The Girl in the Spider’s Web is part of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. This latest film is from a book by David Lagercrantz, based on the characters of the original creator Stieg Larsson. I read the book The Girl in the Spider’s Web some time ago, and thought it compared well with the three novels in the original Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. Fingers crossed the movie is of equal quality. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web”
Lion simply amazes. Think back to what you can remember from when you were 5 years old. I don’t imagine your memories are very detailed. But for Saroo Brierley, whose true story this is, his detailed memories of his first 5 years helped him find his way home 25 years later. This review contains spoilers. Continue reading “Review: Lion”
Mon Roi, or My King in English, is a French film directed by Maïwenn, the 4th film from this director. Maïwenn also wrote the screenplay.
Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot star as the couple in the film. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Mon Roi (My King)”
Carol was a simple story about two people falling in love. It was much more as well. It was a story about Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) and the hidden look in their eyes, the hidden meaning in their touch, the hidden hope in their togetherness.
Mild spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Carol is Brilliant”
I’m way behind the times with this trailer for Carol. It looks like an emotional and possibly heartbreaking ride.
Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in a story set in 1952 New York City. It tells the story of a young female clerk and her love affair with an older, married woman. Also in the film are Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler.
The film is based on a novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith. The screenplay was written by Phyllis Nagy. Todd Haynes is the director.
The film looks very stylish and moody and 1950ish, if there is such a thing as 1950ish. The publicity stills have been a love affair with Cate Blanchett’s face, so I expect lots of beautiful shots of her in the film.
Late November will be the release date. Adding to the excitement over the release, the film received rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival and at other festivals where it has appeared.
Carol is a love story set in the 1950s. It stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as the two lovers. Back in the 50s, we would have called that “forbidden love.”
Rooney Mara plays Therese, a department store clerk. Cate Blanchett is Carol, a wealthy woman in a loveless marriage. Kyle Chandler plays her unlucky husband. Poor guy, imagine snagging Cate Blanchett and then realizing she bats for the other team.
When Variety reviewed the film after Cannes, they described it as, “an exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters’ inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order.”
The Telegraph reviewed the film after Cannes as well, and said, “More than hugely accomplished cinema, it’s an exquisite work of American art, rippling with a very specific mid-century melancholy, understanding love as the riskiest but most necessary gamble in anyone’s experience.”
Such glowing reviews! I’m convinced.
The film is based Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Price of Salt” with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy. The director is Todd Haynes. Based on the previews, it appears that Todd Haynes decided to emphasize the 1950s setting with artistic atmospheric touches. The preview also gives new meaning to the song “My Foolish Heart.”
The preview is mostly longing glances and unexpressed desire, but the film is rated R for sexuality.
Carol will be in US theaters on November 27. For those in the UK, it will premier there on October 14 at BFI London Film Festival.
Here’s an earlier clip from the film.
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