Period & Historical Movies: Articles


'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow Riots 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'

Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the […]


Ronald Colman Movies: 'A Tale of Two Cities' & 'The Prisoner of Zenda'

Ronald Colman: Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in two major 1930s classics Updated: Turner Classic Movies' July 2017 Star of the Month is Ronald Colman, one of the finest performers of the studio era. On Thursday night, TCM presented five Colman star vehicles that should be popping up […]


'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]


'Ben-Hur' 2016 Trailer: Faster & Furiouser CGI Feast

'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer with Jack Huston: Deadly chariot race in religious epic for the CGI-loving crowd. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their Ben-Hur 2016 remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., […]


'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie a.k.a. J.M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much […]


'The Fixer' Movie: Preachy & Simple-Minded Drama About the Politics of Anti-Semitism

'The Fixer' movie cast: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background left) in political drama about the persecution of Jews in Czarist Russia. 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism political drama wrecked by cast, direction and its own good intentions In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt […]


'Being Julia' Movie Review: Annette Bening Bette Davis-ish Showcase

'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans: 'All About Eve' with a London setting. 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice Being Julia movie antecedents: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway […]


'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, […]


'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie: Lavish & Old-Fashioned Russian Revolution Drama

Nicholas and Alexandra movie with Janet Suzman and Michael Jayston. 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. Production designer John Box's elaborate sets, Yvonne Blake's equally elaborate costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's lush […]


Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

Jack Huston. Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur “remake,” to be jointly […]


'Inside Llewyn Davis' Review: Effortless Oscar Isaac Is 'Last Folk Singer Who Didn't Make It'

Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac as “the last folk singer who didn't make it.” Written and directed by veterans Joel and Ethan Coen (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona), Inside Llewyn Davis offers “their deepest dive into characterization since their inward-looking masterpiece A Serious Man.” 'Inside Llewyn Davis' review: Effortless Oscar […]