This weekend, a film about an unstable loner pushed to the edge by an uncaring society comes to theaters. This figure, a virginal loser whose only female contact comes from tenderly sponge-bathing his elderly shut-in mother, feels like he’s been cheated by a world out of order. He exudes rage outward in every direction: to the girl next door failing to reciprocate his crush, to the absentee father leaving him without a role model, to the celebrity idol he worships until he ends up the butt of their joke. With nothing to lose and a heart full of hatred, the angry white man finally snaps, smearing on some face paint and going on a shocking rampage of gunfire. For all its extreme subject matter, this film has captured one particularly toxic dimension of the national attitude, a vitally relevant work of popular art for better and for worse. I am referring, of course, to Rob Lambert’s new motion picture Cuck. What’s that? They made another Joker movie?! The similarities … [Read more...] about Forget Joker: here’s the film you should see about an extremist loner
20. Sister Act (1992) Maggie Smith plays the authoritarian Mother Superior in this nuntastic box-office smash with a hint of Some Like It Hot, featuring Whoopi Goldberg as the lounge singer forced to go into a witness protection and join a convent after witnessing a mob slaying. There is some poignancy and dramatic edge to Smith’s disapproving mien. 19. The Last September (1999) Before Downton and Gosford Park, there was this “country house” role for Maggie Smith, with John Banville’s adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen’s novel set in 1920s Ireland as the Anglo-Irish ascendancy becomes the descendancy. With subtle melancholy and restraint, Smith plays Lady Naylor, presiding over an estate in County Cork that feels increasingly embattled as Ireland prepares to break free of the British. 18. A Room With a View (1985) Smith plays Charlotte Bartlett in Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s adaptation of EM Forster’s novel, directed by James Ivory. It is a small, but … [Read more...] about Maggie Smith’s 20 best films – ranked!
100 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino’s latest jaw-dropper bumps Kill Bill: Vol 1 off the list in gloriously irreverent fashion. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a fading western star and his mutt-loving stunt double in this relaxed and loving roast of bygone Tinseltown. CS Read the review 99 Bright Star (2009) An early lead for Ben Whishaw as the ailing John Keats romancing Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is the tremulous soul of this underappreciated Jane Campion drama. The butterflies are too tropical for Hampstead, but the rest is spot-on. CS Read the review 98 The Dark Knight (2008) The only comic book movie to make the cut is Christopher Nolan’s genre masterpiece: fatalist, bracing and forever the legacy of Heath Ledger, posthumously awarded an Oscar for his terrifying performance. CS Read the review 97 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Michael Moore’s finest hour: a blazing juggernaut with George W Bush, the Iraq war, the media, democracy and us, … [Read more...] about The 100 best films of the 21st century
Film festivals have provided breakthrough moments for actors before now, but for Morfydd Clark to appear in three films, and to play two different roles in one of them, seems excessive. The Welsh actress has conquered this year’s London Film Festival with triumphant appearances in The Personal History of David Copperfield and Eternal Beauty. And last night her third film, Saint Maud, directed by newcomer Rose Glass, received a prestigious special commendation in the festival’s annual awards. The judges announced on Saturday night that the overall winner in the best film category was Alejandro Landes’s acclaimed thriller Monos, a gripping portrayal of the lives of child soldiers. Yet they also took time to heap praise on Saint Maud, with the official competition jury president Wash Westmoreland declaring: “This dazzling directorial debut marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in British cinema.” Clark, who grew up in Cardiff, plays the lead character … [Read more...] about Three films, four roles, one breakout star: Morfydd Clark
Four mothers who epitomise everything that's awful about Britain By Jan Moir for the Daily Mail Published: 01:31 BST, 18 April 2014 | Updated: 11:38 BST, 18 April 2014 e-mail 13 shares 19 View Motherhood is a trial, a blessing, a gift. Most mums will tell you that having a baby is the one single thing that made sense of their lives, made them complete, made them whole.Having a family is the best thing they ever did — how many times have we heard that? Yet tragically, not everyone thinks that way.Out on the margins of society, a baby can be many things: an afterthought, a hindrance, a means to an end, a terrible surprise. They are bundles of joy not for their precious little selves, but for their merits elsewhere. Most notoriously of all, as tokens to be bartered to ensure better housing and benefits.All of this in a society which actively encourages women to do so. Where did we go so wrong?Two mothers are in the news this week . . . no, … [Read more...] about Four mothers who epitomise everything that’s awful about Britain