Tag Archives: Rupert Everett

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

STAY PECULIAR.  16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Madness of King George

HIS MAJESTY WAS ALL POWERFUL AND ALL KNOWING. BUT HE WASN’T QUITE ALL THERE. In 1788, King George III of England (Nigel Hawthorne) starts acting peculiarly for no obvious reason and his son, Prince George (Rupert Everett), conspires to have him dethroned. First-time director Nicholas Hytner knows his way around the theater, but successfully turns the play into … Continue reading The Madness of King George

Shrek the Third

THE WAIT IS OGRE! When the King of Far, Far Away dies, Shrek is next in line to the throne; he refuses to shoulder the mantle and goes on a quest with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find the next man in line. There isn’t much left of the first film’s ingenious satire and the … Continue reading Shrek the Third

Stardust

THE FAIRYTALE THAT WON’T BEHAVE.  Teenager Tristan (Charlie Cox) crosses a wall into a magical realm where he goes looking for a fallen star that he intends to bring to a girl he loves, but there’s dangerous competition. The Layer Cake director got Neil Gaiman’s blessing to bring his novel to the big screen, but … Continue reading Stardust

My Best Friend’s Wedding

JULIANNE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER BEST FRIEND THE DAY HE DECIDED TO MARRY SOMEONE ELSE. When Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) finds out that her best friend, Michael O’Neil (Dermot Mulroney), is getting married, she realizes that she actually loves him and does everything to stop the wedding. A bright romantic comedy that’s not unlike … Continue reading My Best Friend’s Wedding

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

Shakespeare in Love: Bringing the Bard to Life

A COMEDY ABOUT THE GREATEST LOVE STORY ALMOST NEVER TOLD. Let’s say William Shakespeare knew how to time travel. Let’s say he came to 1998, went to the movies and saw John Madden’s film Shakespeare in Love. Do you think he would disapprove? I believe he would be quite enchanted with what’s unfolding on screen. William Shakespeare … Continue reading Shakespeare in Love: Bringing the Bard to Life

Shrek 2

ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME… Newly-weds Shrek and Fiona visit the princess’ parents and cross swords with the Ferry Godmother who wanted her son to marry Fiona. A typical example of how some filmmakers are first given a budget and then have to try to come up with a way to continue a finished story. The amazing … Continue reading Shrek 2

Inspector Gadget

THE ULTIMATE CRIME FIGHTING TOOL. When security guard John Brown (Matthew Broderick) is seriously injured, the authorities see their chance to turn him into a hi-tech crime fighter… This movie version of the entertaining TV cartoon (1983-1985) is noisy and unfunny; left with writing this boring, the filmmakers have unfortunately felt the need to pace … Continue reading Inspector Gadget