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January 5, 2013 in Erotic, Historical Drama | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

GONE WITH THE WIND



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August 26, 2012 in Film, Historical Drama | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Becoming Jane

Jane Austin’s real-life inspiration for writing "Pride and Prejudice" is the subject of this temperamental period piece with Anne Hathaway fairly miscast as the young would-be author whose romantic sensibilities are ruffled by Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), an Irish lawyer-in-training. Tom’s under class social standing proves a bridge too far in spite of Jane’s deepening affection for the man that her family firmly rejects. McAvoy shines in the role of a good-hearted rogue, and director Julian Jarrold ("Kinky Boots") depicts 18th-century England with a convincing less-is-more approach. Jarrold delivers an emotional zinger during the film’s outro that solidifies the otherwise underdeveloped narrative. Special features include English, Spanish, and French subtitles, a commentary track with director Julian Jarrold, screenwriter Kevin Hood, and producer Robert Bernstein, a "pop-up facts" feature, a making-of featurette, and a collection of deleted scenes. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie – Three Stars, DVD features – Three Stars) Rated PG, 120 mins. (Miramax)

February 17, 2008 in Historical Drama | Permalink

The Libertine

Poorly lit adaptation of Stephen Jeffrey's well-received play about the depraved adventures (circa 1678) of the real life second Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot, is a tedious experience made worse by coarse editing that leaves the story's most interesting subplot on the cutting room floor. Wilmot (Johnny Depp) verbally seduces the viewer with a confrontational opening monologue promising that you "will not like" him as he is "always up for it" with either man or woman. However, the meandering scenes that follow fail to live up to the film's promise of unbridled debauchery. King Charles (John Malkovich) requisitions Wilmot to write a play celebrating his noble reign while Wilmot remains preoccupied with an asexual affiliation with his protégé actress Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton). Special features include a commentary track by Laurence Dunmore, eight deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, a making-of featurette and the film's theatrical trailer. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1.

(Movie - One Star, DVD features - Two Stars) Rated R, 114 mins. (Weinstein Company)

August 1, 2006 in Historical Drama | Permalink