Movie Review: CRIMSON PEAK

CRIMSON PEAK | © 2015 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver Writers: Guillermo Del Toro & Matthew Robbins Director: Guillermo Del Toro Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date (theatrical): October 16, 2015 CRIMSON PEAK is as Gothic as it gets. Set in 1901 New York and northern England, it is not a ghost story, but rather, as our heroine Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) says of her own writing, “a story with ghosts.” This isn’t to suggest that the ghosts aren’t quite scary when they appear, but it’s the mortals who drive the unabashed melodrama forward. Edith is the devoted, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jamie Bell talks TURN Season 1 and more

Jamie Bell in TURN - Season 1 | ©2014 AMC

In TURN, based on Alexander Rose’s nonfiction book WASHINGTON’S SPIES, Jamie Bell stars as historical figure Abraham Woodhull. Abe is a cabbage farmer living in the American colonies in the eighteenth century when war breaks out. Abe initially wants to stay out of the conflict, but he’s recruited by his friend Ben Talmadge (Seth Numrich) to join the Culper Ring, a band of spies who answer to General George Washington. The AMC series has its first-season finale Sunday, June 8, at 9 PM. AMC has presented a Q&A panel at the Pasadena Langham Huntington Hotel for the Television Critics Association […]Read On »

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CD Review: JANE EYRE soundtrack

JANE EYRE soundtrack | ©2011 Sony

Such composers as Bernard Herrmann, John Williams and Richard Harvey have dared to see what lies hidden in the stone walls of Edward Rochester’s keep in the twenty and counting EYRE adaptations that have been done for film and television over the last ninety or so years. Now it’s Dario Marianelli’s turn to light the candle and venture through the dauntingly gloomy halls and wind-swept moors in this beautifully done, if somewhat still-life production that takes a more realistic approach to Charlotte Bronte’s now-eternal 1847 story of female oppression and empowerment. With the shining light radiating from Marianelli’s Oscar for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jasper Fforde on ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING – Part 1

Author Jasper Fforde | ©2011 Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde’s series of books about the heroine Thursday Next are as difficult to describe as they are delightful to read. Imagine a somewhat alternate version of Britain where audiences respond to Shakespeare stage performances the way midnight moviegoers enjoy THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Now also imagine there’s a secret branch of the government, Jurisfiction, charged with making sure that fictional characters don’t jump from book to book and wreak havoc. Thursday Next is an agent of Jurisfiction, but in Fforde’s newly published ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING, the sixth in the series (following THE EYRE AFFAIR, THE […]Read On »

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