After a cinematic diet consisting of The New York Film Festival, “DOC NYC” and Film Forum screenings, I decided to return to mainstream “multiplex” fare this past Saturday, via the AMC Loews Kips Bay Theatre, at 570 Second Avenue. After all, the last “multiplex” movie I saw was “Straw Dogs.” No wonder I had stayed away for so long.
It is perhaps ironic that the film I should choose for my “multiplex” return, after having seen so much art house fare, was actually an art house movie masquerading as a “multiplex” movie. “Anonymous” is an intelligent, sumptuous, period piece set in Elizabethan England. The story is a kaleidoscopic melding of history and very creative conjecture, which, among other things, says that William Shakespeare was an illiterate actor who was a front for Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (played by Rhys Ifans). There is actually a term for this theory: Oxfordianism. Read the rest of this entry