You may have already read my reviews for When in Rome, Edge of Darkness, and The Last Station, but if you just have a minute, check out these quick reviews of the movies and see my advice for checking them out in the theater.
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Watching the trailer for The Last Station, it looks like the sort of period dramedy that I like to latch on to. You have romance, lavish costumes, witty banter, and Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, who have already earned award nominations for their performances. But somewhere on the film's journey it switches routes, traveling down a more sullen path and losing luster on the way.
It's after the printing of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and novelist Leo Tolstoy (Plummer) is unsure what to do with his works as he nears the end of his life. Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti), Tolstoy's trusted advisor, wants to make his writings the property of the Russian people; Countess Sofya Tolstoy, his wife of 48 years, believes the books belong to the family.
Enter Valentin (James McAvoy), a follower of the Tolstoyan movement (a new religion based on Tolstoy's principles) who arrives to serve as the author's personal secretary, and things really begin to shake up. To see what I mean, read more
We're just a few days away from the 2010 Oscar nomination announcements — I'll be rising early on Feb. 2 to report who got a nod, but until then, I'm getting my predictions in now. I've already told you who I think will be up for best actor and best actress, and now here's another five I think are worthy of an Academy Award nod: the best supporting actors.
I've mentioned before that I love a period piece. From the costumes to the set design, there's so much to feast your eyes on. I'm doubly excited about seeing The Last Station, since it combines fabulous design with equally fabulous actors (Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, and James McAvoy, to name a few) and a great story, about the last chaotic years of author Leo Tolstoy. See some of my favorite decorating ideas from the set.
Sound the Oscar buzz alarm! Detailing the final days of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, The Last Station features many welcome faces and performances that look enthralling from the trailer alone. James McAvoy plays an eager young man hired to assist the writer, and Helen Mirren stars as Tolstoy's passionate and spirited wife Sofya. Christopher Plummer and Paul Giamatti round out the cast as Tolstoy and his longtime confidant, respectively.
Historical dramas can be stodgy, but the tone of the preview for The Last Station suggests that it's light, humorous, even romantic. I'm always happy to see McAvoy on screen, and Mirren is never a disappointment — they alone make this movie look accessible. To see the trailer, just read more