The film is based on the real-life trials of Wilde, a celebrated writer and playwright who was put on trial for homosexuality in 1895 and ultimately sentenced to two years in prison.
The film depicts Wilde's downfall and the ensuing legal battles, as well as his relationships with his lover Lord Alfred Douglas (played by John Fraser) and his wife Constance Wilde (played by Yvonne Mitchell). It explores themes of sexuality, love, and betrayal, as well as the repressive attitudes of Victorian society towards homosexuality.
"The Trials of Oscar Wilde" was well-received by critics for its performances, particularly from Finch as Wilde, and its historical accuracy. It was also praised for its frank treatment of homosexuality, which was still a taboo subject in 1960s Britain. However, the film was not without controversy, as some critics accused it of being overly sympathetic to Wilde and his actions.
Overall, "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" remains a significant film in the history of British cinema and a powerful portrayal of one of the most infamous trials in legal history.
Cast: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Jessica Hecht, Bruce McGill
Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) is a dedicated CIA operative specializing in counter-proliferation efforts. When her husband, Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), a former ambassador, publicly challenges the Bush administration's justification for the Iraq War, Valerie finds herself at the center of a storm. In retaliation for Wilson's dissenting views, Valerie's covert identity as a CIA agent is leaked to the press, putting her life and the lives of her contacts at risk.
As Valerie grapples with the fallout from the betrayal, she fights to protect her family and salvage her career. With the support of her husband, who remains resolute in his pursuit of the truth, Valerie becomes determined to expose the corruption and deceit that led to the illegal war.
As the couple faces relentless pressure from the government and media scrutiny, they must confront the lengths to which powerful forces will go to silence their dissent. At the same time, they become a symbol of resistance and resilience, inspiring others to question the motives and actions of those in power.
Fair Game delves into the complex world of espionage, political manipulation, and the erosion of trust within the highest echelons of government. It exposes the collateral damage inflicted on those who dare to challenge the prevailing narratives and shines a light on the personal sacrifices made by individuals in service of the truth.
Directed by Doug Liman, Fair Game presents a tense and thought-provoking narrative that raises important questions about the balance between national security and individual liberties. With its compelling performances and unflinching portrayal of real-life events, the film serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of transparency, accountability, and the courage to stand up against injustice.
Fair Game is a riveting political thriller that shines a spotlight on one of the most controversial episodes in recent American history. By intertwining personal drama with high-stakes political intrigue, the film offers a compelling exploration of the consequences faced by those who dare to challenge the status quo and the resilience of individuals who refuse to be silenced.
The film is divided into three episodes, all of which are loosely based on Moretti's own life experiences. The film was a critical success, winning the award for Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
In the first episode, On My Vespa, Moretti rides his Vespa through the streets of Rome, visiting various historical sites and reflecting on his life. He also visits a doctor, trying to get a diagnosis for a mysterious rash that has been bothering him.
In the second episode, Islands, Moretti takes a trip to the Aeolian Islands, off the coast of Sicily, with his friend Gerardo. There, he becomes fascinated with the story of a man who lives on an isolated island and claims to have seen an angel.
In the final episode, Doctors, Moretti visits various doctors in an attempt to find a cure for his mysterious rash. Along the way, he ponders the state of modern medicine and reflects on his own mortality.
Throughout the film, Moretti's character also provides commentary on various aspects of Italian life, including politics, cinema, and soccer. The film is a poignant and insightful look at one man's life and the world around him.
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Rodrigo Santoro, Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro
"Che: Part One" follows the early stages of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's transformation from a young medical student to a key figure in the Cuban Revolution. The film presents a series of events that depict Che's journey alongside Fidel Castro (played by Demián Bichir) and other revolutionaries as they attempt to overthrow the oppressive regime of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
The story unfolds through a combination of intimate character moments and sweeping battle sequences, showcasing Che's evolving ideologies, tactical brilliance, and unwavering dedication to the cause. From the initial landing of the revolutionaries in Cuba to their guerrilla warfare tactics in the Sierra Maestra mountains, the film captures the hardships, sacrifices, and triumphs of the revolutionaries.
As Che and his comrades face numerous obstacles and engage in ideological debates, the film explores the complexities of revolution and the moral dilemmas that arise in the pursuit of social change. It delves into themes of sacrifice, camaraderie, and the price of liberation, highlighting the human elements behind the revolutionary movement.
With powerful performances, led by Benicio Del Toro in the role of Che Guevara, "Che: Part One" provides an authentic and nuanced portrayal of the iconic revolutionary figure. Del Toro's nuanced performance captures both the charisma and the inner turmoil of Che, revealing the multifaceted nature of a man who would go on to become a global symbol of resistance.
"Che: Part One" offers a richly detailed and immersive cinematic experience, transporting viewers into the heart of the Cuban Revolution and shedding light on the complexities of Che Guevara's character and ideology. The film serves as a reminder of the power of individuals to challenge oppressive systems and fight for a more just society.
Overall, "Che: Part One" is a compelling biographical drama that pays homage to the life and legacy of Che Guevara, offering a glimpse into the revolutionary fervor and the personal sacrifices that shaped his journey towards becoming a legendary figure in history.
"Dersu Uzala" is based on the true story of Captain Arseniev, a Russian explorer who leads a mapping expedition through the remote and treacherous Siberian wilderness. During their journey, Captain Arseniev encounters Dersu Uzala, a native hunter from the indigenous Nanai tribe.
Initially, Captain Arseniev and Dersu Uzala face a language barrier and cultural differences. However, as they spend more time together, a deep bond forms between the two men. Dersu, with his profound knowledge of the land, becomes an invaluable guide and protector for the explorers, saving them from the dangers of the harsh environment.
As their friendship deepens, Dersu imparts his wisdom and traditional knowledge to Captain Arseniev, teaching him about survival skills, the importance of living in harmony with nature, and the spiritual connection between humans and their surroundings. Through Dersu's eyes, Captain Arseniev begins to see the world from a different perspective, gaining a newfound appreciation for the simplicity and beauty of the natural world.
However, their friendship is tested when the expedition returns to civilization. Captain Arseniev, bound by societal norms and obligations, struggles to reconcile his respect for Dersu's way of life with the rapid industrialization and modernization taking place in Russia. The clash between traditional values and progress puts their friendship at odds, leading to heart-wrenching decisions and a profound exploration of the human condition.
"Dersu Uzala" is a visually breathtaking film, with Kurosawa capturing the stunning landscapes of Siberia, emphasizing the vastness and beauty of the natural world. The film also showcases the remarkable performances of the actors, particularly Maksim Munzuk as Dersu Uzala, who brings depth, sensitivity, and authenticity to his portrayal of the nomadic hunter.
Through its narrative and themes, "Dersu Uzala" raises important questions about the impact of modernity on traditional cultures, the value of indigenous knowledge, and the balance between progress and the preservation of the natural world. It is a profoundly moving and introspective film that celebrates the power of friendship, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring connection between humans and the environment they inhabit.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
In the early 20th century, John Reed, a charismatic American journalist and activist, travels to Russia to cover the tumultuous events of the Russian Revolution. In Petrograd, he encounters Louise Bryant, an aspiring writer and feminist. Despite their differing personalities and backgrounds, a deep connection forms between them, fueled by their shared ideals and a mutual desire for social justice.
As Reed becomes increasingly immersed in the revolutionary fervor, he decides to stay in Russia, witnessing firsthand the rise of Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Party. Reed's journalistic work gains recognition and he becomes a prominent figure, documenting the revolution and advocating for the socialist cause. Meanwhile, Louise grapples with her own ambitions as a writer and activist, torn between her love for Reed and her desire for personal fulfillment.
Their relationship is tested as Reed's dedication to the revolution consumes him, often leaving Louise feeling neglected and questioning her own role within the movement. Despite the challenges, they strive to maintain their bond amidst the backdrop of political upheaval and social change.
Over time, Reed and Louise return to the United States, bringing with them the radical ideas and passion they have experienced in Russia. They become pivotal figures in the American socialist movement, advocating for workers' rights and challenging the status quo. However, their unyielding commitment to their ideals creates friction within their personal lives and strains their relationship further.
As tensions rise and the country finds itself on the brink of World War I, Reed's health deteriorates. Despite his declining condition, he continues to fight for his beliefs and undertakes a cross-country speaking tour to promote socialism. Louise remains by his side, torn between her love for him and her own aspirations.
Tragedy strikes when Reed passes away, leaving Louise devastated and grappling with the legacy he has left behind. In a poignant and introspective reflection, she looks back on their journey together and the sacrifices they made for their principles.
"Reds" is a sweeping and emotionally charged film that interweaves personal drama with historical events. Through its exploration of love, politics, and idealism, the movie presents a compelling portrait of two individuals who dedicated their lives to fighting for a better world. Their journey serves as a reflection on the complexities of personal relationships in the face of larger social and political movements.
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
The film starts with superstar rocker Elton Hercules John (Taron Egerton) walking into a room while wearing a gaudy orange devil-type outfit like he's about to perform. It turns out he is really attending a group meeting for addicts. He sits down to join the group and explains that he is a drug and sex addict, plus an alcoholic, and he wants to get better before it gets worse. The group coordinator asks Elton to talk about his childhood.Starting with a series of flashbacks, Elton, then known simply as his birth name Reginald Kenneth "Reggie" Dwight (here played by Matthew Illesley), was a shy but polite child living in suburban Middlesex county in the 1950s ("The Bitch is Back") with his emotionally vacant mother Sheila Eileen (Bryce Dallas Howard) and more loving grandmother Ivy (Gemma Jones). His domineering father Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) is even worse than his mother, as he constantly controls his son's actions and doesn't even bother with showing him affection. Reggie then starts to take an interest in music, and so Sheila and Ivy sign him up for piano lessons.In a jump forward to the 1960s, as a teenager (now played by Kit Connor), Reggie starts to attend a music academy in London to improve his skills. At one point, Reggie catches Sheila in a car with another man, Fred (Tom Bennett). Stanley finds out and uses it as an opportunity to leave for good. Reggie is distraught that Stanley didn't even bother to say goodbye to him.Reggie then plays at a nearby pub in front of Sheila and Ivy, plus a bunch of rude drunks. He shows off his talent ("Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting") and grows into a performer where he joins his own band, Bluesology. The group gets booked to do shows for two quid a week each. They meet and play with another musician named Wilson (Jason Pennycooke) and his group. Reggie takes notes from him, and also starts to take his sexuality into account when Wilson kisses him before a show one night. Reggie even considers changing his name, taking "Elton" from the band's sax player Elton Dean (Evan Walsh), who doesn't approve of Reggie taking the name idea.Reggie then answers an ad from music executive Ray Williams (Charlie Rowe) and meets with him. He plays a bit of the piano for him and impresses Ray, and when he asks his name, Reggie officially calls himself Elton John (taking "John" from a framed picture of The Beatles' John Lennon). Ray's boss Dick James (Stephen Graham) comes in and orders Ray out of his office. Before Elton leaves, Ray gives him a folder with written songs in it and tells him to look them over.Now officially known as Elton John, he then contacts the songs' writer, Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). The two meet for the first time in a restaurant where they express a shared love for music by singing "Streets of Laredo". The two live separately and collaborate for music, but when they present the songs to Dick, he calls it all rubbish and suggests the two live together so that they can work together and know how to write better music. Elton and Bernie then find a place to live in, and Elton begins to see their landlady, Arabella. However, Wilson and his band-mates know Elton is actually gay. He asks Bernie if he would have a problem with that, and Bernie sincerely tells him he has no problem with it. Unfortunately, when Arabella finds out, she kicks both men out, forcing them to go back and live with Sheila.Elton and Bernie start to create music that Dick loves ("Your Song"), and he books them shows in America at The Troubadour. They travel with Ray and meet the club's manager Doug Weston (Tate Donovan). Just before their debut performance, Elton hides in the bathroom and gets nervous when he hears that already established acts are performing before him, but Ray and Bernie make him go out to play. Elton gets behind the piano and starts to play "Crocodile Rock", which the whole audience loves and joins him onstage to dance to. Later, the guys attend a party at Mama Cass's where Elton meets music producer John Reid (Richard Madden). He liked what he heard from Elton, but also appears to have more than a musical interest in him. The two go to a room where they have sex.Upon returning to the UK, Elton and Bernie part ways with a dismayed Dick and Ray to start working for Reid. He helps build Elton's career and helps him skyrocket to superstar status. Meanwhile, Elton continues to struggle with personal problems. He pays Stanley a visit in his new home and sees that he has two young sons that he seems to care for more than he ever did with Elton. Stanley shows Elton that he has a record of his and asks if he could sign it, but rather for a co-worker of his instead of himself. As Elton leaves Stanley for the last time, he sees the man pick up one of his sons affectionately, bringing Elton to tears. In the present day as he recounts this, he becomes angered and throws his chair, and also starts to gradually shed his outfit.Elton is seen recording "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Kiki Dee (Rachel Muldoon), but he has them take a quick break so that he and Reid can have sex in a nearby room.On their way to a show, Elton orders the driver to stop a car so he can run to a phone booth and call Sheila to come out to her. She says she has always known and doesn't really care about it, but she tells her son that he is choosing to be alone forever. After the call, Reid shows his more abusive and controlling side by ordering Elton to get himself together and perform. Elton even later catches him receiving a blowjob from his secretary. To hide his sorrows and insecurities, Elton starts to drink, do drugs, and wear flashy but ridiculous outfits.Elton starts to become more emotionally unstable and depressed. During a party, he takes a handful of pills and a large swig of vodka before going to the pool to announce to everyone that he is going to kill himself. He falls into the pool and lets himself sink to the bottom where he sees a vision of himself as a child playing "Rocketman". The other party-goers and medics pull Elton out of the water and have his stomach pumped. This transitions to him performing "Rocketman" in concert.Sometime later in the 1980's, Elton meets Renate Blauel (Celine Schoenmaker) and later marries her, but the marriage quickly proves to be a loveless sham, and they divorce soon enough.Elton finds out that Reid has been skimming money from his record sales. He wants to get rid of John, but the smug prick reminds him that he'll still be collecting his 20% even if Elton kills himself. Elton later has dinner with Sheila and Fred (whom she has long since married), which turns sour quick when they get into an argument, and Sheila says she has always found being his mother to be an embarrassment. This carries over to Elton and Bernie getting into a fight.Elton is set to perform at Madison Square Garden in the devil outfit he was seen in earlier, but as he starts to do some coke, his nose starts to bleed. Realizing he has a serious problem, he bails from the concert and heads to the group therapy session. With him finished telling his story, he then has a vision of every major person in his life (Sheila, Stanley, Ivy, Bernie, and Reid) talking to him. Ivy remains encouraging, and Elton says he no longer cares for his parents' opinions. He also doesn't feel controlled by Reid anymore, and he remains firm in his friendship with Bernie. He then sees his younger self and gives him the hug he always wanted. Elton later stays in a rehab center where he is visited by Bernie, who calls Elton his brother.Elton later gets better and continues to perform ("I'm Still Standing").The final text states that Elton John has been sober for nearly 30 years. He organized a charity for people around the world with AIDS, and he has found love for the last 25 years with David Furnish. He and Bernie Taupin have been collaborating for the last 50 years, and they remain great friends to this day. Elton has recently retired from touring to focus on raising his sons Zachary and Elijah with David.
Cast: Logan Lerman, Victoria Pedretti, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elisabeth Moss
As renowned for her morose nature as she is for her horror fiction, writer Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss) is crafting yet another masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds Fred and Rose disrupt her creative process and marriage to literary critic - and philandering professor - Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). As Stanley spars to maintain academic dominance over his would-be protégé Fred, Rose attempts to dampen her own ambitions and adjust to married life while living under the roof of their fiery intellectual hosts with quicksilver loyalties and myriad neuroses. When the motives of Shirley's literary muse prove elusive, Rose's curiosity and trusting nature make her tender prey for a brilliant author whose only allegiance is to her work.—Mae Moreno
The Cult of JT Leroy directed by Marjorie Sturm pierces the heart of this (both figurative and literal) cause celebre. Her film explores the fact and fiction surrounding the rise and fall of JT Leroy, those caught in the elaborate web of artifice and the ultimate real world consequences.
'SHReD' is the inspiring story of 6 year old skateboarding prodigy and viral YouTube sensation Asher Bradshaw, and his father's struggle to make his son's dream of becoming one of the youngest sponsored skaters ever come true. Come and join us as we follow Asher on the ride of his life!—Anonymous
Cast: Meg Ryan, Kerry Washington, Tim Daly, Tony Shalhoub
A Jewish woman from Detroit who became a boxing manager, guiding several major careers. This film focuses on her relationship with one boxer (Epps), who's reportedly a composite of several including Toney, McKart and Hearns. Kallen eventually left her husband of 30 years, and moved to Los Angeles, becoming the commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association...—[email protected]
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Graham McTavish, Zach Galifianakis
When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie "Mimi" Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her "home" one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi's 'the past is the past' philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 89, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.—Anonymous
In the mid-nineties, a 12 year-old boy (KOSSI) with genius-level intelligence, is one of many children trafficked through the Nigerian borders from Togo. He ends up with the MARTINS, an upper-middle class family of 4 in Lagos. At their home, he will work overtime for his meals and shelter as a houseboy. Fast forward to present day, Kossi is still a houseboy with the Martins. He dreams of a better life, but with barely any education, he knows his future is compromised. He relies on his natural abilities and talent to carve out a way for himself, soon discovering the art of counterfeit money printing and floating the most flawless counterfeit dollars this side of the world. Now out on his own, he employs the services of a few friends and grows the operation substantially, landing him on the radar of a young determined agent at the EFCC who will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.—Grace Titilayo
In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.—Riccardo Amadori