Tag Archives: Drama

Boy Erased

THE TRUTH CANNOT BE CONVERTED. An adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir that changes names and circumstances for dramatic purposes, but retains the book’s invaluable peek inside the gay-conversion therapy movement that can easily be labeled child abuse. We follow an 18-year-old in Arkansas who realizes that he might be gay, wants to change and subjects … Continue reading Boy Erased

Sophie’s Choice

BETWEEN THE INNOCENT, THE ROMANTIC, THE SENSUAL, AND THE UNTHINKABLE. THERE ARE STILL SOME THINGS WE HAVE YET TO IMAGINE. Brooklyn, 1947; Southern writer Stingo (Peter MacNicol) moves into a house where he’s drawn into the turbulent lives of his neighbors, including Auschwitz survivor Sophie Zawistowski (Meryl Streep). William Styron’s novel was controversial in its … Continue reading Sophie’s Choice

Little Women: Life with the Marches

A NEW SENSATION OF SHEER LOVELINESS GLORIFIES THE SCREEN! The most famous of the many adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, semi-autobiographical Civil War-era novel wasn’t the first. The story had already been filmed as two silent dramas, in 1917 and 1918. There has always been something appealing about the novel for each new generation. … Continue reading Little Women: Life with the Marches

My Dinner with Hervé

HIS REAL LIFE WAS THE BIGGEST FANTASY OF ALL.  In 1993, reporter and recovering alcoholic Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) reluctantly agrees to interview Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the hard-partying former star of TV hit Fantasy Island. Sacha Gervasi worked several years on getting this story filmed, based on an interview he had made with Villechaize … Continue reading My Dinner with Hervé

Bohemian Rhapsody

THE ONLY THING MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN THEIR MUSIC IS HIS STORY. This biopic of the legendary rock band Queen and its singer Freddie Mercury was long in the making and suffered from a troubled production. The final results aren’t exactly bad, but certainly unremarkable. Engagingly told, the film ends with a carefully recreated 1985 Live … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

This Sporting Life

West Yorkshire coal miner Frank Machin (Richard Harris) is recruited by the manager of a rugby team; at the same time, he’s trying to impress his widowed landlady (Rachel Roberts)… Lindsay Anderson’s feature film debut was based on the experiences of an actual rugby player and has become a now-classic examination of a young man … Continue reading This Sporting Life

Children of Paradise: Love on the Boulevard du Crimes

The kind of classic you’ll encounter when you study film (like I did twenty years ago), but it was certainly worth a fresh look. Children of Paradise remains one of French cinema’s major achievements, not least because of the circumstances under which it was made. Begun in 1943, the filmmakers had to work with conditions … Continue reading Children of Paradise: Love on the Boulevard du Crimes

Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

TWO GIRLS. ONE LOVE.  The Russian artist Lena Katina once said in an interview that her controversial pop duo t.A.T.u. was originally inspired by this film. She and her fellow teenage performer Julia Volkova posed as lesbians, which caused quite a stir in a country that is hopelessly socially conservative. When t.A.T.u. fans learned that … Continue reading Show Me Love: Ending Boredom