Tag Archives: Emily Blunt

The Wind Rises

In 1920s Japan, young Jiro Horikoshi dreams of building planes and heads to an engineering school in Tokyo; his work will also take him to Nazi Germany… What was originally called Hayao Miyazaki’s last film before retiring is not for children, but an animated biography of the man who built the fighter planes that Japan … Continue reading The Wind Rises

Queen Victoria in the Movies

I recently finished “Victoria the Queen”, a biography by the Australian writer Julia Baird, published in 2016. Subheaded as “An intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire”, the book brings us close to this iconic monarch and her life, dispelling some myths, and creating a better understanding of her complex nature. This was … Continue reading Queen Victoria in the Movies

The Jane Austen Book Club

SIX MONTHS. SIX NOVELS. SIX MEMBERS.  Screenwriter Robin Swicord has adapted many novels in the past and this project seemed fitting for her feature film directing debut, a story depicting six people who form a book club devoted to Jane Austen’s novels. We follow them over the course of six months and fans of the … Continue reading The Jane Austen Book Club

The Girl on the Train

WHAT YOU SEE CAN HURT YOU.  Alcoholic Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides the train every day and fantasizes about a seemingly perfect couple that she can see from the train; one day she wakes up with bruises and memory loss and learns that the woman she’s been watching has gone missing… This adaptation of the … Continue reading The Girl on the Train

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Sicario: Beyond the Border

THE BORDER IS JUST ANOTHER LINE TO CROSS.  Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s first American film, Prisoners (2013), wowed some critics who labeled it a masterpiece. I thought its running time and some convoluted aspects of the script prevented it from brilliance, but was still impressed. Villeneuve’s second American film (after a Canadian-Spanish detour called Enemy, … Continue reading Sicario: Beyond the Border

Into the Woods

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.    Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this complex Broadway musical to the big screen. Assembling a variety of famous characters from Grimm Brothers fairy tales, the story sends them into the forbidding woods and explores what drives their actions. A few changes … Continue reading Into the Woods

The Adjustment Bureau

YOUR FATE HAS BEEN ADJUSTED.  Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon), who has a very promising future, meets and instantly falls in love with a dancer (Emily Blunt)… but soon learns from grim-looking men in suits and hats that she’s not part of The Plan. Another adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story that is easy … Continue reading The Adjustment Bureau

Gnomeo & Juliet

AN EPIC TALE ON A TINY SCALE.  Two families of gnomes who live in adjacent gardens are mortal enemies, but then one of the blue-hats falls in love with a red-hat. The concept for this movie may seem like someone’s drunken idea, but it was nevertheless a major hit that likely appealed to fans of … Continue reading Gnomeo & Juliet

Looper

FACE YOUR FUTURE. FIGHT YOUR PAST. In 2044, Joe Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a contract killer for the mob in Kansas City; one day, he’s shocked to learn that his next target is an older version of himself (Bruce Willis) from the future. The star and director of Brick (2006) reunited for another thriller, … Continue reading Looper