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September 10, 2007

Gloriana Part Deux


As I am giving the Toronto International Film Festival a miss, I will not be seeing Elizabeth: The Golden Age with the wanking horde but must content myself to see it with the hoi polloi. That would be the aching distance of four weeks during which self-appointed cinéastes will put on airs for having seen an Oscar contender that much sooner; as if it takes a crystal ball and years at the ICA to work out Kate Blanchett is worth a look.

The FFFs - film festival f*ckers - talk up the opportunity to partake in Iranian art-house offerings but they are there for the Hollywood product they pretend to disdain and a fleeting glimpse of the celebrity to which they fancy themselves superior. There are not just one or two of these sociopaths kicking around but teeming thousands holding up traffic for the duration. Tossers. Tossing tosspots*

Not premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival? Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem, a film sure to be objectively superior to nine out of ten TIFF offerings.

* Excepting artists, industry people and journalists who have a excuse to be subjected to it. And, I will concede, all two or three fans of Iranian cinema who might otherwise have to rent a video instead.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 10, 2007 06:57 AM


I just saw the 1998 film a week or two ago on one of the movie channels. I was expecting to be disappointed, but ended up loving it. Despite the fact that they took some broad liberties with the history, it was a rollicking good story. And Blanchett seemed much more believeable as Elizabeth than Helen Mirren did in her recent effort.

On the other hand I think the Mirren miniseries did a good job of showing the machinations of the Privy Council. I just didn't like how melodramatically Mirren protrayed the queen. Constantly flying off the handle at everyone and everything. Not at all concerned about military ventures on the Continent, but very very concerned when courtiers failed to display the proper courtesies. Running through the halls hysterically, bellowing "Leicester!" "Leicester!" when she receives news of Mary's execution. It made me laugh. If I'm in the kitchen looking for something and can't find it, I'll start hollering "Leicester! Leicester!" at Wanda.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 05:15 PM

I loved the first film, particularly the gloomier interiors using Durham Cathedral. And I quite agree the Helen Mirren point. Prime Suspect was genius all the way through but she is not always so perfectly cast.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 07:09 PM