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Jun 28 2018

1994 Q&A: Frankenstein,Weaver,Past Glories,Future Nominations.

Okay,our last dive into 1994!I recently asked readers to send in their '94 related questions (other questions will still be answered but that's for the next Q&A).So here's our final pontifying for that year.You asked,I answer.

JAMES: 1994 was the year ofFrankenstein,the movie that led to Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh splitting up,due to his affair with HBC.Thoughts on Thompson & Branagh's (professional) partnership?What projects would they have excelled at if they stayed together?

"IT'S ALIVE!"Or,rather."IT'S DEAD!"Emma and Kenneth.Kenneth and Emma.Sigh.Insert broken heart emoji.Young Nathaniel was so sad when they split.They were the Definitive Early 90s 'It Couple: UK Edition.That was such an awesome cinematic partnership.I adored their over-the-top genre mashup and reincarnation chutzpah inDead Againand their luminous Shakespearean comedy inMuch Ado About Nothing.

If you think about itFrankenstein,with its pulp grotesqueries,and bodice-ripped lustiness is absolutely the work of the same guy who madeDead Again.I missthatBranagh,still...

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Nov 20 2017

We're Getting More Branagh Poirot!

Chrishere.Has everyone caught up toMurder on the Orient Expressyet?For yours truly,it was set exactly in the spot in Europe thatCluelesssaid we might be "whelmed"andour Eric Blume felt the same.But that hasn't stopped audiences from turning it into a modest hit,resulting in a global take of over $150 million - and that's enough for Fox to officially kick off a mini-franchise.

The new Agatha Christie Poirot films are keeping in line with the adaptations of the 70s,so next up will beDeath on the Nile- expectEvil Under the Sunafterwards shouldNilebe a success too.Branagh is expected to return as director and star,andOrient Express's screenwriter Michael Green will be back as well.Get ready for more CGI exotic locales and modes of transportation because this one is set on a steamboat in Egypt.John Guillermin's 1978 version was an Oscar winner for Costume Design (Angela Lansbury headresses!) so let's hope for repeat opulence there as well.

But most importantly it will feature another massive cast!The aforementioned screen adaptation featured Lansbury,Bette Davis,Maggie Smith,Mia Farrow,David Niven,and Peter Ustinov's Poirot to name a few.It wouldn't be too confusing to have Michelle Pfeifer return,would it?What famous faces do you want to see in Branagh's next ensemble mystery?

Nov 15 2017

Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

by Eric Blume

The good news is the bad news:  director Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Agatha Christie'sMurder on the Orient Expressis exactly what you think it will be.  It's a stylish,corny,enjoyable two hours filled with movie stars and that absurd moustache.  It delivers on romantic glamor and old-school moviemaking,but there's not a surprise to be had.

Out of the gate,Branagh plunges us into a prologue that's both boring and obvious.  He means to establish Hercule Poirot's philosophy and fastidious nature,which sadly serves only as clunky groundwork which you know will circle back by the finale (which it does).  He also tries to bring some levity to the piece with a few lame jokes.  At first Branagh seems to be overplaying his hand...

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Jun 01 2017

"Orient Express"Teaser Trailer Arrives!

Chrishere.We've been obsessively tracking the developments of Kenneth Branagh'sMurder on the Orient Expresshere at The Film Experience,亚博主页so of course we have to share the first trailer.

One of the open questions for the film we've had about the film was tone - would this be a campy lighthearted romp full of famous faces or a more morbid serious-minded mystery true to Agatha Christie's text?From the look of this first teaser we'll be served something in between.And with plenty of attention paid to each star of this massive ensemble,even if our eyes naturally wander to Michelle Pfeiffer.

In a nifty bit of character introduction,Branagh takes us through the train car and the various characters in one take before giving the big reveal to his Poirot.We're already sold on the film,so we won't do the full Yes No Maybe So.ButTAG YOURSELF as one of the passengers in the commentsbased on your response to this teaser - I'm Daisy Ridley's mildly concerned Governess (that rock anthem coda has me a little worried,friends).

May 14 2017

The Link Has Two Faces

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Emily Yoshida at Vulture gazes at Ingmar Bergman'sPersonabut she sees way beyond that,too,to the dream space shared bycinema's curious subgenre of female identity swapping.

Two women talking: a recipe for witchcraft,an unnatural feedback loop,a cursed redundancy.Ingmar Bergman's 1966 masterpiecePersonais a landmark for many reasons,but its legacy,which has show no signs of age in the 50 years since it was released in the U.S.and the U.K.,is how it stared that anxiety in the face and opened up a loopy,meandering conversation that's still going on to this day...

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Keyframe'The Year of Nicole Kidman' don't force her to prove herself all over again
VarietyCannes lineup is "high on "awards intrigue,low on safe awards bets"
/FilmAquaman is overflowing with villains,3 already for a first solo film?(not a good sign) and a fourth may have been added
Coming SoonAntonio Banderas will headlineLamborghini -The Legend(working title) a biopic about the Italian entrepeneur of automobile fame.Alec Baldwin will play his rival Enzo Ferrari

Boy Culture"STREEPSHOW"a drag comedy about "characters one played by Meryl Streep"living together in the East Village will be playing NYC in June.Sounds hilarious but I have to admit that it took me quite some time to figure out the characters in the photo (and there seem to be two Miranda Priestleys?) which is maybe not a good sign.Shouldn't they be instantly recognizable?
GuardianMixed messages from Cannes as TV premieres from auteurs are happening but they've also banned Netflix from future competition unless they stop skipping theatrical releases
VarietyGay gasp!The BBC is producing a series of 15 minute monologues calledQueerswhich is set to star Ben Whishaw,Alan Cumming,and Russell Tovey and others
Awards DailyGypsyteaser,a new series starring Naomi Watts
VarietyHugh Bonneville will play Roald Dahl in a biopic set in the early to mid 1960s.This means they're going to have to cast someone to play both Dahl's wife Patricia Neal and her most famous co-star Paul Newman (seeHud) and both of those roles will be a Herculean casting task!
The Guardianthere's a documentary playing Cannes about Cary Grant's experimentation with LSD from 1958 through 196
Tracking BoardKenneth Branagh to direct himself in a movie about the father of Anne FrankThe Keeper of the Diary

Not Remakes Though You Might Mistake Them For Such
/FilmMartin Scorsese starts filming mob dramaThe Irishmanthis summer with Robert De Niro,Al Pacino,and Joe Pesci
GothamistLeonardo DiCaprio will star inThe Black Handabout an undercover mob cop...
(Ummm,haven't all these people already made these movies?Why not mix it up with a romantic comedy or a sci-fi picture?)

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Look it's the first clip from Todd Haynes'sWonderstruck.It may be impossible to followCarolbut we're glad that he got back on the horse so quickly after that long time away from us.How does this clip strike you?

May 03 2017

Thoughts I Had: First images from "Murder on the Orient Express"

To Entertainment Weekly the honor of introducing us,or re-introducing us rather,to the characters ofMurder on the Orient Express.The Agatha Christie book was first published in 1934,got a very popular Oscar loved film adaptation forty years later and another forty-plus after that it'll be back in movie theaters again with a brand new cast.

After the jump a mega post about this cover and the adjacent character photos that came with it...

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