2. Educating Rita (1983) This was the sensational and Oscar-nominated performance, in a movie adapted from Willy Russell’s stage hit, that launched the 33-year-old Walters towards becoming a national treasure, although not to the international stardom that appeared at first to be possible. Walters (wise and sane as always) decided that Hollywood was not for her. It was perhaps the only movie role in which she was a young and quasi-romantic female lead – playing a tough working-class autodidact called Susan, who has rechristened herself after the feminist author Rita Mae Brown. She attends night-school tutorials run by a boozy and disillusioned old humanities professor, wonderfully played by Michael Caine, and demands instruction in English literature. Her heartbreaking trust and naivety in his abilities and the power of literature itself causes Caine’s raddled old don to question himself and fall in love with her. Walters delivered a spiky megavolt jolt to the movie, … [Read more...] about Julie Walters’ best film performances – ranked!
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From here the tournament begins and, while the days are for fighting, the nights see Lee sneaking around the island, trying to uncover its secrets while Roper and William enjoy the attentions of Han’s concubines. This was the 1970s after all. On that note, there’s one very weird scene where Han fights Kelly and the two smash their way into a sort of psychedelic opium den populated by stoned hippie women who laugh creepily while the two pummel each other. If Stanley Kubrick had made martial arts flicks, this is what they’d look like. Han, though, is essentially like a Bond villain, hiding away in his luxurious lair filled with exotic women and ineffective henchmen. He even spends one scene petting a white cat, which he then threatens to chop in half on a guillotine. … [Read more...] about My favourite film aged 12: Enter the Dragon
The saying “wherever there’s a hit, there’s a writ” is often used in Hollywood because of the number of high-profile plagiarism claims that emerge after a successful film is released. In 2018, several claims alleged Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water had been inspired by other work, including a play and a short film about a female cleaner who comes to the aid of an amphibious creature in a lab. After the success of Notting Hill, another film written by Curtis and produced by Working Title, the screenwriter Nick Villiers filed a £10m lawsuit claiming his ideas appeared in the film. Working Title dismissed the claims as “nonsense” and said the legal action was typical of the industry. … [Read more...] about Yesterday credits row shows trouble’s never far away in film writing
'The private school, yes Donald Trump went there and Fred Trump was on the board of trustees,' he said. 'It’s symbolic about what the school represented at the time, entrenched in this white protestant ethic. I found it very foreign to me, a product of the public school system in New York City of the ‘70s. … [Read more...] about Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro join Cate Blanchett in 1980s period film Armageddon Time based on director James Gray’s childhood
The filmmaker's new project Da 5 Bloods follows four former soldiers who fought together in the Vietnam War, who return to the country to find their squad leader's remains, and the fortune in gold they helped him bury. … [Read more...] about Film director Spike Lee compares the Confederate flag to a swastika and says statues must come down – as he says white people marching in support of BLM will make ‘the big difference’