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!
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Mrs Lowry & Son (PG) Verdict: Ponderous yet moving The Informer (15) Verdict: Gritty crime thriller Mrs Lowry & Son chronicles the relationship between the painter L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall) and his domineering and snobbish invalid mother (Vanessa Redgrave), long before anyone, let alone the two of them, had an inkling that his sooty townscapes and ‘matchstick men’ might one day be worth millions. It’s set in Pendlebury, Lancashire, in 1934 — in a world of fussy doilies, frilly lampshades and vanilla slices. I loved Mike Leigh’s 2014 film Mr Turner, in which Spall played the great 19th century artist J.M.W. Turner. A scene in which ‘Larry’ takes his mother a cup of tea is eked out for so long that other films would fit in a battle and a victory parade in the same time. Yet the pace also allows Redgrave to act her bed- socks off, and Spall to inhabit the character with his customary excellence As you might expect, … [Read more...] about BRIAN VINER: Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave bring Matchstick Man L.S. Lowry and his mother to life
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
37. 11’09”01 September 11 (segment “United Kingdom”) (2002) Ken Loach’s contribution to this short-film package of film-makers’ responses to 9/11 is a perfectly serviceable account of a different September 11: an activist’s letter to America about the coup against President Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973. At the time it seemed jarring, and in retrospect very much not what was needed; but it’s not the worst of the bunch – González Iñárritu gets nul points for incorporating footage of people jumping from the collapsing World Trade Center in a sound/image collage. 36. The End of Arthur’s Marriage (1965) A somewhat supercilious satire on the property-owning middle classes that Loach later admitted he was the wrong director for: a little bit Fassbinder, a little bit Gurney Slade. It played into Loach’s favourite theme – the little man against the system – but the director’s instincts are … [Read more...] about Ken Loach – all his films ranked!
When Disney first announced its all-conquering, Netflix-killing streaming service Disney+, everyone’s mind automatically raced to the big ticket items; the Star Wars, the Marvels, the Frozens, and – if you were in the right sort of mood – the Wizards of Waverly Places. However, this week Disney announced the rest of the Disney+ catalogue in the form of a bizarrely long Twitter thread. And while everything can’t be the calibre of Dumbo or Aladdin, the list did somewhat help to remind people that Disney has also made a great swathe of crap. Especially confusing were its live action films, a genre that many moviegoers have completely forgotten about. Best of all, a great deal of these live action films had incredibly stupid names. How stupid? Glad you asked, here’s a ranking of the ten most stupid. 10. Sultan and the Rock Star (1980) Technically an hour-long episode of Disney’s Wonderful World, Sultan and the Rock Star is so obscure that the only trace … [Read more...] about Operation Dumbo Drop to Mr Boogedy: the 10 strangest Disney films