Movie, TV, DVD Reviews

A Knight's Tale DVD
e-Royalty Rating:
verygood

A Knight’s Tale (2001) starring Heath Ledger, directed by Brian Helgeland e-Royalty Rating: 4 stars I recently rewatched “A Knight’s Tale,” released in theaters in 2001 and now available on DVD.  It is an easy movie to watch, but a difficult one to rev …

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Anne-of-the-Thousand-Days
e-Royalty Rating:
good

Not a scene-stealer, Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn in Anne of a Thousand Days, is the perfect complement to Richard Burton’s Henry the VIII. Since her acting style in no way impinged on Burton’s ego, the pair worked well on the screen. She was proper …

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Becket
e-Royalty Rating:
verygood

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Becket, the 1964 film classic based on Jean Anouilh’s play of the same title. Starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, it depicts the medieval world of England’s King Henry II who may be most notorious for imprison …

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Elizabeth I
e-Royalty Rating:
good

Elizabeth (1998) Directed by Shekhar Kapur Starring Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush e-Royalty Rating: 4 Stars The film Elizabeth opens with shots taken from above as if we are watching from heaven. Perhaps, by guiding viewer consciousness …

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Elizabeth-I
e-Royalty Rating:
verygood

Elizabeth I, the HBO mini-series released in 2005, is the best of all the Queen Elizabeth Tudor movies that I’ve seen to date. When I popped Disc One into the DVD player recently, I was expecting something mildly entertaining. At the end of the three h …

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Mary Queen of Scots (1971)
e-Royalty Rating:
ok

In 1972, the New York Times film critic, Vincent Canby, wrote that Mary Queen of Scots (1971), was “solemn, well-groomed, and dumb.” This, even though it was well received by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Hollywood Fore …

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Richard III (1956)
e-Royalty Rating:
ok

The 1956 production of Richard III is a movie you might want to miss unless you really like dated interpretations of Shakespearean propaganda and 17th century speech. It’s not at all the style we’re used to nowadays and seems artificial compared to, le …

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movies
e-Royalty Rating:
verygood

I first saw The Lion in Winter in a movie theater in 1968 when it first came out. Having read a half dozen books about Eleanor, Henry and their sons, I fancied myself quite knowledgeable. I “got” the little inside jokes. I laughed heartily to the annoy …

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