New Releases: 2nd June

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB:

Dallas-Buyers-Club-Poster1Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, an accidental activist who smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas after they improved his symptoms. Distributing his supplies to fellow patients through the Dallas Buyers Club, Woodruff faced FDA and establishment opposition, but refused to cease his exploits. I enjoyed the film. It’s draining, as well it should be, and McConaughey gives it hell. Nevertheless, I’m wholly weirded out by what the film does: find a hero for the AIDS crisis – through careful styling and, an albeit reasonable, rompy narrative – in a homophobic cowboy. Yeah it’s based on a true story, but telling liberties have been taken with the facts, not just about Woodruff  but about the drugs too. Look it up. It’s a nuanced and worthwhile film, particular for its handling of the overlap between self-interest and altruism, but be sure to scratch deeper should you feel compelled.

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JOBS:

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Worse movie ever

this film is very inspiring and emotional if u watch it all the way to the end

Spoiler alert. He dies at the end

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Horrible movie…About a horrible corporate creep…About a horrible company.

Was Jobs a good movie?? And i don’t want the reviews of Rotten Tomato or some other website. I want the review of someone who actually understood a movie like Cloud Atlas and appreciates movies like War Horse. Thanks!!!

This might be the film of this decade.

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GRUDGE MATCH:

Grudge-Match-PosterAging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement for one final bout, thirty years after their last fight. Against my better judgement and completely lackluster reviews – “A preposterous, worthless mediocrity” – I will be watching this and when I do will try my very  hardest to enjoy it. One simply must care about these important men. Here’s a trailer for a documentary De Niro just made about his father and here’s the opening credits from Stallone’s excellent Paradise Alley (1978).

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THAT AWKWARD MOMENT:

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THE ARMSTRONG LIE:

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VEEP (SEASON 2):

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

OUT OF THE FURNACE:

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JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT:

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TRUE BLOOD (SEASON 6):

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Fresh on our Shelves (fresh, like spring rain… pfff):

So it’s spring – that time of year known for its hail storms; when the sky parts and the clouds vomit a years worth of icy grit; London is awash with the traditional monsoons – one raindrop away from washing down the Thames and landing us all in Calais or back on the beaches of Dunkirk; and where everyone shivers at home, trying to warm themselves by a roaring candle. Ah, May! Some say summer’s coming. But what’s that?

Once we’re done jumping in the puddles and gloating that we probably need never wash our cars again, let us huddle around the glow of our TVs, for whilst the wind has been battering our coiffeurs, spring has sprung to our shelves (yes, they have been dusted recently) and brought us a fresh brood:

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Nicholas Ray takes on attitudes towards mental illness and addiction and brings out a powerhouse performance from lead actor, James Mason.  A seriously ill man (Mason) is persuaded by doctors to take a new miracle pill which he soon finds, not only eliviates the symptoms of his illness, but leaves him feeling really remarkably well indeed. So well, in fact, that he inevitably begins to abuse this wonder drug by significantly upping his dosage, causing wild side effects and a psychotic break that threatens the welfare of himself and his family. Co-starring Barbara Rush as the suffering wife. Watch out for the son with his mini-James Dean red windbreaker,  à la Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause:

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Rebel-Without-a-Cause_James-Dean-jeans-cake.bmpI wonder what the cake signifies… Definitely daddy issues – possibly of the oedipal variety. Oh, for a peak into the mind of Nicholas Ray. Actually, if that sounds appetising – check out Lightening Over Water (1980), the bizarre, spellbinding, and deeply affecting experimental docu-film Wim Wenders made on his friend whilst Ray, who was dying of cancer, was attempting to complete his final film.

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Is it amazing? Is it atrocious? Most people (including the good folk at IMDb) believe the latter. Well. If you’ve watched a lot of cult/B-movies you might well see the genius in it. If you haven’t, then its atrocious. And, yes, it does have Lindsay Lohan girating on a pole, which was probably info enough to send most critics into the cinema with bazookas. Just watch it as though it were a cult classic (which it should be, if it hasn’t reached that status yet). Squint and imagine it was made in 1971. Basically, don’t throw rotten eggs til you’ve seen it. Then, knock yourselves out.

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Based on a true story. Self-explanatory.

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MPW-33975WHO’S THAT GIRL (1987) – dir. James Foley, who also directed At Close Range (1986) (starring Madonna’s then-husband, Sean Penn) and the infinitely superior, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). I have nothing to say about this. And I actually quite like Madonna.

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New Releases: 26th May

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS:

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The lovely new film by Joel and Ethan Coen. I watched this at the pictures and it was like a door stopper had been popped under my day so that this sweet, moody and feline little film could creep in. Some critics have called it cold but I don’t see it that way. It’s melancholy, and melancholia can be good warm stuff. Loosely based on the autobiography of Dave Van Ronk – and the beautiful likes of Paul Clayton – the film charts one week in the life of a Greenwich Village folk singer in 1961. My lover loved this film on a transcontinental flight, and my lover don’t please easy. Meowww.

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STRANGER BY THE LAKE:

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Also saw this at the pictures. Best thing I’ve seen this year at the pictures, actually (or maybe joint best with Under the Skin). It’s so much harder to write about films you like than the ones you don’t/you despise (see below). Stranger by the Lake won Alain Guiraudie best director at Cannes last year, it also got the Queer Palm. Cop-out because it’s amazing, but I don’t quite have the wherewithal/desire to break it down here: it’s an exceptional film and I look forward to talking with you about it in-store.

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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY:

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Get out of my face.

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I, FRANKENSTEIN:

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The buzz on bees…

Bees are a funny business. One minute they’re in deadly peril, the next, they’re cruising for bargains down the local high street – with an apparent soft-spot for Topshop.

Environmentalists have been up in arms about their dwindling numbers for years, warning about the devastation that this will have on our food supply, and reminding us of such facts as ONE SINGLE TEA SPOON OF HONEY IS EQUAL TO THE  LIFES WORK OF TWELVE HONEY BEES and that, when taking those long, lush honey baths we’re all so used to, we should at least remember to pop down to Wholefoods to be sure to fill our tubs with organic.

Now that bees appear to be dropping like flies, it seems we may all need to start cultivating an appetite for alternative food sources. Our future shopping lists may well included Heinz Baked Ants (bees would be so much better here, but, alas…), Walkers salt and vinegar (will we have grapes to make vinegar?) flavoured crickets, and Levi Roots’ Jerk Spiders. Well, that sounds fine, but, whilst dining out: “Would madam care for a bamboo soup?” Hmm. You’ve lost me there.  “And for desert, a self-pollinating apple tart?” I know a self-pollinating apple will look just like a normal apple, but I keep picturing it spinning in my hand. (If you were round and self-pollinating, wouldn’t you spend your time just rolling in yourself?)

Anyway, to prepare us for the appetising eventuality of this screaming disaster, here are a few documentaries to keep us up at night (standing in the glow of the open fridge, taking a mental picture of the contents as a keepsake…):

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LOOKING FOR OUR PRIZE-WINNER!

 

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New Releases: 19th May

WOLF OF WALL STREET:

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We have approx. ten billion copies of this in rental. We need them, Wolf of Wall Street is gonna go go go.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is real life scumbag Jordan Belfort, an NYC stockbroker that got himself greasy, head-deep in filth, fraud and corruption back in the 1990s. Martin Scorsese is the director and gets the film jamming along better than most could. A film to make you feel dirty. It also has the sad, sad honour of being the first major studio-film distributed to cinemas in exclusively digital format. No 35mm prints at all – the last one Paramount made of those was Anchorman 2, yuck.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK:

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This series is cause for excitement. I have quite literally been shaking in anticipation. Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) – an international drug smuggler. The offence occurs ten years prior to the start of Orange Is the New Black, and in that time Piper has moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life. In prison, Piper and Alex are reunited.  Whilst rehashing their relationship, they get to grips with fellow inmates… This has gotten stunning reviews and looks wonderful. Season two is on its way soon, so get in on the ground floor.

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CRIMSON FIELD:

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BBC series about the lives of medics and patients at a field hospital in France during the First World War.

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Back and forth forever and ever and ever…

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Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan, 1989)

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In a hotel where an uncanny reality makes moves against the isolated desires of the characters, Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan, 1989) is a cold trip. It is loaded with unrequited love, quiet anguish, subtle and not-so-subtle power plays, technological alienation and the consequences of unruly passions.

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This film is full of curly black hair. Gabrielle Rose gives a wonderfully measured performance as a writer who is losing control of her work to a film production. Arsinée Khanjian, Egoyan’s wife, plays the insular and dreamy housekeeping staff who is obsessed with her colleague, an aspiring actor played by Michael McManus, whose blankness is chilling. Although the film shares a great deal with the spooky dreamscapes of David Lynch and the weird modernity of early David Cronenberg, Speaking Parts seems most closely akin to the kinds of crises we find in Joseph Losey’s Accident (1967). Having painted this quiet grey picture, I must add, the film is not without humour and the sentimental speeches made by the stoney faced David Hemblen as “The Producer” are golden.

This film gets bonus points because it has scenes set in a video shop.

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Check out the amazingly vintage website of Speaking Parts star Michael McManus:

http://www.michael-mcmanus.com/

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New Releases: 12th and 5th May

12 YEARS A SLAVE:

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That poster is five stars short of fifty. If it weren’t, I might raise the specter of a certain star-spangled banner. Might try to shape up a little comment about critical acclaim, history, nationalism and what I’d probably try to describe as 12 Years a Slave‘s ‘precarious authority’.  But that poster is five stars short of fifty and 12 Years a Slave is a film I haven’t even seen yet. So rather than poke and postulate, which I’m usually happy to, I’ll just say that this must easily be the most important film out this week. The New York Times‘ Manohla Dargis: “the genius of 12 Years a Slave is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price.”

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47 RONIN:

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Yeah you guessed it; 7 Youtube comments about 47 Ronin

Why does he still talk like he has no acting skill??
You would think he would learn over time.

Just saw the movie and i loved it!  8.1 out of 10

stupid american shit….you destroy everything…

sorry but i like it

Why do people hate this movie?

I seen this movie last month.

LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! and I’m a girl who doesn’t like sumari movies… but this was exceptionally GREAT

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CUPCAKES:

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No doubt, this looks fun! From the director of Yossi.

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AFTERNOON DELIGHT:

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Rachel is a stay-at-home mother. Rachel is frustrated. Rachel has a lackluster sex life and career gone kaput. Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper. Rachel adopts McKenna as her live-in nanny. Afternoon Delight director Jil Soloway says her film, “make[s] people uncomfortable. It particularly makes men uncomfortable.”  Soloway has made a pilot called Transparent (starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgendered father) that just got picked up for a full season by Amazon Studios. Most importantly, Soloway wrote a short story called Courteney Cox’s Asshole

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

WISH YOU WERE HERE:

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New Releases: 5th May

RAILWAY MAN:

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From what I can tell Colin Firth turns in a performance of intense emotional complexity in an extraordinary true story that is powerful and harrowing, touching and credible. I see that the film is based on the best selling book by Eric Lomax and was in cinemas New Year’s Day. … … Really though, what can Iii say about The Railway Man? It smells of Ronseal. Total wood preserver. You don’t need me. Actually, truth be told, I have quite the soft spot for Colin. Some say we share a resemblance but I just think that’s completely accurate. Swoon. What I wouldn’t give just to watch him sleep. Go on, you know you want to.

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:

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This was supposed to hit our shelves in February but got pushed back. Here’s what I said about it then… I really wanted to see this when it played at London film festival last year. By Hirokazu Kore-eda (I Wish). The critical consensus is that Kore-eda stands as cinema’s principle chronicler of everyday Japanese life; Ozu’s heir. He’s certainly got a knack for tapping that profound and poetic core of the quotidian. IMDb blurb: “Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.” As sensational as that dilemma might sound, I’m sure Like Father, Like Sons treatment of it is both delicate and provocative. Recommended in advance.

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REASONABLE DOUBT:

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A thriller, filmed in Winnipeg. “Reasonable Doubt received negative reviews”.

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ALSO OUT LAST WEEK:

MAMMON:

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Film of the Day: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

P-P-PLEASE EDDIE!

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Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy, Death Becomes Her and Romancing the Stone, but Forrest Gump). Starring London’s own son, the recently departed, BOB HOSKINS of the broad neck and the hairy shoulders; hard not to love even though he did insist on reminding us how good it was to talk for ALL THOSE YEARS. But he did give us Roger Rabbit. And Mermaids (1990). And Hook (1991) and The Long Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986). Ok, and also Super Mario Bros. (1993) but how could he have predicted what a colossal pile of crap that would turn out to be? How?

He played the hard-working (and oh-so-clearly working class) joe who had a bit of a broken mug and who knew how tough life could be, but who so often had a heart of gold. Take a dive at him and he could probably knock you out. Look past his visage and embrace his cockney swagger, all “Nah!” and “Bollocks!” (Pauline Kael rather memorably described him as a “testicle on legs”, but she was still a fan) and you’d find a pal.

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ROGER: A LAUGH CAN BE A VERY POWERFUL THING. WHY, SOMETIMES IN LIFE, IT’S THE ONLY WEAPON WE HAVE.

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EDDIE: WHAT’S UP, DOC?

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EDDIE: GEEZ.

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(SPOILER ALERT!) HOLY SMOKE! HE’S A TOON!

Also starring the wonderful and terrifying, Christopher Lloyd.

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JESSICA RABBIT: I’M NOT BAD; I’M JUST DRAWN THAT WAY.

And also featuring the strangely uncredited voice of Kathleen Turner as the smoldering and frontally-challenged, Jessica Rabbit.

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Mickey Mouse: Gosh, I wonder who he really was?

Bugs Bunny: I’ll tell you one thing, Doc. He weren’t no rabbit.

Daffy Duck: Or a duck.

Goofy: Or a dog.

Pinocchio: Or a little wooden boy.

Big Bad Wolf: Or a… sheep.

Woody Woodpecker: Or a woodpecker.

Sylvester: Or a pussy.

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Nebraska (2013)

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Reviewed by Rob Munday

Nebraska, one of those states you can’t put your finger on unless you’re looking at a map (and even then it may take a while). Florida, New York, California all come with pre-wrapped expectations: sun and sand, New York New York, and Arnold Schwarzenegger; but Nebraska is largely a blank. And that works for this film, as Alexander Payne’s latest is about a lost America, a place strangely devoid of the life it should have.

Woody (Bruce Dern) is out on his own. Coat flapping, cotton wool hair torn apart by the wind, he walks along the great American pavement (or highway as it’s better known). Woody has purpose, he’s off to Nebraska, keen to collect the million dollars promised to him in a letter. But he has ignored the small print; the letter is just a circular. Woody’s no millionaire, he’s just a deluded old man.

NEBRASKAHorrified by his antics, his wife Kate, a lady full of grouch with a foul mouth to match, calls in son David for help. But David is ill equipped for this task; his life ain’t going so great and he’d rather not deal with this old man who never did much for him. Woody’s having none of it; he’s going one way or the other – maybe a road trip to Nebraska is just what David needs.

This being Payne, Nebraska is no ode to the open road but instead a chance for these characters to get to know each other. Woody and David get diverted on the way and become caught up in their past – back in the small town where they once lived. The shadow of recession looms large here. There is nothing much happening in this town beyond beer and TV; the streets lie empty and forlorn in the hope tumbleweed may provide some excitement.

They stay with relatives who all seem stuck in arbitrary lives. The mum fusses pointlessly, the dad sits watching TV along with the two fat sons who may as well be called Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. A beer in their hands they all seem happy to wait for the apocalypse. For David you can see the creeping horror, this is what happens when you get caught in the flow of everyday poverty. Meanwhile word gets around of Woody’s fortune and excitement spreads. We see the stink that money brings, the praise heaped on those who have it and the base instincts its lure encourages.

NEBRASKAAs time slips by David learns more about his dad’s past and his view starts to change. Maybe Woody is less a drunk that’s lost his marbles and more damaged goods after living a life too open to abuse in a cynical world. There is pathos in Woody and this is down to Dern who holds the screen beautifully with his usual mix of unpredictable magnetism. He’s aided by the casual evil of Stacy Keach (who plays his nemesis Ed Pegram) and understated support from Will Forte as David.

This is the first of Payne’s features not to be written by him and yet Bob Nelson’s script is not only based in Payne’s home state but fits right in with his output. There is a sadness in Payne’s work, a disappointment with people in general but also a willingness to care for them and laugh at their foibles.

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This is a gentle and effective comedy but you may yearn for the bite of Payne’s sharp debut Citizen Ruth, a film that starred Bruce Dern’s daughter Laura.

New Releases: 28th April

NYMPHOMANIAC 1&2:

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This week I watched the trailers with my mother. Listen to her.

“I wouldn’t know where to start with that one, my dear.”

Quite.

Press kit: NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

So, lushy branched-out Lars von Trier sex film. Start at the beginning!

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AMERICAN HUSTLE:

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Big hit from David O. Russel. Based loosely on the FBI Abscam operation of the late seventies/early eighties. Starring Christian – mother says “I prefer him all skinny, didn’t you? Like in The Machinist” – Bale  and Amy Adams as con artists forced by Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent to conduct an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians. Jeremy Renner plays the corrupt mayor of Camden, New Jersey, and Jennifer Lawrence Bale’s wife. I see satisfying shades of Scorsese, but also a bit of period pain (by which I mean a spotty kind of  nervousness about unsuccessfully faking the late seventies).

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ALL IS LOST:

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Robert Redford, surviving. Spare me. This film has done very well and I’m sure many fine patrons of the shop will really enjoy it. But my Mum said “this doesn’t look that brilliant, does it?”, and she’s right.

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MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM:

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Scott Foundas of Variety said Mandela “never opts for a light touch when a sledgehammer will do”, but praised Idris Elba for “a towering performance, a Mandela for the ages”. Dr Vincent Hiribarren, a lecturer in world history at King’s College London said the film presents “Mandela’s understanding of the apartheid years. Or, at least, what he wanted to let us know. As the film is not based on Mandela’s life but on Mandela’s own words, criticism levelled at Mandela’s autobiography can also be directed at the film.” My mother said, “you can’t fuck with Mandela.” Sledgehammer, ego, icon – I endorse Mandela.

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ANCHORMAN 2:

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“Hmmm…”

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CHILD OF GOD:

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<3 Mummy: ” Well that was fun, apart from that one”. Like mother, like son (hate Franco).

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

WRINKLES:

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Film of the Day: EASTER PARADE (1948)

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The highest grossing musical of 1948 – and the most financially successful film for both Garland and Astaire, Easter Parade is best remembered for its ‘We’re a Couple of Swells’ dance routine:

Despite Astaire’s part originally being intended for Gene Kelly, The New York Times described Fred as having “no peer”  – a belief I’ve personally always held. Certainly, the dance routines aren’t amongst his most ebullient, but they have all the characteristics of the best of Astaire: that trademark gracefulness (mixed with screwball humour), that extension of body and elongation of movement, all so typical of Astaire and that always make even the simplest of routines a marvel to behold:

Interestingly, unfortunately and unfairly, the same New York Times review described Judy Garland as “a competent trooper, nimble on her feet and professionally sound vocally…” But everybody wanted to work with Judy – both Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire agreed to the picture because it meant the chance of working with her. The former saw her talent as bordering genius, and the latter would later remember her as “the greatest performer who ever liver – or probably ever will live…” Quite a complement for one described by critics as merely “competent’ and “professionally sound, vocally.”

Also, interesting is the deleted scene below, which is not only probably the best song Garland was given in the whole film, but also shows her in a whole other light, perhaps too hot a light; a light the studio weren’t ready to see her – Andy Hardy’s wholesome squeeze – in. Another injustice to add to the pile of Judy-injustices? Well, to be fair, perhaps it was also down to a certain lack of ebullience in Garland’s performance who, at this time, was already having serious alcohol problems together with addictions to sleeping pills and morphine. Her condition was frail and she had attempted suicide at the end of her previous picture, The Pirate, directed by husband, Vincente Minnelli. Apparently, he was originally meant to direct Easter Parade also, but Judy’s shrink didn’t think it would do her nerves any good to work with him again so soon.

Even when her heart was clearly not in it, which may well have been the case in this deleted routine, she’s still a painful delight to watch:

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posted by Dixie Turner

New Releases: 21st April

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY:

poster-1Romantic adventure comedy-drama extravaganza directed by and starring Ben Stiller. The film is the second adaptation of a short story by the inimitable James Thurber. 1947’s stab starred Danny Kaye as a daydreaming proofreader – “an inconsequential guy from Perth Amboy, New Jersey” – getting lost in pulp mag daydreams. It looks to be an infinitely more charming film than Stiller’s, and it has Boris Karloff in it. That said, this new go seems rather amiable in it’s own way. Stiller plays a negative assets manager at Life magazine, a daydreamer, also kinda inconsequential. The film is about him tracking down a missing negative that’s supposed to provide the cover for the last print issue of Life before it goes online only (and it’ll be interesting to see how it treats that shift). It has Kirsten Wiig and Adam Scott in it – good comic eggs (eggs, happy Easter) – and Stiller is usually more enjoyable when he’s directing himself. Parts of the trailer suggest a bit of heart and maybe something closer to Thurber’s wit, other parts look way sugary and blown out. If those qualities are juggled right, this could be a fun one.

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KILL YOUR DARLINGS:

Kill-Your-Darlings-PosterSometime last year, Rob Munday – Video City’s beloved ex, now in prison – gave Kill Your Darlings what is perhaps the best one line put-down I think I’ve been privy to. It was something like, “it’s not even a film”. Not. Even. A. Film. Amazing. Rob’s sage words in mind, I still really want see this not-film. I love a patchy or failed biopic, usually more so than a successful one. People are patchy, and the world’s a failure after all. Also, I don’t even know if the not-film is a failure (here’s hoping). Anyway, it’s about the early interactions of the Beat generation. Centred on Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), it’s only the second narrative film, as far as I’m aware, to represent his relationship with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). That’s one of the more exciting and neglected bits of the Beat story, and if you like this film I really recommend seeking out Gary Walkow’s Beat. Anyway, I think Radcliffe looks cute and convinced, and DeHaan “hot and dangerous”, which coincidentally is also what Entertainment Weekly think. Also, Ben Foster – this guy – is playing William Burroughs. The trailer hints at an entire lack of subtlety compounded by unrelenting over-excitement for the subject matter. But whatever, we’re dealing with youth and heady passion, so that might be cool. In short, feeling good about this non-film.

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THE PATROL:

MV5BMTY2ODQ0Mzc5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjg2MTg0MTE@._V1_SY317_CR9,0,214,317_Well. Honestly, couldn’t be further from what I want to see. But apparently, supposed to be good. Got “British answer to The Hurt Locker” on poster. Just noticed that Soda, usually a cut above, have put it out. Now reading some decent things online. Now, feel bad for dismissing it. Guessed it was tabloid soldier porn, tarted up with a fat film festival credit. Writer and director said some good: “There was initial resistance when I first showed people the script, no one wanted to touch it. I think the reason for that, apart from being a first time writer, is the lack of contemporary British anti-war films and the touchy and heavily political subject. Some readers just didn’t know how to deal with it. Here’s a film that doesn’t portray us in a brave role, it’s not jingoistic and people were very wary of it. I think the Afghan conflict suffers the same problem in the real world: people don’t know how to deal with it, but we know we’ve got to support our troops. Consequently we think we can’t going around asking questions about what they’re doing there because that’s seen as being unsupportive. I found this a lot while making this film.” Well. I don’t support the troops, but I do feel bad about almost writing this off.

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KISS THE WATER:

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Jerry Seinfeld said that watching Kiss the Water is “like dreaming and eating desert at the same time”.  Sold! Director Eric Steel made The Bridge documentary in 2006 – the guy’s got range. Here’s Mark Kermode’s Observer review, pillaged: “lyrical blend of atmospheric Highland footage and expressionist animation … much more than a documentary about the dying art of hand-fashioned fishing hooks … the life of renowned fly-tier Megan Boyd who wound up providing bespoke flies by royal appointment … reflective interviews that unfurl at an unhurried pace … flies fashioned to attract fisherman rather than their prey … Boyd’s hatred of the fact that her creations were used to “kill fish” … Make sure this strange little film isn’t one you let get away.” Okay, Mark, but Jerry had me at “desert”.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…

NURSE JACKIE SEASON 5:

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Posted by William Goodey

This Week’s New Releases (14th April)

NEBRASKA:

Nebraska-Poster-QuadAlexander Payne (Sideways) directs Bruce Dern (shouldn’t have to tell you, try Psych-Out), Will Forte (a young go-getter from SNL), June Squibb (Hannah’s grandma in the latest season of Girls) and Stacey Keach (Fat City) in a contemporary black and white Midwest road movie. All signs point to Nebraska.

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CELLULOID MAN:

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A wonderful documentary about archivist, scholar – Celluloid Man – P.K. Nair. Read an enticing little piece about the film here.

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FILL THE VOID:

fillthevoidI like that poster. Set amongst the Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv, Hadas Yaron stars as a young woman pressured to marry the husband of an older sister who has died in childbirth. Wouldn’t want to hazard too much of a guess at how this one is, how about you take it out and come let me know yeah?

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VIOLET AND DAISY:

violet-and-daisy-posterTime for another instalment in the blog’s occasional ‘7 YouTube comments about…’ series!

7 Youtube comments about Violet & Daisy

the feet fetish is strong in this one

The fact this has a 21% and Man of Steel has a 56% just proves critics are worthless.

Cutest movie i’ve ever watched :D

The two girls with the bluest eyes in Hollywood

Waste of time watching this shit movie

relly cute slim and Fragiles body girls useing guns ….

Weird ass movie. But interesting and touching.
Would recommend.

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G.B.F.:

g-b-f-poster01A teen movie in the great tradition of teen movies that celebrate difference by smashing you in the face with magnificent stereotypes as a way of saying, whatever stereotypes are stupid but cool yet dumb also fun! That’s a compliment. I give it two thumbs up. Occasionally it’s little neutered and/or neutering, but I’ll forgive it that. For the last few weeks I’ve regularly been stood in front of a poster for this film on the DLR platform at Canning Town station. Looking out at Canary Wharf and One Canada Square – and I’m flanked by Caprice, Fawcett, Tanner, ‘Shley (above left to right) – I want to rage out and smash it all down.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS MOVIE:

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HARRY HILL MOVIE:

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MOSHI MONSTERS MOVIE:

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CALIFORNICATION SEASON 6:

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BIG C SEASON 4:

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posted by William Goodey

 

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