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Friday, November 10, 2006

GREENLIGHT #89: The Queen (with "Mrs. Brown" and "The Long Good Friday")

Ann and Les want everyone to pay homage to The Queen (2006.) This movie is a fascinating look at modern royalty and how it's pride in a stoic bearing doesn't play well today - all told on the amazingly stoic face of Helen Mirren. With two months left in the Oscar race, Ann and Les both believe Ms. Mirren will rightly wear the crown of Best Actress for 2006. She may not be alone on the podium though because James Cromwell as Prince Phillip and Alex Denning as Prince Charles were wonderful too. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another film about another queen who temporarily loses her bearing called Mrs. Brown (1997.) It features Judi Dench as Queen Victoria who is bereft after the death of her husband Prince Albert and has been in isolation for years. Much to everyone's surprise, it's her horseman, John Brown, played by Billy Connolly, who brings her back to herself and her royal position. Ann recommends an early Ms. Mirren film by John Mackenzie in which the elegant Ms. Mirren plays the mistress of a London mobster played by Bob Hoskins . The film is called The Long Good Friday (1980.)

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