Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Was Shakespeare a Fraud?
A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.
'To be or not to be.......
Not to be!'
P.s. Extra brownie points of you know from which film I stole that quote.
P.s.s. This film makes the film I stole that quote from look like Albert Einstein.
P.s.s.s. This film sucketh balls like thou wouldst not believe.
P.s.s.s.s. When will someone finally revoke Emmerich's filmmaking license, it's long overdue.
P.s.s.s.s.s. Why the hell was this film ever made? It has no historical credibility nor entertainment value.
"You probably don't care if they are, anyway. I don't. I think it's bloody hilarious. There's an entire community on 4chan devoted to slagging this site off. How do you feel about this?
For an online magazine I contribute to I wrote an article about it.
I have posted it below:
Isn’t it amazing, the stuff you can find on the internet? Never in a library could you find tracks of obscure artists from the 1950′s to immediately listen to, silent films from the 1910′s to be displayed instantly, or intimate showcases of bestiality deftly tucked under the Internet’s no-no rug designated solely for creeps and curious teenagers.
It is then, with great astonishment and delight, that my friend discovered…
I can't say I've seen this. Basically what I've done today is what I've done with this film once before; attempted to sit down and watch it only to find I'm unable to get past the first 20 minutes.
The clunky cumbersome dialogue.
It's all 'Well, Sir Henry Cecil' and 'Oh Marlow, lend me some money' and 'Look Kit isn't that Edward De Vere sat over there next to the Earl of Oxford'
No one speaks like this! It's expositional introductions masquerading as dialogue and it's just CRINGEWORTHY!
I'll endeavour to try and watch it again at some stage and see if I can get beyond this. Perhaps one bored and booze filled day over Christmas? Maybe with drink I won't notice the rotten dialogue?
Utilizing the historical conspiracies/apocrypha regarding the true authorship of the works of William Shakespeare as its narrative engine, "Anonymous" is an effective and affecting costume drama. Richly designed and assembled, the film is good looking, engrossing, and shows the more interesting and less bombastic side of its director, Roland Emmerich. Whether or not you buy into the theory behind the film, the Elizabethan politics, the use of Shakespeare's most memorable works, and the themes dealing with the strength and dangerousness of words are more than enough to make "Anonymous" a satisfying and powerful experience.
It is hardly surprising the director of Independence Day would be so loose with history, although in fairness to Roland Emmerich the film never purports to be historically accurate, but I was disappointed there was no sign of an alien invasion and/or natural disaster. No doubt their presence would have livened things up considerably.
The myth of Shakespeare is almost as fascinating as the plays he left behind. Even ignoring the question of genuine authorship (a debate that rears its head every few years), the man was somewhat of an enigma with great periods of his life unaccounted for. It is this mystery that makes his own life ripe for dramatisation with Anonymous supporting the theory that it was the…
An underrated film with a great premise and good acting. The one Roland Emmerich film I actually like/respect. It is very hard to follow though, there's some problems with the narrative. But the sets/costumes/art-direction is beautiful.
A great (imaginary) story about the power of words and storytelling! With an entertaining theory...
Dozens of eyes dart to the end of a long hallway where a large red bell begins to resonate. Its ring quickly overshadows the loud babble of teenage students, signaling the start of class.
With a rush, students drop their bookbags on the floor and hurl themselves into oversized desks. In a quick move their bookbags are unzipped and a lone book is placed on their desk. “Open to page 78!” instructs a wiry woman, the teacher, at the front of the classroom.
In unison, the students open their English books and find the page. It reads: “Romeo and Juliet by Anonymous.”
This is the reality that Roland Emmerich’s newest film Anonymous would have one believe. More accurately it would…
None of you shitsippers will ever be forgiven for wasting my time.
Roland Emmerich seems an unexpected choice to direct this intriguing historical drama that audauciously claims Shakespeare was not really author of thework attributed to him, but really that of an Earl (Rhys Ifans), who must hide authorship due to his complicated position and a murky connection to Queen Elizabeth (Vanessa Redrave, excellent). Sumptuos production, starts out a little confusingly (abundant flashbacks are not very well signposted) and has a few dull spots, but remains an effectively lurid, if fictional, tale of conspiracy.
Exige muchos conocimientos por parte del espectador para contar algo insostenible históricamente.
Entre efectos especiales y explosiones, Roland Emmerich sorprendió a propios y extraños con este drama isabelino. Derek Jacobi, que cree en la vida real en la tesis sobre Shakespeare que defiende la película, nos introduce en un filme que incluso, cosa rara en su director, peca de sobrio.
Buena factura e interpretaciones. Todo muy correcto. Pero se echa de menos algo de garra.
Considering the ludicrous subject matter, this could so easily have been a batshit crazy Elizabethan romp ... except it takes itself seriously. The one actor who doesn't (Rafe Spall as a grasping, venal, semi-literate Shakespeare) steals the show whenever he's on screen. The rest is lost in a mush of silly moustaches, sillier collars, and utter disrespect. Seriously, they've got the young Earl of Oxford writing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' when he's, like, ten years old! For fuck's sake ...
A conspiracy theory about Shakespeare. Not bad even though I never did see the big appeal in any of his writings.
If you try not to think about historical accuracy, this is quite enjoyable. Rhys Ifans in his role of Earl of Oxford is superb.
This quote sums it up... "praising its performances and visual achievements, but criticizing the film's time-jumping format, its pile up of factual errors."
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…
- The Departed
- Days of Heaven
- The Thin Red Line
- The Boss of It All
List started with 2, 500 films - you can see my progress by looking at how many films are on…