2. Orlando (1992) Films rarely improve with age as impressively as this. Sally Potter’s spectacular adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel exploited all of Swinton’s androgynous qualities. Her character starts out male, transitions to female and moves through the centuries largely untouched by the ravages of time. Swinton handles it all with effortless ease; it deservedly turned her into a major name and showed a career trajectory outside the Jarman films that had been her preoccupation to date. … [Read more...] about All Tilda Swinton’s films – ranked!
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The Personal History of David Copperfield A new take on the Charles Dickens classic from The Death of Stalin helmer Armando Iannucci. The comedy follows the life of David Copperfield (Dev Patel) from childhood to maturity, with his various adventures and network of family, friends, and enemies that he meets along his way. All-star cast includes Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw. Our verdict is here. … [Read more...] about New movies coming out in January 2020 – upcoming UK film releases
Evolution was eventually shot on Lanzarote, its rocky coasts giving the film a lunar visual tone. One reason for shooting there, Hadžihalilović says, was because French child protection agencies would never have accepted the film’s horror dimension, with children placed in terrible situations. Not that anything realistically grisly happens to the lead, 13-year old Max Brebant – but still, the story’s traumatic aspects must surely have been hard for the director’s child actors to accept. Not really, she says. “For them, it was just a fantasy world with monsters and all that – at that age, you feel totally at ease with that kind of thing. They never asked me anything about the story; maybe they were protecting themselves. The one thing that worried Max was when he had starfish placed on his body. When I first saw that image for real, even I found myself thinking: ‘OK, that’s actually a bit much.’ But … [Read more...] about Evolution director Lucile Hadžihalilović: ‘The starfish was the one worry’
Cats Rushed by the director Tom Hooper in order to meet an Oscar-friendly release date, Cats was unleashed in such a shoddy state that a tweaked cut was shipped to cinemas just days after it went wide. Quite why Universal thought a plotless musical populated by nonsensically named CG monstrosities would appeal to voters is a mystery but the reception for the film was so bad that the studio removed it from its “for your consideration” roster soon after it tanked. Even Taylor Swift’s original, but forgettable, song couldn’t claw its way into this week’s list of nominees. The lessons should hopefully be clear: not every well-known IP should be resurrected, Tom Hooper can’t be trusted and, most importantly, don’t fuck with Cats. … [Read more...] about From Cats to The Goldfinch: Oscarbait movies the Academy shunned in 2020
Some Like It Hot (1959): the trouble with rentier capitalism Some Like It Hot is rightly acclaimed as a brilliant, quirky comedy. It has cross-dressing and shtick so rapid that even after 10 viewings you are still finding new things funny. But it is also a brilliant portrayal of what's wrong with rentier capitalism. Consider the world of the movie: Chicago, in which the main players are organised criminals and inept cops, and in which even talented musicians have to live on loans from their girlfriends and on the proceeds of gambling. Then Florida, in which elderly millionaires, before the Wall Street Crash, squander their money on leisure, yachts and chorus girls. In between there is the world of the train, which seems to have no workers aboard it, only the female band, where the hierarchical structures of mid-20th-century work and gender are lovingly replicated. Sweet Sue does not reprimand Sugar directly but has to get her underling, Beanstalk, to do it for her. The movie was made … [Read more...] about Flickonomics: eight movies that teach us how money works