Period film: Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has inherited a farm from her uncle. Independent and fiercely determined, Bathsheba will do anything it takes to not only keep the farm in working order, but restore it to its former glory. But as a woman in Victorian England, Bathsheba is expected to do more than just farm her uncle’s land for the rest of her life: she’s expected to … Continue reading Period film: Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in June

Bad Blood (2015) – As one of the latest releases from the notorious Lifetime Movie Network, Bad Blood was neither as sinister nor as corny as I expected it to be. The script is predictable and somewhat anti-climactic. That being said, all is not lost. The acting is mostly better-than-average by LMN standards. It was also fun for me to see Jeff Kober in a … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in June

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Born at the turn of the 20th century, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) lives a charmed life in northern California. As she gets older, she finds love, marrying and starting a family. Everything seems perfect. But tragedy strikes one evening, during a rare occurrence of snowfall, as Adaline is driving to her parents’ countryside home. She loses control of the car, nearly losing her life as … Continue reading The Age of Adaline (2015)

Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

This review is part of a new once-in-a-while series, Remaking the Classics, where I’ll be doing full reviews of films that are remakes of classic-era releases and discussing how they differ from their predecessors. We kick off the series with a review of the live-action Cinderella, released earlier this year. A wicked stepmother, a fairy godmother, and talking mice… Cinderella is such a classic that … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

Period film: Selma (2014)

“Unflinching” is a word that can be used to describe quite a few of the film releases of late 2014/early 2015, and Selma is among them. This early ’60s period film, focused the march for black voting rights from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery, brings to life the violence faced by protestors simply for exercising their freedom of assembly. Directed by Ava … Continue reading Period film: Selma (2014)

Dorfman in Love (2011)

Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue) is twenty-seven, single and living with her grumpy father (Elliot Gould) in a run-down apartment building in the valley. She cares for her dad, but he’s unappreciative of the fact that she’s devoted her life to her family rather than herself. Desperate to strike out on her own, even if just temporarily, Deb volunteers to house sit for the man she … Continue reading Dorfman in Love (2011)

Period film: The Awakening (2011)

Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is famous throughout England for her skepticism. For a living she exposes scams, debunks hoaxes and generally shoots down anything remotely paranormal by finding evidence that it’s all the work of con artists. Robert Mallory (Dominic West) comes to Florence one day, telling her that a headmaster of a school in the country has invited her to investigate a ghost that supposedly frightens … Continue reading Period film: The Awakening (2011)