Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.
It's not "Howard's", it's "Haaard's". Being an absolute linguaphile, it delights my ears to hear people speak with such marvellous enunciation, every word handled as though a valuable piece of fine china. Because one must conduct oneself with an air of respectability, mustn't one? The costumes and set designs are just as decadent as the dialogue, crafting a very convincing film visually that wonderfully evokes the period setting. It's quite an interesting class commentary that takes a little too long to get going, but once it does it's always very enjoyable, and surprisingly funny. Thompson is a treat, as ever, and there's not a weak link in the rest of the cast. Too long and a little short of real depth, it's at least eminently watchable, and a true delight for anyone who finds themselves seduced by sumptuous language.
the depiction of the drama between the classes in edwardian england felt pretty humdrum tbh. but emma thompson remains a gem
I used to dislike Emma Thompson for some reason, but as I've grown older, matured maybe, I find myself mesmerised by her. And in Howard's End she is wonderful, in fact the whole cast is wonderful. I enjoyed both Remains of the Day and A Room with a View, but this just bowled me over and I wasn't expecting that.
an end to a great means
Film 4 of Personal Challenge 4 - The Brit Clique
Well this was a lot more interesting and amusing the A Room With A View. But after 2 hours I found myself wondering 'why so much fuss over a house that practically none of the cast actually want to live in?!'
I won't be rushing to rewatch this but I wouldn't actively avoid it either. It's enjoyable enough if rather too long.
Had interesting things to say re: class and sexism in the early 1900s but lacks the emotional gut-punch of other Merchant-Ivory films (and by that, I mean, The Remains of the Day).
A prestige film from Merchant Ivory from the famous novel of the same name by EM Forster, it is a well acted film that is plainly shot, for beauty and period detail; however the film also drags its 140 minute runtime through a number of plots more suited to a novel than a film. A solid film, that could have benefitted from a more ruthless approach to the novel.
Howards End is a period drama that isn't largely different than similar films in the genre, but it capitalizes on everything - wonderful costumes, setting, etc. And the performances here are top notch, especially from Emma Thompson. And Bonham Carter is actually tolerable, maybe even impressive. Which is something I haven't said about her in over a decade (at least in the what seems like 357 films she has done with Depp). On top of this, the film has an intricate layer of social commentary that tops off an already respectable drama.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.