Showing posts with label keira knightley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label keira knightley. Show all posts

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Keira Knightley

with a new film coming out of toronto with good buzz it's just time for keira

Sunday, May 12, 2013

'Once Upon a Time'

karl lagerfeld's 18 minute short film starring keira knightley as coco chanel's beginnings. 
it's definitely worth having a look.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

'Anna Karenina' ***1/2stars

director joe wright took a risk and it worked. realizing that it would be cost prohibitive to film on location in russia he utilized a stage setting as the film's premise and then flung the doors open. only to return again and yet again. it is a masterpiece of innovation. it is a cinegraphic wonder. dario marianelli's score soars. 

keirna knightley shines as the adulteress anna. she is actually filmed quite beautifully which isn't really hard to do. jude law is at his best as her husband. aaron taylor-johnson is merely interesting as anna's lover vronsky. in fact he is the weak link in this production. alicia vikander shines as kitty. and in a small role michelle docker is lovely as princess myagkaya.

it seems to have disappeared from most theatrical screens but will be available next month on disc.

the ever lovely michelle docker

Friday, August 10, 2012

'Last Night': A Lost Gem From 2011 ***stars

 'last night' is a universal slice of life story. i can only imagine we have all had a 'last night'. i certainly have. a couple is separated for 24 hours, in this case because of a business trip, and events just unfold. the events being people. one a business associate: the other a former lover. temptation and old feelings surface. different decisions are made. the overriding consequences not immediately known. 

keira knightley shines. sam worthington and guillaume canet are more than effective in their respective roles. the only weak link is eva mendes. really, would anyone cheat on keira with eva? it's like beauty vs a second hand rose. a better looking actress, or at the very least a better actress, would have made a temptation more plausible. but as we all know most men do not think with their heads but rather think from below our waists. that's a fact! 

this one bit of miscasting does not diminish the whole however. this is definitely worth a viewing or two. you may relate. i sure did.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Dangerous Method' **1/2stars

 'a dangerous method' was a dangerous choice for the talented keira knightley'. she is forced to give us in closeups some of the most bizarre facial expressions i have ever seen on screen in her role as a psychiatric patient in this also bizarre film. but alas ms knightley rises to the occasion. she is quite brilliant actually. courageous too. i wish i could say the same for the film itself. it's a tough watch to say the least. i can only recommend it to fans of ms. knightley. and i must add i do not get michael fassbender in his role. he walks though this role as though he overdosed on valium. so the **1/2 stars i give it are for keira and her performance only. she deserved a better script.

it is now available on dvd and bluray

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Another Newer Look at 'Anna Karenina'

focus films has released a new behind the scenes look at the upcoming 'anna karenina'. is this a bit of overkill? are they getting nervous? i guess we will find out sooner than later when it opens in the uk this september.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Preview: 6 Minute Clip From 'Anna Karenina' Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson

i am really looking forward to this film. you know well how much i admire keira knightley. jude law almost always impresses. director joe wright seems to want to take us back to the sprawling epics of the past by moving them forward. making the most of production design and greater use of art direction and the sensuality of the actors it appears he will succeed.

the film opens in the uk on sept. 7 and in the usa on nov. 9.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

ANNA KARENINA - Official Trailer (2012)

keira knightley and jude law star in this newest remake of leo tolstoy's grand novel. from the look of this trailer it looks scrumptious. not a word i often use. it has high oscar aspirations going forward. time will tell. i love ms knightley on screen and hope high for her. mr law always seems to impress me.

'anna karenina' opens nov, 19th stateside and in september in much of europe

Friday, May 25, 2012

Actress Keira Knightley Engaged to Musician James Righton

congrats to one of my favorite actresses

it was announced today that keira is engaged to marry musician james righton the keyboard player for the rock group klaxons. 

they have been dating since early last year. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

'London Boulevard' Is a Mess and Gets 1/2*

i happen to enjoy both keira knightley and colin farrell on screen. lately colin has been disappointing in his choices while keira has been growing as an actress in better fare. the question is how the hell have either of them gotten involved in this mess of a film. i can't even begin to imagine it read well on paper. ex con and reclusive actress battle the worlds of con men. the whole premise is nonsensical. i repeat this is a mess and best forgotten.

save your money and wait for keira in 'a dangerous method' later this month. 


Thursday, April 14, 2011

'Never Let Me Go' ***1/2stars

every year a few good films gets lost in the end of the year bombardment of oscar hopefuls. last year there were a few ('city lights', 'agora') including 'never let me go'. you have to accept the premise that cloning is infact a way of life. when you accept this then you can realize that children are cloned to be donors for humankind. if you do accept these facts then you can enter the debate of whether or not these cloned ones have a 'soul'. it's an amazing film with an amazing premise that takes place not in te future but in the immediate past.

the leads are the young new brits who have a future in film. keira knightley, andrew garfield and carey mulligan shine as 'donors'. these three live up to their past roles and even surpass all prior performances. 

this is the sort of film that does what a film should do. it takes us somewhere else and lets our minds explore a world beyond what we know. it may not be for everyone but for true lovers of film it is a must see.

 the wonderful keira knightley


available on blu ray and dvd

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kiera as Diana?

pathe productions are in talks wih keira to play diana. a good casting bet. her mum to be played by the too oft seen helen mirren. someone call julie christie or judi dench please!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Keira Nabs Starring Role in "My Fair Lady" Remake

Actress Keira Knightley will portray Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the forthcoming film remake of the classic 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady.

The Telegraph reports that "Pride and Prejudice" director Joe Wright will reunite with Knightley for the movie musical. Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson is penning the screenplay that includes additional material from Shaw's Pygmalion.

Knightly, who will star in the West End revival of The Misanthrope in December, was among the first names bandied about when the remake was announced in 2008. A Steady Rain's Daniel Craig has been mentioned as a candidate for Professor Henry Higgins.

"My Fair Lady" is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Duncan Kenworthy. As previously reported, the creative team intends to film on location in London to give the film an authentic feel. According to a previous statement, producers hope to "dramatize as believably as possible for present-day audiences the emotional highs and lows of Eliza Doolittle as she undergoes the ultimate makeover, transforming under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins from a Cockney flower girl to a lady."

Knightley has appeared on screen in "Atonement," "The Duchess," "The Edge of Love," "Pride and Prejudice," "Bend It Like Beckham," "Domino" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.

My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The original Broadway production opened on March 15, 1956, ran for over six years and won nine Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. The score contains such Broadway classics as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "Get Me to the Church on Time."
The musical was adapted for the screen in 1963, directed by George Cukor, and cast Audrey Hepburn as Eliza and Rex Harrison as Higgins. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Favorite Films: A New Take Starts with 'The Duchess'

I have gotten up to # 13. This is difficult. Numbering them. So from now on I am just going to do my favorites period. That way I can share them sooner or at least with more ease.

This week I saw a few films that in time could make my top ten. So knowing the problem of revising the numbers I am taking this route.

Hope you enjoy and play along with me.

So today I add 'The Duchess' that I just caught up with this weekend.
It amazes me that there is NO Oscar BUZZ for this film.

Ralph Fiennes is amazingly cold without being downright cruel as the husband.
Dominic Cooper is constantly believable as the lover.
Charlotte Rambling swings from concerned mother to the mother from hell without pause.

But this is Keira Knightley's film from beginning to end
She grows from girl to woman before your eyes.
This is her best role to date.
I knew she showed great promise with 'Pride and Prejudice'. Here the promise is fulfilled.
I suggest you rent this at your very first chance.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

'Love Actually'

Number 12. We all need a romantic film to sit at home and eat a huge bowl of popcorn while watching. The last years have been devoid of a great guilty pleasure films. The 50's and 60's had them opening weekly. And good ones. Very few recent romantic films will stand the test of time. 'Love Actually' has and will well into the future.

With Colin Firth, Keirs Knightly, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson to name a few of the wonderful ensemle cast you just can't go wrong.

I love this movie and this is the perfect time of the year to rush out and rent it. I promise you that you will actually fall in love with this film.