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Monday 22 September 2008
Obama's campaign is getting an official soundtrack - Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement.
Sunday 07 September 2008
Disaster Movie isn't so much a film as an insult to cinema-goers everywhere. I know I should really ignore a product which is nothing more than a splinter scraped from the bottom of the Hollywood barrel, but it's the second film its writer-directors have had out this year. The guilty parties are Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the same dud duo who excreted Date Movie, Epic Movie and March's Meet the Spartans, and for sheer crappiness they've excelled themselves: their latest soul-sapping "spoof" is rightly ranked on imdb.com as the worst film ever.
Friday 22 August 2008
Oh no, it's a Martin Lawrence family comedy, and it's sponsored by Disney.
Friday 08 August 2008
Make It Go Away. A wannabe dancer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) goes to Chicago to audition for a dance academy, and flunks it.
Friday 08 August 2008
Luc Jacquet, who scored a hit with March of the Penguins, now tries to melt our hearts with this paean to foxes.
Friday 25 July 2008
Tina Fey, who wrote a terrific comedy in Mean Girls, is also proving a pretty good comic actress, in 30 Rock.
Friday 25 July 2008
The title is horrible, and I'm afraid I didn't find the movie attached to it much better.
Sunday 22 June 2008
Ah Bohemia! The cigarette smoke in demi-monde drama The Edge of Love comes deep and thick and blue, clustering in corners of Soho pubs or curling luxuriantly in the beams of film projectors. John Maybury's period piece is certainly atmospheric, but it's not quite convincing – either as a picture of 1940s Britain or as an insight into the private life of Dylan Thomas. The film depicts the ill-fated relationship between the poet, his wayward wife Caitlin and his childhood friend Vera Killick, née Phillips, with whom we're told he had a long-standing emotional and sexual entanglement.
Friday 30 May 2008
An inter-war idyll, a dream of innocence, a love letter to la vie bohème, whichever way you take it, François Truffaut's best-known film retains the charm, if not the impact, it had on release 46 years ago. It's also, touchingly, a lesson in the endurance of friendship, which blossoms between two poets, an Austrian named Jules (Oskar Werner) and a Frenchman, Jim (Henri Serre) in the early years of the century. Their love for the same woman, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), can no more alienate them than the intervention of the First World War, when they fight on rival sides.
Friday 16 May 2008
Some smart lines, at any rate, and fine performances from Dennis Quaid, as a crotchety widowed professor (borrowing a gut and a rolling, flat-footed walk from brother Randy), Ellen Page as his precocious, preppy daughter, and Thomas Haden Church as his freeloading slob of a brother, who turns out to be surprisingly dependable.
Friday 09 May 2008
Forty years after Closely Observed Trains, Jiri Menzel has adapted another of his fellow Czech Bohumil Hrabal's novels. An old man named Jan Dite (Oldrich Kaiser) recalls his youthful adventures as a waiter prior to the Second World War.
Friday 02 May 2008
Low-grade, derivative psycho-stalker nonsense, with one touch of ingenuity – it's set in an underground car park, a grim concrete space of a kind everybody knows and dislikes.
Friday 04 April 2008
Following on from Starter for Ten, this gives the Eighties another affectionate salute via its story of fledgling film-makers.
Thursday 03 April 2008
When Pam Ann, the buxom, errant and flamboyant air hostess creation of Caroline Reid, graduated from gay cabaret clubs to provincial arts centres, without compromising the references to poppers and cocaine along the way, her gigs became like large air industry jollies, corporate gigs open to all.
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group