LOSE YOUR HEART AND COME TO YOUR SENSES. On a November day in 1993, Emma Thompson came rushing over to her friend Stephen Fry. She was in the middle of writing her screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s ”Sense and Sensibility”, but the file had become corrupted. Her work had been rescued, but all the formatting … Continue reading Sense and Sensibility: Thompson’s Triumph
In 1961, Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) has a romantic affair with a troubled young man, Norman (Ben Whishaw); as Thorpe’s political career takes off, Norman gets back in touch… The 1970s sex scandal and conspiracy-to-murder trial that ended the career of the Liberal Party leader at the time gets a very, very enjoyable … Continue reading A Very English Scandal
IT TAKES A BEAR TO CATCH A THIEF. Paddington the bear has created a nice life for himself with the Brown family, but everything changes the day he is accused of having stolen a peculiar pop-up book of London sights…. A sequel that does everything right and maintains the same cheerful, kind and funny spirit … Continue reading Paddington 2
CAN THE MOST FAMOUS FILM STAR IN THE WORLD FALL FOR JUST AN ORDINARY GUY? The most popular movie star in Hollywood (Julia Roberts) meets a London book-store owner (Hugh Grant) and they fall in love… but can a romance like that work out? Writer Richard Curtis reunited with his Four Weddings and a Funeral … Continue reading Notting Hill
THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S WORST SINGER. In 1944, pianist Cosmé McMoon (Simon Helberg) is hired to accompany New York City socialite and amateur soprano Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) and learns to his great amusement that she can’t get one tone right. The real-life story of Jenkins who loved music, was encouraged … Continue reading Florence Foster Jenkins
A HIGHER CLASS OF HERO. In 1963, the CIA and the KGB team up, forcing their top agents (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer) to reluctantly cooperate on a case where Nazi sympathizers might get their hands on a nuke. After taking on the world of Sherlock Holmes with amusing results, Guy Ritchie turned to a classic … Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
IT’S A PLUNDERFUL LIFE. An unsuccessful pirate captain and his crew capture Charles Darwin who talks them into sailing to London for a contest that has a valuable prize… but Queen Victoria has threatened to execute every pirate. Another fabulous Aardman movie, this time in 3D, with a smooth blend of stop-motion clay and computer … Continue reading The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas
It happens, although not very often, that a filmmaker creates two masterpieces in a row. James Ivory and his team had barely released and received Oscars for Howards End (1992) when they made The Remains of the Day. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that virtually everyone who was involved in the E.M. Forster adaptation … Continue reading Remains of the Day: Duty Above All
WE’RE NOT IN MANHATTAN ANYMORE. Affluent New Yorkers Paul and Meryl Morgan (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker) are considering divorce, but after witnessing a murder they have to hide together in rural Wyoming as part of a witness relocation program. The third movie Marc Lawrence made with Grant has a lazy fish-out-of-water story that no … Continue reading Did You Hear About the Morgans?
IMAGINE A COUNTRY WHERE THE PRESIDENT NEVER READS THE NEWSPAPER, WHERE THE GOVERNMENT GOES TO WAR FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, AND MORE PEOPLE VOTE FOR A POP IDOL THAN THEIR NEXT PRESIDENT. Director Paul Weitz is almost overreaching here. We’re introduced to the quite depressed U.S. President (Dennis Quaid), the cynical host (Hugh Grant) … Continue reading American Dreamz
GROWING UP HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AGE. Actually, it’s about two boys. Hugh Grant plays a character that is presumably close to him – a self-centered thirtysomething who is too busy enjoying life on the singles scene to long for a family, but who is accidentally drawn into the lives of a hippie … Continue reading About a Boy
Former 1980s pop star Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) gets a chance to revive his career; while trying to write a new hit, he discovers that the girl (Drew Barrymore) who waters his plants has a true talent for writing lyrics. The Two Weeks Notice (2002) director reunites with Grant for another lovely romcom. Grant and … Continue reading Music and Lyrics