Tag Archives: Emily Watson

Chernobyl: System Failure

WHAT IS THE COST OF LIES? After the premiere of this excellent miniseries, Chernobyl fever gripped the United States and Europe. There was a renewed interest in debating nuclear power and its awesome dangers, which came right at a time when the climate crisis demands fossil-free energy sources and some politicians argue that new nuclear … Continue reading Chernobyl: System Failure

King Lear

As French forces gather on England, King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) divides his land among his three daughters (Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh). The most memorable cinematic version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is still Kurosawa’s Ran (1985); this TV movie places the story in an alternate modern, militarized Britain, but it’s not enough to make … Continue reading King Lear

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

REPORTS OF MY DEATH HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED.  After a deadly attack on the Kingsman organization, Eggsy and Merlin (Taron Egerton, Mark Strong) are the only survivors, but when they contact the American branch they learn that a dearly departed associate is actually alive… The sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) shows Matthew Vaughn … Continue reading Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Everest

NEVER LET GO.  In May 1996, several teams are trying to reach the Mount Everest summit, but they are not prepared for a blizzard that will test them severely. A film that draws inspiration from several sources, including journalist Jon Krakauer who was there during one of the deadliest Everest seasons ever and lived to … Continue reading Everest

The Theory of Everything

In the early 1960s, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is showing signs of a brilliant mind for physics at Oxford – but also of a neurological disease that looks certain to end his life within two years. This film about one of the greatest physicists and cosmologists we’ve known can’t be lauded as an innovative trailblazer … Continue reading The Theory of Everything

War Horse

SEPARATED BY WAR. TESTED BY BATTLE. BOUND BY FRIENDSHIP. Shortly before World War I, English teenager Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) teaches a young horse, Joey, to plough his father’s fields, but circumstances constantly find new challenges – and companions – for the Thoroughbred. Only a filmmaker like Steven Spielberg could get away with this kind … Continue reading War Horse

Cemetery Junction

BE YOUNG. BE FREE. BE SOMEBODY. In the small town of Cemetery Junction, three teens (Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan) ask themselves a classic question – should I stay or should I go? In his second feature film as a director (collaborating with the co-creator of The Office, Stephen Merchant), Ricky Gervais delivers a coming-of-age … Continue reading Cemetery Junction

Synecdoche, New York

New York theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) tries to understand his life and relationships while fretting over dying without having accomplished something lasting. Charlie Kaufman’s directing debut was hailed as a masterpiece by some, but it is a frustrating experience. Wildly ambitious, with elements that are more or less brilliant, Kaufman as a filmmaker … Continue reading Synecdoche, New York

Miss Potter

THE LIFE OF BEATRIX POTTER IS THE MOST ENCHANTING TALE OF ALL. In 1901, Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) finally finds a publisher willing to print “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”; her relationship with the firm’s inexperienced representative (Ewan McGregor) grows into something deeper. The man who brought us Babe (1995) returns for a story that … Continue reading Miss Potter

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

LOVING YOU IS LIKE LOVING THE DEAD. Victor and Victoria (Johnny Depp, Emily Watson) are betrothed, but as he’s wandering into a forest practicing his vows he accidentally raises a corpse bride from the dead. Not quite a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), but a stop-motion animated saga out of the same mold. … Continue reading Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Punch-Drunk Love

A slightly odd loner (Adam Sandler) suffers at the hands of his seven annoying sisters, but rescue comes in the shape of a woman (Emily Watson) who is genuinely interested in him. Director Paul Thomas Anderson actually likes Sandler’s comedies (go figure), which is why he has made an art movie that perfectly fits the … Continue reading Punch-Drunk Love