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Last Night in Santa Monica

Source: American Cinematheque.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie we have a few photos from American Cinematheque's screening of Captain Fantastic and A History of Violence at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica last night. Yes, that is Maria Bello helping with the AHoV introduction.

Images © American Cinematheque.

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The 7: Actor Viggo Mortensen displays versatility and fearlessness in non-blockbuster roles

Source: The Spokesman-Review
© New Line Productions Inc.

People will probably be shouting "Hey, Aragorn!" at Viggo Mortensen for the rest of his life. Even if he's churning out classics for the next few decades, Mortensen's iconic work in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is what's going to define his career.

But Mortensen is a more unpredictable, versatile actor than that famous role suggests. Consider his work in last year's "Captain Fantastic," which screens at Sandpoint's Panida Theater this weekend. He stars as Ben Cash, a man who has closed himself off from modern society and is raising his children in a commune in the woods. The performance has earned Mortensen a lot of critical praise and a Golden Globe nomination.

Mortensen is a sometime Pacific Northwest resident – he has a ranch in Sandpoint and is often spotted in Spokane – and he'll be on hand at the Panida screenings for Q-&-A sessions following the film. To illustrate how versatile he is, here are seven nonblockbuster Mortensen films that you might want to check out.

"The Reflecting Skin" (1990) – Directed by British novelist and playwright Philip Ridley, this twisted, violent oddity is about a young boy who is convinced vampires have quietly moved into his sleepy Idaho town. Although Mortensen doesn't appear until late in the film, his performance as the boy's troubled brother is visceral stuff. The film is unavailable on DVD in America, but it has been uploaded to YouTube.

"The Indian Runner" (1991)
– Inspired by the Bruce Sringsteen song "Highway Patrolman," Sean Penn's melancholy directorial debut stars David Morse as a small town sheriff whose life is upended by the sudden reappearance of his lose cannon brother (Mortensen). In a cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Patricia Arquette, Sandy Dennis and Charles Bronson, a young Mortensen holds his own.

"Carlito's Way" (1992) – Brian De Palma's New York crime saga is so overloaded with great character actors that it's easy to forget Mortensen is in there. He has a small but pivotal role as a paraplegic gangster who attempts to rat on Al Pacino's crime boss, and his pivotal scene with Pacino tidily encapsulates the desperation and machismo that defines all of De Palma's gangster films.

"A History of Violence" (2005) – Mortensen teamed up with Canadian provocateur David Cronenberg for a string of singular, carefully crafted films in the mid-2000s. Based on a graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, this weird thriller stars Mortensen as a rural cafe owner who may, much to the surprise of his family, have a past. It's as bizarre, bloody and sexual as you'd expect from Cronenberg, but it's also darkly funny.

"Eastern Promises" (2007) – Cronenberg and Mortensen's second collaboration, the story of Russian mobsters in London, is perhaps even better than "Violence," and it's no less brutal. Mortensen, nominated for an Oscar here, is as quiet as he is threatening, and his nude fight sequence in a bathhouse is among the most graphic depictions of violence ever depicted in a wide release film. It's not for the squeamish.

"The Road" (2009) – The very notion of adapting Cormac McCarthy's terse, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel seemed a fool's errand, but director John Hillcoat accurately captures the author's bleak, desolate landscapes. Mortensen does good, quiet work as McCarthy's unnamed protagonist, the last remaining moral compass in a world ravaged by disease and cannibalism. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

"The Two Faces of January" (2014) – Here's an overlooked, picturesque mystery, based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Oscar Isaac is an American working as a tour guide in 1950s Athens, and his chance encounter with an on-the-lam couple (Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) enmeshes him in a tricky plot of murder and deception. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.

© The Spokesman-Review. Images © New Line Productions Inc.

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Under the Radar: How Emily Blunt, Viggo Mortensen, Deadpool, Nocturnal Animals and Lion Emerged Awards Favorites

Source: Awards Daily

Well ... Sasha Stone at Awards Daily has at least turned from Viggo bashing to admitting that he has a legitimate shot at an Oscar nomination.


Clearly, these movies and performances are well-liked and many will go on to earn Oscar nominations.

Awards season can sometimes turn into an echo chamber. Our list of 'not likely' can get longer and longer as we try to predetermine for the industry what they will and won't vote for. When we heard first reactions in early November, I remember many pundits discounting the powerful emotional impact and sheer visual beauty of Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, easily one of the best films of the year. What they were thinking then to make them hesitant about its Oscar chances, at least so far, has turned out not to hold Arrival back. But that was not the worst call — since preconceptions are easily adjusted once more films turn up and find their proper place in queue. What's interesting this year is how several significant films flew under the radar, escaped the scrutiny of the film critic hive mind, and now have landed comfortably in the hearts of guild voters.

While these nice surprises tend to emerge more readily with the Screen Actors Guild, they are not as often seen in the Directors Guild or the Producers or Editors Guilds. The actors almost always show us more flexible spontaneity in rewarding good acting over critical acclaim. When they named Emily Blunt for Best Actress the awards community scratched its collective head, remembering how The Girl on the Train was not so well-received by critics. The same goes for Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic, even if a few people here or there were hoping he was noticed. Overall, neither film set the critics aflame with ardor — they were focused elsewhere, for example on Adam Driver in Paterson and Isabelle Huppert in Elle.

Now both Blunt and Mortensen have turned up at the BAFTAs as well, along with Aaron Taylor-Johnson whose work in Nocturnal Animals bested favorite Mahershala Ali at the Golden Globes. These three actors seem like good bets for the Oscar, but their categories remain crowded and competitive.

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Viggo Mortensen turning up in three places — the Golden Globes, SAG, and now BAFTA — makes him a slam dunk for a nod, and someone who could potentially win. Mortensen's Captain Fantastic did fine with critics, but wasn't exactly at the top of their year-end best lists. That has not seemed to make much difference, though, as voters have shown more willingness to bypass critics and pick what they like. It makes me wonder whether or not middling reviews can still kill a movie or a contender the way scandals can kill a movie or a contender. Maybe they really can't anymore.


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Road Rules


Viggo Mortensen returns to Sandpoint for a good cause, and with a good movie to share

© Bleecker Street.
By Laura Johnson

Viggo Mortenson lives part time in Sandpoint.

At Sunday's glittering Golden Globes ceremony, Viggo Mortensen sat among the Hollywood elite. With his black tuxedo and pale blue eyes, he didn't look out of place. But Mortensen is the kind of man who prefers the wilds of North Idaho to the glamour of being a famous actor. He tolerates the limelight because he must for his job, but when not acting in films with director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises), or some other indie movie like Captain Fantastic, a film shot mostly in Washington that earned him a nomination at this year's Globes (he lost to Casey Affleck for Best Actor, Drama).

Mortensen, who lives in Spain, Denmark and Argentina, also spends time near Sandpoint, where he'll be introducing a screening of Captain Fantastic this weekend. He keeps a low profile, and he's often able to slip through the world unrecognized. In looking back at Mortensen's career, here are some of his apparent tried and tested rules to live by:


In many of Mortensen's film he plays the antihero, or at least a deeply flawed character. While Aragorn, the King of Gondor's heir apparent from Lord of the Rings, is far from perfect, he is the sort of traditional strong, lead male role one finds in tales of good versus evil. It is this part that brought fame and fortune to Mortensen. Because of the successful franchise, he was able to start his own publishing company and have enough of a nest egg to not be bothered with big blockbuster movies. Now he can do what he wants.


For the recent Esquire cover story on Mortensen, the actor/artist/poet picked up his interviewer at the airport and proceeded to take her on a road trip to his childhood home in upstate New York. This wasn't out of the ordinary for him. Not only has he taken many solo road trips throughout his 58 years, Mortensen also takes to the road in many of his films. Obviously, there's LOTR, but there's also the postapocalyptic The Road, as well as a film version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, and then his most recent film Captain Fantastic, where he takes his brood of children raised in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest on a cross-country road trip for their mother's funeral. Clearly, in both art and life Mortensen, isn't afraid of the journey ahead.


This isn't Mortensen's first time helping out Sandpoint's Panhandle Community Radio (FM 88.5 KRFY). A few years back he came through the Panida Theater for a screening of A Dangerous Method. This weekend, he's back at the historic theater for another radio benefit show, where he'll host an audience Q&A after a viewing of Captain Fantastic. As a longtime North Idaho resident, Mortensen has made it a priority to help small arts programs, too, even if that means going out in public and talking to people. The show also benefits Team Autism 24/7. ♦

An evening with Viggo Mortensen • Fri-Sat, Jan. 13-14, at 7:30 pm • Sold out • Panida Theater • 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • • 208-255-7801

© 2017 Inlander. Images © Bleecker Street.

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Captain Fantastic Q&A at the Zanuck Theater

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Thanks to Chrissie for the find.

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