May 262018
 

Mona Lisa Smile

2003

 



PLOT SUMMARY

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.


REVIEW

There was a time when I was well into Kirsten Dunst and bought most films she was in but it took me a long time to get around to watching this. She plays a bit of a bitch in this but it's made up for by starring some other favourite actresses of mine in Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Good performances all round but probably not a film that would draw me back for a second watch.




6.5

IMDb

Mar 282018
 

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Births



1948

Dianne Wiest

Age 70
Dianne Evelyn Wiest is an American actress.

Wiest has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress twice, for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets over Broadway (1994), both directed by Woody Allen. She appeared in three other of Allen's films: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Radio Days (1987) and September (1987). She also starred in Ron Howard's comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989), for which she received her second Academy Award nomination. Wiest has received a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a BAFTA Award nomination.
1960

Chris Barrie

Age 58
Christopher Jonathan Brown, known professionally as Chris Barrie, is a German born British actor, comedian and impressionist. He first achieved success as a vocal impressionist, notably in the ITVsketch show Spitting Image. He is best known for his roles as Arnold Rimmer in the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, as Gordon Brittas in the BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire and as Lara Croft's butler Hillary in the Tomb Raiderfranchise films.
1972

Nick Frost

Age 46
Nicholas John Frost is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and author. He is best known for his work in The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead(2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), and the television comedy Spaced (1999–2001). He also appeared in Joe Cornish's film Attack the Block (2011). He co-starred in the 2011 film Paul, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator and friend Simon Pegg. He is also well known for his various roles in the sketch show Man Stroke Woman.
1974

Andy Thomson

Age 44
Andy Thomson is an English former professional footballer, who has played for Swindon TownPortsmouthBristol Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers.

Thomson played 104 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1996 – 1999
1981

Gareth
David-Lloyd


Age 37
Gareth David Lloyd, known professionally as Gareth David-Lloyd, is a Welsh actor best known for his role as Ianto Jones in the British science fiction series Torchwood.
1981

Julia Stiles

Age 37
Julia O'Hara Stiles is an American actress. Stiles began acting at age 11 and made her screen debut as Erica Dansby in the television series Ghostwriter (1993–1994). Her first film role was in I Love You, I Love You Not (1996), followed by a leading role in the thriller Wicked (1998). She went on to gain prominence for her lead roles in teen films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) for which she won MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards, Down to You (2000), for which she was nominated for another two Teen Choice Awards, and Save the Last Dance (2001), winning the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress and was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.


Deaths



1987

Patrick Troughton

Died Aged 67
Born: 25 March 1920

Patrick George Troughton was an English actor. He was classically trained for the stage but became most widely known for his roles in television and film. His work included appearances in several fantasy, science fiction and horror films, but he became best known for his role as the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1966 to 1969; he reprised the role in 1973, 1983 and 1985.


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