Rutger Hauer

Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Rutger Hauer

CHICAGO – Cult character actor Rutger Hauer passed away late last month, but the mark he made with his array of performances carried through two generation of admirers, even receiving the honor of Best Dutch Actor of the (20th) Century in 1999. He died on July 19th, 2019, in his native Netherlands. He was 75.

Blu-ray Review: ‘Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’

Blade Runner: 30th Anniversary

CHICAGO – Few films have held up for three decades with more influence than Ridley Scott’s still-stunning “Blade Runner.” Five years ago, Warner Bros. released one of the best Blu-ray releases of 2007 with a definitive edition of the sci-fi classic. They have updated the release with a new package, UltraViolet version, and even a toy car but added nothing new in terms of special features. If you own the 25th Anniversary edition, it’s not time to upgrade yet. If you don’t own “Blade Runner,” your Blu-ray collection is incomplete.

DVD Review: ‘The Mill and the Cross’ Deconstructs Imagery of Audacious Painting

The Mill and the Cross Blu-ray

CHICAGO – As an aesthetically exquisite experiment, Lech Majewski’s “The Mill & the Cross” is a nearly unparalleled achievement. Though other pictures, such as Peter Greenaway’s highly entertaining “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse,” have deconstructed paintings through cinematic essays built primarily on re-enactments, none have had the hypnotic tone and majesty of this picture.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Bride Flight’ Bolstered By Fine Acting, Gorgeous Locales

Bride Flight Thumb

CHICAGO – A glance at the premise of Ben Sombogaart’s “Bride Flight” would lead one to believe that the entire film chronicled the 1953 long distance air race from London to Christchurch, New Zealand. Yet that backdrop merely serves as the launching pad for a plethora of melodramatic fireworks. Despite occasional moments of hokum, the film benefits greatly from its three splendid leads.

Film Review: Rutger Hauer Stars in Grindhouse Lunacy of ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’

Hobo With a Shotgun
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – What do you expect from a movie called “Hobo With a Shotgun” (other than perhaps the most truthful title since “Snakes on a Plane”)? If you’re spending hard-earned money on a movie about a vengeful homeless person played by Rutger Hauer, you probably know what you’re in for. On those grindhouse terms, “Hobo With a Shotgun” totally works. It’s so far over-the-top that it makes “Machete” look believable, but that’s why it’s effective. Unlike so many movies you will see this season, “Hobo With a Shotgun” delivers.

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