Between Boredom and Brilliance – Part Five

Chapter Five – A Meeting of Extreme Importance       Emma’s blissful state slowly glided into awareness as she began hearing birdsong. Irritated, she  snuggled deeper     under her covers. No, it was too early to rise, surely! She groaned when Maud drew  open the curtains and then         sat up with a start when she realised George would be there! No, no, no! She didn’t want Maud to come in while       her husband was lying nude in her bed! It was totally inappropriate! However, the only one sitting up nude was … Read more

‘Skins’ star joins cast of ‘Endeavour’ as new regular

‘Skins’ star joins cast of ‘Endeavour’ as new regularPosted May 20, 2015 by William Martin & filed under Headlines.Skins Dakota Blue Richards Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass) has joined the cast of Endeavour.The actress – who played Franky in Seasons 5-6 of E4’s teen drama, Skins – will appear as WPC Shirley Trewlove in the period crime drama’s third season. The new regular character is described as “thorough, determined and forthright”, who “quickly draws the admiration of Endeavour by demonstrating natural initiative, a wry sense of humour and perhaps most keenly, a rare intellect – one not entirely similar … Read more

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Synopsis by Lucia BozzolaIn Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel, romance between an upper-class gentleman and an ostracized lady is doomed by 19th century New York society. Shortly after his engagement to blandly genteel May Welland (Winona Ryder), Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is reacquainted with May’s scandalous cousin Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). As the head of an esteemed family, Archer initially uses his standing to try to rehabilitate Ellen’s reputation, but he finds himself increasingly drawn to her disregard for the codes of New York manners. Bound by ingrained society mores and his peers’ insinuations, Newland tries to … Read more

The Piano 1993

Movie Synopsis Writer/director Jane Campion’s third feature unearthed emotional undercurrents and churning intensity in the story of a mute woman’s rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a mute who has willed herself not to speak, and her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) find themselves in the New Zealand wilderness, with Ada the imported bride of dullard land-grabber Stewart (Sam Neill). Ada immediately takes a dislike to Stewart when he refuses to carry her beloved piano home with them. But Stewart makes a deal with his overseer George Baines (Harvey Keitel) … Read more

Between Boredom and Brilliance – Part Four

  Chapter Four –  Marriage or the Protection of a Loved One   The dinner was soon over, and the first couple by the name of Knightley – John and Isabella –  eagerly retired to bed, excusing themselves as they had a journey to London to make the following day. As an unmarried girl, Emma had not understood the readiness Isabella displayed to abandon the company and rejoin her husband in their bedroom. Often, she had thought it of ill manner and of low esteem for herself and her father to leave them so early for the rest of the … Read more

Risen 2016 Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. – Written by Sony Pictures Starring: Tom Felton, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis Release Dates  United States Jan 22, 2016

Between Boredom and Brilliance – Part Three

  Chapter Three – Mr George Knightley or the Benevolence of a Loving Husband   Upon Emma’s impetuous burst into her father’s parlour, George Knightley sat up in his chair and smiled fondly at his young wife. “Ah,” he laughed. “There you are, my love. Have you encountered many friends on your walk? How did you find Highbury after your absence of a fortnight?” Emma was momentarily – though very briefly – distracted from what she wanted to impart by her husband’s endearment. She readily returned Knightley’s smile but soon enough focussed on the matter at hand. “Do not trouble … Read more

Slow West (2015)

‘Set in late 19th Century Colorado and centering on a young man’s epic search for the love of his life. The exceptional cast includes Michael Fassbender as Silas Selleck, a mysterious and inscrutable stranger acting as the paid protector to sixteen-year-old Scottish aristocrat Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is on a reckless journey through the American Wild West. Ben Mendelsohn crosses their paths as Payne, the leader of an intimidating posse of outlaws on their journey to find Rose Ross (newcomer Caren Pistorius) the humble farmer’s daughter who fled from Jay’s life. Slow West (2015) – IMDb Screenwriter: John Maclean … Read more

History Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Sons Of Liberty’

Revolutionary War miniseries Sons Of Liberty will receive its UK premiere on History UK on Tuesday June 2nd at 10pm, it has been announced. Sons of Liberty follows a defiant and radical group of young men – Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren – as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation. Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they light the spark that ignited a revolution. They were looking for equality, but they found something greater: Independence.     Source: History Sets UK Premiere Date For … Read more

Mr. Holmes (2015)

In 1947, the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her young son, Roger. Holmes reflects on his life while writing in his journals, tending to his bees, and dealing with the deterioration of his once incredible mind. The film, like the novel, uses flashbacks to reveal events of the past, when he was still at the height of his fame and mental ability at his Baker Street consulting rooms, and during a visit to Japan. Directed by Bill Condon. With Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan. An … Read more

Between Boredom and Brilliance – Part Two

Chapter Two – Mr Henry Woodhouse or the Anxieties of a Widowed Father   Mr Woodhouse returned from his stroll there-and-back to the hedgerows which very suitably divided his grounds and sighed deeply when he knocked on his front door with his walking cane’s silver head. So very amiss of Peter, his ground floor footman, not to have noticed that his master had indeed stepped under the porch of his own house. Footmen should always be aware of their master’s presence, Mr Woodhouse mused. That was why one employed them in the first place. “Peter, Peter,” Mr Woodhouse gently scolded, … Read more

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Release Aug 14, 2015

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Source: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – IMDb Director: Guy Ritchie Writers: Guy Ritchie (screenplay), Lionel Wigram (screenplay) Stars: Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant, Armie Hammer

The Immigrant (2013)

In 1921, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda arrive from Poland at Ellis Island, full of guarded optimism. But things go wrong immediately: doctors quarantine Magda, and Ewa discovers that she has been branded a “woman of low moral standing” during passage. Scheduled for a deportation hearing, she is rescued by the enigmatic and hot-tempered Bruno Weiss, who seems to have questionable connections with the immigration authorities. Bruno can secure Magda’s release, and Ewa is so desperate to earn the money to do so that she reluctantly assents to join Bruno’s stable of prostitutes… even as Bruno seems to be … Read more

A Royal Night Out (2015)

Directed by Julian Jarrold. With Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett. On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance. Source: A Royal Night Out (2015) – IMDb UK Release  May 15, 2015 [polldaddy rating=”8036248″]  

Princes in the Tower (TV Movie 2005)

Directed by Justin Hardy. With Mark Umbers, John Castle, Roger Hammond, Sally Edwards. 16 years after the ‘deaths’ of the two boy Princes held captive in the Tower, Perkin Warbeck makes his claim to the throne as the rightful King Richard. Did the younger brother survive? Is he an imposter or is he, as he says ‘King Richard’. Source: Princes in the Tower (TV Movie 2005) – IMDb For more than five centuries, the disappearance of England’s young King Edward V and his brother Richard, the Duke of York, has remained a mystery. This historical drama retraces their story. Most … Read more