New instalments of Star Wars and Toy Story are among this year’s crop of eagerly anticipated movies, writes John Daly1 - The FavouriteReleased todayDirector Yorgos Lanthimos makes a leap backward from The Killing Of A Sacred Deer in a period tale of intrigue and sex set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne. The cast to die for includes Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in an era when England is at war with the French, duck racing was a popular pastime and pineapples were the ultimate pleasure. All is well until a new servant with lofty ambitions sets queen and country at odds. Produced by Irish company Element Pictures.2 - Stan & OllieJanuary 11Set in 1953, and charting the UK and Ireland tour (including the visit to Cobh and Cork) of the famous comedy duo, vainly trying to revive their careers to half-empty theatres. [readmore]894839 [/readmore]Steve Coogan and John C Reilly are perfectly cast as the complex double act who owned the movies until WWII, only to see … [Read more...] about Ten films to see in 2019
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It's directed by Otto Bathurst, whose background is in advertising and television: his recent credits include Peaky Blinders, and there's a touch of that show's urgency and flashy pugilism on display here. In a breezy voiceover that sounds like it was delivered by a denizen of 21st century Essex, we are situated in time (the Third Crusade is about to kick off, which would make this the late 12th century) and place (deepest Nottingham) where the rosy-cheeked nobleman Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) has just fallen in love. The object of his affections is Marian (Eve Hewson), a handsome young woman with big blue eyes and a strident social conscience. Robin is not indifferent to the rotten lot of the medieval underclass either and, in short, they seem like love's young dream until he receives an official scroll informing him he's been drafted to fight for the one true God. Cut to the Holy Land, where the Crusades are shot to resemble the recent conflicts in Afghanistan, or Iraq. Dusty … [Read more...] about Robin Hood review: English legend is given a grimy, industrial feel in this revamp
Movies set entirely in one place are tricky to pull off. They rely on the premise and location being so interesting that the audience will be willing to spend the best part of two hours there, and there is no room for poor dialogue or characterisation, when it’s pretty much all you’ve got. With origins in the chamber play, single location films are a very pure form of cinema, the rooting of a character to one spot causing them invariably to instead go on an emotional journey. It’s no coincidence that many single-locationers are psychological dramas, their inherent claustrophobia usually deranging the characters to varying degrees. As Room 104 returns – the HBO series where each episode is set in the very same motel room – we collect some of the finest examples in the genre: The Hateful Eight – A stagecoach stopover Quentin Tarantino is a phenomenal writer and director of scenes. His gift for dialogue suits him perfectly to a single location format, … [Read more...] about The best single location films
21/09/2018 By Neptune Leave a Comment 21 September 2018. CHRIS THE SWISS ***1/2 This mix of black and white hand-drawn animation and documentary is a very personal search by Swiss director Anja Kofmel into the mysteries surrounding the death of her journalist cousin Christian Wurtemberg, who met his end in Croatia in the early 1990s. He had gone to report on the devastating war tearing Yugoslavia apart, but it seems he got further involved politically, as a mercenary or even a spy. As Kofmel studies his journals, shows his broadcasts and interviews various friends, family and comrades about his motives, the trail becomes evermore intricate and murky, as do the overpowering animated sequences drawn by the director. The film’s intimate view of the man and his horror of war’s carnage are reminiscent of the brilliant Israeli animated film “Waltz with Bashir”. Chris was no doubt a fearless adventurer who became both disgusted and fascinated by the terrible conflict … [Read more...] about FILM: CHRIS THE SWISS – the mysterious death of a Swiss journalist in Croatia
FROM Billericay to Barry and on to Hollywood, Rob Brydon has seen his career go sky high. We know he is a stand-up and impressionist extraordinaire, but just who is the man behind the mirth? Who is Rob Brydon? Born Robert Brydon Jones on May 3, 1965, in Baglan, Port Talbot, Wales to school teacher mother Joy and car dealer father Howard, Rob is now a famous actor and comedian. The 5ft 7in star has a younger brother called Peter. Rob was a pupil at St. John's School in Porthcawl, which Eddie Izzard also attended, and Dumbarton House School in Swansea, where he once stole the money of a fellow pupil called Catherine Zeta-Jones. At the age of 14, he attended Porthcawl Comprehensive School, where he met Gavin and Stacey's Ruth Jones. They became members of the school's theatre group and Rob, who memorised comedy sketches as a kid, later became part of an improv troupe with Ruth and another future co-star Julia Davis. How did Rob get into the entertainment industry? Rob studied at The Royal … [Read more...] about How old is Rob Brydon, who’s his wife Clare Holland and when did the Gavin & Stacey star first meet Steve Coogan?