January 24, 2013 2 Comments
January 22, 2013 11 Comments
Today marks the fifth year since Heath Ledger passed away. This outstanding actor captured the US (and world!) audience’s hearts in a teen comedy ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ (1999) and remained and grew in popularity till his death. Awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying the Joker in Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008), it was clear to everyone that Heath only began his ascendance to greatness when he finished that filming.
January 16, 2013 9 Comments
A Royal Affair (2012)
Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, this critically acclaimed Danish/Swedish film has so far been unable to pass unnoticed in any country. The engrossing story of a young queen, Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) travelling from England to Denmark to marry his majesty Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard) is bound to appeal just on the basis of its simplicity, a sense of adventure and romanticism. Although from her childhood years, the young Princess often dreamt of her magical encounter with the Prince, in the end everything turned out far from what she had expected. With the King perceived as ‘weak in the head’ and completely childish, Caroline soon becomes infatuated with his right-hand man, a mysterious and liberal-thinking German physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen). Together, at the times of repression and injustice, the pair is about to change Denmark beyond all recognition and direct it onto the path of the Enlightenment.
January 8, 2013 7 Comments
Richard Gere plays a successful businessman, Robert Miller. Miller is a busy man, shuffling two distinct lives: one in which he is a self-made millionaire and a family man, the very face of respectability and success; and another where he is a deceitful and unfaithful husband keeping a beautiful mistress on the side, while also being an intelligent business fraudster. When a car accident shutters the well-thought-out balance of his double life, forcing him to start covering his shameful deeds, it becomes unclear whether or not he has already gone too far on the road of lust and deceit to be able to surface unharmed.
January 3, 2013 5 Comments
Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) is a somewhat spoiled and very opinionated seventeen year old girl living with her mom, Joan (J. Smith-Cameron), an actress and her little brother in New York City. After witnessing a bus accident, in which she believes herself and a driver (Mark Ruffalo) to be guilty, Lisa’s views on life and people around her begin to change. As she immerses herself in an adult life, trying to understand the full consequences of her actions, she soon realises that there is no easy road to redemption and her connection with her family is the most valuable thing in the world.
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan (‘You Can Count on Me’ (2000)) and set in post-2001 New York, ‘Margaret’ is probably now better known for its notorious eight years of production rather than for anything else. First written in 2003 and set in 2005, ‘Margaret’ was finally filmed in 2006. After that date, the constant editing and cutting processes began, which were also made the subject of countless disagreements and complicated lawsuits. When the film was finally released in 2011 it had gained audience only in twelve US cities and denied proper marketing campaigns anywhere else. Boasting such names as Anthony Mighella and Sydney Pollack, ‘Margaret’s final cut runs almost two and a half hours being last edited by Martin Scorsese.