“I sat there at the Oscars in 2002 and watched Denzel Washington and Halle Berry win their awards, and Denzel paid his respects to Sidney Poitier, who was receiving a lifetime achievement award,” said Mendes. “It felt like an extraordinarily positive moment. And since then it has gone backwards. And we all have to be super-vigilant now about not letting that happen.” … [Read more...] about British stars unveil alternative Bafta list in film diversity row
Spall’s Turner is a rough diamond. Really rough. We see him spurn a former mistress and refuse to acknowledge paternity of their children; completely true. We also see him drawing a prostitute in a brothel – again, true to what is known about him. But the greatness of Spall’s acting lies in humanising a man who at times seems so brutal and cold. When he thinks about the daughter whose funeral he didn’t attend, he weeps. When he makes the prostitute pose, he also weeps. Is it guilt? … [Read more...] about The real Mr Turner: has Mike Leigh’s film got its man?
There were always some critics who found this approach arty, and the film vacant of conventional excitement. It is a marvel that it ever got made as an expensive American picture, with a star-studded cast. But unlike Fred Zinnemann's 1953 epic From Here to Eternity, which starred Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed, there are no women as characters – even if we glimpse them as dream figures in the minds of the soldiers. It's a deeply mysterious movie, interested in so many things above and beyond war, and so beautiful that the sudden sight of bodies and damage come as a surprise. Malick wrote the film himself and he shot and edited it according to his own timetable. It's a measure of his reputation that so many big names were willing to be in this half-abstract picture – if only for a few scenes: John Travolta, George Clooney, Sean Penn, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Elias Koteas, James Caviezel, Woody Harrelson. But the standout performance comes from Nick Nolte as a ranting colonel … [Read more...] about The Thin Red Line: No 10 best action and war film of all time
Von Trier's offending words came in response to a question about his German roots. Seemingly joking, Von Trier announced himself to be a Nazi, after expressing sadness that he hadn't been born Jewish. As the atmosphere became increasingly tense, and Melancholia stars such as Kirsten Dunst sought to staunch his flow, Von Trier continued: "What can I say? I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end ... I sympathise with him, yes, a little bit." … [Read more...] about Cannes film festival bans Lars von Trier
Spielberg, 66, told the press conference that he had no plans to stop making films. "Clint Eastwood is a friend of mine – he's 81 and still making films. I'm waiting for the phone call when Clint says he's hanging up his spurs." His next film will be Lincoln, an adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography Team of Rivals starring Daniel Day Lewis as the president. … [Read more...] about War Horse is my first truly British film, says Steven Spielberg