Judy Dench Has Been Cast in a Period Piece… Finally!

Judi Dench will be playing a supporting role in the costume drama Jane Eyre, the latest adaptation of the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë. So, of course, that means this is a project to be taken seriously.I'd love to see someone do a clever mash-up of Dench's scenes from all of the period pieces where she has curtly snapped off lines about how the social norms are being upset.Who are the leads? … [Read more...]

Give Judi Dench a Nomination for “Notes on a Scandal”

Watch out. Here comes Notes on a Scandal. And what Hannibal Lecter was for Anthony Hopkins, Barbara Covett is for Dame Judi Dench.Yikes, what a nasty bit of business this movie is. Count Barbara Covett up there with Tom Ripley on the chart of Malevolent Devils. She's not nearly as clever as Ripley, but her heart is oh so cold.It'll be some time before I can write up a review on this, but let me give you a bit of caution... … [Read more...]

Specials: Mourning Mr. Miyagi. Raving about Narnia. Killing Alias. Casting "M." Previewing "Mary."

Friday's specials:WAX OFF Farewell, Pat Morita.DAILY MAIL CRITIC GOES BANANAS FOR NARNIA Sheeesh! It is not just a 'must see' but a 'must see again and again'. Where is that sixth star when you need it? Not only does it miraculously do full justice to CS Lewis's classic fantasy, it improves upon it and gives a more sophisticated sense of humour. Above all, there's a spectacular sense of scale that turns the children's sagas into a worthy successor to The Lord Of The Rings as an … [Read more...]