Category Archives: History

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Margot Robbie, Focus Features
Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Margot Robbie, Focus Features

There are a number of things including the history lesson that made me want to watch Mary Queen Of Scots; the story of the troubled relationship between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and her cousin Mary Stuart. 

Considering that director Josie Rourke’s film is a costume drama, I’d hoped to see lots of sumptuous clothing design, in addition to very well written dialogue delivered by great actors. The film’s trailer even had me expecting something not too far from as epic as director Shekhar Kapur and Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth (1998). Unfortunately for me, things didn’t quite transpire that way. 

Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Joe Alwyn and Guy Pearce, there certainly were a handful of well designed costumes to enjoy. Yet it’s the few moments of beautiful visuals – especially outdoor cinematography that proved most arresting for me. Even more so than the dialogue and general story editing which I have to admit had me less engaged and interested than I envisioned I’d be.

Mary Queen Of Scots (2018), Saoirse Ronan, Focus Features

It’s likely that in addition to finding the story more dull than anticipated, my interest also started to diminish in part because of how distressing sitting through the sexism and misogyny proved to be.

Just like my recent review of On The Basis of Sex (2018), another historical drama, it’s the part near the very end that I liked most about Mary Queen Of Scots. Meaning, everything from the moment the two royals finally meet. Actually, even with that said, I still choose the few visually arresting moments over the dialogue and this telling of the Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart story.

Watch Mary Queen Of Scots if you absolutely must. As for myself, I think it’s time I re-watched the great Elizabeth (1998).

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WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY (2018): New Trailer From Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz …

Wild Nights With Emily (2018), Molly Shannon, Greenwich Entertainment
Wild Nights With Emily (2018), Molly Shannon, Greenwich Entertainment

Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler and Amy Seimetz are the stars of Wild Nights With Emily, the story of celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson’s life.

From writer / director Madeleine Olnek, this historical comedy is informed by Dickinson’s private letters and focuses particularly on her relationship with a woman…

Molly Shannon is the main reason I want to see this. She’s such a wonderful comic actress and I’ll probably always remember her for her role in Will Grace as the crazy neighbour whose arms never moved back and fourth when she walked.

Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal, Dana Melanie, Joel Michaely, Sasha Frolova and Lisa Haas also star.

Wild Nights With Emily Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US)…

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THE FAVOURITE (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Favourite (2018), Olivia Colman
The Favourite (2018), Olivia Colman

The story of the The Favourite is set in the 18th century and centres on England’s Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), whose close friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) steps in to govern England because the queen is too frail. 

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s film starts off relatively pleasantly even though the atmosphere is quite tense. The tension continues and things take a darker turn as the true motivations of the key players surrounding  the queen begin to emerge. As a result, I find myself feeling more and more sorry for Anne, especially in her unfortunately frail state and considering the tragedies she’s already endured.

Woven in with the tension and darkness is humour which I enjoyed and a noticeable amount of definitely gratuitous but also well placed profanity. I liked the central performances by Coleman, Weisz and Emma Stone. I’ve never seen Stone’s generally very sweet looking face and big beautiful eyes take quite the less than sweet look they do in this movie. As for Coleman, I always knew she was capable with comedy (Peep Showmy favourite sitcom of all time) and she really does well in this heartbreaking dramatic role. No wonder she’s already won the Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture.

The makeup and 18th century costumes on both the men and women did well in delivering some fun and entertainment. Especially considering that many men walked around in massive wigs, quite a lot of makeup and ladies, especially the queen wore dresses with rather puffy sleeves and skirts. 

The Favourite is not at the top of my list as far as movies about British royalty are concerned but I did have a good time. Watch it because it’s generally good and who knows, you might love it, even more so if you like rabbits.

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HOTEL MUMBAI (2019): New Trailer From Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs…

Hotel Mumbai (2019), Dev Patel
Hotel Mumbai (2019), Dev Patel

Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs are the stars of new historical drama / thriller Hotel Mumbai.

Directed by Anthony Maras, the premise is the true story of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India at the Taj Hotel…

The stories of people working together to survive under extraordinary circumstances, that’s why I want to see this. It helps that this trailer looks good and the cast is reliable.

The beautiful images of India are an added bonus. Also, Hotel Mumbai kind of reminds me of Titanic (1997) – except that this time the terror isn’t because of an ‘iceberg, right ahead.’

Additional cast includes Anupam Kher, Angus McLaren, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Lauren Koopowitz also star.

Hotel Mumbai Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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THE GANDHI MURDER (2018): New Trailer Starring Stephen Lang, Luke Pasqualino, Joseph K. Bevilacqua, Om Puri…

The Gandhi Murder (2018), Mahatma Gandhi
The Gandhi Murder (2018), Mahatma Gandhi

The Gandhi Murder is a conspiracy theory period drama that tells the story of three police officers in different parts of India. The officers are well aware of the intelligence that Mahatma Gandhi’s life is under threat and must take key decisions that would eventually either save the non-violent Gandhi, or save India, a violent place divided by religion.

Directed by  Karim Traïdia and Pankaj Sehgal Stephen Lang, The Gandhi Murder stars Luke Pasqualino, Joseph K. Bevilacqua…

My reason for wanting to see this one is the long overdue history lesson. I want to learn about an extraordinary and subsequently intriguing human.

Vinnie Jones, Bobbie Phillips Rajit Kapoor, Nassar, Govind Namdeo and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan also star.

The Gandhi Murder Release Dates: January 30th, 2019 (US)…

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ASHES IN THE SNOW (2019): New Trailer From Bel Powley, Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson…

Ashes In The Snow (2019), Bel Powley
Ashes In The Snow (2019), Bel Powley

In new historical drama Ashes In The Snow, Bel Powley is Lina, a 16 year-old aspiring artist when in 1941, herself and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region.

Also starring Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson and directed by Marius A. Markevicius,  Lina’s love of  art and her un-relenting hope will prove more important than she imagined…

Whilst hoping that Powley’s accent doesn’t prove too distracting, I think this could be a good one. Especially since it’s based The New York Times bestselling novel, Between Shades Of Gray by author Ruta Sepetys.

Additional key cast includes James Cosmo, Martin Wallström, Timothy Innes, Jonah Hauer-King and Sam Hazeldine.

Ashes In The Snow Release Dates:  January 11th, 2019 (US)…

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THE BEST OF ENEMIES (2018): New Trailer From Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche…

The Best Of Enemies (2019), Sam Rockwell
The Best Of Enemies (2019), Sam Rockwell

Directed by Robin Bissell, The Best Of Enemies is the true story of Civil rights activist Ann Atwater. In 1971 in Durham, North Carolina, Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan over the issue of school integration.

Key cast includes Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche…

I’m ready because I like Rockwell, I like Henson and I love a good cinematic face-off.

The Best Of Enemies Release Dates: April 5th, 2019 (US)…

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KURSK (2018): New Trailer From Colin Firth, Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux…

Kursk (2018), Matthias Schoenaerts
Kursk (2018), Matthias Schoenaerts

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Kursk is a historical drama about the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed.

Colin Firth, Matthias Schoenaerts and Léa Seydoux star…

The trailer makes me eager to watch Kursk because of Schoenaerts, Firth and Seydoux. I’m only slightly hesitant because I feel as though it’s going to make me mad. You know, on account of all the reasons the ending won’t be as happy.

Michael Nyqvist, August Diehl, Steven Waddington, Zlatko Buric, Matthias Schweighöfer and Joel Basman also star.

Kursk Release Dates

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