Movie Review: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES Final Movie Poster | ©2013 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Writer: Jessica Postigo Paquette, based on the novel by Cassandra Clare Director: Harold Zwart Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: August 21, 2013 Just when the words “based on the best-selling young adult novel” are causing some dismay due to the quality (or lack thereof) of some of the resulting films, along comes THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. Based on the first in a series by author Cassandra Clare, the film […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Derek Jacobi Writer: John Orloff Director: Roland Emmerich Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 28, 2011 What is the problem some historians have with the notion that William Shakespeare wrote the plays that are attributed to him? An argument is made in the film ANONYMOUS that Shakespeare’s father was illiterate, but it seems logical that the mind capable of writing Shakespeare’s plays and poems was capable of learning to read in the first place. In any event, most […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 finale – “Reckoning”

Jamie Campbell Bower in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Reckoning" | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Chris Chibnall & Terry Cafolla Director: Mikael Salomon & Stefan Schwartz Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: June 10th, 2010 And with that we, the audience, have reached the finale of CAMELOT season one. It has been an interesting season in both good and bad ways. The first few episodes of the series seemed to set a pace that was breakneck and moving forward with a strong surety of the direction the season would end. Then unfortunately somewhere in the middle, the season seemed to lose direction and […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “The Battle of Bardon Pass”

Joseph Fiennes in CAMELOT - Season One | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Chris Chibnall & Louise Fox Director: Mikael Salomon Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: June 3rd, 2010 Well, rushing towards the finale of CAMELOT you would hope that more starts happening, and following in the wake of episode seven where Morgan (Eva Green) had assumed the form of Lady Igrain (Claire Forlani), this latest episode “The Battle of Bardon Pass” did not disappoint. King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Lady Guinevere (Tasmin Egerton) have had their extramarital activities exposed to Leontes (Phillip Winchester) who doesn’t take the news […]Read On »

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CD review: CAMELOT original TV soundtrack

CAMELOT original soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Where the music of King Arthur tends to sweep in like a massively noble symphony on steeds, scoring brothers-in-arms Mychael and Jeff Danna do well by playing their leader as a subtler, second coming for another Showtime series that sexes up mythic history, this time in the realm of CAMELOT. It’s an intriguing setting for a world music approach that creates its sorcery with Indian ragas, exotic percussion, horns and Celtic rhythms, an approach that’s as timeless as it is lyrical. While the Dannas might not have the magic to get the kind of trumpeting orchestral firepower afforded to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Three Journeys”

Claire Forlani in CAMELOT - Season 1 | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Stefan Schwartz Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: May 6th, 2010 It saddens me when Period shows fall into all too familiar traps. So often they start of strong and then lose some of the head of steam that they had when they started. CAMELOT has fallen under this dark banner. The latest episode “Three Journeys” felt like a filler in between more important plot threads that were left out of this story’s continuity. King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) takes off out of Camelot after […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Justice”

Jamie Campbell Bower in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Justice" | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Sarah Phelps & Terry Cafolla Director: Stefan Schwartz Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 29th, 2010 “Justice” is an interesting episode of CAMELOT. It’s one of the first times we get to see King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) rule without the counsel or advice of Merlin (Joseph Fiennes). Since Merlin has returned from his journey to fetch the king a new sword, and used his magic which cost the lives of both the swordsmith and his daughter; he’s gone a bit round the bend. This is the […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Lady of the Lake”

Eva Green in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Lady of the Lake" | ©2010 Ka Productins Ltd. / T5 Camelot Productions Inc.

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Louise Fox & Chris Chibnall Director: Jeremy Podeswa Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 15th, 2010 I had someone complaining to me this week that they wanted CAMELOT to be more like SPARTACUS and less like THE TUDORS. I took offense to that since I really enjoy the series, and find it to be a nice balance of action, plot, and character to keep me interested and to keep the story moving forward at a nice pace. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love SPARTACUS, but I […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Guinevere”

Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Guinevere" | ©2010 KA Productions Ltd. / T5 Camelot Productions Inc.

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani, James Purefoy Writer: Louise Fox, Story by Chris Chibnall & Louise Fox Director: Jeremy Podeswa Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 8th, 2010 Still one of the best series on TV, CAMELOT proved that once again with the new episode entitled “Guinevere.” CAMELOT involves tales of young King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), and his rise to become one the most powerful and important Kings England has even known. He is of course helped on this journey by Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), and set in direct opposition to them is […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “The Sword and the Crown”

Jamie Campbell Bower in CAMELOT - Season 1 | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani, James Purefoy Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 1st, 2010 I’m still thoroughly enjoying one of the more original series on TV, with the second episode of CAMELOT entitled “The Sword and the Crown.” This series moves incredibly fast, in fact a lot faster than most period television. I don’t know if it’s due to budget or number of episodes ordered, but this show is MOVING. Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) just found out in the pilot that he was the only make […]Read On »

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