10 items from 2013
By Any Means follows an elite team of maverick cops who tread the fine line of the law in their war against criminals.
Actor Keith Allen talks about screaming popes, his daughter Lily – and the time he lived on a theatre stage
How did you get into acting?
I'd done performance art sporadically from about 1976 – very personal street things on my own. Acting seemed like a natural step from that. But I didn't really want to "be" anything: presenter, comic, actor. I just wanted to perform.
What was your big breakthrough?
I don't think I've ever broken through.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A one-man show I did years ago called Whatever Happened to the AA Man's Salute. It was improvised, and ran for three or four weekends at the then Albany Empire in London. I was a squatter at the time, so I moved into the theatre and lived on the stage. I'd do the show right next to my bed.
Do you suffer for your art?
Yes – as »
- Laura Barnett
Before he was a national treasure, before he reinvented the zombie film and before Trainspotting, there was Shallow Grave. I see it as quite simply one of the finest British thrillers ever made, and my favourite Danny Boyle film.
Following the story of 3 flatmates – Juliet, David and Alex (Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor), Shallow Grave is a twisted tale of friendship and greed which all kicks off with the death of their new flatmate Hugo (Keith Allen). After finding his dead naked corpse and a suitcase full of money the three friends are faced with a decision that changes their friendship forever.
Shallow Grave might not be the most adventurous of Boyle’s films, but that’s what I love about it. »
Beyond The Hills (12A)
Romanian patriarchy had a lot to answer for in Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, and it's even more to blame in this powerful convent drama. It starts with a young woman coming to visit her former girlfriend, who's now a nun, but events increasingly spiral out of control, to the extent that romantic frustration is diagnosed as demonic possession… and duly treated.
Doing for Vegas-style magic what Blades Of Glory did for figure skating, Carell and co conjure just enough comedy out of a sitting-duck premise, as their cheesy stage act is threatened by Carrey's Blaine-style endurance stunts.
The Paperboy (15)
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- Steve Rose
For director Sara Sugarman, her latest project Vinyl was very much a going back to her roots job, as her first film since Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen not only takes her back to her hometown of Rhyl, Wales, but also to a story somewhat familiar to her. We were fortunate enough to sit down and discuss Vinyl with the filmmaker and one of her leading stars Jamie Blackley.
The pair discuss the intimate set and community feel, as well as working alongside the likes of Phil Daniels and Keith Allen. Blackley, who also starred in Snow White and the Huntsman, talks of his own experience on this feature, in a feel-good feature that certainly seems to have had as much of a jovial impact on the cast and crew as it will no doubt have on its audiences following its theatrical release this coming Friday March 15.
Our review »
- Stefan Pape
Following on from director Sara Sugarman’s unsatisfying teen flick Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, the filmmaker has returned to her roots somewhat, this time staying closer to home –as she presents Vinyl, not only shot in her hometown of Rhyl, Wales, but also telling the true story of a punk band’s great rock and roll swindle; a band she knows all too well (she dated the bassist, innit).
Based on the real life occurrences surrounding Mike Peters’ band The Alarm, we focus on Weapons of Happiness, a punk four piece who had enjoyed relative success in their prime, yet split up due to the greed and careless irresponsibility of frontman Johnny Jones (Phil Daniels). However when they are reunited for the first time in years at a funeral, Johnny and the other band members (Keith Allen, Perry Benson, Christopher Roy Turner) take a trip down memory lane and, »
- Stefan Pape
Putting adjectives like "great" and "powerful" in your title is asking for trouble, but then "expensive" and "underwhelming" probably didn't fit on the poster. Raimi's prequel apes the original Wizard Of Oz in many respects, but refuses to stoop to camp comedy, or song-and-dance or anything too childish. As a result, this green-screen tribute to smoke and mirrors feels decidedly short on magic.
Side Effects (15)
A stark reminder of both the pitfalls of the antidepressant industry, and how dull the movie landscape will look if Soderbergh really does retire (as he's threatened). Mara's troubled New Yorker is »
- Steve Rose
The actor talks about how his father's strictness inspired him to be a different kind of dad.
My father was in the navy. I always found it a bit strange that he would choose to spend an extraordinary amount of time underneath the water in a submarine with 60 men. He would be away for three or four months at a time and wasn't very good at showing love because that was his generation. But he was good at showing discipline, which again was his generation.
My father was so strict. Sometimes he'd hit me – and he stopped me watching the 1966 World Cup. I got caught stealing a tennis ball from Woolworths and brought shame on the family because a policeman had come round to warn me not to do it again.
I had to go to my room and not watch the World Cup final. And that was when football »
- Rosanna Greenstreet
In Sara Sugarman’s Vinyl, much-loved British icons Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia)and Keith Allen (Trainspotting) return to the big screen, supported by a sensational young cast, with charismatic newcomer Jamie Blackley (Snow White And The Huntsman) delivering a standout performance that’s sure to mark him out as one to watch in 2013. We originally launched this earlier this month, but I thought it deserved another share after picking up the news for Northern Irish Good Vibrations earlier today!
After a booze-fuelled jam session, Johnny Jones (Phil Daniels) and his old band-mates from the once revered The Weapons of Happiness come up with a gem of a pop punk single. The problem is that no one is interested in re-signing a bunch of aging rock stars. But Johnny’s not one to quit easily and has a plan.
Check out the trailer below, one that echoes the likes of The Commitments »
- Dan Bullock
Based on the story of Mike Peters’ true rock and roll hoax of 2004, Vinyl tells how a group of washed-up rockers hoodwinked top record labels, radio DJs, and the entire rock music world by releasing a pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band’s name….…now they just need to teach this rowdy bunch of kids what true punk spirit is all about!
In Sara Sugarman’s Vinyl, much-loved British icons Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) and Keith Allen (Trainspotting) return to the big screen, supported by a sensational young cast, with charismatic newcomer Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman, London Boulevard) delivering a standout performance that’s sure to mark him out as one »
- David Sztypuljak
10 items from 2013
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