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Helmed this week by Rebecca Nicholson, the Guardian Film Show looks at the week's big releases and hears cheers or boos from critics Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard. They assess Colin Firth spy caper Kingsman: The Secret Service, Paul Thomas Anderson's Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, Stephen Daldry's Brazilian adventure Trash, and a superpowered Disney animation in Big Hero 6. Plus there are interviews with Joaquin Phoenix and Katherine Waterston Continue reading »
- Catherine Shoard
Helmed this week by Rebecca Nicholson, the Guardian Film Show looks at the week's big releases and hears cheers or boos from critics Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard. They assess Colin Firth spy caper Kingsman: The Secret Service, Paul Thomas Anderson's Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, Stephen Daldry's Brazilian adventure Trash, and a superpowered Disney animation in Big Hero 6. Plus there are interviews with Joaquin Phoenix and Katherine Waterston
- Guardian Staff
Nothing to do with Andy Warhol’s movie from 1970. This is a fast-moving and likable children’s adventure with a fiercely grownup angle, mainly because the kids involved have had to grow up quickly. Screenwriter Richard Curtis has adapted a Ya novel by Andy Mulligan, and Stephen Daldry directs. Raphael (Rickson Tevez), Gardo (Eduardo Luís) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) are three Brazilian street kids from the favelas, who scratch a living from mountains of trash at the city limits. One day they come upon a wallet containing some cash and, more importantly, photos and documents. It all relates to corrupt politicians and vicious cops who badly want this wallet back. The boys find themselves way out of their depth, but they have some friends in the form of a cantankerous whisky priest, »
- Peter Bradshaw
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, »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
★★★★☆ Stephen Daldry's latest feature film, set among the garbage heaps of Rio de Janeiro, belongs to its youthful, non-professional cast. Trash (2014) opens with Jose Angelo (Wagner Moura) hurriedly packing. As he attempts to flee his apartment he is cornered by cops. Before his arrest, he throws a large wallet into a passing rubbish truck. The next day, fourteen-year-old Rafael (Rickson Tevez) finds the wallet while foraging in his local dump. He has no idea that it will change his destiny and that of his two friends, fellow rubbish-pickers Gardo (Luis Eduardo) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein). Soon the police start sniffing around their favela, offering an award for the wallet's safe return.
- CineVue UK
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.
Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
BBC Films is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 8.
The prize is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, with previous recipients including Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.
Last year’s recipient was British writer-director Peter Greenaway.
Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers - one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th January 2015…
After losing out on top spot during its opening weekend, Clint Eastwood’s box office juggernaut American Sniper has climbed to the top of the UK box office at the second attempt, dethroning Taken 3 with a solid £2.54 million.
Three new releases managed to crack the top ten this week, with Alex Garland’s directorial debut, the sci-fi Ex Machina, pulling in £1,093,952 to take fifth place, followed by Johnny Depp’s latest flop Mortdecai in seventh with £484,878 and the Mark Wahlberg-headlined The Gambler in eighth with £380,113.
Number one this time last year: The Wolf of Wall Street
1. American Sniper – £2,539,534 weekend (2 weeks)
2. Taken 3 – £1,809,724 weekend (3 weeks)
3. The Theory of Everything – £1,588,737 weekend (4 weeks)
4. Into the Woods – £1,347,845 weekend (3 weeks)
5. Ex Machina – £1,093,952 weekend (New)
6. Paddington – £748,628 weekend (9 weeks)
7. Mortdecai – £484,878 weekend (New)
8. The Gambler – £381,554 weekend (New)
9. Birdman – £380,113 weekend (4 weeks)
10. Whiplash – £376,485 weekend (2 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
Trash follows three friends as they race against time, corrupt police and other unscrupulous characters to reveal the secrets contained in a wallet inadvertently found on the trash dump where they work. This Slumdog Millionaire with a reBOURNE Identity looks like an entertaining, yet heartfelt thrill ride.
In anticipation of its release this Friday, why not check out the two new featurettes about the film and new film clip just released by Working Title below.
It’s nice to know that there’s finally a teen story treated like it’s an adult:
Trash opens in theatres this Friday. »
- Sacha Hall
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
Exclusive: Who owns history? In the run-up to the Oscars, the critiques playing out in the press over the “accuracy” of events portrayed in Selma, American Sniper and The Imitation Game have never had a more powerful purchase on the public conversation.
Few contemporary writers have tangled with the issue as consistently — and entertainingly — as two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan. He might recreate the days-long encounter between a British interlocutor and a paranoid U.S. President, as he did first onstage and then in film with Frost/Nixon. Slice through the emotional tensions in a legendary Formula One racing rivalry, as he did in Rush. Or imagine the private conversations between the Queen of England and a succession of Prime Ministers, as he does in The Audience, the hit West End play starring Helen Mirren that is in rehearsal for its upcoming Broadway bow.
Morgan is also in the thick »
- Jeremy Gerard
“No,” declares Stephen Daldry. “No holidays for me.” The silver-haired Daldry might just be Britain’s busiest director at present. He’s in pre-production on his first major television series, The Crown, he has three stage productions on the boil and is involved with Pier 55, an £85m floating park and performance venue that looks set to revitalise Manhattan’s Lower West Side. All this, and a possible movie adaptation of the stage-musical Wicked. No wonder he won’t be planning any getaway breaks any time soon. »
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
The Directors Guild of America have spoken and raised the Eastwood flag yet again. The 84 year old director cruised to a nomination for his conservative military drama American Sniper. It's his fourth nomination with the DGA. He has won twice before at the DGA and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Academy has nominated him even more often for directing as American Sniper will be his fifth Best Director nomination should it come to pass. Eastwood has a habit of crashing the party late. He did it in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby when everyone was preparing for an Aviator sweep. He did it in 2006 with the tiny grossing nearly black and white foreign language film Letters from Iwo Jima and he looks like he'll do it again on Thursday for American Sniper.
Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
- NATHANIEL R
By Anjelica Oswald
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy made his directorial this year with Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a corrupt freelance crime reporter who will do anything to get a story. Since the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, it’s garnered Oscar buzz and has been compared to best picture winner Crash (2004). It holds a 95 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, was named one of AFI’s top 10 films of the year and received four BAFTA nominations, as well as three Critics’ Choice Awards. Gyllenhaal has earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice acting nominations. If Gilroy were to earn a nomination for best director, like Crash did, he would become the sixth director in the 21st century to achieve that accolade.
- Anjelica Oswald
For those of you who aren't familiar, Wicked is the Broadway musical that tells a prequel story of The Wizard of Oz. I've seen the musical twice already with stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, and it’s a really great production. You should check it out if you ever get a chance. Of course, now it looks like everyone might get that chance in 2016. According to Into the Woods producer Marc Platt, it could be adapted for the big screen by that time.
“He’s [Daldry] been on for a year or two. But it’s in process. 2016 is the goal, but I don’t know whether we’ll make that goal or not. We will make the movie, but like I said, »
- Joey Paur
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