Tag Archives: Julie Christie

Darling: The Ultimate Swinging London

A POWERFUL AND BOLD MOTION PICTURE… MADE BY ADULTS… WITH ADULTS… FOR ADULTS! Revisiting Darling 50 years after it was made is interesting. Lauded by critics in its day, the film received many awards and turned Julie Christie into a movie star after having made one other film with John Schlesinger, Billy Liar (1963). That … Continue reading Darling: The Ultimate Swinging London

The Company You Keep

After the arrest of a former Weather Underground activist (Susan Sarandon) who’d been a fugitive for the last 30 years, reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) turns his attention to a seemingly honest Albany lawyer (Robert Redford). The 1970s terror organization is portrayed in rather simple fashion as consisting of essentially decent people who made undeniable … Continue reading The Company You Keep

Far From the Madding Crowd: Rural Rumblings

HER ROMANCE WITH THREE MEN BECOMES A BOLD ADVENTURE. When it was announced that director John Schlesinger would adapt Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” as his next project, there must have been a few gasps of surprise. After all, this was a man who had earned his stripes as a … Continue reading Far From the Madding Crowd: Rural Rumblings

Red Riding Hood

WHO’S AFRAID? The medieval village of Daggerhorn is tormented by a werewolf, but no one seems to realize the obvious until the newly-arrived witch hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) points it out – the beast has to be one of the villagers. The Brothers Grimm tale inspired this fantasy that looks like a cross between … Continue reading Red Riding Hood

Shampoo

YOUR HAIRDRESSER DOES IT BETTER… On the eve of Richard Nixon’s election to the U.S. presidency in 1968, Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is juggling several beautiful women. A commercially successful but ultimately rather empty film that was made the year after Nixon’s resignation and looks back on a breaking point between the … Continue reading Shampoo

Don’t Look Now: Dying in Venice

A PSYCHIC THRILLER.  What is it about Venice? Dirk Bogarde spent an entire film called Death in Venice (1971) on vacation in the disease-stricken city, staring at a boy he found beautiful. Luchino Visconti’s film had a haunting quality, and so does Nicolas Roeg’s thriller Don’t Look Now. Eerie and a little strange, both films … Continue reading Don’t Look Now: Dying in Venice

Nashville: 200 Years Later

WILD. WONDERFUL. SINFUL. LAUGHING. EXPLOSIVE.  Perhaps a lot of Americans were wondering in the year 1975 what the future might look like for their country, one year ahead of celebrating its Bicentennial Anniversary. After all, U.S. forces were cutting and running from the Vietnam War, President Nixon had just been forced to resign because of … Continue reading Nashville: 200 Years Later

Troy

FOR HONOR. FOR VICTORY. FOR LOVE. FOR DESTINY. FOR PASSION. FOR TROY.  You can always rely on director Wolfgang Petersen to make you care about what happens in an action movie; he knows how to tell an exciting story. This one looks a lot like the old epics about the Roman Empire, but this time … Continue reading Troy

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his third year at Hogwarts, authorities are looking for a convict who could be hiding somewhere near the school. The third entry in the series introduces a visually creative director, and it shows. There’s a certain edge but it’s all getting a bit repetitious by … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban