50. Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsLost Weekend (1985) Poor old Lloyd went to Amsterdam and all he got was double pneumonia in a single room. And, by the sounds of it, his love life is going horribly wrong. Just don’t ask him about the price of medicine (obviously he didn’t get his European health insurance card). It’s enough to make anyone go No Deal, really. 49. Peter HammillGerman Overalls (1973) More continental misery from the never knowingly cheerful Peter Hammill, who’s on tour in Germany and not enjoying it. At all. In Mannheim, “on a rainy Saturday with no money nor friend / Only tequila can end the boredom”. Worse still, he can only find old copies of the Sunday Times to read. Well, it was 1973. 48. Freddie Mercury and Montserrat CaballéBarcelona (1988) You might think it a silly piece of fluff (and so might I), but the Spanish newspaper El País calls Barcelona “iconic … a musical masterpiece”. The pairing of the … [Read more...] about The 50 best songs about Europe – ranked!
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From movies to music, food to fashion, our critics reveal their cultural picks for the year aheadFILM - Declan BurkeThe FavouriteOUT NOWCourtly intrigue in 18th century England, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.Welcome to MarwenOUT NOWSteve Carrell stars as the victim of a brutal attack who discovers an unusual therapy. Robert Zemeckis directs.Stan and OllieJanuary 18Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star in a biopic of Laurel and Hardy. Shirley Henderson co-stars.Mary, Queen of ScotsJanuary 18Saoirse Ronan stars as Mary Stuart, imprisoned for trying to overthrow Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie).GlassJanuary 18Security man Bruce Willis tries to track a man with 24 distinct personalities (James McAvoy). M. Night Shyamalan directs.The Front RunnerJanuary 25Political drama starring Hugh Jackman as presidential hopeful Gary Hart. Vera Farmiga co-stars.What Men WantJanuary 25Sports agent Taraji P Henson develops the ability to hear men’s … [Read more...] about The Hot 100: Movies, music, books and more
Brian Truitt USA TODAY Published 10:47 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 If new movie possibilities like a weepy dog film and a weirdo Keanu Reeves sci-fi flick have you scampering back to see “Aquaman” again, it might just be January. Welcome to Hollywood’s dump month, where your favorite studios slate the odd horror flick or occasional awards-season also-ran that probably is not going to make any money. In the average year, most of January and the last week of August makes Netflix a very attractive alternative movie-watching option. There are some gems, though, and here are 10 noteworthy flicks you can stream right now that arrived during a mostly forgettable time at the cineplex. ‘American Sniper’ (2015) Every year, awards-worthy films quietly debut in December for Oscar consideration before a proper release in January. And after appearing on four screens at Christmas, Clint Eastwood's Iraq War drama “American … [Read more...] about 10 January gems that came out in Hollywood’s worst movie month
Settling down in front of the television with a film or box set on Netflix is perfect at around this time of year, with many new releases coming out on the streaming app. To keep us all entertained, Netflix has just dropped brand-new horror movie Bird Box, but, if you get scared easily, you may want to give it a miss. Many are enjoying the film over the Christmas period, but be warned: some haunted viewers are claiming it's the most terrifying thing "ever". Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Susanne Bier from a screenplay of Eric Heisserer and based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman. The film follows Sandra Bullock who, along with a pair of children, (dubbed Boy and Girl), must make it through a forest and river blindfolded to avoid supernatural entities that take the appearance of their victims' worst fears, regrets, and losses that cause them to die by suicide. Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, … [Read more...] about The new Netflix horror movie that is terrifying viewers
Sandra Bullock can charm her way out of even the most disastrous roles. When stalker romcom All About Steve earned her a Worst Actress “Razzie” in 2009 (the same year she won an Oscar for The Blind Side), she turned up to accept the award with a wheelbarrow of DVDs. “Everyone gets a copy,” she announced. “Watch the movie, and consider if it was really and truly the worst performance. And then I will come back next year, and I will give back the Razzie.” Actually, the film really wasn’t very good, and I suspect Bullock knew it – but it was hardly the first critical calamity from which she emerged unscathed. For every brilliant, beloved film she has starred in – Speed, Miss Congeniality, While You Were Sleeping, The Heat, Gravity – there has been a Speed 2, a Miss Congeniality 2, or an All About Steve. Even in those, though, Bullock’s intense likeability renders her bulletproof. Equal parts goofy and glamorous, the … [Read more...] about Sandra Bullock interview: ‘Society still makes single mothers feel they are not the complete package’