Tag Archives: Drama

Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

The same year as Ingmar Bergman released his excellent Cries and Whispers he also ventured into television. His first miniseries attracted huge audiences in Sweden and inspired intense discussions. The following year, the episodes were edited into a 168 min. long feature intended for international audiences. Garnering great reviews, the miniseries was also shown in … Continue reading Scenes From a Marriage: Through Thick and Thin

The Infiltrator

THE TRUE STORY OF ONE MAN AGAINST THE BIGGEST DRUG CARTEL IN HISTORY.  In the 1980s, Customs agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes undercover as a businessman helping Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar launder money in the U.S. Escobar keeps inspiring new stories long after his death, even about people who weren’t really part of … Continue reading The Infiltrator

The Lost City of Z

IN 1925, PERCY FAWCETT VENTURED INTO THE AMAZON IN SEARCH OF A MYTH. WHAT HE DISCOVERED BECAME LEGENDARY.  After a strife-ridden journey to the Amazon rainforest in the early 1900s, British officer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) becomes obsessed with going back and finding a lost city of gold. Director James Gray knows his Brooklyn very … Continue reading The Lost City of Z

Angels in America: Love and Suffering

THE MESSENGER HAS ARRIVED. In the early 2000s, the AIDS epidemic had not been portrayed on TV and in movies in a fully satisfying way. There were respectable attempts, such as Philadelphia (1993) and the TV movie And the Band Played On (1993), but they also faced criticism for various reasons. It seemed as if … Continue reading Angels in America: Love and Suffering

Battle of Algiers: Street by Street

THE REVOLT THAT STIRRED THE WORLD! Today, Saadi Yacef is a 90-year-old Algerian Senator. Back in 1954, he was a young man who joined the National Liberation Front, the FLN, a socialist movement that launched the Algerian War against the country’s French occupiers. The movement grew and finally in 1962 France signed the accords that … Continue reading Battle of Algiers: Street by Street

Money Monster

WHO’S IN CONTROL? During a live broadcast of a financial talk show, a distraught young man (Jack O’Connell) takes the host (George Clooney) hostage and blames him for the loss of his savings. After directing episodes of TV shows, Jodie Foster returned to the silver screen with this thriller-drama that’s largely set in a TV … Continue reading Money Monster

Barry Lyndon: Life of a Doomed Man

GREAT WAS HIS RISE… AND MUCH GREATER HIS FALL. After A Clockwork Orange (1971), Stanley Kubrick became interested in adapting a novel from the 1800s, William Makepeace Thackeray’s ”Vanity Fair”. When he found out that a TV adaptation was being produced, he abandoned the idea… but started reading another Thackeray novel, ”Barry Lyndon”. That would … Continue reading Barry Lyndon: Life of a Doomed Man

Finding Your Feet

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND DANCE. During her husband’s retirement party, Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) learns that he’s been cheating on her with another woman for the past five years; her life in pieces, Sandra turns to her older sister (Celia Imrie) – who is nothing like her. A comedy-drama for older viewers in the vein … Continue reading Finding Your Feet

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Teenager Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay) is taken to a detention center for juvenile delinquents where the man in charge, the Governor (Michael Redgrave), discovers his talent for long-distance running. With his documentary background, director Tony Richardson became the right person to make one of the key films of the ”angry young man” movement of the … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner