Vanessa-Redgrave Movie Reviews
I cannot say enough good things about Vanessa Redgrave's performance. I usually think of her as a sophisticated and attractive British actress. But for this role she takes off her makeup, crops her hair close to her head and lets her clear blue eyes shine from a weather-beaten face, her usual graceful body taking on an awkward gait, and her voice taking on a deep southern drawl. It is an absolutely magnificent performance with equally talented supporting actors. The story is weird but it kept my interest and my eyes were glued to the screen waiting for what would happen next. Too bad that I never really understood why the characters did what they did. I looked for resolution or some sort of explanation. Instead, the story became more and more grotesque, and I didn't like the ending. Just too many unanswered questions. For those interested in the Southern Gothic venue and who want to see wonderful performances, you might find watching this video an interesting and rewarding experience. For the rest of you, stay away.
Miss Amelia (Redgrave) opens a small cafe at the insistance of her cousin "Lyman" a hunchback . When, Marvin Macy (Carradine) comes back, completely changed after his stint in prison. Very bitter.. ..
And even though her cousin Lymon seems entranced by Marvin, as this now dark and alluring character he's become (And Keith Carradine is excellent at it ;-). Miss Amelia still sees him as an "evil man"
The love-hate relationship between Joe Orton, the famous playwright of the 60s and his friend Kenneth Halliwell, a love story which is also a strife between two men who seem to try to overcome each other, what they both want is success, until one of them(Joe Orton) wins the "match" and becomes famous.
His sex life is extraordinarily "lively"; he finds sex in all the men's toilets and dark alleys of london, seeking those fleeting exciting moments that only the "hunt" can give. Eventually he writes all these episodes down in his diaries asking Halliwell to read them,"so you would like me a little less" says Orton.
He is now a famous playwright, Halliwell is his "personal assistant" as he defines himself trying to find a purpose in his life that he considers useless: Joe doesn't love him, he doesn't have sex with him any more, he cannot share success with Joe. Halliwell gets terribly depressed..........Then the tragedy.
Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina are two superb actors, director Stephen Frears is at his best.
A film that everybody should see.
Included on this video are outtakes of John Wayne's emotional appearance in 1978, just before his death, as well as Charlie Chaplin's early 70's appearance. Also are outtakes from hosts Johnny Carson, Chevy Chase and Billy Crystal. One of the best outtakes is a speech by "Crocodile Dundee's" Paul Hogan near the beginning of the tape. Another good outtake is the streaker incident from the 1973 show and David Niven's response.
The only downside to this video is the fact that it is limited to the shows from 1971-1991 (the year the video was produced). The Oscars' began televised broadcasts in 1953. It would be great to see outtakes from these earlier programs, as well as outtakes from shows since 1991. Hopefully the Academy will see fit to make a compilation encompassing all of Oscar's televised history and release it on video, or even better, on DVD.
I got a headache after watching this becaus it was way too much for one evening!. GET IT NOW!!!
This 1971 film was directed by Michael Cacoyannis, who is best known for directing "Zorba the Greek," but who also did an excellent version of another Euripides play "Electra" in 1962 with Irene Papas in the title role. Cacoyannis tries for something a bit more naturalistic than that previous effort, but the end result this time around creates an unfortunate distance between the characters and the audience that puts these performances in a weird sort of limbo. This is rather surprising because we are talking some formidable talent with these four actresses (who represent four different countries of origin). I first saw this film in high school, when I had absolutely no understanding of the forms and conventions of classical Greek tragedy, and I found I have less appreciation for the film today. Understand that I am a Katharine Hepburn fan of the first order and teach Greek tragedies at any and all opportunities, but I am just not inspired by this film. Hepburn's performance is overly animated, Bujold's is mannered affectation, Redgrave's is understated at the expense of the situation, and only Papas manages to bring some fire to her role that rings true.
"The Trojan Women" reflects the cynicism of Euripides at its most strident. In this play the Greeks do more than enslave the women of fallen Troy: they have already slain a young girl as a sacrifice to the ghost of Achilles and they take a little boy and kill him. Even the herald of the Greeks, Talthybius (Brian Blessed), cannot stomach the policies of his people. The play also reminds us that Helen was a most unpopular figure amongst the ancient Greeks, and there is no satisfaction in her saving her life. Your ability to enjoy this play, whether we are talking about watching the film or simply reading the text, is going to be based on how much you know about Homer's epic poem "The Iliad" and the entire story of the Trojan War. Final Note: Edith Hamilton, author of a classic book on mythology that I use in my Classical Greek and Roman Mythology course, did the English translation for the film.
I would suggest Enchanted April.
fine film about spending a month in Italy. Uma Thurman comes
into the picture as a nanny for a couple of kids and she and
Vanessa vie for the attention of Edward Fox. I am basing this
review on the laserdisc which enchanced the movie considerably
and I imagine the dvd will be even better. One of those movies
that gets more enjoyable every time you watch it. And of course
I want to go back to Italy every time I see it. A perfect
companion piece to ENCHANTED APRIL (when will that be on DVD?)
It was a very believable cast, and although the story skips back and forth between past experiences and present it is not disturbing as it moves the story forward. Also, this is what it is like for many survivors of torture... They can't tell their whole story in one sitting as it is too painful. Maybe it would be for the audience too!
Not to take anything for granted is a valuable story to learn. As well as to realize that there are as many reactions to torture as there are people.
An interesting twist at the end emphasizes the problematical trust-issues many torture survivors grapple with. That's important because it seems through my professional experience that this is the one thing people really struggle with when they are survivors. How do you know who to trust and who not to trust? To a survivor of torture this can be extremely hard to handle as the feeling of "Nothing and no one can really be trusted" seems common. And what may happen to survivors if they start trusting the wrong people? Remember, once everything the survivor believed about other people, proved to be not only wrong, but extremely dangerous.
Watch the movie if you want to understand more about the issues of torture, abuse and healing!
By chance on a star-lit night in Arizona, a young astronomer, Leo Beidermann (Elijah Wood), makes the gut-wrenching discovery of an enormous comet on a path that would lead to a direct contact with the earth. Morgan Freeman is the President of the United States, whose responsibility is to address the nation with the heart-stopping E.L.E incident, an Extinction Level Event. Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) is a reporter who adds to the large scale storyline of the countdown to doomsday as humanity fights for their chance to survive.
Directed by Mimi Leder ('The Peacemaker') and accompanied by a highly talented cast also featuring Robert Duvall, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell with music by James Horner, 'Deep Impact' explodes with an "eye-opening blast of a movie experience" (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview). It is ultimately compelling, bursting with suspense, heartwarming, and unforgettable.
Recommended for any audience over 14 years, it is a tale where although oceans rise and cities fall, hope will always survive, making 'Deep Impact' a must-see movie.
Great opening, good build up. Tea Leoni seems made for the part of striving newswoman and her very drive opens up a secret that is as somber as it is news-worthy. Slowly the tension rises as we wonder who will be saved (the random drawing is great) and who is condemned to perish. Several things separate this from the usual run (say ARMAGEDDON).
First, our heroine does not survive but goes out in a tender scene with dad. Second, the asteroid does hit and does destroy a large part of the Earth. Third, we are left with a feeling of hope instead of despair and even a sense of pride. This one deserves an "A".