French movie title Les adieux à la reine, Farewell My Queen is set in the final days of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France before the French revolution. Loosely based on history, it tells of her relationship with one of her readers who has to sacrifice herself for the Queen.
Filmed in Versailles, the movie is stunning in so far as its locations, sets and costumes go. Cinematography is faultless. A strong plus point is that the characters actually speak French, which lends to the overall authenticity of the story, as compared to BBC productions, excellent in their own rights as they may be. Casting is well done, with Diane Kruger and Léa Seydoux playing their respective roles of Marie Antoinette and Agathe-Sidonie Laborde convincingly.
However, the film focuses more on the goings on in French court with Marie Antoinette more of witness of history and royal court procedures rather than a drama about her eventual execution instead. Hence, some background knowledge would bring this film to full appreciation.
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TV show based on Marvels comic book hero The Arrow is the alter-ego of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who after presumed dead for 5 years at sea, returns a changed man who is determined to rid his city of wrong-doers under the guise of a hooded vigilante. His solo quest soon turns into a team effort as others join him in his quest, including his sister.
This show is entertaining enough but suffers from some bad writing that sees its characters doing inexplicably dumb things and annoyingly lame situations such as The Arrow not capturing or killing the villian when he’s unconscious choosing instead to leave and later gripe about how he has no idea how to deal with the villian.
Also tiresome is Oliver Queen’s multiple love triangles which are so intertwined with one character or another at different times that really no one cares for any of that. Least of all, his romance with tech sidekick Felicity feels forced since the two are totally incompatible.
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Archie Panjabi who plays Kalinda in the excellent TV show The Good Wife has a run-in with an old flame who is an FBI agent. Rumour has it that Panjabi will be leaving the series and her character Kalinda might be killed off or be on the run. Another main character, Will was killed a couple of seasons ago.
Indeed as fans predicted, Kalinda has indeed been written off the show amidst rumours of her run-ins with leading star Julianna Margulies. Still, I must stress these are rumours based on internet chatter with no evidence but on the other hand, no one is confirming nor denying them. Fans have even gone so far as to examine final scenes between the two stars, claiming that the scenes were shot separately on blue screen and spliced together, the animosity between the two being that bad.
Now with Season 7 underway without Kalinda, I don’t think her absence is missed that badly, with new characters coming in to pick up interest. Just as Will is not missed, neither is Kalinda.
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Black Sails is a TV series surrounding events with Captain Flint and his pirates 20 years prior to the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Toby Stephens plays Captain Flint who must coral his band of men to deal with rich overlords who seek to monopolise trade in the Caribbean ports.
The premise is compelling as it also traces the origins of one of the most colourful characters in classic literature, Long John Silver. In addition, many of the characters are new as are the stories. With such potential, it’s a shame the show is plagued by its slow pace and ponderous writing. You would need a lot of patience to watch this show however.
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A funny scene from the 2001 movie Kissing Jessica Stein. Romcom with a twist that is delightful to watch nonetheless, Jessica Stein played by Jennifer Westfeldt, is in search of the perfect man just like every other woman. Tired of being constantly set-up by family and friends who revel in playing cupid, including her ex-fiance who says she’s too picky, she turns to the classified’s personal ads section.
Now this premise alone tells you to suspend all disbelief. Firstly, her ex-fiance is her friend who gives her dating advice. Then, turning to the personals as the solution to finding a perfect mate. Nevermind, ridiculous scenarios aside, she answers an ad by a woman, Helen Cooper instead, seeing as how she feels she would probably never find the perfect man. Then starts the cliched “she gets more than she expects” twist where she finds the perfect mate in a woman instead.
The movie is not as bad as I made it out to be because the script is genuinely funny, such as this scene here. The movie premise may be cliched but the witty script saves it. Worth a watch with a bunch of pals and popcorn on movie night.
This is a lesbian movie kiss scene from the movie Imagine Me And You. Another cliched light romcom but the chemistry between the two stars Piper Perabo and Lena Headey makes this movie a delight to watch. Plus Matthew Goode rounds off a good cast.
Rachel (Piper Perabo) is engaged to be married to Heck (Matthew Goode) and everything is set for the big day, including picking out the perfect wedding dress and shopping for furniture for their matrimonial abode. While choosing flowers for her wedding, she meets her florist, Luce (Lena Headey). Their attraction was not mutual at first, with Luce backing away upon realising they could never be. However, in time, Rachel seeks Luce out as she comes to terms with her feelings.
It’s all very sugary sweet, cliched but the leading actors all did a good job and it’s quite a watchable movie, just try to refrain from rolling your eyes.
A 1992 movie adaptation of Virginia Woolf‘s book Orlando where a young nobleman, Orlando splendidly played by Tilda Swinton miraculously stays young forever, albeit subsequently changing his sex eventually after receiving eternal blessings from Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.
As such, he is able to experience life not only from both the male and female perspective, but also how the gender roles evolve throughout the ages with humanity. However the film manages to deal with these issues without overly ponderance and indeed injects witty observations interlaced with emotion that never get in way of telling the story.
We follow him through hundreds of years of history as he embarks on a long and deep philosophical quest on life and love. This intriguing film is visually stunning that is at times humorous and never boring as the director successfully brings to life this unique piece of literature.
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A movie scene from 2002 movie Laurel Canyon. Starring then rookie Christian Bale as a young, newly graduated psychiatrist Sam who brings his finacee, Alex to his mother’s upscale house in Laurel Canyon. Sam’s mother, played by Frances McDormand is not the usual homely maternal figure but one who’s rather hipster, being a record producer.
Sam’s displeasure at his mother’s indiscretions, namely smoking pot and drinking is met with unexpected acceptance by Alex who seems quite captivated by his mother’s bohemian lifestyle. Things start to get more complicated when Sam becomes distracted by beautiful Israeli intern, Sara.