April 12, 2008 |
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter," which premieres tonight on Lifetime, is one of those movies that should be better than it is, the kind of show best watched while doing something else -- the ironing, perhaps, or some light weightlifting.
January 10, 2007 |
For a woman who describes herself as a character actor, Emily Watson's role in the new "Miss Potter" is a character, to be sure. The indie-queen actress -- who was nominated for Oscars in 1997 for Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" and in 1999 for "Hilary and Jackie" -- plays the fiery, impulsive Millie Warne, a bright neon sign in the gaslight salons of Victorian London, where the unmarried woman finds a friend in author Beatrix Potter.
September 25, 2005 |
"I am sitting here like a great beached whale," proclaims actress Emily Watson over the phone from her London home. Watson, 38, is due to have her first child, with husband Jack Waters, in October. But the actress won't be absent from the big screen when she takes her maternity leave. The Oscar-nominated star of 1996's "Breaking the Waves" and 1998's "Hilary and Jackie" has several films on the horizon.
January 21, 2000 |
She has a face that would serve as a poor hiding place for an emotional wound. "I can't think of the right word . . . physiognomy, right?" says Emily Watson. "That's my advantage, I suppose. To have a face that reveals everything." Even, on this particular afternoon, a courtly prepossession (she offers tea to her visitor) that might startle those who know the 32-year-old British actress only for the unguarded, unsettling passion of her two Oscar-nominated roles.
April 9, 1999 |
"Metroland," a satisfying story of love and marriage told with humor and insight, finds Christian Bale's Chris and Emily Watson's Marion married eight years, living comfortably in a leafy London suburb with a baby daughter. The year is 1977 when up pops Chris' boyhood friend Toni (Lee Ross), after a long absence, to challenge Chris' assertions of happiness. Toni is an unpublished poet who bums around the world, taking the odd teaching job and supported by a rich American girlfriend.
January 9, 1999
As professional musicians (we are both members of the Cleveland Orchestra), my companion and I were most interested in Mark Swed's "Hilary and Jackie" commentary ("Some Notes of Inauthenticity," Jan. 2). We agree that watching non-musician actors mime instrumental playing is slightly distracting. However, we were upset that Swed implies this one aspect of the movie precludes any depiction of Jacqueline du Pre's consuming passion for music and thereby destroys the entire production.