DEREK

09/24/2013

 
Ricky Gervais's BBC4 TV mini-series brought to us via Netflix. It's good, mainly because of Kerry Godliman. Kinda funny, ends well: yes! 
 

TRANCE

08/21/2013

 
Danny Boyle directed, violent, nasty dark, psychological thriller vehicle for Rosario Dawson, who is amazing; co-starring James McAvoy and my favorite badassmofo Vincent Cassel: yes.


 

LONGFORD

06/10/2013

 
Writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon,) and director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech,) assemble a stellar cast for this made for TV Movie about the Moors Murderers, and the Lord (Longford) who sought the redemption of one of them: Myra Hindley. It's so good: yes!
 
 
If you'd told me, years ago, that Bill Murray would one day portray F.D.R. I'd have hit you with my Dr. Scholls sandal, and yes, he's awesome! Laura Linney is so watchable, you're gonna love it.
http://focusfeatures.com/hyde_park_on_hudson
 

ANNA KARENINA

12/26/2012

 
British Wunderkind and lover of long tracking shots, Joe Wright (Atonement) adapts Tolstoy's novel with a theatrical flair. The cast is fantastic, kudos all around for art, costume, photography, music: loved it!
http://focusfeatures.com/anna_karenina/
 
 
Director Marie Losier reveals the strange story of avant garde industrial music pioneer, Genesis P-Orridge, (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle) and his performance artist wife, Lady Jay Breyer. Yes.
http://www.balladofgenesisandladyjaye.com/
 

THE OFFICE (UK)

10/27/2012

 
Funny, characters with arcs, the perfect length, and it ends well. Thank you Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant!
 

JANE EYRE

10/17/2012

 
Charlotte Brontë's classic novel is given the gothic horror treatment: beautifully! Starring three of my fav's; Fassbender, Dench, and Wasikowska. Costumes & cinematography are outstanding. Loved it.
http://focusfeatures.com/jane_eyre
 
 
My life mission of viewing all of Michael Fassbender's films has lead me to this 2008 British TV mini-series. Flawed, yet captivating period-piece set during the English Civil War (1643-1660.) Yes!
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-devils-whore
 

HYSTERIA

09/24/2012

 
Maggie Gyllenhaal is adorable, as usual, in Tanya Fox's feminist period piece about the invention of the electromechanical vibrator: yes! http://www.sonyclassics.com/hysteria/