“As a director, what could one say to John Barry about the music for a James Bond film? His contribution to the success of the series has been enormous. His needs were always simple; a piano, a Moviola and not very much time.” – John Glen, quoted in The Living Daylights soundtrack CD liner notes, from an interview published in From Silents to Satellite. Read the rest of this entry »
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Have a go with Keira Knightley packing heat vs. an alien infestation romance:
I believe that there are three period dramas in which Keira Knightley plays a real-life person:
A Dangerous Method – Sabina Spielrein, a Russian psychoanalyst who was a contemporary of psychiatry legends Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
The Duchess – Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, fashion trend-setter and political progressive.
The Edge of Love – Vera Phillips, who has some kind of relationship with poet Dylan Thomas (I haven’t seen the movie yet).
I admit that I have a strange attraction toward Knightley when she wears costumes from days of yore. I’ve watched The Duchess and Pride & Prejudice multiple times, and can barely contain my excitement for the upcoming Anna Karenina adaptation. Because of this fixation, I tend to neglect her films that are set during modern times. Read the rest of this entry »
Once again, I took on two random films that were suggested by my fellow Flickcharters. Figure out where you stand on this pair of thrillers about mortality and intrigue:
Until I saw Awake, I didn’t know that there was such a thing as “anesthesia awareness”. Apparently, it’s such a serious issue that there’s even an Anesthesia Awareness Campaign website. What happens is, the patient is supposed to be asleep while under anesthesia during a surgical procedure, but is actually conscious. The person is usually paralyzed and incapable of indicating their awareness to those performing the operation. Which, not surprisingly, is described as quite horrifying by those who have experienced it. Hayden Christensen is the unfortunate aware patient who is undergoing a heart transplant in the film: Read the rest of this entry »
Disney’s John Carter has a lot going for it. Which makes it unfortunate that the film has such a big handicap: All John Carter wants to be is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars, and on that front (though I’m not personally familiar with Burrough’s work), I think it succeeds. But despite the fact that the source material this film is based on is nearly 100 years old, many average film-goers are likely to experience the feeling that they’ve seen it all before. Read the rest of this entry »