Posts tagged Colin Firth
Review: A Single Man (2009)

"I wanted this not to be a gay story or a straight story but to be a human story." --Tom Ford

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I don’t really care much about fashion.  It’s just not one of those things I find to be interesting or important.  I hear the word “Prada” and the first thing I think of is Meryl Streep.  But despite my complete and utter ignorance about this element of Western culture, I wasn’t surprised to learn that A Single Man director Tom Ford is the former creative director of Gucci and now runs his own fashion label.  Who else would be able to combine framing, color and design into such memorable imagery?

Indeed, even if you walk away from Ford’s directorial debut feeling let down by the overall product, it can’t be denied that the man has a gift for the aesthetic.  The film is set in the early 1960s and follows George Falconer (Colin Firth), a gay university professor struggling to cope with the death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode).  It’s been eight months since the fatal car crash, and George has decided that he can’t take the grief anymore.  Today will be his last day before committing suicide.  It’s a bleak premise, and the cinematography acts as a visual representation of George’s spirit.

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Review: Nanny McPhee (2006)

Note: This article was originally published in Technician on January 26, 2006.


Kids will like this 'Nanny'

Nanny McPhee is not a movie for the average college student; however, in terms of kids' flicks, it's a fairly good film that most adults should at least find tolerable, if not entertaining.

It has been 10 years since Emma Thompson's last venture into feature film writing (Sense and Sensibility), but if this adaptation of the Nurse Matilda book series is any indication, she still has a knack for it. Thompson stars as a snaggletoothed nanny who uses magic to teach a family of seven children how to behave. It's Mary Poppins for the Harry Potter generation, but luckily this film manages to distance itself enough from its predecessor to emerge as a unique movie that kids are sure to enjoy.

This film has "fairy tale" written all over it. From a house with neon walls, to a dancing donkey, magic spells and Raleigh-esque weather, there are a variety of fantasy elements that serve to transport the viewer into a world that looks as if it came directly from the mind of a child. Thompson doesn't bother to explain the details of why certain things are how they are, and this will probably annoy the more mature viewers. But these vague intricacies won't be noticed by the film's intended audience -- children between the ages of five and ten.

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