It is the end of another year and what a year it has been!
Just in the past week, Gabriel’s latest film, No Pay, Nudity, has been released on DVD and streaming. It is a lovely story, with one of Mr. Byrne’s most moving performances and, while there is plenty of drama, there is lots of humor and silliness as well, making it a perfect film for the holidays.
Here is Gabriel’s interview from the DVD. I put it up on YouTube as a holiday present for everyone. wink
Another movie of his to watch at this time of year is Little Women, noted as “the perfect Christmas movie” over at Vox, and we quite agree. Professor Bhaer is a favorite of ours, and the film is full of Christmas feeling and warm emotion. It is a holiday tradition in my home. Hot chocolate, a roaring fire in the fireplace, and Little Women on the screen make the season bright.
Finally, in its round-up of great performances for 2016, Balder & Dash at the Roger Ebert website includes Gabriel’s performance as Gene in Louder Than Bombs:
Byrne does all this without seeming monstrous or even really pitiable. He’s just a man. He’s made mistakes but he’s trying to make sense of the world and Byrne’s eyes and voice, heavy with loss of sleep and the attempted forging of a new identity after the trauma that rocked his whole existence, tell us everything we need to know about what he’s dealing with on the inside. Joachim Trier’s fine film thankfully unfurls this roadmap of resentment and fear even further, but Byrne’s performance could have been the whole show. It’s remarkable work from a legendary actor.
Read the entire article: it provides a list of great performances for the year, making it easy for you to create your list of films to see as soon as possible!
So, on that note, let us all say Happy Holidays and may our days be merry and bright. Here is Gabriel reading The Night Before Christmas and below that are the Byrneholics Holiday Wallpapers to help you get into the proper Holiday spirit!
The Official Byrneholics Holiday Wallpaper for 2016
Happy Holidays, Fellow Byrneholics!