A “Little Women” Celebration!

The perfect way to start the holidays, the 1994 version of Little Women offers a stellar cast, a great script, beautiful locations, gorgeous costumes, and a lovely score by Thomas Newman. Oh, and the hottest professor on the planet. Yes. For more about how I feel about this film, please […]

Unusually Twisted: The Usual Suspects Mega Movie Page

The Usual Suspects is Gabriel Byrne’s most popular film, if by popular we mean success at the box office and recognition by its legion of fans. And, although the film was released in 1995, there are many young people for whom it is a movie touchstone: Keyser Soze has entered […]

Into The West: Truth and Magic in Ireland

One wonders what was running through Gabriel Byrne’s mind as he read the script for the film Into The West. Certainly he knew the origins of the story of Oisín and Tir na nÓg. The early epic poem of Yeats (his longest poem, as it turns out), The Wanderings of […]

A handsome movie about men in hats: Miller’s Crossing

Verna: Shouldn’t you be doing your job? Tom Reagan: Intimidating helpless women is my job. Verna: Then go find one, and intimidate her. It is the writing that first grabs you as the whiskey-soaked and beautifully lit world of Miller’s Crossing takes shape on the screen. Then the interiors, particularly […]

Of Gravitas and Glaciers–Smilla’s Sense of Snow

There are two things you need to know about the film Smilla’s Sense of Snow. First, there is a lot of snow. A great deal of snow. Snow on the ground. In the air. Everywhere. And there is ice. And cold water. And icebergs. And even full-blown, life-sized glaciers. If […]

A Daring Siesta

Siesta holds a special place in the hearts of Gabriel Byrne fans. It is one of his earlier films, made during the time in his career when he was relegated to playing roles that were everything but Irish, with every accent possible, but rarely his native Dublin burr. It is […]