Oh The Horror! The Genre Roles of Gabriel Byrne

Serious actors don’t do genre films. What does that mean? Well, generally speaking, genre films–science fiction, mystery, crime, and most importantly, horror–are not considered serious works and so serious actors don’t take roles in these kinds of films. This is not really true any longer. These days, there are many […]

Gothic: Byron, the Romantic Rebel

Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, and Coleridge will all be remembered for their poetry. Byron will be remembered for his poetry as well, but he may be remembered even more for his rebellious, seductive, creative, and heroic life–a life as notable for its scandals as its literary achievements. A peer of the realm, […]

A Byrne-ing Halloween

What!? You are not attending a Halloween party? No bobbing for apples and throwing back orange and black Jello shots? Not turning on your front porch light so you can hand out Snickers bars to the neighborhood kids dressed as skeletons, princesses, and Superman? Too afraid to go to the […]

In Memoriam: Natasha Richardson

A shining light. A bright presence. Upper crust and also crusty. Full of life, of energy, and bright dreams. Now gone. Ms. Richardson’s first important film role was Mary Shelley in Ken Russell’s Gothic, which also starred Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, and Timothy Spall. Read Ken Russell’s tribute to herĀ and […]