Tag Archives: Emma Thompson

Who could see how the road would twist?

Review: Sweeney Todd, “Live at Lincoln Center” (TV) Sweeney Todd resurrects every few years. Home viewers can watch the 2001 concert starring Patti LuPone, Tim Burton’s 2007 movie, and the 1982 national tour with Angela Lansbury on DVD. This new 2014 Lincoln Center concert, which aired last night on PBS, isn’t as strong as the other choices, though […]


How do you solve a problem like P.L. Travers? In her sessions with Walt Disney’s team over Mary Poppins, she objected to nearly every adaptation of her books: the Sherman Brothers’ songs, the animated penguins, and Dick Van Dyke. The studio made the movie Walt wanted. Now in Saving Mr. Banks, even Travers herself cannot escape from […]

Always a Bride, Never a Bridesmaid

“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” Last week writer Mark Harris lamented about the “deplorable state” of the Best Actress race this year, arguing that by having a lineup of women who have already won awards (either in lead or supporting), we miss some of the lesser-known, yet […]