Tag Archives: Olivia Colman

The Favourite: All the Queen’s Women

During the PR campaign for this film, Rachel Weisz called it ”a funnier, sex-driven All About Eve”. Is there a better way to describe it? Hardly. There have been irreverent cinematic takes on the British royal family before, including The Madness of King George (1994), but this one perfectly illustrates the danger and insecurity of … Continue reading The Favourite: All the Queen’s Women

Murder on the Orient Express

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.  In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself on the Orient Express where a notorious businessman (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Another star-studded version of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery is similar to the slightly superior 1974 movie and has no new twists to offer. Which is probably a good … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

The Night Manager

THE DEEPER YOU GO THE DARKER IT GETS.  Cairo hotel night manager Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is provided with secret documents by a mysterious woman; after showing them to a friend in British intelligence, he is enlisted as an undercover agent. This miniseries adaptation of John le Carré’s first post-Cold War novel is skilfully helmed … Continue reading The Night Manager

Hyde Park on Hudson

THE PRESIDENT. THE FIRST LADY. THE KING. THE QUEEN. THE MOTHER. THE MISTRESS… ONE WEEKEND WOULD UNITE TWO GREAT NATIONS… AFTER COCKTAILS, OF COURSE.  In the summer of 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) seduces his sixth cousin (Laura Linney) while also preparing to entertain the King and Queen of England at his New … Continue reading Hyde Park on Hudson

I Give It a Year

Nat and Josh (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall) get married, but it doesn’t take long for them to land in a rut… and then comes a dashing American (Simon Baker) into Nat’s professional life. Borat (2006) writer Dan Mazer’s directorial debut is a featherweight romantic comedy that succeeds in spite of its obvious formula. That’s always … Continue reading I Give It a Year

The Iron Lady

NEVER COMPROMISE. Phyllida Lloyd reunited with her Mamma Mia! star Meryl Streep for a biopic that shares the same problem as a similar movie from that year, J. Edgar. Both try to cram fragments from a fascinating, very eventful life into one neat package and end up with a simple history lesson that is unsatisfactory on a personal … Continue reading The Iron Lady

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

ONE ROADIE. ONE RAPPER. ONE DREAM.  A faux documentary from the filmmaker who brought us This is England (2007). Shot on a shoestring budget, the movie is essentially just the director (himself a part of the story), a few assistants and the characters they follow. They are a slacker called Le Donk (who’s about to … Continue reading Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

Hot Fuzz

BIG COPS. SMALL TOWN. MODERATE VIOLENCE. Super cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is so good that he’s making the rest of the Met look bad; he’s transferred to a sleepy village where he stumbles upon a vast murder conspiracy. The Edgar Wright-Pegg duo followed up on their hit Shaun of the Dead (2004) with another largely hilarious comedy. … Continue reading Hot Fuzz