Movie Review: THE LOST CITY OF Z

THE LOST CIITY OF Z movie poster | ©2017 Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus McFadyen Writer: James Gray, based on the book by David Grann Director: James Gray Distributor: Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street Release Date: April 14, 2017 THE LOST CITY OF Z covers two decades in the early twentieth century. The movie feels a bit like it was made in the middle-late twentieth century, the ‘60s through the ‘80s, when there were more stories like this one, concerning men finding themselves by leaving civilization behind. The irony in THE LOST CITY OF Z is that Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) was actually in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

AMERICAN SNIPER movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes Writer: Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice Director: Clint Eastwood Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 25, 2014 In AMERICAN SNIPER, Bradley Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, so far the deadliest sharpshooter in U.S. military history. As a Navy SEAL, Kyle made an estimated 160 kills in his four tours of duty in Iraq. As a bare-bones premise, this could have gone any which way. Based on the book by the real Kyle with Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, Jason Hall’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FOXCATCHER

FOXCATCHER movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Writers: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman Director: Bennett Miller Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: November 14, 2014 FOXCATCHER is a disturbing film, and not only because of the true-life events it depicts, though those are certainly unnerving and dismaying. Director Bennett Miller, working from a screenplay by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, creates an atmosphere of unhappiness and shame that works as an emotional fog. However, through all the sweat, tears and finally blood that appears here, we feel as though we’re watching at […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Tippi Hedren chats about Alfred Hitchcock and Shambala

Tippi Hedren at the TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and World Premiere of the Newly Restored AN AMERICAN IN PARIS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

In THE GIRL, which recently aired on HBO, Sienna Miller plays actress Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones plays director Alfred Hitchcock in an examination of how the filmmaker used his position to severely traumatize the performer. The real Hedren, who consulted with the makers of THE GIRL, says that there were good times as well – she found Hitchcock invaluable as a drama coach – but his treatment of her at other times was “something that I had never experienced before. People have said, ‘Was he in love with you?’ No, he wasn’t. When you’re in love with someone, you […]Read On »

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Interview: THE GIRL actor Toby Jones on playing Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones in THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO

In THE GIRL, which re-airs on HBO this week, Toby Jones plays filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. It’s not an especially flattering view of the director/producer, as it deals with his unwanted fascination with actress Tippi Hedren (played in THE GIRL by Sienna Miller), who starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for Hitchcock. The London-born Jones is almost always working. A few recent credits include TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, THE HUNGER GAMES and the voice of Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PT. 1. Speaking briefly about THE GIRL, Jones says […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold talks Hitchcock and THE BIRDS

Director Julian Jarrold on the set of THE GIRL | ©2012 HBO/Kelly Walsh

Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had such a specific way of depicting beautiful blonde women that “Hitchcock blonde” is still part of the Hollywood vernacular. At the time she starred in THE BIRDS and MARNIE for him, Tippi Hedren was the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde. Hedren kept relatively silent for many years, but according to her, Hitchcock was harrowingly abusive. THE GIRL, which premieres Saturday night at 9 PM on HBO, dramatizes Hedren’s account of their working experience, with Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. THE GIRL director Julian Jarrold, whose credits include the delightful musical KINKY BOOTS […]Read On »

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