“The Matrix Resurrections”: the Future is Now!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 December 2021 > What's On

Eighteen years after The Matrix Revolutions, which we thought was the third and final Matrix film, Lana Wachowski has directed a fourth: The Matrix Resurrections. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back in black in the iconic roles they made famous: Neo and Trinity. The Matrix franchise primarily consists of a trilogy of science-fiction films written and directed … Continue reading ““The Matrix Resurrections”: the Future is Now!”

Love Letter to France

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 26 October 2021 > What's On

Wes Anderson’s latest film The French Dispatch is a homage both to his adopted country and to the amazing writers nurtured by The New Yorker magazine, of which Anderson is an avid reader. As with his earlier films like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom, he has assembled an amazing cast. The conceit of … Continue reading “Love Letter to France”

Enola Holmes: Not Elementary My Dear Sherlock!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 23 September 2020 > What's On

In the Netflix adaptation of the Young Adult mystery-adventure by Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown is playing Enola Holmes, the sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes! Over 130 years after the world’s most famous detective made his 1887 debut in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, comes a new mystery-adventure about another … Continue reading “Enola Holmes: Not Elementary My Dear Sherlock!”

Vampires from “Dracula” to “Twilight”

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 25 October 2019 > Celebrate

The cinema industry has long had a love affair with vampires, most often Dracula, based on Eastern European legends and Bram Stoker’s eponymous book. An exhibition at the Cinémathèque in Paris is a great opportunity to revisit the fascination with the undead across the arts: literature, painting, TV and film. It’s also an opportunity to … Continue reading “Vampires from “Dracula” to “Twilight””

James Baldwin: Love in Harlem

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 13 June 2019 >

The 2019 film adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk, a love story set in 1970s Harlem, makes an excellent complement to Shine Bright 2de File 1 “United Colors of Harlem” or Shine Bright 1re File 8 “African-American Art” . This video can be used in class to introduce the film and Baldwin. … Continue reading “James Baldwin: Love in Harlem”

Dark Phoenix: back to black

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 29 May 2019 > What's On

While it may be the last film of the current X-Men movie franchise, Dark Phoenix is also shaping up to be the absolute darkest chapter of the series yet.    What’s the Dark Phoenix story?   The Dark Phoenix story is based on Chris Claremont’s iconic 1980s X-Men comic book (specifically The Dark Phoenix Saga). … Continue reading “Dark Phoenix: back to black”

This is the end…

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 24 April 2019 > What's On

The world of Pop culture will remember April 2019 for two things: the release of Avengers: Endgame and the final series of Game of Thrones. Both mark the culmination of tentacular stories with many iconic characters which could die at the really end… or not. As Game of Thrones approaches the midpoint of its final … Continue reading “This is the end…”

Love in Harlem

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 February 2019 > What's On

If Beale Street Could Talk,  one of this year’s Oscar-nominated films has impeccable credentials: the first English-language film adapted from one of James Baldwin’s novels, it was both adapted and directed by Barry Jenkins, who won the 2017 Best Picture Oscar for Moonlight. Like Moonlight, and Baldwin’s work, it is centered on a working-class African-American … Continue reading “Love in Harlem”

Star Wars Strikes Back

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 13 December 2017 > What's On

The Last Jedi, episode VIII of the famous saga which began in 1977, is finally in cinemas. For fans, it’s not a minute too soon. It’s been 30 years since the emblematic hero last properly featured in a Star Wars film. And two years since episode VII, The Force Awakens, in which Luke Skywalker appeared … Continue reading “Star Wars Strikes Back”