Review: Lisey’s Story, Episodes 1 &2

Year: 2021 Runtime: 60 minutes per episode Director: Pablo Larrain Writer: Stephen King (novel and screenplay) Actors: Julianne Moore, Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Clive Owen, Ron Cephas Jones, Dane DeHaan, Omar Metwally, Brian Hutchinson, Peter Scolari By Joan Amenn “Every marriage keeps its own secrets.” -Stephen King Premiering this weekend on Apple TV, Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story” (2021) is adapted for the screen by … Continue reading Review: Lisey’s Story, Episodes 1 &2

Review: Ophelia

Despite being one of Shakespeare’s most notable heroines, Ophelia has unfortunately been lost in the heavily male-driven narrative of “Hamlet”. However, Claire McCarthy’s “Ophelia” will give her, and many other neglected female characters, their long-deserved voice. Starring Daisy Ridley as the titular character and Naomi Watts as Queen Gertrude, this film is equally empowering and inspiring.  Continue reading Review: Ophelia

“Valerian” (2017) – a thousand planets but no women

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (2017) , directed by Luc Besson is colourful, exciting and fast paced. But it fails women in so many fundamental ways I left the cinema feeling angry. The film consists of Valerian (Dane De Haan) and Laureline (Care Delevigne) conducting a series of short term errands and rescue missions. It all revolves around an alien species trying to recover a small creature and a pearl so they can re-establish a home planet. Meanwhile a corrupt Commander Arun Fillit (Clive Owen) tries to kill those aliens to cover up the fact he destroyed their planet. Continue reading “Valerian” (2017) – a thousand planets but no women