Tag Archives: Helen McCrory

Their Finest, Film Review. Picturehouse@ F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, Hubert Burton, Claudia Jessie, Stephanie Hyam. Michael Marcus, Gordon Brown, Patrick Gibson, Lily Knight, Francesca Knight, Clive Russell, Cathy Murphy, Emma Cunniffe.


It is not always about who has the best and the finest body of men to call upon, the biggest bombs or the most modern equipment that can win a war, it is sometimes, more often than not, about the one individual who can add something a little extra, the one who sees the picture in the theatre of war just a little differently and who can add the element of propaganda to the rallying call of the nation.

A Little Chaos, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Alan Rickman, Helen McCrory, Matthias Schoenaerts, Steven Waddington, Danny Webb, Adrian Schiller, Adrian Scarborough, Pauline Moran, Phyllida Law, Morgan Watkins, Henry Garrett, Alistair Petrie, Adam James.

There are films in which the abundance of talent on offer simply overwhelms the story line, the procession of acting nobility so engulfing, so crushing, that the film dies a thousand scripted deaths; it never truly lives up to the dignity envisioned off screen and the grace offered in the initial stages of casting. Thankfully this is not the issue when it comes to A Little Chaos.

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: David Threlfall, Amanda Redman, Helen McCrory, Gregor Fisher, Jason Manford, Andy Rush, Charlotte Beaumont, John Biggins, James Carcaterra, Hayley Collett, Lucy Conley, Pamela Betsy Cooper, David Doyle, Bob Golding, Hamish Hamilton, Andrew Harrison, Kevin Hudson, Albie Marber, Jordan Metcalfe, Marene Miller, Jacinta Mulcahy, Michael Müller, Paul Ritter, Chris Ryman, David Sterne, Tilly Vosburgh, Phil Yarrow, Chris Cowlin.

For many, the night Tommy Cooper died at Her Majesty’s Theatre infront of a live television audience will always be remembered. The man who could make people laugh just by standing infront of them, had passed on at the end his act 30 years ago and for many the sound of laughter was never the same again.

Isaac Newton: The last Magician, Television Review. B.B.C.2

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

For millions, Sir Isaac Newton is perhaps the most singular reason why humanity moved from the medieval world of myth, superstition and sometimes mind boggling ways of thinking by 21st century standards and into the way of enlightenment, to question what if rather than accepting the so called dogma rationale. In the B.B.C. 2’s Isaac Newton: The last Magician, the man is revealed to be more than the wrongly sum of his work in the Newton’s three Laws of Motion.

Skyfall, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Ben Whishaw.

There will be detractors of Skyfall, there always is and always will be when it comes to the James Bond film series. There will be those that call them archaic, a remnant of an era that no longer exists. They give it disparaging names and in less than polite circles pat themselves on the back for being able to condemn a film for representing certain social stereotypes and they will point to America at leading the way in how these types of films should be presented. Never mind the film, forget everything you have seen on the screen. It is easier to denounce both film and main actor when there is an axe to grinds somewhere.

We’ll Take Manhattan. Television Review. B.B.C. Television.

Originally published by L.S. Media. January 27th 2012.

L.S. Media Rating ****

Cast: Aneurin Barnard, Karen Gillan, Helen McCrory, Joseph May, Frances Barber, Robert Glenister.

It can only be described as astonishing to think that nobody has filmed the love affair between two of the most iconic British people from the 1960’s before now. Before the Beatles and the Liverpool invasion of Ed Sullivan’s show, which made a generation of American teenagers sit and take notice for the first time what was happening across the pond in dear, tired old Britain, there was a seismic cultural revolution that took hold with just one camera shot.