Return to Babylon 8/29/21
The film was basically a series of short vignettes featuring biographies (both fictional and real) and sketches of a number of famous film stars from the era: Clara Bow, Lupe Velez, Gloria Swanson, Josephine Baker, Alla Nazimova, Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle, Erich von Stoheim, Douglas Fairbanks,...
The Father 4/11/21
Reportedly French writer/director Florian Zeller had Anthony Hopkins directly in mind as Zeller was writing the screenplay-- so much so that he stated that if Hopkins did not accept the role, Zeller would have made the film in the French language.
The movie uses as a basis several actual facts: Mankiewicz did get to know Marion Davies, then William Randolph Hearst through the writer Charles Lederer who was Davies nephew; Mank may have been a house guest at Hearsts San Simeon (although Hearsts rule of no one having more than one cocktail like...
Authorized by the Zappa Family Trust, the film is more of a tribute or homage rather than a stark expose or journalistic piece.
At Eternity's Gate 3/05/19
To his credit they didnt attempt to mimic the essence of the paintings with film technique, but rather offered them both as a duet and a nod to Van Goghs inspiration.
Green Book 1/28/19
But while watching the film the question kept coming up: what was this films point of view?
Phantom Thread 2/13/18
The film was anticipated to be masterful, the presumption magnified by Daniel Day-Lewis' announcement that he was retiring from film making due to the rigors of performance in this project.
The Shape of Water 1/27/18
But the sole popularity of the film will depend upon it's emotional appeal to those captured by the poignant story of a poor mute girl who finds love and fulfillment with a humanoid amphibian; the Cinderella meets The Creature from the Black Lagoon aspect.