17 items from 2010
This is the review for The Scouting Book For Boys, directed by Tom Harper, starring Ewen MacIntosh, Holly Grainger, Rafe Spall, Steven Mackintosh, Susan Lynch and Thomas Turgoose. Touted by some as the herald of one of Britain's most promising young directors, Tom Harper's debut film The Scouting Book For Boys is a bit of a mongrel. It longs, unashamedly, to be a quirky, parochial indie-comedy, whilst striving, also, to hit those Loach, Leigh and Meadows notes of gritty slice-of-life gravitas, whilst all the while revelling in a halcyon, perfume ad, perpetual-sunset aesthetic. Nothing wrong with all of these elements independently, but if not stitched together seamlessly and seemingly effortlessly, it jolts and jars. »
- Dan Hollis
The BBC has turned out top-notch crime dramas for decades, and starting October 17, U.S. viewers will get to see the next one: Luther, which stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as the titular detective working from a script by Neil Cross (Spooks/Mi-5). That pedigree alone makes it worth a look, but Luther also presents a darkly engaging narrative that is sure to leave viewers wanting more.
From the release by BBC America: “Luther is a gripping psychological thriller driven by a brilliant and emotionally impulsive detective. A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. In each episode, the murderer’s identity is known from the start, focusing the drama on the psychological duel between predator and prey.” It’s a novel approach for a crime drama that should allow for great character development, the likes of which aren’t normally seen on television today. »
- Brittany Frederick
MsWOO profiled this BBC TV series back in April, which stars Idris Elba as a brilliant but self-destructive homicide detective. It’s called Luther. The series premiered in the U.K. earlier this spring, and, in her post, MsWOO wondered whether it will eventually air on American television.
Well, no surprise, it will!
BBC America will air the entire first season of the hour-long crime drama, later this year. Those of you who have cable TV should have BBC America. I believe it’s one of the standard package stations. If not, I’m sure it can be added with an upgrade.
Or you can wait until the series is available on DVD, which I’m sure will eventually happen.
Here’s are a few video previews of the show:
First, here’s »
Elba has taken a recurring part on Showtime's new series "The Big C," where he'll play a painter and potential love interest for Laura Linney's cancer-stricken suburbanite, Showtime says. He also stars in "Luther," a six-episode crime drama that premiered on the BBC in May and will make its way to BBC America later this year.
"The Big C," which is scheduled to premiere Aug. 16, stars Linney as a woman who decides to embrace life after being diagnosed with cancer. The show also stars Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious") and Oliver Platt as Linney's husband -- who, we're assuming, won't be all that thrilled with the presence of Elba's character in his wife's life.
It’s a big day on the isle of Elba. You can check out Idris Elba (The Wire) in this newly released trailer for Takers, BBC America has committed to airing the UK psychological thriller Luther he headlines in the States, and the actor has signed on for the Showtime comedy The Big C. EW reports that Elba will appear in at least four episodes of C, which stars Laura Linney as a suburban mother diagnosed with cancer.
In Luther, Elba plays an “intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive murder detective.” The Neil Cross-created show will air on BBC America later this year. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Here’s the official press release:
- Brendan Bettinger
You've got your scary ghosts and your friendly ghosts, but it's fairly rare in cinema that we see evicted ghosts. Now, however, with The Great Ghost Rescue shooting in London and Hungary and the first pictures hitting the net, we're finally going to see what happens when ghosts become dispossessed (sorry).Based on the bestselling kids book by Eva Ibbotson, this is the story of a young ghost (or at least the ghost of a young boy) called Humphrey (Toby Hall). When he and his family lose their usual haunt, they set off with other ghosts of London to find a new home - but when they reveal their existence to the world, they find themselves threatened with exorcism. Egad!Kevin McKidd, Emma Fielding, Georgia Groome and Steven Mackintosh are also starring in what looks like a fun caper. C'mon, anytime there's a big Scotsman with a huge axe in a film, »
Whatever Theo's wannabe millionaires are selling in Injuh, I'm not buying
The Theo in Theo's Adventure Capitalists (BBC2) is of course Theo Paphitis. The middling-annoying dragon from Dragons' Den – above Deborah Meaden but below Duncan Bannatyne – has noticed a business opportunity, and its name is spin-off. People's appetite for watching underinformed entrepreneurs micturate money up the wall has not yet been exhausted, and so Theo is bidding adieu to the sluggish domestic market and taking trios of wannabe millionaires abroad to see if they can take advantage of the weak pound and the increasingly hungry export market.
This week he's off to explore India, a "brand new market", which will come as a surprise to the cotton mill owners of eighteen hundred and blah, but we know what he means. He means "a brand new susceptibility for the kind of appetites artificially created through branding shenanigans that the developed world »
- Lucy Mangan
Jason Isaacs, Kevin McKidd and Emma Fielding will lead the cast of The Great Ghost Rescue. The project, which kicks off its eight-week production schedule in London and Hungary next week, also features Angus,Thongs and Perfect Snogging's Georgia Groome, Steven Mackintosh and newcomer Toby Hall in the cast. Yann Samuell is directing from screenwriter David Solomons's adaptation of Eva Ibbotson's New York Times bestseller. The story centres on Humphrey Craggyford (Hall) and his family as they are kicked out of their home and must find a new place to haunt. They later discover that they (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Please someone tell me why I can't stop singing the title to The Great Ghost Rescue to the tune of the failed northeastern children's television show "The Great Space Coaster"? It's been like an hour now, and it just will not go away! Somebody make it stop! Please!
In any event, according to Screen Daily Affinity International has acquired the sales rights heading into Cannes to The Great Ghost Rescue, which is set to begin eight weeks of principal photography in the UK and Hungary next week.
Casting for this kid-friendly slice of spookery thus far includes Georgia Groome, Steven Mackintosh, and newcomer Toby Hall, who will play Humphrey, the ghost of a child whose family has been ousted from their home when their castle gets modernized into a holiday camp.
- Uncle Creepy
Affinity International has boarded sales rights heading into Cannes to The Great Ghost Rescue, set to begin eight weeks of principal photography in the UK and Hungary next week. Yann Samuell will direct David Solomons adaptation of the novel by Eva Ibbotson. Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films), Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers, Hannibal Rising) and Emma Fielding ("The Ghost Squad") all star. The cast also includes Georgia Groome, Steven Mackintosh and newcomer Toby Hall, who plays a small ghost whose family has been ousted from their home. The family unites with other spirits in a bid to find a sanctuary, but in the process the tide of opinion turns against them. »
A maverick cop returning to duty after a leave of absence. A boss who's willing to back him even if he takes her down with him. A femme fatale who's engineered a perfect crime. On paper, the BBC's new detective drama, Luther, doesn't sound as though it will be pushing the boundaries of the genre. But on the strength of a first episode preview, it looks as though John Luther could be the best new TV detective since Wallander (or at least the moodiest).
Without getting too involved in the details of the plot here, the first case that Luther investigates is a cold, twist-filled murder that soon becomes personal. Again, it doesn't sound incredibly original: but when you're playing in a field as overdone as a police show, »
- Richard Vine
The Scouting Book for Boys is a solid Directorial debut film from Tom Harper and showcases what the wonderful British film industry is willing to support get made. Starring the excellent young talents of Thomas Turgoose of This is England fame and Holly Grainger who starred in the TV series Demons and Waterloo Road, these two young actors are the main reason to see this dark and gritty film but unfortunately it’s let down by its supporting cast, which is a real shame.
Living all year round at a caravan park on the Norfolk coast, two young inseparable teenagers David (Turgoose) and Emily (Grainger) spend their summer days indulging in games and pranks together as teenagers only do to past the monotony of repetitive days stuck in other peoples idea of a holiday destination.
It comes as heart breaking shock to them both when Emily is told she is »
- Gary Phillips
Drama based on true events is bound to get you wondering which bits have been made up, but there were times during Mo – Channel 4's wondrous biopic about Mo Mowlam's stint as Northern Ireland secretary in the late 90s – when I couldn't quite believe my ears. Did she really just say John Major had a huge cock? Admittedly it would have been better if the Queen Mother had said it, but it was a perfect snare for passing viewers who liked Julie Walters but weren't sure if they liked politics.
There was a lot of both to laugh at and cry about. Walters was a giant as Mowlam, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour five minutes before the election that swept Labour to power. What would she tell Tony? »
- Phil Hogan
The Daisy Chain was shot in the County Mayo of Ireland and the film involves a seemingly demonic possessed girl, who delights in torturing her new adoptive parents. When are little kids ever scary i.e. Orphan? This time the killer kids get an Irish twist, but the early trailer shows some pacing issues that have been described by a review at Bloody-Disgusting as involving a: "slow start, the film moves on to a slow mid-section and sort-of culminates in a slow finale" (Bloody). The film sounds like it would be best viewed on a lazy Sunday morning, with a full dose of patience in stock. Check out the synopsis, movie trailer and other details below (available April 13).
The synopsis for The Daisy Chain courtesy of Quiet Earth:
"Martha, an emotionally fragile mother, who moves to a remote Irish village with her husband Tomas following the tragic death of their baby daughter. »
- Michael Ross Allen
Need another reason to not have kids? Other than the fact that they're loud, dirty, smelly, and break all your shit? Well, another entry into the evil child subgenre is on its way to offer you a few more!
Martha and Tomas are a grieving couple who move to a remote Irish village in the wake of their baby daughter’s death. Touched by a traumatized, autistic girl whose entire family has perished in tragic accidents, they open their home to young Daisy. Martha believes that with her love, she can help Daisy ... until a disturbing series of strange occurrences leads her to believe that her little girl may not be as innocent as she seems.
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- Uncle Creepy
We first reported on The Daisy Chain during our American Film Market coverage of 2008. That's how long it has taken for this one to reach us. Image Entertainment announced it will release Daisy on DVD April 13. Samantha Morton ( Minority Report ) and Steven Mackintosh (the Underworld series) are Martha and Tomas, a grieving couple who move to a remote Irish village in the wake of their baby daughter.s death. Touched by a traumatized, autistic girl whose entire family has perished in tragic accidents, they open their home to young Daisy. Martha believes that with her love, she can help Daisy...until a disturbing series of strange occurrences leads her to believe that her little girl may not be as innocent as she seems. The DVD will come with the trailer. »
DVD Playhouse—January 2010
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Absorbing character study follows the leader (Jeremy Renner) of a bomb squad unit in Iraq and his growing addiction to the adrenaline-fueled life and death edge that he and his men must walk on a daily basis. Director Kathryn Bigelow, an unheralded great filmmaker for nearly two decades, has finally hit paydirt with this gut-wrenching examination of war as drug, as opposed to hell. That said, The Hurt Locker is 2/3 of a great movie that takes a wild left turn in a subplot involving Renner’s character and that of a local boy to whom he takes a shine, and never quite recovers its momentum. In spite of that hiccup, it remains one of the best films of 2009 and, thus far, the finest cinematic exploration of America’s war in the Middle East. Also available on Blu-ray disc, in »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
17 items from 2010
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