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Pan (2015)

Today I’m talking a look at the box office bomb, Pan,a re-imagining of Never Land before Captain James Hook came to power. Pan was directed by Joe Wright, the same director we can thank for the earthy and atmospheric Pride and Prejudice (2005) and the sumptuously gorgeous Anna Karenina (2012). Pan stars Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard), Garrett Hedlund (Hook), Rooney Mara (Tiger Lily) and Levi Miller as 12-year-old Peter Pan. It’s WWII in London and Peter is twelve years old, having been abandoned at an orphanage as a newborn. You have some lovely, almost Dickensian imagery of life in an orphanage and Peter and his friend getting into mischief, and then they introduce the pirates and the WWII tale turns into something extraordinary… or does it? For me, this film was doing just fine, hitting all the right notes until they introduced Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. This film was not marketed as a musical so the last thing I expected was thousands of pirates and slaves, twenty minutes into the film, to break out into Nirvana’s “Smells …

Blancanieves, a film by Pablo Berger

Back cover copy: “Once upon a time there was a girl named Carmen, who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. A re-telling of the classic, “Snow White”, Biancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent cinema, set in a romanticized 1920’s Seville.” Rated: PG-13 Run time: 104 min. Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

In a revisionist Regency England overrun by zombies, five sisters, trained in the deadly arts, fend off undead hordes and an overeager mother, desperate to marry them off to wealthy men. Warning: Spoilers ahead!! When Natalie Portman announced she was taking this project on, I was stoked. It had such potential to be this kooky mash-up of a comedy of manners and a hack-n-slash zombie apocalypse. It’s got something for everybody, and yet, on Valentine’s Day weekend my husband and I were only one of three couples in the theater. What went wrong? The film manages to squeeze in a lot of clunky exposition into a puppet-show style opening credit sequence reminiscent of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia, but the plot is condensed and there are supernatural elements that are not adequately explained without background knowledge of the book. The Charlotte Lucas story thread was cut out almost entirely, a unforgiveable waste of Aisling Loftus (Agnes Towler, Mr. Selfridge) which bothered to distraction. Matt Smith is quite possibly the saving grace of this entire film, thank God that they gave him …

Unleashing Mr. Darcy (Hallmark Original Movie)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but some of you may recall me speaking about Teri Wilson’s charming book, Unleashing Mr. Darcy, a couple of years ago as part of my Darcy December feature. My main critique of the book was it was somewhat racy and I argued that even if you toned down those elements, you would still have an adorable story. A year and a half later, I get a phone call from my mother asking if I had “seen the new Hallmark movie about Darcy and dogs.” I thought, “oh no… they didn’t…” They did! Unleashing Mr. Darcy, starring Ryan Paevey, Cindy Busby, and Frances Fisher premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, January 23rd at 9pm/8pm CST. Trailer: The Internet can be a beautiful thing. For those unfamiliar with the plot, Elizabeth is a teacher at a prestigious school who, due to a scandal, is put on probation and takes her show-quality pup on the circuit where she meets Donovan Darcy, a dog show judge and King Cavalier breeder. Enter …

Death Comes To Pemberley (and PBS)

PBS has announced their Fall 2014 schedule for Masterpiece and an adaptation of P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley will be airing in October-November this year. I haven’t read the book yet but I’m intrigued by the idea of a Regency mystery.  The promos look good, and the costumes are stunning. I don’t know Matthew Rhys but I do love Anna Maxwell Martin (who appeared in other period films/mini-series including: Bleak House, The Bletchley Circle, Becoming Jane and North & South). This is going to be a must-see this fall! Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think: