Yes, “Anna Karenina,” Leo Tolstoy’s beloved mega-novel of love and revolution, is being adapted once again (by our count this is the twelfth big-screen version), this time by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard and big-time director Joe Wright. Here, Keira Knightley stars in the title role, with Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kelly Macdonald tagging along for support.
So is there anything new and fresh that can be brought to this… Continue reading 'Anna Karenina' Review: The Pros And Cons Of The Period Piece
Two network series debuting this fall take place in 1963 and are clearly inspired, at least in part, by “Mad Men.” Viewers have already weighed in on “The Playboy Club” at NBC, and the verdict was not a very favorable one.
I’m hoping that’s not the case with “Pan Am,” which premieres on ABC Sunday (Sept. 25). It’s not only a much better show than “The… Continue reading 'Pan Am' review: ABC's sunny period pies flies high
I was one of those nerdly little film geeks who loved Dr. Strangelove well before his peers even got the jokes. I went crazy for the colorfully nasty humor found in ’80s farces like Ruthless People, Throw Momma From the Train, and A Fish Called Wanda, and I fell in love with the powerful venom of Danny DeVito’s The War of the Roses.
I adore dark comedy… Continue reading We Need More Dark Comedies, Period
Hold on to your hat, cracked Camden cokey Pete Doherty has landed a real-life starring role in a featured film. No, it’s not April Fool’s Day. And surprisingly, no, he’s not even playing a scrubby street urchin or the village leper. Brave producers have cast the drug-addled muso in an adaptation of the French novel [...] Continue reading Pete Doherty Cast In Period Drama
A long-lost BBC period drama, starring young Sean Connery, has been rediscovered 49 years after it was first shown. The drama, which aired on 3 November 1961, is to be released on DVD. It was an adaptation of Tolstoy”s Anna Karenina. Claire Bloom played the title role opposite Connery, who starred in the first 007 [...] Continue reading BBC period drama starring Sean Connery rediscovered