|Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 PG-13, 114 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Rhys Ifans, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish, Jordi Molla, John Shrapnel, Aimee King, Elise McCave, Penelope McGhie, Eddie Redmayne, Stuart McLoughlin, Adrian Scarborough
In this sequel to "Elizabeth" (1998), Cate Blanchett again takes the title role, and Geoffrey Rush returns as Elizabeth's closest advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham. Elizabeth has now been Queen of England for 27 years and, amidst the changing political and religious moods in 16th-century Europe, is struggling to maintain her position while Spanish King Philip II (Jordi Molla) plots to restore Catholicism to Protestant England. Meanwhile, the story emphasizes the personal side of Elizabeth including her flirtation with Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) as well as the political intrigue between Elizabeth and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots (Samantha Morton). The film received an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Actress (Blanchett).
|The Other Boleyn Girl 2008 PG-13, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Coleman, Ana Torrent, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Cox, Juno Temple, Andrew Garfield
In England during the 16th century, King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) plans to get rid of his wife Catherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent) who has not produced a male heir. The Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) sees the solution to Henry's problem as a way to benefit his family. His brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance), has two daughters–Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and Anne (Natalie Portman)–and they decide that Anne is the one who should be Henry's consort. Henry is more interested in Mary, and she, instead of Anne, becomes his mistress. Anne, however, has her eyes set on becoming Queen of England. Time passes, and Henry becomes bored with Mary, divorces Catherine, breaks with the Roman Catholic Church, and marries Anne. But, as history shows, they will not live happily ever after, and the guillotine awaits Anne.
|Savage Grace 2008 N/R, 97 min.|
Director: Tom Kalin
Cast: Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Anne Reid, Belen Rueda, Hugh Dancy, Simon Andreu, Jim Arnold, Barney Clarke, Abel Folk, Mapi Galan, Lina Lambert, Minnie Marx
This six-part screenplay, based on a true story, takes place in Paris, Spain, Mallorca, and London during a period from 1946 to 1972. The plot follows the lives of Barbara Baekeland (Julianne Moore) and her son Tony (Barney Clarke as a child and Eddie Redmayne as an adult). Tony's father, Brooks (Stephen Dillane), thinks that his son is a failure, but over the years Barbara and Tony grow close–in fact, they even become lovers who sleep not only with each other but with bisexual Sam (Hugh Dancy) as well. The disintegration of the Baekeland family continues with disastrous results.
|1. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)|
2. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
3. Savage Grace (2008)
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