Tag Archives: Tom Hooper

The Danish Girl

FIND THE COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF. In 1926, the celebrated Danish artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) begins to dress up as a woman, encouraged by his wife (Alicia Vikander) as part of a social experiment… but the experience awakens emotions that he’s been suppressing for a long time. The story of the artist who subjected … Continue reading The Danish Girl

Les Misérables

FIGHT. DREAM. HOPE. LOVE. France, 1815; Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who’s spent 19 years in jail for stealing bread, is released and starts a new life… but his nemesis in prison, Javert (Russell Crowe), won’t leave him alone. The first major screen version of the hit musical is primarily for buffs; with almost no spoken … Continue reading Les Misérables

The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

IT TAKES LEADERSHIP TO CONFRONT A NATION’S FEAR. IT TAKES FRIENDSHIP TO CONQUER YOUR OWN. After watching this brilliant drama, I knew I had to consult YouTube for the speech King George VI made after Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. Sometimes, historical events portrayed in films absurdly seem a bit small in comparison with … Continue reading The King’s Speech: Royal Pains

John Adams: The Reluctant VP

HE UNITED THE STATES OF AMERICA. Sometimes there are discrepancies between filmmakers and the people hired to market their work. The tagline of this ambitious HBO miniseries has nothing to do with what John Adams actually did. He remains a controversial figure who was dragged into the fight for independence and subsequently came to view … Continue reading John Adams: The Reluctant VP

Elizabeth I

THE HARDEST THING TO GOVERN IS THE HEART. This Channel 4/HBO production focuses on The Virgin Queen’s passionate but delicate affairs with the Earl of Leicester (Jeremy Irons) and, following his death, the considerably younger Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy), men she could fall in love with but never marry. The Tom Hooper-Nigel Williams duo … Continue reading Elizabeth I