackie.

Join Moon in Gemini for some more thievery and robbery in her “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon.

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Happy Birthday Meg Ryan…

Meg Ryan is forever associated with school friends and movie nights. Back in those days she was the girl we all went to see regardless of the movie because she was inevitably in a “good one”. In fact, it was a given that you’d have seen the “latest Meg Ryan movie”. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean. Right?

maggie-blogathonI was introduced to Meg Ryan, rather late…that means, NOT with When Harry Met Sally (“oh no, how could you???” you cry), which was most people’s introduction to this star, but, with Sleepless in Seattle. And from then on, we’ve probably all got similar watch lists…although, Top Gun, which chronologically comes before Sleepless in Seattle, is one I only saw relatively late in my Meg-Ryan-movie-watching-timeline. But she isn’t really in a main role here, is she?

Oh, and then came Courage under Fire. Everyone went to see it. I recall it being good. Although, I barely remember what it was about. Sorry 😦

Addicted to Love was another good one. Misunderstood and underappreciated by many I think. Unlike the popular City of Angels (which my aunt from Los Angeles couldn’t stop raving about). Although, and don’t unfollow me for this, I wasn’t the biggest fan.

Ahhh…..then came the most delightful, wonderful, feel-good, sweet, lovely (fine, I’ll stop) You’ve Got Mail. Sigh…what a cute movie that was. As for Meg, she was wonderful (but wasn’t she just always?). I dreamt of running my own book shop for a long time thereafter (but that had just as much to do with my love of books as with this little cinematic delight).

Everyone had come to think of Meg Ryan in that rom-com manner when along come Proof of Life. And my girl friends just wouldn’t watch it. I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed it. And to be honest, while the overall genre and feel of this movie might have been different, Meg‘s character was still that wonderful woman who could hold her own. After all, isn’t that what she did in You’ve Got Mail and Addicted to Love? 

Sadly, the last movie I remember having watched with our birthday girl was Kate and Leopold. Another one I thoroughly enjoyed. After this, somewhere along the line, ever so quietly, Ms Ryan slipped off the movie radar. Maybe, I should say “my movie radar”. Yes, granted, we all grow older but still, I miss that youthful “bubbliness” that was Meg Ryan in her prime. OK, fine, maybe I’m wrong and just haven’t kept up with her movies but I will forever have her in mind as I had back then.

Whatever the case, here’s to a wonderful actress who was such a big part of my high-school movie days. Those fun nights out at the cinema with friends. Wonderful days. Wonderful movies. So, dear Meg Ryan, here’s wishing you a very happy birthday. You brought that special touch to romantic comedy that few others managed.

Thanks Pfeiffer Films and Meg Movies for your Meg Ryan Birthday Blogathon.

Now for the last few entries of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

With the Now and Then Blogathon officially over, we’ve still had some posts coming in. No problem…life happens after all. So, keep coming back to this page to see additional Now entries with the Then ones over here co-hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

Diary of a Movie Maniac tackles two oldies…and still more than a 20 year gap. Here‘s from the year 1959 as the Now entry is The Bat.

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Pure Entertainment Preservation Society gives us a James Cagney in Mister Roberts. A huge apology for missing your post…it hid itself in my Spam folder.

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Looking back…here are the Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4 Now entries. And don’t forget to pop past Realweegiemidget Reviews (there’s a link on each of my day links above to keep things easy) for the corresponding Then entries.

 

Now that’s a wrap (almost) of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

Fours days of Now and Then Blogathon have already flown by. Thanks so much for everyone who participated. It has been great fun. I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

VinnieP reviews The Stud right here. That’s his Now entry for Joan Collins.

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Now we head on for some Christopher Lee in The Resident with Cinematic Catharsis right over here.

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With one of his favourites (if not THE favourite), here‘s a post on Titanic by Movierob.

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And closing off the day (we’ll add some late entries tomorrow or so), another one right here from Movierob. The Jackal it is.

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Thanks so much for all of you who participated, read, commented on or simply liked the posts. It is greatly appreciated. To my co-host, Realweegiemidget Reviews, a thank you and another thank you for your patience with me while I’ve been juggling everything.

Now, now, we’re on day 3 of the Now (and Then) Blogathon…

Wow, things are flying past so quickly…and another day of entries is almost over. Our Now and Then Blogathon has been fantastic. Once again, I’m listing all the Now entries below and they’ll all have a corresponding Then entry here over at Realweegiemidget Reviews…alternatively click the links below for the various posts.

My co-host Realweegiemidget Reviews gives us one of her favourite actors, Michael Caine, in Interstellar right here.

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Moon in Gemini picks my favourite Genre and has a look at the remake of a classic over here…being The Magnificent Seven.

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Robert Redford is Crítica Retrô‘s choice in Our Souls at Night which she reviews over here

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Join us again tomorrow for the 4th and final day. If you want to you can still join in. Check out the original announcement by clicking the banner below:

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