Lauren: With this theatre inspired adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina, Joe Wright and Keira Knightley manage to produce a film worthy of following up their other work together, Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. [Read more...]
Hello internet perusers! We are back with round 2 of the four part year break down of things to come. Between April and June, the writers on HST have plenty that we are looking forward to in movies, music, and games,, and we want to share them with you. No, none of these are April Fool’s jokes. Zac is actually really excited to see a movie about male strippers. [Read more...]
And I am back with “For Your Renting Pleasure,” a supposed-to-be-weekly post that made it maybe 2 weeks tops before fizzling out. My bad. For those of you who don’t remember this is basically a compilation post of movies I watched that week of the non-new-release variety, whether they be rentals, watched through the Netflix instant queue, or what have you. This week we’ve got Last Night (2010), Wind Chill (2007), and The Good Guy (2009). [Read more...]
Never Let Me Go is the haunting film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name, providing a story that blends great characters, romance, and elements of sci-fi that create a touching story for so many reasons. Too bad I just can’t mention most of them because any hint in the wrong direction will completely spoil what they effectively portray.
The story follows three individuals throughout their lives, spending a large percentage of the early part of the film at the boarding school they spent their childhoods at. Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are played by Izzy Meikle-Small, Ella Purnell, and Charlie Rowe respectively during their early ages, and though they hardly have the film cred under their belts that their older counterparts do, they are able to portray the confusion and naiveté of these characters that Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley continue on with later in their lives. [Read more...]
Keira Knightley stars in this new period film that keeps a quick pace, doesn’t try to be overly eloquent and pompous and strikes a cord at being kind of a new breed of costume drama that was most recently seen with Marie Antoinette, for a very successful experience.
Georgiana (Knightley) was daughter of a wealthy family who sets her up with the Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes) who is an older and unmarried man who is looking to produce a male error first and foremost with Georgiana. The marriage does not go on like a fairy tale like Georgiana expected and her desires and curiosity are peaked by her close friend Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell) who shows her that there is more to marriage then reproduction. I can’t really go into the plot much further, but the film doesn’t really pull any huge twists on your, and projects things well while subtly telling the story as it moves along over the years. [Read more...]
François Girard up to the magnificent Red Violin is a mixed bag that starts of great and slowly devolves into something not quite as great. The film follows Michael Pitt as Hervé Joncour who decides to take on the job of a silk merchant who travels from France to Japan to get the most pure silk worms possible for local entrepreneur Baldabiou (Alfred Molina). Hervé leaves behind his new wife Hélène Joncour (Keira Knightley) for Japan [Read more...]
At World’s End is the solid, but a bit underwhelming, conclusion to the Pirates trilogy. Everyone returns, plus a couple of new faces, to finish the battle for the high seas with amazing special effects and a convoluted plot. World’s End opens with a ridiculous mass hanging scene that sets the wheels in motion for a meeting of the pirate lords because the people begin to sing, not a good start. [Read more...]
This period drama and Oscar hopeful delivers on multiple levels, at varying times, but meanders occasionally leaving us a bit unfocused at times. Now, I will say I do want to see it again as the theater environment I saw it in was anything but ideal, not to mention it is hard to focus when you feel like you are in an oven, but either way, back to the movie. [Read more...]