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Caryn James

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Stoppard and HBO's Dreamy 'Parade's End'

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 26, 2013 9:07 AM
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In Part 3 of HBO’s lyrical, nuanced, romantic and tough-minded World War I era series, Parade’s End, the aloof Sylvia Tietjens says of her aristocratic husband, “Christopher is the last decent man in England. How dare they put their knives into him – he’s mine.” By then we know that she is not simply complaining that Christopher’s colleagues in the British government have turned on him; she is saying the he is hers to manipulate and torture in an endless dance of love and hate. This is the most fun we’ve had with Edwardians since Downton Abbey.

Lesser-Known But Just As Good: Some Other Danny Boyle Films

  • By Caryn James
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  • July 29, 2012 9:45 AM
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Before Danny Boyle was famous, and not long before 28 Days Later came out, I interviewed him, and he said something incredible that I actually believed.  Looking back at his experience directing The Beach, a big-budget fiasco in which the studio insisted he use Leonardo Di Caprio rather than the then-little-known Ewan McGregor, Boyle said he’d has his chance at Hollywood commercial success and wasn’t ambitious for it anymore; he had a comfortable life making the films he wanted, and that was fine with him.

Sherlock Meets Bieber And Fifty Shades of Grey

  • By Caryn James
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  • May 3, 2012 8:45 AM
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Downton Abbey is not the only buzz-worthy upscale/downscale gem from PBS’s Masterpiece this year. Season 2 of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ultra-rational hero, begins on Sunday with “A Scandal in Belgravia.” The episode is smartly written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and directed by Paul McGuigan with enough flair to make a cinephile smile – nothing too surprising about that. But it turns out  that Cumberbatch himself inspires the kinds of squeals more often associated with Justin Bieber, as I saw first-hand at a preview screening and Q&A in New York on Wednesday.

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