King John (2015)

“King John” is one of the weaker plays of Shakespeare’s, and the histories already receive a lot less attention than the tragedies and comedies, so adaptations and stagings are comparatively rare. The play itself has some strong elements (a few compelling characters and scenes), and this adaptation does its best to focus on those while…

King John (1587~1598) by William Shakespeare

“King John” is a curious play. The histories are generally less popular and renowned than the tragedies and comedies, the histories not in either Henriad cycle even moreso, so “King John” is comparatively rarely staged or discussed. The most strange thing about it to a modern audience perhaps is that any identifiable or famous part…

Moonlight (2016)

A very well-made character piece. Really liked the use of colour here. Some really great performances. The three different actors for the protagonist across the films triptych structure didn’t always sync up in the sense of feeling like the same person, but all gave strong performances in their own right. The film is remarkably free…

Hidden Figures (2016)

It’s an interesting historical story. There’s great actors giving strong performances. But it’s just so by-the-numbers. I enjoyed it, but these sort of Oscar-season biopics are so similar that I feel it’s hard to recommend them to anyone without any sort of vested interest in the subject matter or the actors. At least the subject…