Tag Archives: Lynn Redgrave

The Jane Austen Book Club

SIX MONTHS. SIX NOVELS. SIX MEMBERS.  Screenwriter Robin Swicord has adapted many novels in the past and this project seemed fitting for her feature film directing debut, a story depicting six people who form a book club devoted to Jane Austen’s novels. We follow them over the course of six months and fans of the … Continue reading The Jane Austen Book Club

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN EVERYTHING.  Woody Allen’s parody of David Reuben’s popular 1960s sex manual is divided into seven vignettes with wildly different themes, featuring among other things Allen as a court jester trying to open a chastity belt, a doctor (Gene Wilder) falling in love with Daisy the sheep, a game … Continue reading Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Georgy Girl: Finding Love in Swinging London

THE WILDEST THING TO HIT THE WORLD SINCE THE MINI-SKIRT! It would seem that the filmmakers had little confidence in their work. Co-writer Peter Nichols, who described it as “a bit of 1960s camp about a fat girl who finds love”, was asked by director Silvio Narizzano during a preview, “Who the hell is going … Continue reading Georgy Girl: Finding Love in Swinging London

Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES TOM JONES! The film that won director Tony Richardson an Oscar and launched the career of Albert Finney had quite a challenging shoot. Finney once said that he was bored throughout it and that his character wasn’t serious enough; co-star Hugh Griffith was allegedly so drunk through much of the production … Continue reading Tom Jones: A Bawdy Adventure

Spider

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING YOUR MIND… IS FINDING IT AGAIN. When a mentally disturbed man (Ralph Fiennes) arrives at a London halfway house, he starts remembering what happened to his parents when he was a kid. An unpleasant film from director David Cronenberg, a psychological thriller but not a gory horror movie. We … Continue reading Spider

Gods and Monsters

SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO TELL THEM APART. In 1957, the retired director of the Frankenstein films, James Whale (Ian McKellen), grows very curious about the attractive young man (Brendan Fraser) mowing his lawn; he wants to use him as a model. The novel is entirely fictional, so don’t expect to learn much about the great … Continue reading Gods and Monsters

Kinsey: Sex and the Professor

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. Bill Condon, the man who once made a dreary sequel to Candyman (1992), has grown into quite a sophisticated filmmaker. He prepared for this film by interviewing the old colleagues of Alfred Kinsey’s, much like the noted biologist himself had conducted interviews in preparation of his two books on sexuality in … Continue reading Kinsey: Sex and the Professor

The Next Best Thing

BEST FRIENDS MAKE THE BEST MISTAKES. Yoga instructor Abbie Reynolds (Madonna) gets drunk one evening and ends up in bed with her equally inebriated best friend Robert (Rupert Everett), who’s actually gay; then she learns she’s pregnant… Here’s a serious drama that tries to examine the concept of modern families, but the filmmakers’ ambitions are … Continue reading The Next Best Thing