Movies: The White Crow, The Serengeti Rules

The White Crow

Reviews are all over the board on this one, mostly not so good. We enjoyed it. To be clear, this is a biopic about Rudolf Nureyev. If you are a history buff, we will leave it for your discovery.

We found it believable and loaded with twists and turns you would expect from a suspense novel. The acting is passable to good but the theme is intriguing and satisfying. Russian with English subtitles.



The White Crow (March 22, 2019)

Release Date: March 22, 2019
Starring: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sergei Polunin
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 127 min
Original Title: The White Crow
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: BBC Films, Magnolia Mae Films, HanWay Films, Metalwork Pictures
Director Ralph Fiennes captures the raw physicality and brilliance of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. With his magnetic presence, Nureyev emerged as ballet’s most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB.

Cast The White Crow

  • Oleg Ivenko
  • Role: Rudolf Nureyev
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Role: Alexander Pushkin
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos
  • Role: Clara Saint
  • Sergei Polunin
  • Role: Yuri Soloviev
  • Louis Hofmann
  • Role: Teja Kremke
  • Olivier Rabourdin
  • Role: Alexinsky
  • Raphaël Personnaz
  • Role: Pierre Lacotte
  • Chulpan Khamatova
  • Role: Xenia
  • Zach Avery
  • Role: Michael Jones
  • Yves Heck
  • Role: Jagaud-Lachaume
  • Calypso Valois
  • Role: 
  • Mar Sodupe
  • Role: Helena Romero
  • Nadezhda Markina
  • Role: bureaucrat

Crew The White Crow

  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Director
  • Anne Seibel
  • Production Design
  • David Hare
  • Writer
  • Ilan Eshkeri
  • Music
  • Madeline Fontaine
  • Costume Design
  • Anja Dihrberg
  • Casting
  • Mike Eley
  • Cinematography
  • Barney Pilling
  • Editor
  • Elodie Demey
  • Casting
  • Alla Petelina
  • Casting
  • Nenad Pavlovic
  • Casting
  • Christelle Maisonneuve
  • Set Decoration
  • Julie Kavanagh
  • Book
  • Camille Bougon-Pigneul
  • Set Decoration

The Serengeti Rules

This film is based on research, specifically the environment, from the 1960s to now. The focus is “what were the causes of climate change in recent history and what is and should happen to mitigate that damage/change”.

The film spans studies from the Arctic to the Pacific tide pools, from the Serengeti to the Amazon, from otters to sea urchins and more. Anyone interested in the current status of the environment will find this film worth while.



The Serengeti Rules (April 21, 2018)

Release Date: April 21, 2018
Starring: Matthieson McCrae, Jaime Excell, Johnathan Newport, Ashlynn Jade Lopez
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 84 min
Original Title: The Serengeti Rules
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Passion Pictures, Tangled Bank Studios
Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head, and offer new hope for restoring our world.

Cast The Serengeti Rules

  • Matthieson McCrae
  • Role: Bob Paine
  • Jaime Excell
  • Role: Jim Estes
  • Johnathan Newport
  • Role: John Terborgh
  • Ashlynn Jade Lopez
  • Role: Mary Power, Age 8
  • Samantha Nugent
  • Role: Mary Power, Age 33
  • Laurie Spiegel
  • Role: Mary Power's Mother
  • Greg Kriek
  • Role: Tony Sinclair

Crew The Serengeti Rules

  • Nicolas Brown
  • Director
  • David Allen
  • Producer
  • Andy R. Worboys
  • Editor
  • Tim Cragg
  • Director of Photography
  • David Elisco
  • Executive Producer
  • Dennis Liu
  • Executive Producer
  • Sean B. Carroll
  • Book

Special Note:  This is a mini post of a couple films we managed to squeeze in this week.

We will be traveling to visit family and friends in the Midwest over the next six weeks.  We will continue to post movie reviews and travel photos as time permits.

We send our best wishes to you all!


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