Tag Archives: Helena Bonham Carter

A Room with a View

In the early 1900s, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) is on holiday in Florence together with her older cousin (Maggie Smith) when she’s charmed by the philosophical and progressive George (Julian Sands). The first Merchant-Ivory production to gain wide international recognition is faithful to the novel, portraying rigid conventions in Edwardian England seen from a … Continue reading A Room with a View

Fight Club

MISCHIEF. MAYHEM. SOAP. A man (Edward Norton) who spends his nights going to cancer support groups has a chance meeting with a soap salesman (Brad Pitt), which results in a joint enterprise – fight clubs, where men work out their frustrations. Some people consider this movie, which became a cult classic, David Fincher’s finest. It … Continue reading Fight Club

Suffragette

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. REBELS. One day in 1912, East End laundress Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) accidentally finds herself in a suffragette riot and becomes drawn into an increasingly more violent struggle for women’s rights. After portraying a Conservative icon in The Iron Lady (2011), writer Abi Morgan took on the suffragette movement and showed the consequences … Continue reading Suffragette

Cinderella

This adaptation of the old fairy tale was made by Disney and is heavily inspired by their 1950 animated version. The story of the orphaned girl (Lily James) who is mistreated by her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett), but gets a magical shot at wooing Prince Charming is girlishly romantic and fun for kids. Handsomely mounted, … Continue reading Cinderella

Night Will Fall: Film as a Weapon

  Reading through message boards on the Internet Movie Database is a mixed experience. That’s where we find lots of opinions coming from idiots of a varying kind, uncompromising (and thus uninteresting) fanboys, as well as those who have actually put some thought into what they’re saying. In the case of the excellent British documentary … Continue reading Night Will Fall: Film as a Weapon

The Lone Ranger

NEVER TAKE OFF THE MASK. Lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) arrives in Texas in 1869 and is immediately drawn into a hunt for an outlaw (William Fichtner) that ends in tragedy – and a new career for John. The Pirates of the Caribbean crew and star lie behind this blockbuster adaptation of the classic matinée … Continue reading The Lone Ranger

Dark Shadows

EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS DEMONS. In 1972, a vampire (Johnny Depp) is accidentally freed from his buried coffin and returns to his Maine family mansion; a lot has changed in 200 years, but the witch who turned him into a bloodsucker is still around. A very Tim Burton-esque adaptation of the classic 1966-1971 horror soap, … Continue reading Dark Shadows

Les Misérables

FIGHT. DREAM. HOPE. LOVE.   France, 1815; Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who’s spent 19 years in jail for stealing bread, is released and starts a new life… but his nemesis in prison, Javert (Russell Crowe), won’t leave him alone. The first major screen version of the hit musical is primarily for buffs; with almost no … Continue reading Les Misérables

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

The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

IT TAKES LEADERSHIP TO CONFRONT A NATION’S FEAR. IT TAKES FRIENDSHIP TO CONQUER YOUR OWN.   After watching this brilliant drama, I knew I had to consult YouTube for the speech King George VI made after Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. Sometimes, historical events portrayed in films absurdly seem a bit small in comparison … Continue reading The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

NOWHERE IS SAFE. The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Terminator Salvation

THE END BEGINS. In 2018, John Connor (Christian Bale) thinks he has found a way to defeat the deadly machines, but he also needs to track down a teenager (Anton Yelchin) who will be crucial to the future of mankind. The fourth film in the series is the first without Arnold Schwarzenegger, though his T-101 has … Continue reading Terminator Salvation