May 8, 2015 |
I'M A LITTLE behind on my Thomas Hardy, so I didn't know that the heroine in "Far From the Madding Crowd" is named Bathsheba Everdene. Thus, I did not realize that she is surely the inspiration for Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," also a resourceful country girl with multiple suitors. And can there be any doubt that Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins - who calls her bread-baking character Peeta - also borrows Hardy's affinity for overripe names? In "Far From the Madding Crowd," Ms. Everdene (Carey Mulligan)
June 10, 2015 |
MM + CM = Baby M In nice, sweet news, excellent actress Carey Mulligan and Brit-Americana musico Marcus Mumford , who live on a farm, told the 'void they are pregs! Carey's been fooling awards ceremonies for a few weeks! No weak names for us!! OK, as the world knows, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their first offspring North - who impossibly turns 2 on June 15. Now the world cries out to know: Will be there be another compass-point name?
September 16, 2011
NICOLAS WINDING REFN won the best-director award at Cannes for his new movie, "Drive," and should probably win another award for not saying "I told you so. " Although the movie was a big hit at the festival, it wasn't a hit among everybody at the studio that bankrolled it. "I was told, after this movie was completed, by certain people, 'Great, you made this little singular movie, as they would say, but just so you know, this will not make...
April 9, 2010 |
Do not mistake The Greatest for a movie about Muhammad Ali. And do not think its ambitious title indicates its overall quality. Distinguished by a gripping pre-titles sequence and a remarkably nuanced performance by Pierce Brosnan (who executive-produced), The Greatest is a group portrait in grief, inconsistently told. The tone of writer/director Shana Feste wavers wildly from deeply felt empathy with the mourners to melodramatic exploitation of them. Not only are the plot holes so big you can drive a truck through them, Feste literally drives a truck through them.
September 24, 2010 |
Never Let Me Go is sci-fi for the Belle & Sebastian set. A beautifully mopey adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's much-praised novel, with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield as young Brits in dark mood and rumpled mode, the film offers a meditation on identity, repressed longing, existential dread, and organ farming - in a seemingly idyllic England of the late 1970s and then into the 1980s. Seemingly , of course, is the operative word. As children living at the cloistered Hailsham School (there are juvenile doppelgängers in the roles later assumed by the three stars)
October 6, 2008 |
No one does disappointment, aimlessness, sorrow and despair like Chekhov. And hardly anyone does Chekhov convincingly on stage - making us recognize ourselves in those impossible tragicomic characters. This magnificent production of The Seagull, transferred from London to Broadway, gets it absolutely and thrillingly right. Early in Act 1, young actress to young playwright: "But there's not much action, is there? It's just a lot of speeches. And I think you always have to have love in a play . . .. " Chekhov's actress has just about defined Chekhovian drama.
October 23, 2009 |
Disarming and unexpectedly poignant, An Education contrasts the knowledge learned inx school with that learned from life. The pupil in question is Jenny, a 16-year-old honors student circa 1961 at a girls' prep school in Twickenham, a middle-class London suburb, who is destined for Oxford. One rainy afternoon, a stranger named David offers to give her a ride home in his shiny sports car. After Jenny is introduced to material pleasures, Oxford looks less like a destination than a dead end. As played by the criminally adorable Carey Mulligan - a winsome actress with Audrey Hepburn eyes, Jean Simmons dimples, an Ellen Page mouth, and her own unforced mirth - Jenny is a book-smart girl hungering for life lessons.
September 7, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Katie Couric; Kate Gosselin; Gabourey Sidibe. 19 Kids and Counting (9 p.m., TLC) - The Duggars struggles to get used to living with the needs of a preemie. White Collar (9 p.m., USA) - Neal coordinates a very elaborate con to bring himself face-to-face with the murderer of his ex-lover. Warehouse 13 (9 p.m., SYFY) - Pete and Myka use H.G. Wells' time machine to travel back to 1961, where they hope to alter history and keep an unknown killer from turning a group of innocent women to glass.
September 10, 2010
Easy A High schooler Emma Stone pretends to lose her virginity - and helps other teens do the same. (Friday) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps A stockbroker (Shia LaBeouf) gets embroiled with disgraced financier Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and engaged to his daughter (Carey Mulligan). (Sept. 24) It's Kind of a Funny Story The team behind Sugar and Half Nelson adapts Ned Vizzini's novel about a teenager struggling with depression - and love. (Oct. 8)
October 31, 2015 |
Is Carey Mulligan single-handedly reliving the story of the women's movement in the U.K.? In Far from the Madding Crowd , released this spring, the actress was Bathsheba Everdene, Thomas Hardy's headstrong Victorian. She inherits a farm, runs it with sweat and savvy, and goes in pursuit of the independent life - a daunting task given that men are in control, and three of them come courting. Jump ahead about 40 years, and Mulligan is Maud Watts, a Londoner who toils long hours at a giant laundry, keeps her head down, and accedes to the wishes of her piggish boss, even if it means submitting to his molestations - something he has been doing since she began working there, still practically a child.