Tag Archives: Emma Thompson

Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

HOW MUCH SPIN DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? In 1996, the novel ”Primary Colors” was published, a roman à clef depicting then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, with a Southern governor called Jack Stanton standing in for Clinton. The author was anonymous, but considering the insight into the campaign it had to be someone… … Continue reading Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

Meyerowitz Stories: Sandler and Stiller Strike Back

This weekend my parents are coming to Stockholm to see me, my brother, sister and nephews. I’m glad they’re coming because we are all close, but at the same time there can be tensions when parents and their adult sons and daughters have to live together closely for a short time. It doesn’t matter how … Continue reading Meyerowitz Stories: Sandler and Stiller Strike Back

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

Saving Mr. Banks

WHERE HER BOOK ENDED, THEIR STORY BEGAN. In the early 1960s, P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of “Mary Poppins”, finally gives in to Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) relentless requests to make a movie out of her book and travels to Los Angeles, fully intent to give the tycoon a hard time… The fact … Continue reading Saving Mr. Banks

Remains of the Day: Duty Above All

It happens, although not very often, that a filmmaker creates two masterpieces in a row. James Ivory and his team had barely released and received Oscars for Howards End (1992) when they made The Remains of the Day. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that virtually everyone who was involved in the E.M. Forster adaptation … Continue reading Remains of the Day: Duty Above All

Beautiful Creatures

DARK SECRETS WILL COME TO LIGHT. High-school kid Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who can’t wait to get out of his narrow-minded South Carolina hometown, is immediately smitten by a newcomer (Alice Englert) with special powers. Another attempt to attract the Twilight crowd, this time with so-called “casters” and magic. We have young lovers, a family … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures

An Education

INNOCENCE OF THE YOUNG.   London, 1961; 16-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) meets an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) who takes her places and treats her to beautiful things, but she realizes that he has secrets. Danish director Lone Scherfig’s first international film has a title that pretty much sums the story up. Based on Lynn … Continue reading An Education

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

IT ALL ENDS. There are people who enjoy the Harry Potter books and films… and then there are Potterheads, the fanatics. I’ve always belonged in the former category. I read the first novel, then concentrated on the movie adaptations. I did care about what would happen to Harry and his friends, but never had the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

Howards End: A Touch of Class

A Room with a View (1986) may be the title that first jumps into one’s mind upon hearing the name James Ivory. The filmmaker has spent most of his career making stately dramas about elegant people who desperately try to maintain a stiff upper lip while dealing with the violent passions of falling in love. Howards End is … Continue reading Howards End: A Touch of Class

The Boat That Rocked

1 BOAT. 8 DJS. NO MORALS. In 1966, teenager Carl (Tom Sturridge) is sent to a pirate radio ship in the North Sea to spend time with his godfather (Bill Nighy), the ship’s captain; the crew is a motley bunch of DJ’s. Director Richard Curtis’s first film since Love Actually (2003) is a celebration of an era that … Continue reading The Boat That Rocked

Brideshead Revisited

LOVE IS NOT OURS TO CONTROL. In the 1920s, Oxford student Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) becomes a close friend of the aristocratic Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw) and is introduced into his troubled, Catholic family. Director Julian Jarrold targeted the same audience who had enjoyed his Becoming Jane (2007) with this adaptation of a novel that had already been … Continue reading Brideshead Revisited