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Fry and Laurie, Double the Fun

Finding this clip on YouTube was quite a treat, a special called Fry and Laurie Reunited (2010). At first, we get the two comedy stars’ background. Then these guys who’ve been best friends since the 1980s sit down to talk about their achievements in British television. Many laughs are shared, and it’s obvious how close Fry … Continue reading Fry and Laurie, Double the Fun

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

Actors Choosing on Brexit

Politics is often hard, especially for those of us who frequently find ourselves in the center. There have been numerous moments throughout history, in different countries, where a decision to turn left or right may be the only sane choice. The most stable governments on this planet find a balance that tries to borrow the best … Continue reading Actors Choosing on Brexit

Men in Black 3

THEY ARE BACK… IN TIME. When an alien criminal (Jemaine Clement) escapes from his lunar prison, Agent J (Will Smith) has to go back in time to 1969 to save K (Tommy Lee Jones)… and the Earth. Ten years after the last movie in the franchise came another sequel – which was more fun and … Continue reading Men in Black 3

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 … Continue reading Saving Mr. Banks

Rest in Peace: Dennis Farina and Mel Smith

This past week has lost two originals in showbiz. Neither was what you may call a star, but Dennis Farina and Mel Smith were entertainers of the first order.  No one could say “fuck” like Dennis Farina, as evidenced in the clip above. A former Chicago police officer, Farina was often cast as either a … Continue reading Rest in Peace: Dennis Farina and Mel Smith

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

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

Hugh Laurie: From Prince of Wales to Blackbeard

Blackbeard lives! At least in the mind of Neil Cross, the creator of Luther (2011- ), who has agreed to deliver a TV series to NBC titled Crossbones, which is set in 1715 and will portray the famed British pirate who robbed people on the eastern coast of the American colonies. It has now been announced that … Continue reading Hugh Laurie: From Prince of Wales to Blackbeard

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