365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About


A History of Violence (2005)

I remember when I first saw A History of Violence in the theaters in 2005. It was not what I was expecting at all. I remember thinking the movie was decent, but not what I expected. This was also when I started to really get into the Oscars. I remember being absolutely flabbergasted when William Hurt (The Doctor, Children of a Lesser God) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. At that time, my beef with his nomination was that he was only in one scene (basically the last scene in the movie). I felt that in order to warrant this kind of acclaim that you needed to be on the screen for more than 15 minutes. As I watched it again (for just the second time ever) last night, I realized that he didn't deserve the nomination, not because he was only one the screen for 15 minutes, but because his performance sucked. He was such a minor character and his performance could have been played by anyone and it wouldn't have affected the movie. If anybody deserved a nomination for this movie, it would have been Viggo Mortenson (The Road, Eastern Promises), who, as he always seems to do, hit a home run as this movie's lead.


Eastern Promises (2007)

Eastern Promises was David Cronenberg's follow up to his critically acclaimed breakout directorial hit, 2005's A History of Violence. A History of Violence was a bit overrated in my opinion and William Hurt being nominated for a best supporting actor for his ten minutes of screen time was a bit of a joke.  However, Viggo Mortenson was terrific in his role in that movie and his work in Eastern Promises is nothing short of stellar.