Review “Macbeth” (2015)

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s play stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and his wife, as well as a solid supporting cast. That being said, I have very mixed feelings about this adaptation. Visually, the film is very striking. Filmed on location in Skye, the wild and bleak Scottish scenery is a perfect fit…

RIP Christopher Plummer (1929-2021)

Yesterday the great actor Christopher Plummer passed away, aged 91. His career spanned many decades, and his brilliance on screen has given joy to many. I won’t pretend I’ve seen anywhere near all of his work, but in tribute I will mention a few that I have particularly enjoyed. Tonight I watched “Inside Man” (2006).…

Review “Return of the King” (2003)

The final installment in “The Lord of the Rings” brought this magnificent film event to an epic and very exciting finish. There were some brilliant action sequences, spectacular performances and thrilling effects. Again, it also contained departures from the book, some of which worked well and others that were not particularly satisfying.   At Isengard,…

Review “The Two Towers” (2002)

Continuing my review of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Two Towers” continues this fantastic story, introducing new characters and containing some spectacular action sequences. There are more changes to the plot here than in the first film, though again many of them were in order to expedite the action without losing the…

Review “Fellowship of the ring” (2001)

I have been a reader and lover of Tolkien’s work since I was a child, so when the first film came out I remember a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Excitement to see his masterpiece on the big screen, apprehension that it might be as big a mess as the animated attempt in 1978. Thankfully,…

Review “The Taking of Pelham 123” (1974)

“The Taking of Pelham 123” is an action crime drama directed by Joseph Sargent, who seems to have mainly done television directing. Maybe that would have been useful as he would have been used to working on a low budget and making everything very tight and with minimal expense. It means that this film manages…

Review “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

“Miracle on 34th Street” is a famous Christmas movie loved by people all over the world. Consequently, I must admit that when I watched it the other night, it was for the very first time! However, I found it well worth watching and leaves the audience with a happy feeling. The plot centres around a…

Review “Scrooge” (1970)

How many film or television adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” are there? I wondered if I had counted this the last time I reviewed one of these adaptations, so I checked, and apparently there are in excess of forty versions (at least according to Wikipedia.) Maybe it is the story’s redemption arc that makes it…

Review “Klaus” (2019).

Klaus” is an animated movie that starts with a standard plot device of a spoiled rich boy who is sent to an out of the way location by his father. He is informed he is going to be the postman of a small town on a small island called Smeerensberg. His father says he must…