Movie Review: GRETA

GRETA movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Jeff Hiller, Colm Fiore, Stephen Rea Writers: Ray Wright and Neil Jordan, story by Ray Wright Director: Neil Jordan Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 1, 2019 GRETA starts out with an interesting riff on the stalker theme. It is helped hugely by its stars Isabelle Huppert, who plays the title character, and Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances McCullen, a young woman who pays dearly for a good deed. Frances is relatively new to Manhattan, rooming with her high-spirited friend Erica (Maika Monroe) while mourning the loss of her mother. […]Read On »

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Interview: BYZANTIUM composer Javier Navarrete hears vampire grrll power

BYZANTIUM | ©2013 IFC Entertainment

America might have its upstart, sparkly rock-and-roll vampires. However in Europe the cinematic myths surrounding these creatures tend to be somewhat more romantically sophisticated, encouraging their scores to be similarly cloaked in poetic refinement. It’s a crimson wellspring where Intimately Baroque instrumentations conjure images of corseted eroticism and raging orchestras relish in unholy evil, all while a chorus simultaneously evokes the undead’s transgression against God, and their impossible dream of returning to his good graces. With his music’s striking mix of tenderness and savagery, Javier Navarrete takes on feminine, melodic shape to tap into the jugular of time-honored vampire music […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE BORGIAS’ Joanne Whalley talks Season 3

A scene from THE BORGIAS Season 3 | (c) 2013 Showtime

Showtime’s THE BORGIAS, created by Neil Jordan, concerns the famous (or infamous) Italian clan whose patriarch Rodrigo, played in the series by Jeremy Irons, became Pope Alexander VI in the late 1400s and remained on the papal throne until his death in 1503. Rodrigo had mistresses and children (including homicidal Cesare and his adored sister Lucrezia), who he aimed to place in positions of power. The mother of these children was Vanozza Cattaneo, played in THE BORGIAS by Joanne Whalley. Whalley, a native of Manchester, England who was the female lead in WILLOW and more recently appeared in the films […]Read On »

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Interview: THE BORGIAS executive producer James Flynn talks Season 2

Holliday Grainger, Francois Arnaud, Jeremy Irons and David Oakes in THE BORGIAS - Season 2 | ©2012 Showtime

THE BORGIAS, Showtime’s epic series about the notorious family that flourished in Rome the late fifteenth and early sixteen century, ends its second season Sunday. Not to fear – Showtime has ordered a third season to air in 2013. Created by executive producer Neil Jordan, THE BORGIAS tells the story of what happened during papal reign of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), who was Pope Alexander VI from 1492 through 1503. Season Two of THE BORGIAS began with a bang, or more precisely a burning, as one character was immolated inside an enormous representation of a bull in the episode […]Read On »

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Interview: Neil Jordan explores THE BORGIAS historical crime saga

Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s THE BORGIAS, airing Sunday nights at 10 PM, concerns the fifteenth-century reign of Pope Alexander VI, aka Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), whose family name has become through the centuries a synonym for murder and treachery. The first season runs as a ten-episode miniseries and it has already been picked up for a second season. Filmmaker Neil Jordan, who has directed, written and/or produced such films as THE CRYING GAME, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and MICHAEL COLLINS, makes his first foray into series television as the creator of THE BORGIAS. He also serves as an executive producer, writer and some […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “Borgias in Love”

Francois Arnaud in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: John Maybury Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 24th, 2010 The last episode of THE BORGIAS that I reviewed I stated that the series was slowing down to a dreadful pace, and needed something to save it. Episode five, “Borgias in Love” seemed to quicken the pace and up the ante in the continuing various plotlines. Let’s start where we left off in episode four with Lucrezia Borgia (Holliday Granger) being married off to Giovanni Sforza (Ronan Vibert) to help secure […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “Lucrezia’s Wedding”

Holliday Grainger in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Simon Cellan Jones Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 17th, 2010 THE BORGIAS has officially slowed down to an agonizing pace. The rest of the season will determine whether or not I decide to watch the second season (if there is a second season). I am sad to say this has become a show that I find myself needing busy work to putter with so I can kind of stay focused, otherwise the urge to get up and wander […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “The Moor”

Lotte Verbeek and Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 -"The Moor" | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Simon Cellan Jones Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 10th, 2010 THE BORGIAS got off to such a promising start with the two hour premiere on Showtime, that I was a little bit concerned where the series would go from there. So much history involving the world’s “first” crime family still has to be covered, but it just depends on how writer Neil Jordan decides to tackle it. The third episode, “The Moor” still adds more pieces to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “The Poisoned Chalice” / “The Assassin” – Series Premiere

THE BORGIAS poster | ©2011 Showtime

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Neil Jordan Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 3rd, 2010 Just because a series is a period drama doesn’t mean that it’s an instant win with me. I’ve supported a lot of different period shows over the last several years such as, DEADWOOD, ROME, SPARTACUS, and more recently CAMELOT. Now Showtime is bringing us the story of THE BORGIAS, one of the first ‘crime’ families known in history. THE BORGIAS is something akin to THE TUDORS, in the fact […]Read On »

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