Chiwetel Ejiofor

Vanity Fair Prepares for War

by Alan Rapp on February 6, 2015

in Short Films

  • Title: Preparing for War

Just in time for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue photographer Jason Bell offers us three short films showcasing various British actors reenacting a wide breadth of scenes from American cinema. The various stars include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, James Corden, Kenneth Branagh, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Irons, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Orlando Bloom, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jude Law, Jack Huston, James McAvoy, Sally Hawkins, Clive Owen, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones, but Keira Knightley steals the spotlight with her recreation of the famous orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally…

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12 Years a Slave

by Alan Rapp on December 1, 2013

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: 12 Years a Slave
  • IMDB: link

12 Years a SlaveBased on the memoirs of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free New England man kidnapped and forced into slavery for 12 years while visiting Washington, D.C., the historical drama from director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley is an accounting of those experiences and the long road Northup takes to make it home to his wife and children. It’s often not an easy film to watch but it is an example of exceptional filmmaking that mark it as one of the best films of 2013.

Any discussion of the film must begin with Chiwetel Ejiofor, a longtime favorite of mine. Ejiofor’s terrific performance of a man caught-up in events and circumstances far beyond his control, struggling with loosing hope or ever seeing his family again while doing what he must to survive, is a brilliant piece of acting. Against the harshness of the events which surround his character, Ejiofor’s humanity shines through as a witness to the sin of slavery. Without what he’s able to bring to the role the stark honesty of McQueen’s film would be difficult to endure.

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The Perfect Movie for Valentine’s Day

by Alan Rapp on February 14, 2011

in Home Video, Theme Week

  • Title: Love Actually
  • IMDB: link

love-actually-dvdWritten and directed by Richard Curtis, Love Actually is a celebration of love. More than that, however, it’s a celebration of movie love. The film is jam-packed with characters, stories, situations, sampling the best romantic comedies have to offer. It’s not a spoof of romcoms, but a celebration of the best movie romances have to offer.

The film focuses on eight couples, each in a different part of their relationship as well as two additional stories which help tie them together: an aging rock star (Bill Nighy) and his manager (Gregor Fisher) attempting to win a holiday contest and jewelry store attendent (Rowan Atkinson) who shows up only when needed.

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