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A full quarter-century has passed since Nora Ephron deftly articulated the pitfalls of platonic friendship between men and women in “When Harry Met Sally…”. Yet if “Love, Rosie” is to be believed, a whole new generation of adults has arrived at much the same conclusion Ephron did: In the movies, at least, the sex part always gets in the way. A thoroughly likeable English-language debut for German comedy helmer Christian Ditter, this marzipan-sweet adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 bestseller “Where Rainbows End” is elevated by vibrant visuals and the winsome chemistry of Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. Cast as childhood BFFs who dance around their true feelings for each other through multiple decades, countries and partners, this inordinately pretty star pairing lends youthful appeal to a rom-com that could also woo the adult chick-lit crowd.
With its twelve-year narrative timeframe, comfy middle-class Britishisms and sparky pairing of striving, pure-hearted girl and raffish, »
- Guy Lodge
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.
Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
We’re teaming with The Current for the next two months to deliver 10 short films from 10 different directors, focused on social trends explored through cinema. The first short film, New Status, is an exercise in frustration when a major life event gets filtered through a cell phone. It’s a simple (now well-worn) concept given irritatingly funny life and a scream-worthy punchline. “My intention is to question the constant accessibility our smartphones provide and what it does to the way we communicate these days. It comes to a point where people are more focused on sharing with the world what a great time they are having, instead of actually having a great time. If we do not find the discipline to put the smartphone away once in a while, and have an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation, we will end up communicating via the smartphone only,” says director Maj-Britt La Cour. Here’s some more information on La Cour: »
- Scott Beggs
The British Film Institute is partnering with Aardman Animations are launching a new scheme backed by £1 million of lottery funding to help support the development and production of new animated feature films and the creative talent making them. The BFI will provide funding for up to two years to three filmmakers or filmmaker teams to develop their projects with dedicated development support through the BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab. The process for developing animated feature films is lengthy and expensive limiting the opportunities for British filmmakers. Wallace & Gromit producer Aardman will work with the filmmakers – animators, writers, directors, producers – to shape their ideas with the aim of emerging with a set of greenlight-ready materials for their films, ready to advance to production. The closing date for applications is November 28.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Based on Hjalmar Söderberg’s novel, published in 1912, the story centres on a man and a woman who fall in love when young, and remain in love, but stay separated and marry others.
August said: “The Serious Game is about the dream and longing for the one great love. About Lydia and Arvid who say no, when we want them to say yes.”
Producers are Patrik Andersson and Frida Bargo for B-reel in cooperation »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Set in the beginning of the 20th century Stockholm, “The Serious Game” turns on a young couple who fall madly in love but eventually separate and marry other people. Ten years later they meet again and start an affair that has unforeseeable consequences on their lives.
August, who previously directed “Call Girl” and “Beyond,” said the movie was “about the dream and longing for the one great love. About Lydia and Arvid who say no, when we want them to say yes.”
Movie is produced in association with Film i Väst, »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Riot Club, 2014
Directed by Lone Scherfig.
Starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Olly Alexander, Jessica Brown Findlay, Ben Schnetzer, Tom Hollander, Sam Reid, Freddie Fox, Natalie Dormer, Sam Reid, Jack Farthing and Matthew Beard.
Two freshers at Oxford University are selected to be part of an elite dining society, reserved only for ‘absolute legends’: The Riot Club, named after a legendary philanderer, debaucher and debonair, 1700s Oxford student Lord Ryot (surprise uncredited cameo by Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd). The aim: to drink oneself senseless, to have no restrictions, and to have fun at whatever the cost. No consequence is too severe, as money is not an issue amongst its members. It’s lucrative hedonism at its very finest and most extreme, and Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin) are having the time of their lives – right until the moment one fancy pub »
- Kat Kourbeti
Adff to present 197 films from 61 countries.
The 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff), backed by twofour54, will present nine feature world premieres, eight of them from the Arab world. The short film sections will host 48 world premieres.
The festival will open with Ali Mostafa’s From A to B [pictured], and festival director Ali Al-Jabri said: “It is the first time in the festival’s history that we opening with an Emirati film and we ares very proud about this landmark event.”
The festival runs October 23 to November 1 and presents 197 films from 61 countries.
For the second year, the festival host the Child Protection Award organised with the Child Protection Centre of the Ministry of Interior, to spotlight films that raise awareness about abused or neglected children. Films competing for that prize include Zerensenay Mehari’s Difret, Albert Shin’s In Her Place, and Cyprien Vial’s Young Tiger.
The Showcase section includes films such as ‘71, A Pigeon Sat on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Everything’s coming up roses for Natalie Dormer in 2014. The once and future Game of Thrones actress’ role on HBO’s sword and sorcery fantasy epic has incrementally expanded since she first appeared in Westeros two years ago; bit by scheming bit, she’s made Margery Tyrell into as much of a standout as humanly possible in a series with such a large, recurring ensemble. On top of that, she’s also scored a part that spans both the first and second halves of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
All this in addition to being in Academy Award nominated director Lone Scherfig’s British indie The Riot Club. That’s not a bad position for an up and coming talent like Dormer to be in, but she isn’t letting that ...
- Andy Crump
★★★☆☆The last few years of Conservative government have provided ample opportunity for the left-leaning to condemn the Oxbridge elite prevalent in the higher echelons of British politics. Taking up that cause is An Education (2009) director Lone Scherfig's bright young toffs drama The Riot Club (2014), based on Laura Wade's West End play Posh. Starring a host of upcoming actors, it provides a peek behind the curtain of a fictionalised version of Oxford University's Bullingdon Club of which Prime Minister David Cameron, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Chancellor George Osborne were all members. It makes for entertaining viewing but its power is undermined by a ultimate lack of insight amongst the debauchery.
- CineVue UK
Updated, Monday, 12:47 Pm: We have all 29 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault In Our Stars, Universal’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into The Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends and other Uni titles The Riot Club, indie fav Boyhood and dance franchise Step Up All In. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Based on Laura Wade's (also script writer here) play Posh, The Riot Club sees An Education director Lone Scherfig take us inside the hallowed halls of Oxford University, where lies the decadent and debauched world of the titular society. A fictionalised version of the real life Bullingdon Club, The Riot Club is made up of the schools top students (read: they come from money), whose activities within the club amount to nothing more than eating and boozing till they vomit into the black plastic bags provided. With the club two members short, freshman, and rivals, Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin) are quickly inducted in, stoking the fires of a barely hidden disdain the club has for the lower classes. With our 'heroes' painted liberally with the spoilt, rich kid brush, The Riot Club is a sometimes compelling, entirely uneasy watch. There isn't a member of the club you could call likable. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The Riot Club hits our movie screens today and our friend James Kleinmann got to chat with the cast about the movie directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education). The movie is based on the play Posh by Laura Wade.
Below we have interviews with Douglas Booth, Sam Claflin, Jessica Brown Findlay & Holliday Grainger, and Max Irons who all give their take on the play Posh and how they got involved in the movie adaptation.
Check out all the interviews below. The Riot Club is in cinemas today. You can see our review of the movie here.
- David Sztypuljak
Based on the hit British play “Posh,” the Lone Scherfig-helmed “The Riot Club” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month (read our review here) and a new clip (via The Guardian) is here – arriving just in time as the film opens in UK theaters today – along with a ten-minute chat with the principal cast. Starring Max Irons (“The Host”), Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and Douglas Booth (“Noah”) the film follows a pair of Oxford University freshmen (Irons and Claflin) as they assimilate into the rarified culture of the school, ending up in the exclusive Riot Club. Tensions come to a head, very bad decisions are made, and things go out of control in one night at a respectable establishment called The Bull Head. The nearly two-minute-long clip takes place before Irons and Claflin officially become members of the titular society, where the three leads are having a. »
- Cain Rodriguez
The Riot Club no match for feelgood comedy drama on social networks in the UK.
The true story of gay activists who supported miners during the strike of 1984 generated more than 2,400 comments from Sept 4-10, with more than 45% of those expressing intent to view.
Lone Scherfig’s British elite drama The Riot Club, starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin, had to settle for second place with just over 1,900 comments, with a healthy 41% intending to covert comments into cinema tickets.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Inspired by The Bullingdon Club – Oxford University’s exclusive, male-only society for future high-flyers – Laura Wade’s play Posh arrived on the eve of the 2010 general election that saw former Bullingdon members David Cameron and George Osbourne take centre stage in UK government. Director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education, One Day) adaptation of the play, arriving after four years of Conservative rule, should be the scathing destruction of upper-class pomposity we’ve been crying out for. Sadly, The Riot Club never feels clever enough to be a convincing social satire, and is about as subtle as Boris Johnson at a warehouse rave.
The eponymous club is a raucous, ten-man tribute to hedonism; a privileged group of ultra-rich Oxford boys who yearn for the days of a true upper-class, disgusted by the fact that people from all walks of life can get into Oxford nowadays. The film begins with a new »
- Matt Seton
Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. But they get the last laugh: These guys are the future masters of the universe. Hooray. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read (or seen) the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. Oh, don’t worry: They don’t have feelings, and even if they did, they wouldn’t care what us poor proles think of them. Anyway, they’ll get the last laugh: One of these guys is probably a future U.K. Prime Minister. Fictionally speaking, of course. Not at all based on the notorious Oxford University secret society the Bullingdon Club (David Cameron is a former member), this is a completely 100-percent made-up tale of Oxford’s Riot Club, a literal old boys club whose overprivileged, underhuman members enjoy »
- MaryAnn Johanson
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014…
Stop motion animation The Boxtrolls has taken top spot at the UK box office, pulling in an opening weekend haul of £2,000,597.
Last week’s number one film Sex Tape fell to fourth place, while the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman claimed fifth with £610,312 – the only other newcomer to feature in the chart this week.
Number one this time last year: Insidious: Chapter 2
1. The Boxtrolls – £2,000,597 weekend (New)
2. Lucy – £812,073 weekend (4 weeks)
3. Pride – £718,778 weekend (New)
4. Sex Tape – £673,478 weekend (2 weeks)
5. A Most Wanted Man – £610,312 weekend (New)
6. Before I Go To Sleep – £537,991 weekend (2 weeks)
7. Guardians of the Galaxy – £614,564 weekend (7 weeks »
- Gary Collinson
Max Irons and Sam Claflin play two freshmen at Oxford who revel in the notoriety when they are invited to join the university's elitist brotherhood, 'The Riot Club'. But the rites of initiation pale by comparison when the rich boys descend on a quiet pub in the country for a special night of debauchery. The triple threat of peer pressure, privilege and alcohol is fiercely exposed by An Education director Lone Scherfig and her uniformly excellent cast in playwright Laura Wade's adaptation of her own stage hit 'Posh'. »
Every year at the Toronto Film Festival, the festival's director Cameron Bailey draws up a list of 16 films that change the way people look at the world. This year India for the first time features in the list.
Shonali Bose's Margarita, With A Straw has made it into Bailey's wish list of cinematic experiences that "transform the way people see the world through film."
Calling the film "a gorgeous coming of age story" Cameron has placed it at no.7 in his list of life-changing experiences.
Connecting excitedly from Toronto director Shonali Bose says, "We got standing ovations for our screenings and there is a huge buzz about our film. To top it all, we are on Cameron Bailey's prestigious 'mission list' of films that change the way you look at the world. There are only 16 films in that list."
Shonali further informs that many representatives from various countries »
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