Isabelle Huppert is surrounded by shocking surprises in “Elle.” After she is brutally abused, Huppert lays a suspenseful trap for her attacker. She told me why she doesn’t feel as brave and daring as the woman she plays.
You won’t believe Lithgow as Winston Churchill. Even he didn’t! In my interview with him for The Saturday Evening Post he told me, “I would never cast myself as Winston Churchill but when Steven Daldry cast me as Winston Churchill, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.”
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play a couple taking their case for interracial marriage to the Supreme Court in “Loving.” It’s history but it’s also moving story about the power of love.
“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” entertained and engaged me. It also thoroughly frightened me by exposing evidence of extreme hanky-panky surrounding efforts to suppress votes.
The approach is clever and appealing – so much that it can take us away from the message. The attention-getting style is fun in the way that “The Big Short” and Michael Moore took on significant subjects with statistics and smirks. The resources and research are very compelling and extremely terrifying. If we know about the dirty tricks and tricksters why isn’t more being done to clean up our voting system?
So, I say, see the film- it will make an impression. But don’t stop there. Pay attention and help shine a light on every horrific plot to deny the dignity and the vote to thousands of people.
Ewan McGregor seems to have it all in American Pastoral: success, a beautiful wife and a lovely daughter. Then his life falls apart when his kid joins radicals opposed to the Vietnam War. Ewan told me that, with four daughters of his own, he identified with the challenges of getting parenting right.