Category Archives: Helen Mirren

Actor Spotlight: The Queen

It’s always seemed to me that most high-profile, biographical/historical movies are more concerned with recreating the people and events than they are with actually making an interesting movie, relying perhaps on the cache and fascination of the real-life events to let the filmmakers off that particular hook. And fittingly, most discussion surrounding said movies seems concerned only with the actual events and people involved, with any talk of the movie itself confined almost exclusively to how close the script is to what really happened, how close the actors’ makeup and mannerisms resemble their real-life counterparts, and how well the production design recreates the actual setting and era depicted.

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Actor Spotlight: The Madness of King George

From Director Nicholas Hynter The Madness of King George is the 1994 adaption of the play by the same name. The film was also written by the same playwright, Alan Bennett and stars Nigel Hawthorne as King George III and Helen Mirren as Queen Charlotte, both of which were nominated for best actor and actress in 1995. The film is about George III and his fall from being the King of England during the 18th century.

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Actor Spotlight: Excalibur

I remember my first joust. It looks far worse than it feels!

When it comes to viewing (and reviewing) older movies, one has to realize how the industry is so much different nowadays. For example it’s been 30 years since Excalibur was made and while visually it was ahead of its time in some aspects, it is far from what Hollywood puts on the silver screen currently. So basically, you have to watch it on a curve so to speak.

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Actor Spotlight: The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday, is the first film in our Helen Mirren spotlight.  We get to see Mirren after her bright career in television and before her breakout role in Excalibur.   Playing opposite of a Pre-Who Framed Roger Rabbit Bob Hoskins, Mirren exudes in her thirties what the late teen/early twenty something crowd wishes they had more of.  Demure sensuality. Read the rest of this entry

Actor Spotlight: Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren, at the age of 66, was recently bestowed the title of Best Body.  Now, this we knew, which is why we decided to make her our spotlight for August weeks ago.  Then again, we’re typically ahead of the curve…or should I say curves?  August is typically pretty hot and we’re hoping that this spotlight can keep up.  Below is a list of the films to be reviewed, so all interested parties can play along at home.

The Long Good Friday

Excalibur

The Madness of King George

The Queen