October 24th, 2005

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RED LETTER DAZE - North Country

Sean Bean
4 Stars
Barrier Breaker
October 24, 2005
by Michael Mix
Sun Contributor

Sometime during the year 2001, I caught the movie Reindeer Games on television. If you don't remember this film, it seemed like it was written by the monkey from Dunston Checks In. During one disturbingly awful scene, Charlize Theron's character has sex with her brother, played by a homeless looking Gary Sinise. If you had told me that five years later Theron might be accepting her second Academy Award, I would have died of laughter. However, after viewing the riveting North Country, this seems like a distinct possibility.Collapse )
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TROUBLEMAKERS "North Country."

Sean Bean

by ANTHONY LANE
Issue of 2005-10-31
Posted 2005-10-24

To bring a class-action lawsuit against a mining company for sexual harassment is hard enough, but you try getting people to see a movie about a class-action lawsuit brought against a mining company for sexual harassment. Such is the challenge that the director Niki Caro has set herself. "North Country" stars Charlize Theron as Josey Aimes, who walks out of a punch-drunk marriage, takes her two children, and drives to Minnesota. There she returns to her mother, Alice (Sissy Spacek), and her gravelly father, Hank (Richard Jenkins), the kind of guy who thinks that a wife with a black eye must somehow be to blame.Collapse )
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North Country is the feel-good downer of the year

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North Country
By beth mcarthur

Publish Date: 20-Oct-2005

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Starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, and Woody Harrelson. Rated 18A. For showtimes, please see page 70

North Country is the feel-good downer of the year. The gripping movie, set in the late '80s, focuses on a real-life whistle blower who launched a sexual-harassment lawsuit against a Minnesota mining company. We're not talking some jerk reciting a dirty limerick in front of the typing pool. In North Country, globs of ejaculate are smeared on the women's clothing. Cunts replaces fuck as the blue-collar obscenity of choice. Terrorized women become so frightened of using the portable toilet in front of their abusive coworkers that they hold their pee until they get bladder infections. The court battle that followed savagely degraded North Country's heroine, with its smearing of her as a slut.Collapse )
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North Country is a familiar but satisfying message movie.

Sean Bean at the North Country premiere
BY CHRIS MCCOY | OCTOBER 21, 2005

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Message-movie melodramas have a long history in Hollywood. From Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner to Silkwood and Norma Rae, the genre has proven itself effective Oscar bait. Charlize Theron probably hopes so, as the upcoming Aeon Flux adaptation isn't likely to lead to a repeat of last year's Best Actress award she (deservingly) won for Monster. But all of the elements are in place in North Country: working-class character of, ahem, questionable character; acclaimed, up-and-coming director; solid supporting cast; and a script about sticking it to the Man. Or, in this case, men.Collapse )
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Unfinished Monkeys business

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The true DIY spirit of the dear old interweb has been grabbed with both hands by Sheffield guitar-thwackers, The Arctic Monkeys.

Now the Daily Telegraph's latching on to the overnight success story of the youthful Yorkie lads, whose first single I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor has rocketed to No1 in the charts - purely by creating a buzz and a big fanbase online.Collapse )
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Theron anchors 'North Country'

Sean Bean at the LA Press Conference for the premiere of North Country
First-rate cast explores sexual harassment

By Robert Denerstein, Rocky Mountain News
October 21, 2005

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If you want to know the full story of a landmark case that changed sexual harassment law, you'd best buy a copy of Class Action, an extensively reported nonfiction account of the women who brought suit against a Minnesota mine. The book, written by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler, is available in paperback.Collapse )
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Sean Bean brings star quality to Impact

Sean Bean at IMPACTForsyth Academy
Sean Bean brings star quality to Impact

Sean Bean100% Blade, Sean Bean took time out of his hectic international jet-setting schedule to officially open Impact Health and Fitness - the new community-based health club on the site of The Forsyth Shefffield United Academy in Shirecliffe.Collapse )

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:D Flightplan is fantastic!! Sean (as predicted) wasn't there, but the cinema was full, and there was a message from Sean (which I recorded on my phone *slapped wrist*), and is transcribed below:-

"Hi Stuart...Sean is indeed opening a gym in Leeds ['don't I read that bit? oh, sorry, oh, right yes, bit from Sean, I can see it now']...I'm very sorry I'm not able to be with you in Sheffield for this special charity premiere of "Flightplan". I would have loved to have been here but unfortunately my shooting schedule has changed at the last minute. I will now be rehearsing in London for a new special "Sharpe" series. I think it is fantastic that the screening is being held to raise money for the Abbeydale Cinema Trust which is working hard to restore this well-loved building to it's former glory.

I wish you all the best in the future with this project and am very pleased to have worked on this film, alongside a fabulous cast, and I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you need anything else in the future ['yes I certainly will Sean, a win for Wednesday this evening would be nice...']."


I'm intrigued by the "Gym in Leeds" bit that got read by accident, presumably the bit surrounding Sean's message was from a publicist, etc, and meant the one Pfyre posted about below, and they got the place wrong?

Just to make it legal...
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***SPOILER BEHIND CUT***

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