The Nutcracker ballet has long been a staple of children’s Christmas entertainment, offering a world of dolls, mice, and best of all, dancing sweets. With E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, acting as the original source material, the ballet is based on Alexander Dumas’ adaptation, The Story of the Nutcracker. With numerous ballet productions performed over the years, it’s a story that often differs in its retelling, with the Disney live action film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms the latest take on the classic. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis, 2015)
In Woman in Gold, Helen Mirren plays Maria Altman, a Jewish refugee who fled Austria for America before the outbreak of World War II, never to see her family again. Many decades later, after the death of her sister, she enlists the help of inexperienced lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her reclaim artwork stolen from her family by the Nazis. Of greatest value is Gustave Klimt’s ‘Woman in Gold’, a painting of Maria’s cherished Aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, which hangs in the Austrian State Gallery in Vienna. With the case spanning over a decade, Maria is forced to face her demons by revisiting Vienna, where painful memories of Nazi occupation resurface. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Woman in Gold
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Lasse Hallström, 2014)
I had lunch right before seeing this movie and also ate a cupcake during, and yet, it still made me hungry! The French food not so much (omelettes: BLURGH, quail: hmmm) but the swirl of the Indian curries, and the bright vibrant colours of the spices – JUST GET ME A MENU. STAT. Unfortunately I already had alternate dinner plans for that night, but the friend I saw it with was inspired to order Indian. Totes jelly.