The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Based on: Jane Wilde Hawking‘s autobiography
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Christian McKay, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake
Seen on: 06.01.2015 [cornholio suggested I add that info to my posts, let me know what you think.]

Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a brilliant, but a little aimless physics student who not only spends his time studying, but also having fun with his friend Brian (Harry Lloyd). During one of their outings he meets Jane (Felicity Jones) and they fall in love. But then Stephen is diagnosed with an illness said to kill him in a very short time. Supported by Jane, he takes up the fight to survive and finish his studies and surpasses all expectations – not only regarding his health, but also his scientific accomplishments.

The Theory of Everything is a nice film, but it is so completely paint by the numbers, that it is also boring. It never does anything really wrong, but there is also nothing that really makes it stand out.

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)


The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister is a movie by James Kent, written by Jane English, starring Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley and Susan Lynch.

Anne Lister (Maxine Peake) is a wealthy woman in 19th century Yorkshire who also happens to be a lesbian. She’s very much in love with Mariana (Anna Madeley) who returns her affection. Much to Anne’s surprise though, she discovers that Mariana is to be married to the older Charles Lawton (Michael Culkin). Anne is not willing to compromise, contrary to Mariana which causes a rift between the two of them.

The Secret Diaries if Miss Anne Lister tells an interesting story and provides a fascinating look at the life of lesbians at the time. The perfomances are wonderful and the script has a good sense of humor. Very entertaining.

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