Alan Rickman Tribute: Sense and Sensibility

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Alan Rickman Part 2: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) “John Dashwood” (James Fleet) made a promise to his ailing “Father” (Tom Wilkinson) that as rightful heir, he would make sure his stepmother “Mrs. Dashwood” (Gemma Jones) and her daughters “Elinor” (Emma Thompson), “Marianne” (Kate Winslet) and “Margaret” (Emille Francois) are financially stable.…

Omar Sharif Tribute: Funny Girl

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 4: FUNNY GIRL (1968) Part musical, part biopic, Funny Girl tells the story of pioneering stage performer/comedienne “Fanny Brice” (Barbra Streisand). The film chronicles Fanny’s early rise to fame, and romance with professional gambler “Nicky Arnstein” (Sharif). Although Fanny’s career flourishes, the same cannot be said of her turbulent…

Omar Sharif Tribute: Monsieur Ibrahim

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Omar Sharif Part 5: MONSIEUR IBRAHIM (2003) In 1960s working class Paris, Jewish adolescent “Moїse Schmidt” (Pierre Boulanger) is growing up a without a mother and a severely depressed, distant father (Gilbert Melki). When not chasing girls, Moise frequently shoplifts from the neighborhood grocery store, run by “Ibrahim Demirci” (Sharif), an…

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Chaplin

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Chaplin

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 8: CHAPLIN 1992   Richard Attenborough entered the 1990’s with another amazing biopic, this time profiling one of the silver screen’s early icons: the legendary Charlie Chaplin.  Adapted from both Chaplin’s own autobiography and David Robinson’s Chaplin: His Life and His Art, the film chronicles Chaplin’s career, as…

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Cry Freedom

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Cry Freedom

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 7: CRY FREEDOM (1987) Cry Freedom tells the powerful true story of black South African activist "Stephen Biko" (Denzel Washington).  The founder of the “Black Consciousness Movement”, Biko was a fierce advocate for equal rights for the largely impoverished native South African population during the height of Apartheid.…

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Magic

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Magic

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 5: MAGIC – 1978   Richard Attenborough’s only foray into horror tells the story of" Corky Withers" (Anthony Hopkins), a shy, anxiety-ridden magician who struggles to get through a performance.  Corky eventually finds success when he incorporates ventriloquism into his act with “Fats” an expressive wooden dummy.  Fats…

Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Jarrod Emerson's tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 4: Jurassic Park – 1993   After focusing exclusively on his directorial career for over a decade, Richard Attenborough stepped back in front of the camera, when Steven Spielberg cast him in the mega-hit, Jurassic Park.  Attenborough portrays billionaire industrialist, John Hammond, creator of a ground-breaking, island theme…

Richard Attenborough: 10 Rillington Place

Richard Attenborough: 10 Rillington Place

Jarrod Emerson's tribute to Richard Attenborough: Part 3: 10 RILLINGTON PLACE – 1971 Sometimes the most gripping stories come straight from fact.  Such is the case with this powerful thriller from Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea).  Adapted from the collected writings of journalist Ludovic Kennedy, 10 Rillington Place dramatizes the…