On November 12, The Weinstein Company Hosted the Premiere of ”Philomena”
A packed house filled the Paris Theatre for this bittersweet drama about an Irish mother in search of her long-lost son who was wrongfully taken from her by nuns and adopted to America.
We laughed, we wept and held great resentment for the Catholic Church yet again. Read More
Philomena is not only my favorite film of 2013, but one of the most eloquent, powerful and perfect movies I have ever seen. A focused and triumphant performance by the miraculous Judi Dench keeps the harrowing aspects of a great story in flawless balance, and every other aspect of this film works like a hypnotic charm. Sensitively and carefully directed by Stephen Frears and brilliantly written by co-star Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that deserves genuflection.
Movies that celebrate the wisdom and ingenuity of senior citizens without condescension and ridicule are rare as pink giraffes. This is just one of the reasons I am so enthusiastic about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and starring a royal collection of the most brilliant and accomplished British actors alive—the cinematic equivalent of the crown jewels, headed by two actual Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. If that’s not enough to get you out of the sludge, then you deserve the usual avalanche of vampires, Avengers and cabins in the woods that epitomize the dumbing down of the motion picture industry.
Spring Arts Preview
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross) March 23
Your children have been refreshing Fandango daily to see if tickets are available yet for the movie based on Suzanne Collins’ kiddie novels—think of them as Twilight, except with actual murder instead of benign vampirism. Games promises a chaste love triangle and lots of angst for the tween Read More
Running time 119 minutes
Written by Michael Tolkin and
Directed by Rob Marshall
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Stacy Ferguson
To the already overcrowded list of year-end disappointments bringing 2009 to a sorry close, you can add Read More
Quantum of Solace
Running Time 106 minutes
Written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade
Directed By Marc Forster
Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko
James Bond movies long ago outgrew the original fun and thrills invented by Ian Fleming, and they’ve been coasting on noise Read More
In a rare loosening of one’s stiff upper-lip, Queen Elizabeth II and her hubby, the Duke of Edinburgh, chose to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary tonight on the Mediterranean island of Malta, where the crowned couple lived for two years after getting hitched. The private overnight visit will come just one day before Read More
It’s the biggest milestone in lesbian her-story since the closing of the Cubby Hole! The ladies of Lesbos have finally done it—something that Gertie Stein and Alice B. Toklas could never have imagined! On the evening of Feb. 25, the dykes invaded Hollywood. Shock and awe! Next stop: the World.
There were more lesbians rocking Read More
I know that they’ve been sleeping. I know they’re not awake. But I hoped in the year-end glut of holiday movies that the Hollywood Santa would be good for goodness’ sake. Instead of a turkey with trimmings, we got a bag of stale Chicken McNuggets. When the people who make movies yelled “It’s a wrap!”, Read More
The Transom keeps up religiously with The Carpet Bagger and Gold Derby this Oscar time of year. And one name that keeps not popping up enough in the pre-Oscar forecasting is this one: Judi Dench. Gold Derby currently has her ranked at number three for Best Actress, and The Read More