20 items from 2015
Written and directed by Josh Lawson
The Little Death is an Australian comedy concerning five hetero couples (or potential couple in one case), whose relationships become defined by their fetishes. Though the lives of some of these characters intertwine through the setup of them living in the same neighbourhood, the film is more anthology feature than network narrative in that the stories basically act as shorts that we jump in and out of for 95 minutes – and one of them runs uninterrupted for the final 20. Writer-director Josh Lawson even introduces each plot thread with a title card akin to what you might find in a more traditional anthology feature. This isn’t so much The ABCs of Sex, but the title of recent Argentinean anthology Wild Tales wouldn’t be out of place if re-applied to The Little Death.
Lawson definitely tries to be wild, anyway. His »
- Josh Slater-Williams
The actor - who played Patrick O'Shea on the sitcom and reprised the role for the recent arena gigs in Manchester - revealed that the live shows have raised around £5 million for Comic Relief.
On working once again with Peter Kay and the cast of the show, he said: "We all got in a room the day we rehearsed - and it was one day's rehearsal. We picked up where we left off, and it was amazing!"
McGuinness also spoke about Ted Robbins's health scare, which saw the actor collapse on stage during the opening night of the tour.
"The first night of the tour, Ted Robbins - who plays Den Perry - collapsed »
It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »
- Drew McWeeny
Romantic comedies: They make us laugh, they make us cry, then they make us laugh at how much we cried. We've rounded up all our favorites currently streaming on Netflix, from screwball classics in the public domain through the high periods of the late '80s, mid-'90s, and early 2000s to the current renaissance of microbudget rom-coms. You may remember some of them from our lists of the 25 best romantic comedies since When Harry Mery Sally, 27 best indie rom-coms, and 8 mumblecore rom-coms, but hey — if a movie's good, why recommend it only once?Four Weddings and Funeral (1994)In just his second feature script, writer Richard Curtis sketched out the formula for what would become a lucrative subgenre: the Brit rom-com. Take a handsomely nebbishy protagonist, pair him off with a bold and bright love interest, and fill the scenes with a collection of quirky supporting characters who all get »
- Nate Jones
Hugh Grant has launched an impassioned defense of Love Actually, while at the same time also revealing that the romantic-comedy.s writer and director, Richard Curtis, is a woeful romantic. According to Vulture, Hugh Grant made his comments after being informed of The Atlantic.s recent tenth-anniversary review of Love Actually. Rather than celebrating the intertwining tales of London.s lovelorn, the publication heavily lambasted the film. In fact The Atlantic called it anti-romantic. (!!!) After a screening of his latest rom-com, The Rewrite, on Tuesday, Hugh Grant decided that he wouldn.t take this abuse lying down, and valiantly fought back. And in the process revealed just how chequered Richard Curtis. history in the love department is. Well, interesting theory. I don.t think [Love Actually] is fake, because Richard Curtis, who wrote I, is a man [who] has suffered more in love than any human being I.ve ever »
As Ultravox sang: Oooooh, Vienna! The second series of Vienna from Big Finish is out now. Star Trek‘s Chase Masterson is back as glamourous bounty hunter, Vienna Salvatori, across three new stories in one weighty boxset. Co-starring Samantha Béart as Lieutenant Jexie Reagan, Harry Ditson as Chief Doran Curtis, and Dalek‘s John Schwab as Anders, here’s the official synopsis: Tabula Rasa by...
The post Vienna Series 2 Out Now! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Philip Bates
You may recall an online debate, prompted by a scathing tenth-anniversary review in The Atlantic, that posited Love Actually is not only the least romantic movie ever — but actively anti-romantic. Harsh. Hugh Grant responded Tuesday to the criticism of the ultimate holiday indulgence at the screening of his latest quasi-rom-com, The Rewrite, hosted by the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers. "Well, interesting theory," Grant told Vulture. "I don't think it's fake, because Richard Curtis, who wrote it, is a man [who] has suffered more in love than any other human being I've ever met. So he does care about love; it's the thing that has dictated his whole life. So I think he did write it from the heart."And what about the shallow story line of his character, the British prime minister, who presumably falls in love with his staff member upon first glance? "I don't know," he said. "I »
- Kylie Gilbert
Romantic comedies take more than their fair share of beatings from critics, who typically gripe about saccharine plots, thin characters and potentially hazardous amounts of schmaltz. There’s such a bias toward romcoms that most audiences outside of teenage girls tend to avoid them like the plague – and some films, like last year’s Blended, show that maybe there’s a good reason for that. But then comes along a film like Love, Rosie to prove that not every “chick flick” has to feel like pulling teeth.
You may not have heard of Love, Rosie. It features two sought-after Hollywood stars – Lily Collins of the now-stalled Mortal Instruments franchise, and Sam Claflin of the record-breaking Hunger Games franchise – yet received a tiny February release with little to no publicity, a surefire sign that execs aren’t holding their breath for sizeable returns. One has to wonder why its distributor isn »
- Isaac Feldberg
This isn’t a children’s movie… and yet it kind of is, too, with its odd mishmash of social realism, action thrills, misplaced comedy, and simplistic drama. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The police in Rio de Janeiro “treat poor people like trash.” So says young teen Raphael (Rickson Tevez), in case you hadn’t already grasped the double entendre of the title. When Raphael discovers a really nice, surely accidentally discarded wallet while working as a trash picker in a massive Rio landfill, he shares the cash with his pal Gardo (Eduardo Luis), and then the two are off on a sort of treasure hunt to unravel the meaning of the other mysterious items in the wallet, including a train-station locker key, photos of a little girl, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Stephen Daldry; Screenwriter: Richard Curtis; Starring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15
Brazil has been thrust into the spotlight of late thanks to last year's World Cup and its forthcoming Olympic Games in 2016, but look past the sunny samba beat and you'll find a country overrun with corruption. It's this Brazil that provides the backdrop for Stephen Daldry's Trash, a fleet-footed adaptation of Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel.
Daldry's film, adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis, follows three Rio street kids - Raphael, Gardo, and Rato - as they stumble across a wallet that leads them on an adventure that could pull them out of poverty. Hot on their heels are bent officials, led by cop Frederico Gonz (Selton Mello), who won't hesitate to turn violent in pursuit of their goal. The decay runs high up into Rio's authorities, »
Director: Stephen Daldry.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Synopsis: After discovering a wallet at the dumpsite where they work, three young boys in a Brazilian favela must work together to outwit corrupt cops and government officials, while risking their own lives.
The poster for Trash gives a positive and Slumdog Millionaire vibe. It looks bright and cheerful, when in actual fact, Daldry’s rather brilliant and surprising family film (despite the 15 rating) is more of a bittersweet look at childlike innocence in a world corrupted by the greed of adults.
The entire feel of the film is one of many mixed emotions and genres, which so easily could have failed miserably. It’s written by British romantic comedy legend Richard Curtis, yet has no romance and is closer to City Of God than Notting Hill. Taking »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Directed by Stephen Daldry.
Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Trash is the new Brazilian/Hollywood hybrid from Billy Elliot (2000) director Stephen Daldry, and famed writer Richard Curtis (with translation by Felipe Braga). It is set in an unnamed country (Brazil), where a young boy called Raphael (Rickson Tevez) finds a wallet that sets off a chain of events that will change his and his friend’s lives forever. It’s a little less cheesy than it sounds.
- Irwan Lowe
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
After the ignominious reception of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”—and the similarly cool and tepid reaction to 2008’s “The Reader”—director Stephen Daldry has an uphill battle to gain back some goodwill with critics and audiences. Will the Brazil-set “Trash” get him back in your good graces? To help sway your decision, the film has released a new clip, along with a behind-the-scenes featurette. Running over a minute long, the clip from the Richard Curtis-scripted film takes place just after three trash-picking boys—non-professional newcomers Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, and Gabriel Weinstein—find an important wallet and realize what exactly they’ve gotten themselves into. The clip also features Rooney Mara, one of two American stars in the film—the other being Martin Sheen—playing missionaries. A featurette has also been posted online, via Flicks And Bits, and it focuses on the logistics of shooting the film on location in Rio. »
- Cain Rodriguez
We’d previously seen the first trailer for Stephen Daldry’s upcoming film Trash, that opens on January 30th, and now we’ve got a couple of clips that shows us both the upbeat and downside of the lives of the boys from the Rio slums that the film centres on.
When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael (Rickson Tevez) and Gardo (Luis Eduardo), realise that what they’ve found must be important. Teaming up with their friend Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet, evade the police, and uncover the secrets it contains.
Directed by »
- Dan Bullock
Davies, the former Doctor Who showrunner about to return to Channel 4 with Cucumber (among other things), said he was determined to create the antithesis of Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings creation, Charles, as portrayed by Grant in the 1994 romantic comedy.
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In something of a surprise this morning, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel emerged with the most BAFTA nominations at a total of 11. The movie had its world premiere in Berlin last year, meaning that on BAFTA night February 8, it will be one year and two days since its debut. It was released in Britain in March 2014 and I hear its screener was one of the first to arrive in British Academy members’ mailboxes at the start of the campaign season. The film was warmly embraced in the UK and went on to earn just under $20M. One voter suggested this morning, “People don’t forget great movies.”
Conversely, insiders suggest awareness was low on Selma. In a rather sizable snub, it was left out of the list unveiled today. That film’s screener, I’m told, was one of the last to arrive and the theatrical release is not until February, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The former EastEnders actress, who is currently expecting her first child, had been linked to the Channel 5 reality show.
For the record I am Definitely not going in to celebrity big brother...
— Martine McCutcheon (@martineofficial) January 2, 2015
By the way - I like big brother - it has it's place on TV. I'm just not going in there myself! X
— Martine McCutcheon (@martineofficial) January 2, 2015
Denying the news on Twitter, McCutcheon said that she doesn't have anything against the show, but she is "definitely" not taking part.
McCutcheon and her husband Jack McManus are expecting a baby boy in February.
Speaking to Digital Spy in February last year, McCutcheon said that she would love to be involved in a Love Actually sequel.
I need another four hearts to contain all my love for last night’s Esio Trot (BBC1) – an utterly, completely, inescapably beguiling adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, directed by Dearbhla Walsh, narrated by James Corden and starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. You could argue that with a pedigree like that nothing could have gone wrong, but it doesn’t work like that. Although you can maximise your chances of being able to conjure it, charm is ineffable, alchemical. You can’t measure it out by the yard and cut it off when you’ve got enough. You can’t splash it on to a scene and then stopper it to make sure you’ve got enough for the next take. »
- Lucy Mangan
The Green Ray, 1986.
Directed by Eric Rohmer.
A young woman seeks a relaxing holiday in the sun, but pines for something much more …
It is a timeless fact that your mid-twenties can be a daunting place. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has won plaudits this year by only taking the young man to his late teens – Eric Rohmer, an inspiration to Linklater, is more interested in the summer of a single woman in her mid-twenties. Both filmmakers’ know how to capture a moment and freely utilise the flexibility of acting and truth to adapt and develop their art. Rohmer, in The Green Ray, even credits his lead actress Marie Rivière as co-script-writer to prove her crucial involvement. The Green Ray is deeply personal, capturing the brutal honesty of loneliness with an optimistic attitude towards finding your fated one.
The opening of »
- Simon Columb
20 items from 2015
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