Tag Archives: Stephen Fry

Love & Friendship, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett, Jenn Murray, Lochlann O’ Mearáin, Sophie Radermacher, Chloë Sevigny, Stephen Fry, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards, Kelly Campbell, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet.

Playing the action hero for so long can lead to unexpected issues within cinema. For many the sight of an actor in anything other than the expected, the fight scenes, the tense muscles quivering under the spandex or leather a precursor to the belief that in anything else you would not get the merit you deserve. It happens to so many and yet the trend does occasionally get bucked, it does bend and snap and what emerges is nothing short of fantastic.

Alice Through The Looking Glass, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Lindsay Duncan, Leo Bill, Geraldine James, Andrew Scott, Richard Armitage, Ed Speleers, Timothy Spall, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Barbara Windsor, Michael Sheen, Paul Hunter, Siobhan Redmond, Paul Whitehouse.

Stephen Fry, More Fool Me. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

For many, indeed arguably millions, Stephen Fry has that modern disturbing invisible, perhaps slightly jingoistic moniker attached to his name that implies monetary wealth, rather than the importance he brings to the species as a whole and yet National Treasure he is and will be hopefully until the sad lamenting day when Q.I. has an empty host chair in sad rememberance.

The Hobbit, The Battle Of The Five Armies, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Billy Connolly,  Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Ian Holm, Sylvester McCoy, Ryan Gage, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Adam Brown, Aiden Turner, Manu Bennett, Hugo Weaving, Dean O’ Gorman, Christopher Lee, James Nesbitt, Stephen Fry, Mikael Persbrandt.

PurpleCoat Tour the U.K. And Ireland With New Show.

Liverpool’s PurpleCoat are hitting the road next month after they take Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on tour across the U.K. and Ireland. Supported by Stephen Fry, the R.S.C. and National Theatre, and well into development of their first feature film, this will be PurpleCoat’s first tour.

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most bittersweet comedies, memorably performed recently for the re-opening of the Liverpool Everyman. PurpleCoat’s production, set within a heavily influenced 90’s Benidorm-esque seaside resort, aims to discover the play from a whole new direction as it tours cities including Dublin, Birmingham, Stratford and London.

The Hobbit, The Desolation Of Smaug. Film Review. FACT Cinema, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline LillyBenedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt,  Sylvester McCoy,  Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Luke Evens,  Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’ Gorman, Aiden Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage.

There is no better way to round off an outstanding year in cinema that too return to the Lonely Mountain, through a forest of spiders and a tangle with the web that Elvish Men weave and via one of the finest dialogues captured throughout the whole of the Lord of the Rings trilogies and a journey involving a reluctant thief, a Wizard and a gang of Dwarves than to immerse yourself fully into the world of The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug.

PurpleCoat Productions Celebrate Fifth Birthday With Two Of Shakespeare’s Classics.

King Lear and The Merchant of Venice will be staged in Liverpool this summer, with support from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Stephen Fry, as the city’s PurpleCoat Productions stage a huge double-bill to celebrate their fifth year.

One ensemble from Liverpool will present both shows, which includes two of Shakespeare’s greatest and most challenging plays. The newly built Dome in Liverpool One will present The Merchant of Venice, while the iconic “Bombed-Out Church”, St. Luke’s, will play host to Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, King Lear.

Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows. Film Review.

Originally published by L.S. Media. December 21st 2011.L.S. Media Rating *****

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Paul Anderson, Geraldine James.

Everybody has their favourite Sherlock Holmes. It’s a question that gets asked frequently alongside, “So, who is your favourite Bond?” Conversations in pubs go on for hours up and down the country as each generation extols the virtue of, to their mind, the best person to portray the great detective Sherlock Holmes. The one with the best flaws, the little defects that make the man’s mind so fascinating. Of course it could depend on what era you grew up in. To a previous generation before my own, you hear the dulcet tones of Basil Rathbone being mooted, like a fine whisky that’s been kept in a special reserve for 40 years and only opened after a long and protracted battle of wits. There can be no escaping his clutches once you open the bottle.

The Man, Television Review. Sky Arts.

Stellan Starsgard, Hayley Atwell, Zoe Wanamaker, Stephen Fry in The Man. Picture from Sky Arts.

Originally published by L.S. Media. June 9th 2012.

L.S. Media Rating ****

Cast: Stephen Fry, Zoe Wanamaker, Stellan Starsgard, Hayley Atwell, Tony Cosh.

The second play written for the Sky Arts series of plays by Sandi Toksvig, the engaging The Man was quite possibly one of the strangest that the series had produced so far and yet also one of the most compelling for viewers to get their thoughts around.