Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Let's Go to the Movies

March 8, 2012


Tilda Swinton and Rocky Duer in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

BOSTON — What is it we all love about the movies? The power of the cinema to strike fear in our hearts, move us with longing, fill us with dread or prompt us to laugh is created from the incredible talent and dedication of its actors. These films don't fail to display the ferocity and tenderness of some of today's best.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
In theaters Friday

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son.  Tilda Swinton, in a bracing performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Dark and gripping, but completely worth the difficult ride.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
In theaters Friday

In this quirky comedy, a visionary sheik (Amr Waked) has a big dream – to bring salmon fishing to the desert.  Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. Emily talked with Jared about the chemistry she found working with McGregor.


Viggo Mortensen with Jared Bowen at the 9th Annual Coolidge Award

Actor Viggo Mortensen receives the Coolidge Award

Every year the Coolidge Theater Foundation honors a film actor who exemplifies the spirit and originality of cinema. This year they chose Viggo Mortensen, who made his cinematic debut in Peter Weir’s 1985 film Witness. Subsequently he has been featured in over 40 films and has worked with many renowned independent filmmakers including Jane Campion (The Portrait of A Lady), Sean Penn(The Indian Runner), Gus Van Sant (Psycho), Brian De Palma (Carlito’s Way), and David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method).

Most memorable for his leading role in the the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Mortensen has won several international awards and recognitions during his adventurous acting career including a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 2007 for Eastern Promises, and a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2011 for Best Supporting Actor (A Dangerous Method).

In addition to his acting career, Viggo Mortensen is an accomplished photographer, musician, painter and poet. His work has been featured in galleries worldwide, and he has released several CDs of his music. Upcoming film releases include the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, directed by Walter Salles and scheduled for release this coming summer.

See Jared's interview with Mortensen on Greater Boston.

Reflections of a Rock Lobster
Presented by Boston Children's Theatre
At the Calderwood Pavilion through March 11th

The year is 1980 and Aaaron is gay. Being gay makes Aaron different. With that stigma, he is subjected daily to violence and rejection—leaving him feeling dejected and with thoughts of suicide.  Rising from his despair, Aaron strikes back by suing his Rhode Island High School for the right to escort his boyfriend to the prom.  By standing up for his personal and civil rihgt and for refusing to apologize for who he is, Aaron not only wins in court, but he also wins in the hearts and minds of his peers and his community. His strength and ultimate victory help pave the way for legions of gay and lesbian students.

Read Jared's full review.

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