Highly stylized biopic of criminal Michael Peterson, who later rechristened himself Charles Bronson and quickly earned a reputation as Britain's most violent prisoner. A belligerent, eccentric testosterone (and publicity) generator, Bronson's life outside of prison was brief and unmemorable: in the film, this unrepentant thug - portrayed brilliantly by English actor Tom Hardy - will have you believe that he… read more!
Movies Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (in alphabetical order)
Having seen Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's previous two features, Bronson and Valhalla Rising, the idea of this very weird stylist tackling a "Hollywood" movie made me wonder: Would he sell out? Or would his blend of artful lighting, postmodernist deconstructions of tough guy antiheroes, and scenes of sudden, horrifically grisly violence survive his transition into mainstream American cinema? The… read more!
I was a fan of Danish writer/director Refn's previous English language effort, Bronson, the highly theatrical portrait of the crazed British jailbird known as "Charles Bronson". So I was looking forward to Valhalla Rising, even though - my Norwegian roots notwithstanding - I have never held much interest in Viking movies. Different on almost every level from Bronson, Valhalla Rising… read more!