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After having seen Robin Hood, I was poking around the internet looking for stuff about Cate Blanchett. Something I found reminded me that she is now the co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company. I went to check out their website and found something that made my heart stop: (more…)


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I read a fascinating article before I went to see this movie that lowered my expectations still further. Apparently, once upon a time, this movie was a brilliant script – the Robin Hood legend told from the point of view of the Sheriff of Nottingham in a 12th century England CSI kind of way. There was a bidding war over it, Russell Crowe got attached. And then they hired Ridley Scott who promptly ordered the whole thing re-written. Not a good sign.

Having finally seen the movie…well… it wasn’t as terrible as I was expecting. (Spoilers to follow…) (more…)

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It’s a Hollywood film. Its only real connection to the Robin Hood legend is going to be the name. It’s going to be jammed with too much fighting, historical inaccuracies and bad writing. And it stars Russell Crow. All reasons to avoid this movie.

And then they cast Cate Blanchett. Which now means I have to see the damn thing.

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Most people have heard of Elizabeth, I imagine. It was Cate Blanchett’s breakout role, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

It’s a costume piece, a historical drama, it deals with politics, with intrigue, with religion. But at its heart, it’s a movie about Elizabeth learning to stop being a woman and start being a Queen. It is the opposite of a love story, the process of cutting Lord Robert out of her heart.

They made a sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which was, sadly, absolutely terrible. Cate Blanchett was riveting, as always, and the movie was visually stunning, but it was all window dressing because the story was garbage.

So, ignore that one.

Instead, I highly recommend trying to find Elizabeth Rex instead. Set in 1601, two years before Elizabeth’s death, it perfectly bookends Elizabeth in that it’s about, decades later, trying to find some shred of the woman under the thick mantle of the Queen. (more…)

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This could have been an action movie. All the elements were there: bomb plot, explosion, execution, police chase, daring escape, and fugitives on the run. It could have been, but it wasn’t. It was a character-based drama, and it was lovely. (more…)

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