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The Lion in Winter

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

Lately my facebook page has been filled with advertisements for The Favorite starring Rachel Weitz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman.

The story is about Queen Anne of England and how she was influenced by two women who were her favorites at various times.

*COMPOSITE* The Favourite GRABSThe women were in essence fighting over Anne, each with ideas of what would be best for the country.

It is a character study that is both fascinating and appalling.

I haven’t seen this movie yet but it does remind me of an older movie about a British royal family celebrating Christmas while trying to decide upon the heir to the king’s seat.

The Lion in Winter is set during the reign of King Henry II. The king is older and he has three sons wondering who will be the next king. WE know them as King Richard the Lionhearted, King John, and Geoffrey. To make everything more interesting, the Queen has been allowed to visit from her jail cell. Eleanor of Aquitaine is a dangerous woman who has tried to unseat her husband several times and almost succeeded once.

Henry and Eleanor are portrayed by Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn, two giants in the world of acting. One scene is filled with much emotion and constant stategising between these two as both try to get their favorites in place for power. There is much chemistry and fire between these two as they fight and love or just be.

Lion in WinterHenry!! was a ruthless king and Peter O’Toole gives him the right amount of passion and drive to be king. We watch him throw someone out a window and plot to make his favorite king. Katherine Hepburn give a tour -de force performance as a woman who constantly fights for her rights. But Hepburn makes her a standout woman who seems unafraid to admit what upsets her.

This movie also marks Anthony Hopkins debut as a screen actor as Prince Richard. Hopkins gives a strong performance and related the advice Hepburn gave to him regarding acting. Timothy Dalton appears as the French king.

Is this a Christmas movie? No, not really. It is set at Christmas but the family gathering is very intense with family members willing to take out the mates of their family members.

And yet there are beautiful parts of this movie with the grand entrance of the queen at the beginning. A part of me loves the dysfunction and the constant bickering. I love the grand scenes and the more intimate scenes. Even the final scene is fascinating as they make plans for the following year.

Despite being made in the 60s when there were more restrictions on movies, this one is not for kids. It has some harsh scenes and deadly outcomes. It contains adult context and should be kept for teens and older.

This is the season when kid shows and movies abound. This movie is for adults and something many of us can relate to even if our families are not royalty.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

THe Lovely Emma Stone

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

There are various actors that I love to watch because their good. Some I like because they make acting look so easy no matter what role they are playing.

Lucy needs to be bold and daring. Emma Stone has all of that!

Zombieland

I started watching Emma Stone when she appeared in Zombieland. When I see Emma Stone, somehow, I am reminded of Lindsey Lohan. Stone is having the career that Lohan should have had. It is filled with a variety of roles in a variety of genres. Stone has done musical, comic book, drama, and historical movies. She has dipped her toes in science fiction and voice over work.

Everytime I see her in a movie, I am transported. I believe she is that character and her emotions always feel true.

Zombieland starred Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin as four survivors after the zombie apocalypse. They are all trying to get back to a place where they think it might be safe from the zombies, they all want to find if loved ones are still alive.

Stone reminded me of Zooey Deschanel with long dark hair and a sassy attitude. But the one thing I noticed is I could not stop watching Stone. Every time she was on the screen, I wanted to see what she would do next.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of watching Stone in a variety of movies. She has been a 1960s activist writer in The Help. She played Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man. That was followed by voicing the lead character in The Croods.

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Birdman

While these were good, Stone would really shine in The Birdman starring Michael Keaton. The movie was about a man making a comeback on Broadway after a career of playing a super-hero character. Keaton might be crazy, he might really have some powers and we never know for certain.

Stone plays his daughter who has recently come out of drug rehab. She appears much thinners, pale, and has dark shadows under her eyes. But her performance especially at the end of the movie, is spellbinding. It is her reaction to her father’s final scene that allows you to believe in something happy, something positive.

While I thought La-La Land was uneven, Stone was marvelous. Her dancing was light and airy but done by a person who appeared to be confident and learning how to be better. And that matched her character, a young actress trying to make herself better with every role and every opportunity.

Emma Stone stars in Fox Searchlight Pictures' "THE FAVOURITE."Her latest movie is The Favorite set in the early 1700s in the royal court. Stone plays Abigail, a woman who comes to find a job at the royal residence of Queen Anne and becomes the person that the queen wants with her at all times.

This actually happened as Queen Anne slowly turned from her favorite of Lady Sarah Marlborough to Abigail. As I watched the clips, I loved how Stone handled various situations and I found she sounded similar to friends of my children. For those in high school yet, Stone is an inspiration of how to act and how to be during interviews and on set.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.