ACTRESS - Helena Bonham Carter
I should get a few ribs taken out, because I'll be in a corset for the rest of my life.
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A Pattern of Roses 1983, Unrated)
A Room With A View 1986, R)
Lady Jane 1986, PG-13)
Maurice 1987, R)
A Hazard of Hearts 1987, Unrated)
Francesco 1989, PG-13)
Getting It Right 1989, R)
Hamlet 1990, PG)
Where Angels Fear to Tread 1991, PG)
Brown Bear's Wedding 1993, Unrated)
Howards End 1992, PG)
Mystery! - A Dark Adapted Eye 1994, Unrated)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994, R)
Mighty Aphrodite 1995, R)
Margaret's Museum 1995, R)
Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex 1995, Unrated)
Twelfth Night: Or What You Will 1996, PG)
Portraits Chinois 1996, R)
The Wings of the Dove 1997, R)
A Merry War (Keep the Aspidistra Flying) 1998, PG-13)
The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge) 1998, PG-13)
The Theory of Flight 1998, R)
Fight Club 1999, R)
David Fincher?s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk?s cult best seller has changed modern cinema forever. Not only has it raised the bar in editing and cinematography but it?s also stuck it?s two fingers up at lazy producers and the concept of the Blockbuster action movie. A movie has always got to make a profit, but it should never be the main drive behind a production. Fightclub opened up a lot of eyes in the industry as to what could be achieved. It?s also one of few productions that defied the critics by filming an ?Un-filmable book?, and to its credit, many young and gifted film-makers have followed suit and underground/Cult literature is finding its way into cinemas. Fincher had never really received the credit that was due him, even after the success of Seven. Now I think it?s safe to say he is in the top ten of best directors working today. Fightclub is a modern classic and an important, seminal masterpiece.
Women Talking Dirty 1999, Unrated)
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything 1999, Unrated)
Carnivale 1999, G)
Planet of the Apes 2001, PG-13)
Novocaine 2001, R)
The Heart of Me 2002, R)
Till Human Voices Wake Us 2002, R)
Live from Baghdad 2002, Unrated)
Henry VIII 2003, Unrated)
Big Fish 2004, PG-13)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005, PG)
Its not a bad film and although it was more faithful to the book, I much prefer the original with Gene Wilder. I guess I'm a little biased thought as Willy Wonka was one of my favourites growing up. It was also a little too Americanised for my liking, it just doesn't sound right when your hear an English person say 'Candy bar'.
Conversations With Other Women 2005, R)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005, PG)
Magnificent 7 2005, Unrated)
Sixty Six 2006, PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007, PG-13)
Terminator Salvation 2009, PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009, PG)
I enjoyed Harry Potter and the half blood Prince as much as someone who hasn't read the books/isn't particularly a big fan can. I'm told by Sister who is very much a fan that the film doesn't come close to the greatness of the book but I found it entertaining enough. I still preferred the previous one though but I think sticking with David Yates as director was a good move.
Enid 2009, Unrated)
Alice in Wonderland 2010, PG)
I didn't hate this film but I didn't particularly enjoy it either. There are many things I liked about it, the majority of the special effects were very good, I loved Stephen Fry's Cheshire Cat and who would have thought, Barbara Windsor in a Tim Burton film? I liked that they included elements of Through the looking glass too, although a faithful sequel would have been good but that brings me to what I did disliked the most about this film. Lewis Carroll wrote a wonderful story that people have enjoyed for generations. Why rewrite it? Now, Alice in Wonderland has been adapted through film and animation many times since it was written, it is one of those storeys that seems to really inspire artists working in lots of different mediums and it's always interesting to see new and imaginative imagery inspired by the story. Tim Burton is almost a genres in his own right, his visual style is recognisable world wide, so I wonder then why he reverted to the original Disney version for so much of the imagery? Has he completely sold out? I still consider myself a fan of his but at this rate I won't be for long. Not without charm but overall a disappointment.
The Gruffalo 2009, Unrated)
The King's Speech 2010, PG-13)
I'm not sure The king's Speech deserved the Oscar, at least not compared to some of the other nominees (and some films well off the Oscar radar). I'm not at all surprised it did win and to be honest, I'm not particularly outraged that it did. All the hype etc aside, it is a great film. Tom Hooper is a really good director with a great eye for detail and is a great story teller too. The Damned United proved his skill, The King's Speech is hopefully a sign of what's to come. The performances are really good too, Firth's performance was as good as any I've seen for 2010 so far, Rush is always good and not least here but poor old Helena Bonham Carter, the biggest Oscar snub of the year in my opinion (although Melissa Leo was quite good)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 2010, PG-13)
The cynic in me can't help but think they cut the book into two films to make a bit more cash but my sister (a huge Harry Potter fan) informs me that it was necessary and to be fair, the book does book pretty thick. That said, a lot of the film is spent with the three key characters aimlessly walking through hills and countryside achieving very little. Still, for all the slow pacing and annoying teenage angst, it does get pretty dark! The opening scene was pretty shocking too, killing of one of the nicest characters of the franchise was disturbing but brilliant. It's just a shame that after such a great start it gets boring very quickly and never really recovers. It does look good though and I'm looking forward to the last instalment. Maybe I'd like it better if, and I'm surprised no one seems to have said this before, Daniel Radcliffe could act. There, I've said it.
Toast 2011, Unrated)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 2011, PG-13)
I thought the first half of part 2 of The Deathly Hallows was brilliant. The breaking into and then escape from the volt was fantastic, the dragon they rode on is exactly how CGI should be used, I was utterly thrilled and entertained. Then it got a little bit dull again. If I had been a big fan of the books and franchise in general I would have been bitterly disappointed, maybe it's a bad adaptation, I couldn't tell you but all the Major events that happened (EG the deaths) were skipped over quite unashamedly. I also thought the conclusion, the ending millions of fans have been anticipating for over a decade was one of the biggest anti-climaxes of all time. The '19 years later' scene was also cringeworthingly bad but I guess that's more J.K. Rowling's fault rather than the film-makers. All in all not a bad film, The order of the Phoenix remains my favourite but it's OK.
The Gruffalo's Child 2012, Unrated)
Dark Shadows 2012, PG-13)
The visuals; direction, costume, make-up, set etc are second to none and as great as you'd expect from Tim Burton, everything else is underwhelming. Tim Burton used to be a name you could depend on but he now has more disappointing films in his portfolio than he has great ones. It's not all bad, there are a few really nice scenes but I just expected more, although I'm not so sure why anymore.
Great Expectations 2013, PG-13)
Les MisÚrables 2012, PG-13)
The Lone Ranger 2013, PG-13)
I don't rate films based on commercial success. If I did I'd be telling you that Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Harold and Maude, Fight Club, Blade Runner and The Shawshank Redemption were all terrible films. The Lone Ranger was being slated by people before anyone had even seen it and apart from not making as many billions as the studio had hoped, I can't see what is so bad about it. It does ramble on a bit but quite frankly show me a Western that doesn't. They're supposed to! Most 'blockbusters' do too these days. It could have been shorter and it was a little self-indulgent by Gore Verbinski but then this is what he does best. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were both great in the lead roles and William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson were perfect baddies. It had action, comedy, Adventure, great visual effects and a little bit of romance to boot. It is everything you could want from a summer blockbuster and an example of a remake/reboot done well. The fact that the Razzies gave it an award this year just shows you what little credibility they have.
Burton And Taylor 2013, PG)
The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet 2014, PG)
Cinderella 2015, Unrated)