4 items from 2010
Today I decided to be honest and face my worst film gremlin: I have never seen The Goonies.
I have been living a very elaborate lie for many, many years. Even my boyfriend of two years thinks I have seen it (then again, he still thinks that I play the trumpet and speak fluent Gaelic). When I was 6, my friends started The Goonies club. This mainly involved stuffing their faces with fistfuls of chocolate coins and shouting ‘Goonies never say die!’. I couldn’t miss out on the action, so I pretended I had seen it too. Ever since, I have been buried alive with One eyed Willie by the mother of all fibs. Friends would burst into the room with crossed eyes shouting ‘Hey yoooou guys!’ and I would give a vacuous laugh while trying to hide my dumbstruck face.
As I grew older, my peers grew more sophisticated in their quickfire Goonies references. »
- Katie McCabe
This week's podcast goes from kids to kidnapping with two great British character actors: Ian Hart on playing a wayward father in A Boy Called Dad, and Eddie Marsan on playing a menacing criminal in The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Plus, Iron Man 2 is reviewed.
Ian Hart, who first came to wide attention as John Lennon in Backbeat in 1994, has consistently brought an edgy blend of humour, anger and tenderness to his subsequent roles in everything from Ken Loach's Land and Freedom to Prof Quirrell in Harry Potter, and now Joe, an absentee father whose 14-year-old son himself becomes a father, in new film A Boy Called Dad. The actor tells Jason Solomons about improvising with young co-star Kyle Ward, how That Sinking Feeling first inspired him to act and about holding out for parts.
- Jason Solomons, Peter Bradshaw, Jason Phipps, Observer
Thirty years after it won hearts the world over, the cast of Bill Forsyth's classic teen romance come together for an emotional anniversary screening
It was the kind of fanatical reception that they all assumed would be forever reserved for "real" movie stars. But last Sunday, 30 years after the quiet man they used to call "Bill the van driver" directed them together in a tiny low-budget Scottish film about a schoolboy's unrequited first love, the cast of Gregory's Girl walked up the red carpet to a sea of jostling TV cameras, flashing paparazzi bulbs and thrusting autograph hunters at the anniversary screening of what has become one of the most loved British films of all time.
The enduring allure of the film that catapulted Bill Forsyth into the British film industry elite has surprised no one so much as its stars, most of whom were in their teens when they made it. »
- Jane Graham
Anyone who has ever gambled in a Las Vegas casino probably has encountered that awful downturn, the moment where your luck starts to turn bad and then even worse; soon, you've lost all the money you've gained as well as the money you had when you sat down. (Or maybe that's just us!) That sinking feeling seems to be the normal pattern suffered by Steve Buscemi's John Alighieri in Hue Rhodes' comedy Saint John of Las Vegas until he leaves Vegas and takes a job working at an insurance company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While trying to get a raise to impress his cute cubicle neighbor Jill (Sarah Silverman), John is coerced by his tough boss (Peter Dinklage) to team with the company's top fraud investigator Virgil, played by Romany Malco ( The 40-Year-Old Virgin ), to look into »
4 items from 2010
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