11 items from 2014
Welcome, beloved guest-to-be. Upon your check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, you might meet a very important attorney that goes by the name of Deputy Kovacs, who is played by Jeff Goldblum in Wes Anderson’s new caper about friendship, honor, and promises fulfilled. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Goldblum to talk about the working with Anderson, upcoming projects, and memes. Check it out below!
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair — all »
- Melissa Howland
Sky Arts HD is getting ready for its annual Playhouse Presents series which returns to the channel this May. The showcase is devoted to one-off comedies and dramas with talent lined up this year to include Matthew Perry, Billie Piper, Ben Wishaw, Mark Strong, Jo Brand, Simon Callow, Cara Delevingne, Lindsay Duncan, Kevin Eldon, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Mays, Sylvia Syms, Ashley Walters, Jason Watkins and Richard Wilson. Previous editions have had such names as Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Idris Elba and David Tennant. This year also involves the writing talents of Oscar-winner Peter Straughan, among others. Perry, who’s prepping his Odd Couple pilot at CBS, will make his UK TV comedy debut with The Dog Thrower, the story of a man who finds fame, then infamy, when he starts throwing his dog. It’s produced by Runaway Fridge. Among the other offerings, Piper and Whishaw will star in Foxtrot from Sprout Pictures, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Le Week-end Music Box Films Director: Roger Michell Screenplay: Hanif Kureishi Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/19/14 Opens: March 14, 2014 When you see people who have just come back from a vacation, you ask, “How was your trip?” Did you ever hear someone say, “Ok, I guess, but there were so many hassles—customs, overcharges, bad weather, generally miserable time come to think of it.” Not a chance. “Great time, fabulous weather, can’t wait to go back.” After seeing Roger Michell’s “Le Weekend,” his fourth collaboration with scripter Hanif Kureishi, you’ll be discussing the weekend holiday taken by Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent) and [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
For an ostensible Everyman, Tom Hanks has a performer's hunger to please that has shone through some of his most stoic roles. That eagerness, however, is suspended to marvellous effect in Paul Greengrass's titanium-tough tension exercise Captain Phillips (Sony, 12), in which Hanks plays the real-life skipper of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates with nothing to lose. Emotionally bare and physically distressed, Hanks looks palpably out of his depth, and the result is his best performance – unlucky not to receive one of the film's six Oscar nominations. (Riveting newcomer Barkhad Abdi, playing the invading captain, was more fortunate.) It's a formidable fist of a film, yet not even the best Somali pirate thriller of 2013 – happily, its remarkable Danish twin A Hijacking is available on Blinkbox, »
- Guy Lodge
Written by British author Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), Le Week-End (2013) is a witty, poignant, honest and intelligent relationship drama strictly for grown-ups, starring Jim Broadbent, Bifa winner Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. To celebrate the DVD and the Blu-ray release of Le Week-End on Monday 10 February, we have Three DVD copies of Michell's Parisian promenade to give away to our loyal army of followers, courtesy of our friends at UK distributors Curzon Film World. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
We seem to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance of delightful romantic comedies about old people finding a way to rekindle their magic. You won't find us complaining about it, either. We're a sucker for a good rom-com, and the age of the couple in question doesn't matter. If anything, the older the couple, the sweeter the romance (see Enough Said for last year's great example of this). Le Week-End is the latest in this lovely subgenre, and it stars Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, Another Year) and Lindsay Duncan (Mansfield Park, About Time) as a British couple who decide to re-create their honeymoon in Paris. While there, an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) helps them discover new sides of themselves. It was written by Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother), directed by...
- Peter Hall
What’s this? I’m reviewing a new British movie? Yes indeed, if you’ve been a long time reader of my work, you may have noticed a proclivity for me to review mainly American movies be it of the mainstream or independent variety. But every so often a British flick comes along that grabs my attention – usually they’re of the horror or thriller variety of course, and Last Passenger is no different.
The film tells the story of a small group of passengers on a late night train out of London. In the sleepy and abandoned carriages stop after stop are missed and Lewis (Dougray Scott), with five other remaining passengers, end up on a ride of a lifetime as the train hurtles relentlessly down the track. »
- Phil Wheat
Richard Curtis's latest and very possibly last Brit-com stars Domhnall Gleeson as a young man, Tim, whose 21st birthday takes an unexpected turn for the futuristic. His father (Bill Nighy) reveals that all the men in their family have the power to travel in time, which ends up having a powerful impact on Tim's burgeoning relationship with Mary (Rachel McAdams).
The film is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are six reasons for you to stop whatever you're doing and watch About Time as soon as possible:
Only in the sense that he channels roughly the same blend of leading man charm and terribly British awkwardness that Grant became famous for in Curtis's Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. He's even got the floppy hair.
2. It's not your average rom-com
Did we mention the part about time travel? »
Director: Omid Nooshin,
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Last Passenger hit me from out of nowhere. The little British thriller with big aspirations has a rough-around-the-edges charm that permeates throughout, but can a small British production really hit the highs of Hollywood’s hitters? Well, whatever it lacks in production values it more than makes up for with great performances and nail-biting suspense.
With a dread filled build-up where you just know something isn’t quite right, we are introduced to a seemingly random bunch of characters on the commute home. A doctor with the ability to diagnose by just looking at a patient, Lewis (Scott), is travelling with his son Max (Kaynama). As the train begins to miss certain stops, it appears that the last 6 passengers have had their journey hijacked by an unknown assailant for unknown reasons. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Hanif Kureishi's muse has long been transgression: dazzling early success was followed by a sex-and-drugs phase, family falling-out and a lacerating novel about marital breakdown. Now, with The Last Word, has he finally pinned down who he really is?
The first time I met Hanif Kureishi it was the mid-80s, and we talked about writing fiction for Faber and Faber whose list I was directing. Kureishi came into my office like a rock star and I remember thinking that he did not seem in need of a career move. He was already riding high on the international success of his screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette.
In fact, Kureishi was cannily pondering his next step. He was on the lookout for a means of self-expression that might sustain a way of life and over which he could have some control. Movies, he said, were chancy, a gold-rush business. There was »
- Robert McCrum
New images from the Sherlock series three finale have been unveiled.
In the final new picture, Magnussen can be seen menacing the character of Lady Smallwood, played by guest star Lindsay Duncan.
The show has since posted the biggest-ever increase from overnights to consolidated figures, with an increase of over 3.5m seeing final figures for 'The Empty Hearse' reach 12.7m.
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, said: "I'm very proud to have Sherlock on BBC One and see it topping the charts as the biggest-ever consolidated audience ever, it demonstrates that ambition and quality matter to our audience. »
11 items from 2014
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