Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reel Insight Episode 66: Cillian Murphy

I know, you're probably saying WHO?  But I promise you'll recognize many of the movies he's been in.  But first, we have a guest, Nick from Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob, our final winner of quotable quotes.  He chose to join us on this particular actor's career.  We discuss a bit more from Tower Heist and Nick and Rachel talk Crazy, Stupid, Love and urge me to see it immediately.  Our random segment is about the new trend of making movies out of board games.  Let us know what you think!

New movies with Cillian Murphy
Peacock - Check this out as soon as you can.  A terrific look at multiple personalities - what would you do if people liked one of your personalities better than the others.  Our discussion about this one really opened my eyes.  Stellar cast including Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and several other character actors you'll recognize. 4 of 5 stars

Red Eye - A thriller starring Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager taken hostage on a plane and told to move a senator to a new room in her hotel or Murphy will have her dad killed.  McAdams does a good job being terrified, but ultimately beats the crap out of Murphy, who starts out particularly likeable and ends up remarkably hateful.  Great movie.  4 of 5 stars

Breakfast on Pluto -  The story of Patrick "Kitty" Braden, a young transgendered orphan fathered by the local priest.  He grows up and we follow the adventures as he tries to pass as a woman and have adventures. Also starring Liam Neeson.  A tour de force of acting for Murphy, but too over the top on the whole.  Not a great cohesive story line.  

Disco Pigs - One of Murphy's first features, he's quite hard to understand behind the accent and never shutting up sort of running speech.  He's obviously a little disturbed trying to make his friendship with his neighbor, Runt.  Not good. 2 of 5 stars

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