Imagine an even grander version of the Dowager Countess of Grantham who has fallen on hard times and now is a homeless bag woman as that is exactly how Maggie Smith is in this delightful British comedy based on a mostly true story. It’s a tour-de-force performance that sadly didn’t get the Oscar Nomination for Dame Maggie in this totally unmissable movie.
Roger reviews Christian Petzold’s 2012 thriller set in Cold-War Germany in 1980 that reunited him with actress Nina Hoss. The movie was Germany’s Official Submission for a Best Foreign Film Oscar that year.
Brit writer/director’s Andrew Haigh’s superb intimate and gentle drama of a middle aged couple about to celebrate their Anniversary when they have to face some demons from the past. Veteran actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney both won Best Actors Awards at the Berlin Film Festival for their performances, and Miss Rampling has also been nominated for an Oscar too.
Roger reviews BROOKLYN the story of the choices a young Irish immigrant must make between a new life in the New World or being back in the Old World directed by John Crowley from script by Nick Hornby and starring Saoirse Ronan in an Oscar nominated performance.