Tag Archives: Ben Whishaw

Paddington 2

IT TAKES A BEAR TO CATCH A THIEF.  Paddington the bear has created a nice life for himself with the Brown family, but everything changes the day he is accused of having stolen a peculiar pop-up book of London sights…. A sequel that does everything right and maintains the same cheerful, kind and funny spirit … Continue reading Paddington 2

Paddington

A LITTLE BEAR WILL MAKE A BIG SPLASH.  After an earthquake makes him homeless, a young marmalade-loving bear makes his way from Peru to London where he’s temporarily cared for by the Brown family. The perennial childhood favorite Paddington makes his way to the big screen in a jolly, enthusiastic and very British adventure likely … Continue reading Paddington

In the Heart of the Sea

EXPERIENCE THE TRUE ENCOUNTER THAT INSPIRED THE MYTH MOBY DICK. In 1850, author Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) hears the story of how the whaling ship Essex encountered a huge, aggressive albino sperm whale thirty years earlier and was sunk. The real-life drama that inspired the great American classic ”Moby-Dick” doesn’t live up to its epic … Continue reading In the Heart of the Sea

A Hologram for the King

Washed-up salesman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) goes to Saudi Arabia to secure a major IT contract with the King, but runs into both practical and personal obstacles. Dave Eggers’s novel is a comment on life and realities after the Great Recession, but this film adaptation pays little interest in those themes, settling for well-staged but … Continue reading A Hologram for the King

The Danish Girl

FIND THE COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF. In 1926, the celebrated Danish artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) begins to dress up as a woman, encouraged by his wife (Alicia Vikander) as part of a social experiment… but the experience awakens emotions that he’s been suppressing for a long time. The story of the artist who subjected … Continue reading The Danish Girl

Suffragette

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. REBELS. One day in 1912, East End laundress Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) accidentally finds herself in a suffragette riot and becomes drawn into an increasingly more violent struggle for women’s rights. After portraying a Conservative icon in The Iron Lady (2011), writer Abi Morgan took on the suffragette movement and showed the consequences … Continue reading Suffragette

Cloud Atlas

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas

Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

It was at a party thrown by Hugh Jackman in 2010 that Daniel Craig ran into Sam Mendes after downing a few cocktails. Mendes was curious about the next James Bond movie and asked Craig who’s directing it. “Well, you are”, the star blurted out. It was basically just a joke between two guys who … Continue reading Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

I’m Not There: A Multitude of Voices

ALL I CAN DO IS BE ME, WHOEVER THAT IS. Todd Haynes knows how to suck up to Bob Dylan. When contacting the legendary artist’s manager to obtain permission to use Dylan’s music in an upcoming film that would fictionalize the entertainer’s life in the 1960s and ’70s, he was told by the manager not … Continue reading I’m Not There: A Multitude of Voices

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

HE LIVED TO FIND BEAUTY. HE KILLED TO POSSESS IT.  In 18th century Paris, a child is born into poverty but with an exceptional sense of smell; his life becomes a very bloody quest for the most unique, enchanting scents. Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of the highly-praised Patrick Süskind novel is a strange beast. Grand locations … Continue reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer