Ralph Fiennes certainly isn't holding back on literary ambition when it comes to his directorial features so far. After making his debut in 2011 with a modern-set adaptation of one of Shakespeare's trickiest and least accessible works, he decided to follow it up by portraying Charles Dickens himself in The Invisible Woman, depicting the secret relationship the author fostered with young actress Nelly Ternan (played by Felicity Jones). I found Coriolanus to be one of the more underrated features of…
It's always interesting to see where an actor's career goes after an Oscar win, particularly when they aren't already a member of the Hollywood club with a set routine that isn't likely to change after they receive their first trophy. Jean Dujardin had been acting in his native France for a decade, even having his own small franchise of light spy films, but he was a relative unknown overseas until The Artist put his name out there for everyone. We've…
So to recap the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ Lee Daniels’ The Butler:
- Forest Whitaker is sitting in the White House.
- He stares into the horizon, even though he’s inside.
- Cut to an image of two men hanging.
- Fade in Martin Luther King Jr. quote next to them.
- Cut back to Forest Whitaker staring into the horizon for a second.
- Cut to his childhood, working on a cotton farm with his parents.