Period film: The Last Tycoon (1976)

Dear readers, I apologize for taking an unexpected break! Things have been a bit wild for me on a personal level this month. I’ve had little time for movie-watching, and even less time for writing. I’m further behind on planning/prepping blog posts for August than I’d like to be, but I hope this post will mark a steady return to our normal three-days-a-week schedule on … Continue reading Period film: The Last Tycoon (1976)

Period film: The Silenced (2015)

Ju-ran (Bo-young Park) is being sent away. Suffering from some sort of chronic illness, her parents know nothing else to do but to ship her off to a sanatorium/boarding school, where her health will hopefully improve. After arriving, things do improve… at first. The young woman makes a close friend, and the treatment she’s receiving seems to be working. But something strange is going on … Continue reading Period film: The Silenced (2015)

Period film: Live By Night (2016)

Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is playing with fire in 1920s Boston. His girlfriend, Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), happens to also be the mistress of Albert White (Robert Glenister), the notorious leader of Boston’s Irish gang. Joe’s dad, Tom Couhglin (Brendan Gleeson), is a police captain. He tries to steer his son away from a life of crime, but is unsuccessful. When Albert White’s rival, Italian … Continue reading Period film: Live By Night (2016)

Period film: Jackie (2016)

Jackie is a film about a great American tragedy… but it’s not really about the tragedy at all. The life, presidency, and assassination of John F. Kennedy have been depicted and explored many times. Novels, non-fiction books, films, comics, stage plays, television specials, and songs… even modern media from YouTube videos to Tumblr blogs find themselves home to countless tributes, factual analyses, and conspiracies. Personally, … Continue reading Period film: Jackie (2016)

Period film: Hidden Figures (2016)

In the midst of a space race, NASA needed all of the brain power it could get. Included among the ranks were the “computers” — mathematicians assisting the engineers and flight planning teams with expert calculations. Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) are three such “computers,” working in various capacities on the project that hopes to launch … Continue reading Period film: Hidden Figures (2016)

Period film: Allied (2016)

Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), a Canadian in the RAF, is traveling to Casablanca on a mission during World War II. He’s been partnered with Marianne Beauseour (Marion Cotillard), a French Resistance fighter. Posing as a married couple from Paris, Max and Marianne team up to carry out an assassination plot against a German ambassador. At first they’re all business, preparing for the assassination and questioning each … Continue reading Period film: Allied (2016)

Period film: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) has been found out. A Cold War is raging, and the FBI has determined that he is a spy. After evidence of such is found in his small, rented Brooklyn apartment, he is prosecuted. Abel’s suspected spy status does not eliminate his right to a fair trial — especially when such a trial will stop the Soviet Union from taking advantage … Continue reading Period film: Bridge of Spies (2015)

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)

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)

Period film: The Theory of Everything

Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) is a student at Cambridge in the 1960s, studying literature. One day, at a party, she meets Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) – a student of science with a world view completely different from her own. Jane and Stephen fall into an hours-long conversation, and leave the party with a new-found affection for one another. Their relationship grows, and they fall in … Continue reading Period film: The Theory of Everything