Tag Archives: Emma Thompson

Johnny English Strikes Again

HIS LICENCE RENEWED. HIS INTELLIGENCE RESTRICTED. When British intelligence is hacked and all active agents exposed, the government is forced to spring one of their old talents, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), back into action. The third part in this franchise came many years after the second one and makes a sometimes amusing point out of … Continue reading Johnny English Strikes Again

Burnt

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A MAN WITH NOTHING TO LOSE. Top chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) disappeared from his restaurant in Paris; when he shows up in London three years later, he’s sober and out to get a third Michelin star. There are plenty of mouth-watering dishes on display here and the movie does illustrate our contemporary … Continue reading Burnt

Dead Again

A MYSTERY ABOUT TRUE LOVE… AND CERTAIN DEATH. Los Angeles private eye Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) tries to learn the identity of a woman (Emma Thompson) with amnesia and finds ties to a spectacular 1949 murder… An interesting early noir story from writer Scott Frank, bombastically (perhaps a tad overdone) staged by Branagh in his … Continue reading Dead Again

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

Henry V: Branagh and the Bard

THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF A KING WHO DEFIED THE ODDS TO PROVE HIMSELF A MAN.  When I was a teenager, maybe this was around 1990, my class was treated to a performance of Shakespeare’s ”Hamlet”. It was not a bad production; the young leading actors went on to have successful careers. But we were an … Continue reading Henry V: Branagh and the Bard

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