On my mind… Penelope Cruz

Born in Madrid in 1974, Penelope Cruz Sanchez made her acting debut aged 16, before receiving critical acclaim for her role in Jamon Jamon the following year in 1992. Since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She’s the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award (the second ever to be nominated),… Continue reading On my mind… Penelope Cruz

Katniss and a mockingjay: the revolution will be televised

‘Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire.’ The same could be said of Jennifer Lawrence these days. Following her award winning performance last year, she’s got some exciting things lined up to hit the screen soon. American Hustle, reuniting her with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, is out in December which, from the trailer,… Continue reading Katniss and a mockingjay: the revolution will be televised

Natalie Portman’s top 5 performances

This piece slightly follows on from my recent post on how Hayden Christensen ruined Star Wars. After writing I began to think about the other actors in those films, particularly Natalie Portman and how highly I rate her work. Other than Leon in 1994, her first major role as an adult actress was Star Wars.… Continue reading Natalie Portman’s top 5 performances

Brilliance of Brad Pitt: his top 10 best performances

For this post I’d like to discuss the career and my chosen favourite roles of Mr William Bradley Pitt. But where are some of his recent critically acclaimed films you may ask? Well, I can only list films I’ve seen and I have yet to see Tree of Life, Moneyball and Babel, so cannot include… Continue reading Brilliance of Brad Pitt: his top 10 best performances