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Fish Out of Water: Wright’s Debut a Visually Arresting, Moody Allegory
The mythological significance of the sea inflects and infects Paul Wright’s somber directorial debut, For Those in Peril, a dark allegory which takes its title from a line in a traditional naval hymn. Related with a heavy earnestness, there’s nary a break from the staunchly bleak tone, a saturation that tends to cast its final flight of fancy moment into mind-numbing dubiousness rather than landsliding into poignancy. Be that as it may, Wright’s visually arresting debut is often a poetically charged portrait of a pariah in an emotional wasteland of a community’s dismissive cruelty.
The sole survivor of a fishing boat accident that claimed the lives of five others, including his own older brother, we meet Aaron (George Mackay) preparing for his sibling’s funeral with the help of his mother, Cathy (Kate Dickie »
- Nicholas Bell
Almost exactly two years ago we featured the work of James Webber on HeyUGuys. Driftwood was a Neil Maskell-starring Short, released in the wake of the London Olympics, about a young swimmer whose athletic future is in danger from the anchor of his harsh domestic circumstance.
Webber’s latest film, Soror, has similar themes with a fine cast and, from the evidence in this trailer, some beautiful cinematography. Kate Dickie was last seen by most of us falling foul of a Littlefinger in Game of Thrones and Soror has her facing another domestic upheaval here.
Synopsis hounds will eat this one up,
Soror explores the lives and relationships of two half-sisters; Grace, a talented dancer; and Lisa, who dreams of escaping the confines of their estate with, or without, her overbearing boyfriend, Andrew. Meanwhile Grace’s mother looks to repair her fractured relationship with her daughter.
As Lisa prepares »
- Jon Lyus
Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.
The film will finish shooting at 3 Mills Studios in London over the next five weeks.
The film stars Paul Higgins (Red Road, Utopia), Kate Dickie (Prometheus, Filth), Corinne Masiero and Jerome Kircher and tells the story of a British couple living in a hole in the middle of a vast forest, somwhere in France.
Piggott is producing the film on behalf of 011 Productions/Chicken Factory, in co-production with Belgium’s A Private View and France’s Les Enrages.
The film is being financed by the BFI Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund and the Region Midi-Pyrenees, in association with Met Film and Blunt Pictures.
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment is distributing the film in Benelux, and Verve Pictures will handle distribution in the UK »
Crazy may be the new normal, at least when it comes to TV character roles.
This past television season, we’ve watched as Gaby Hoffmann’s Caroline seductively dances around “Girls” boy Ray only to bite his upper arm when he isn’t paying enough attention to her. Kate Dickie’s Lysa Arryn gleefully shoves her enemies to their doom through the “moon door” on “Game of Thrones.” And Uzo Aduba’s “Crazy Eyes” in “Orange Is the New Black” is as obsessive and volatile as those frightening peepers suggest.
These characters not only add spice to their series, the roles have offered intriguing challenges for the women playing them. No longer content to sprinkle shows with pretty, vapid girls or dutiful bffs, these new girls range from the oddly wacky to the downright deranged.
“Obviously actresses clamor to play these roles because they are so much fun and these »
- Susan Young
HBO has unveiled the first preview for the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones entitled "The Children". We also have four behind-the-scenes featurettes that give us an inside look at the penultimate episode, "The Watchers on the Wall". Check them out and catch the season finale Sunday, June 15th, only on HBO.
In the finale, An unexpected arrival north of the Wall changes circumstances. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is forced to face harsh realities. Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) learns more of his destiny. Tyrion sees the truth of his situation.
Game of Thrones episode 4.10, "The Children" airs on HBO June 15th, 2014. The episode stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Charles Dance, Kate Dickie, Stephen Dillane, Lino Facioli and is directed by Alex Graves. »
Disney is pushing out Angelina Jolie and "Maleficent" this weekend, the fifth straight weekend with a major studio tentpole release (though the first to both star and be primarily aimed at women). And while it's unlikely a quintet of indie films also opening will stand in the way of Jolie's box office magic, they do interestingly feature a lot of A-list stars, from Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Taylor Kitsch, Toni Collette and Professor X himself, James McAvoy. Whether their recognizable faces and names help their films remains to be seen, though in general it looks like it might be another underwhelming weekend at the indie box office... Filth (Magnolia) Director: Jon S. Baird Cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie, Shirley Henderson Criticwire Average: 6 critics gave it a C+ average Where Is It Screening: The Varsity in Seattle, »
- Peter Knegt
Bad Detective: Baird Adapts Welsh for (Sometimes) Outrageous Effect
Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic Trainspotting set the bar for Irvine Welsh adaptations (Boyle is apparently at work on a sequel), and several filmmakers afterward have followed in his footsteps without the same success. But director Jon S. Baird’s sophomore film, Filth comes close to the same wild energy and outrageous affection with the help of a notable cast and an uncomfortable turn from a sallow James McAvoy. Certainly, the film isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, a loosely followed plot frittered away on episodic craziness that only becomes more compounded as the film progresses. But despite the crassness, the degradation, and various other offensive counts that rightfully earns the story title, there’s an undeniably enduring quality to Baird’s adaptation as something you won’t be soon to forget, filled with moments that, by the surprisingly pithy final frames, »
- Nicholas Bell
Last week, The Lion of Lannister roared louder than his accusers could have ever fathomed. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) spat decades of anguish in a venomous speech which has seen the re-introduction of a trial by the sword. In episode 7 however, he is banged up in his rotten, dank cell once again; left alone to wallow in the filth and his thoughts. Despite being trapped throughout, once again Dinklage proves himself as the show’s Mvp as he continues to steal scenes throughout Mockingbird.
With the battle for his punishment or freedom confirmed, the crown must find a champion to fight for their honour - for their lost king. Cersei (Lena Headey) doesn’t want her brother killed; she wants him obliterated, fragmented and decimated. In an ideal world, Tyrion would become an exceptionally bloody jigsaw puzzle for the lucky children in King’s Landing. Her selection is the monstrous presence »
- Chris Haydon
Last night's episode of "Game of Thrones", the seventh in this fourth season, titled "Mockingbird", was like most every episode this season. Filled with exposition, promising something major down the road and ending with a bang before giving us a teaser for next week's episode... as if anyone watching wasn't already going to tune in seven days later (or, in this case 14 as it won't be on next week). And this brings me to a growing beef I have with this show. "Game of Thrones" has already proven a weekly ritual for viewers so why does it continue to rely on "surprises" to end each episodec Oh snap, he pushed her through the Moon Door! Yeah, he did, so whatc Tune in next week to find out what happens next! What happens nextc What happens next is important now, to this episode, so finish it. The focus on each episode »
- Brad Brevet
Musicvideo helmer Daniel Wolfe and his brother Matthew confirm that style and content need not be mutually exclusive with their impressive feature debut, “Catch Me Daddy,” which tracks the doomed attempts of a British Asian teen runaway to escape the long arm of her violently protective family. Beautifully shot on 35mm by justly garlanded lenser Robbie Ryan, and performed with affecting naturalism by a cast that mixes trained thesps with non-professionals, the pic looks certain for further fest action following its Cannes Directors’ Fortnight berth, before niche theatrical outings. But the bleak storyline will likely discourage broader audiences from joining the pursuit.
Initially conceived as a Western set on the Yorkshire Moors, the story begins with Laila (screen debutante Sameena Jabeen Ahmed), a girl in her late teens, on the run with her Scottish boyfriend, Aaron (Conor McCarron, the young discovery of Peter Mullan’s 2010 teen-gang drama “Neds”). Lying low »
- Charles Gant
As we reach the halfway mark of Season 4 it seems as though Game of Thrones is getting better with each episode. Rarely can a show offer as much variety and quality each week, and even more of an anomaly is a programme that can see the resurgence of past characters with such lightness of touch that it feels as if they never left.
Returning to the frame is that of Lysa Tully (Kate Dickie); the creepy Lady of the Eyrie who mournfully watched her finest gladiators tumble to their deaths from the famed Eye at the hands of Lord Tyrion’s drunkard swordsman Bronn (neither of whom feature in this episode). Lord Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Balish and Lady Sansa Stark have arrived ashore and he has taken her to the Eyre where she is reunited with her estranged and indeed strange aunty, who quickly declares she wishes to marry Balish that »
- Chris Haydon
A few unexpected revelations (Littlefinger is the Mole!), the destruction of the Northern Rape Squad, and the return of the world’s oldest breastfeeding boy were almost enough to distract from the fact that last week’s breakout star – Ser Pounce – was nowhere to be seen this week. Well, let’s get on with it…
Cersei (Lena Headey) visits Mardge (Natalie Dormer) as Tommen tries on his new throne. Cersei admits, “Joffrey would have been your nightmare” and shows her hand just a smidge. Mardge, to her credit, is rather cunning in her guarded responses. But Cersei cuts through the Bs by asking, “You’re still interested in being Queen, I take it?” They will both speak to their dads about it, as though they were getting permission to have a sleepover or sign up for a cheerleading camp. But then Mardge – always having to have the last word, mind – chirps, »
- Brian Juergens
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 5: “First of His Name”
Directed by Michelle MacLaren
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
As per usual, kindly avoid revealing future book spoilers in the comments.
“What good is power if you can’t protect the ones you love?” – Cersei
“First of His Name” directly refers to Tommen, as the episode opens at his coronation. It doesn’t take long before we get a new King sitting on the Iron Throne, and judging by the conversation Cersei has with Margery, it doesn’t take long to realize one of the episode’s major themes: In “First of His Name,” the show places a focus on how several characters come to understand and accepting the roles they are required to play. “First Of His Name” brings the fourth season of Game Of Thrones to its midpoint, and »
- Ricky da Conceição
Review Ron Hogan 5 May 2014 - 07:47
This review contains spoilers.
4.5 First Of His Name
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have done an absolutely amazing job of adapting the A Song Of Ice And Fire universe into a television series, and full credit to HBO for letting them do all the things they want to do with their show universe. Every week I sit down to watch the new episode, and at some point or another I glance at the clock and realize that 45 minutes of my life has disappeared into Westeros. The show just moves so smoothly, transitioning gracefully between characters and settings, from the other side of the Wall to Essos and back to King's Landing, that it seems like no time has passed.
It seems that no matter »
Game of Thrones episode “First of His Name” began with the crowning of Tommen Baratheon (Dean Charles-Chapman), the youngest son born of the incest between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau). “Long may he reign,” chants those congregated in the long, dimly lit hall, mere days after the death of King Joffrey (Jack Gleason) and his short rule.
Game Of Thrones Recap
While he’s paid respects by the people he now rules, Tommen looks over to Margaery (Natalie Dormer), who's looking over at him adoringly from a distance. When Cersei follows Tommen’s eyes to Margaery, she leaves his side to have a chat with her former daughter-in-law of an hour. Margaery compliments Tommen’s composure on the throne and expresses her sadness over the loss of Joffrey. Cersei, shedding her blind love for her late son, acknowledges that Joffrey would have been a nightmare to Margaery »
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "First of His Name"] Littlefinger may be the most dangerous man in Westeros. Sunday's Game of Thrones dropped a Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) bombshell that puts the events of the entire series in a new light. At the Vale we learned that Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) was the one who poisoned her husband, Jon Arryn, and that she did so at Littlefinger's request. Littlefinger was also behind Lysa's pilot episode letter to Catelyn in which the widow accused Cersei of murdering her husband. Q&A: 'Game of Thrones' Director Says Jon Snow
- Aaron Couch
Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job, the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control, and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in Filth, a Jon S. Baird film based on the acclaimed novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting).
Filth comes to theaters May 30th, 2014 and stars James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Joanne Frogatt, Eddie Marsan, Emun Elliott, Jim Broadbent, Kate Dickie. The film is directed by Jon S. Baird. »
The new green band version of the "Filth" trailer has arrived. The film stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Shirley Henderson, Ian De Caestercker, Emun Elliott and Kate Dickie. Jon S. Baird helms from the writing by Irvine Welsh. Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. »
Watch the new "Filth" trailer starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Shirley Henderson, Ian De Caestercker, Emun Elliott and Kate Dickie. We've also got a new poster up for the film directed by Jon S. Baird from the writing by Irvine Welsh. Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem. »
The supporting cast includes Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Emun Elliott, Martin Compston, and Kate Dickie. It's also based on a book by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, and this is the synopsis:
A bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive period, until he finally meets his match… himself.
Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another »
- Joey Paur
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