Robert Lindsay (The Trial of Tony Blair, 2007) By far the most on-the-nose example of a screen Blair fulfilling the wishes of those who want Tony banged up for war crimes, this TV movie has him pegged as a pompous berk whose complacency is never quite punctured by the visions he keeps witnessing of dead Iraqis. Lindsay, who earlier played Blair in 2005’s “whoops, there go David Blunkett’s trousers” TV romp A Very Social Secretary, is the best thing about this. An awkward mix of righteous fury and light comedy, he’s very funny in the scenes where Blair is a smooth sitcom schemer, then slyly makes it clear that any real human guilt his Blair feels is secondary to his annoyance at the tarnishing of his legacy. … [Read more...] about The Tony awards: who are the best and worst onscreen Blairs?
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'I know people who decided not to go one year because they weren’t around or didn’t like the theme,' a socialite told Page Six in 2017. 'Once you do that, you’re not invited back unless you’re triple A-list.' … [Read more...] about No smoking, cellphones – or foods that cause bad breath! Anna Wintour’s very strict rules for the Met Gala, revealed (so which ones will A-list guests break THIS year?)
True to Altman’s style, there’s an unshowy, improvisatory naturalism to the performances. Despite being a man, Altman clearly identifies with his female lead, and York is magnificent, the cracks in her poised demeanour steadily widening as sexual guilt, male predation and mental illness take hold (she won best actress at Cannes for this performance). Added to which, her outfits are a ’70s fashion style guide. But there’s still a creepy, fairytale horror feel to the whole exercise. Vilmos Zsigmond’s roving, impressionistic photography lends the film a dreamlike quality – all tinkling wind chimes and rain-streaked windows and fractured reflections, not to mention some rich exterior scenes in the autumnal Irish countryside. The score, too, is a strange mix of dissonant orchestral swells and percussive stabs. It was composed by John Williams, of all people, with help from Japanese prog musician Stomu Yamashta. … [Read more...] about My streaming gem: why you should watch Images
'And yet even with people locked up in their homes away from family and neighbours, a strong sense of solidarity has emerged. Italians know they’ll get through this because they have each other’s back,' Alice Speri wrote. … [Read more...] about What does being Australian mean post coronavirus? Wayne Flower examines the meaning of ‘True Blue’ and the irreparable damage caused by the pandemic to our sacred Aussie values
As Witter-Johnson’s mentor, Gupta decided to concentrate on Earth’s origin story: how it may have been destroyed 4.6bn years ago by a collision with the Mars-sized planet Theia, and how the resulting dust and debris could have reformed to create not only the Earth but also the moon. It was a story Witter-Johnson had never heard before, and it inspired her. “It’s nice to have a mythological story, whether it’s true or not,” she says. “I realised that I didn’t want to give a definitive answer as to what Earth is … so my piece became more an invitation to the audience to contemplate what they thought Earth was.” … [Read more...] about Cosmic composers: how scientists helped reinvent Holst’s Planets suite