Tag Archives: Vanessa Redgrave

Playing for Time

During World War II, the French singer and pianist Fania Fénelon (Vanessa Redgrave) is sent to Auschwitz where she’s hired to perform together with a women’s orchestra. A critically acclaimed TV movie that came on the heels of the miniseries Holocaust (1978), presented like a play by Arthur Miller. Set in filthy, sparsely furnished camp … Continue reading Playing for Time

Julia: The Girl Who Went Out on a Limb

THE STORY OF TWO WOMEN EHOSE FRIENDSHIP SUDDENLY BECAME A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.  When Vanessa Redgrave was Oscar-nominated for this film, she faced heavy criticism from the Jewish Defense League, an organization whose objective is to fight anti-Semitism in America, but it has often resorted to violence and terrorism and been labeled a … Continue reading Julia: The Girl Who Went Out on a Limb

Foxcatcher: Murderous Millionaire

BASED ON THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY. “I think all comedians are dark”, said director Bennett Miller during a press conference at this year’s Cannes film festival, where his film Foxcatcher was screened. This is no surprise. After all, it’s only been a few months since Robin Williams committed suicide. Even those, perhaps especially those, who … Continue reading Foxcatcher: Murderous Millionaire

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Cars 2

Lightning McQueen returns to Radiator Springs to see his friends, but is soon drawn into another race… and Mater is hired by British spies who think that he’s also a spy. The first film is not one of Pixar’s strongest assets creatively, but turned into an extraordinary hit among kids. Unfortunately, the sequel became the … Continue reading Cars 2


WAS SHAKESPEARE A FRAUD? At the end of the Elizabethan era, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) hires a playwright called Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to act as his front, hoping to use his own plays as a political weapon. A labor of love for Roland Emmerich that nevertheless turns out much like his previous … Continue reading Anonymous


NATURE TEACHES BEASTS TO KNOW THEIR FRIENDS. As food riots shake Rome, the fiercely independent Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes) squares off with the Volscian army and its leader (Gerard Butler); after being hailed as a hero, Martius is soon betrayed. The first feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is also Fiennes’s directing debut. His passion as … Continue reading Coriolanus

Howards End: A Touch of Class

A Room with a View (1986) may be the title that first jumps into one’s mind upon hearing the name James Ivory. The filmmaker has spent most of his career making stately dramas about elegant people who desperately try to maintain a stiff upper lip while dealing with the violent passions of falling in love. Howards End is … Continue reading Howards End: A Touch of Class

Animals United

When drought threatens a large delta in Botswana, its animals join forces and confront the humans who caused the environmental disaster. Hayao Miyazaki faces competition from this computer-animated 3D production… but he shouldn’t lose any sleep. Its environmental message is heavy-handed, sometimes depressing, and leaves no room for imagination. As for the technical details, the … Continue reading Animals United

The Pledge

DETECTIVE JERRY BLACK HAS MADE A PROMISE HE CAN’T BREAK, TO CATCH A KILLER HE CAN’T FIND.  When Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson), a cop in Nevada who’s about to retire, ends up being the one who tells a family that their eight-year-old girl has been murdered, he swears on “the salvation of his soul” to … Continue reading The Pledge

The Gathering Storm

GERMANY WAS ARMING ITSELF FOR WAR. BUT THEY DIDN’T COUNT ON ONE MAN. During the 1930s, Winston Churchill experienced some of his most depressing years as a politician; it looked as if his career was over. He kept talking about how Germany’s new leaders were preparing for war and that Britain was in grave danger, … Continue reading The Gathering Storm