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MFF Amazon/Netflix Streaming Recommendations: Mads Mikkelsen Edition

August 13, 2015

Hello all. Mark here.

I watched A Royal Affair last night and it proved to be a fantastic romance involving politics, Enlightenment and Mads Mikkelsen . It got me thinking about other Mads Mikkelsen’s movies/television shows. I started looking around on Netflix and Amazon and I found five really solid Mads films/television shows that show off his wide range of roles. The dude will kill you, teach you and use a bird of prey to do his bidding. He has an eclectic filmography that ranges from Art house (After the Wedding) to Blockbuster (Clash of the Titans, Three Musketeers) and you never know where he will show up or if he will cry blood.

 

Casino Royale Mads Mikkelsen

Never play Mads in poker

Roger Ebert summed up Mikkelsen’s penchant for villainy and look perfectly.

Mads Mikkelsen’s face suggests weathered, weary iciness: slit-like eyes, thin lips, skin pulled tightly across high cheekbones. Perhaps that’s why the Danish actor — who is best known to American audiences as the bad guy in “Casino Royale,” and currently plays Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s “Hannibal” — is so often typecast as a villain.

Without further ado here are five Mads starring productions you should check out on Netflix/Amazon.

Hannibal (Amazon)

Hannibal Dinner table Mads Mikkelsen

Hannibal is an expensive, beautifully filmed and well-acted show that has no peer on network television. I am constantly amazed at the depravity, gore and human filled dinners. Hannibal might be the best looking television show ever filmed and your jaw will drop as you watch Hannibal cook, kill and dress himself in expensive tailored clothes.

Here is how the three seasons have gone down. A bunch of smart people are constantly stymied by the even smarter Hannibal (It gets a little old until season three changes it up). The supporting cast (Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Gillian Anderson) is fantastic and you will savor every moment of the weirdness.

Sidenote: Gillian Anderson is pretty much the best.

Gillian Anderson Hannibal

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King Arthur (Netflix)

King Arthur Mads Mikkelsen Hugh Dancy

Before they were sitting at a dinner table they were the knights of the round table!

Ok, hear me out. The reason I added this is because it features Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy as badass knights.   King Arthur may be a bunch of hooey but it features some solid violence and a game cast. You kinda need to watch a movie that features Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Ray Stevenson, Keira Knightley (with amazing prison eyebrows), Stellan Skarsgard, Til Schweiger and Stephen Dillane.

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The Hunt

The Hunt Mads Mikkelsen

Nominated for the 2014 foreign language Academy Award The Hunt will put your emotions in a blender then put them in another blender. Mads tones down his murderous shtick and plays a kind man who is falsely accused of doing a terrible thing. The ending will linger in your memory and I guarantee you will not leave uplifted. The Hunt is drama at its finest and does a fine job of telling a crushing human story.

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A Royal Affair (Netflix)

A Royal affair Alicia Vikander

If you are into period romance films you will love this movie. It is sumptuously (I love using that word) filmed and Vikander and Mads give it enough spice to rise it above the standard well dressed people in love fare. It tells the story of pre-Enlightment Denmark and actually gives insight into why the French Revolution was fought. The movie belongs to Vikander. She was wonderful in Ex-Machina and here she gives a sly performance that is well beyond her years.

 

Valhalla Rising (Netflix)

Valhalla Rising Mads Mikkelsen

If you like Drive and dislike Only God Forgives you will not be a fan of Valhalla Rising. Valhalla Rising is a fever dream loaded with violence, insanity and beautiful vistas. Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, Bronson) is a maestro of mayhem and has a way of creating glorious violence. Mads plays a guy named One Eye who travels around the world and kills many people while saying nothing.  This film will leave you exhausted, exhilarated and wanting to pillage a small lake town.

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