Leda is not a bad person. She's a person. She reflects the uglier parts of ourselves that we wish we couldn't see.
This was an astounding debut from Maggie Gyllenhaal. I think what she does best is creating an atmosphere of disorientation. Leda is in a new place, surrounded (literally) by people very different from herself, and left to walk this journey on her own. If I could characterize Leda's journey, I would say it's an exorcism of her demons.…
There needs to be a 50+ year grace period between when someone tragically dies, and when you can create fan fiction about their life. Spencer is an Aronofsky-esque take on a particularly tumultuous time in Princess Diana's short life. And while the score, cinematography, and supporting actors all deserve praise, they could not save Spencer. I came away from this thinking: what a self-congratulatory, pretentious piece of filmmaking. I don't often throw the word "pretentious" around when it comes to…
The point of the book is that the relationship between Humbert and Dolores is taboo and immoral - but I did not find whatsoever that Adrian Lyne is interested at all in the immorality/illness of Humbert's attraction. Actually what I got from the camerawork, costuming, acting performance of 15-year-old Dominique Swain, and romantic score is that Lyne himself believes in the beauty and validity of their relationship. I'm not a fan of placing too much of a moral obligation on…