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Some actors like to chew the scenery. Hamming it up is mostly a fun alternative to grimly spewing out dull lines, but even Shakespeare’s plays can work well with an actor who’s prepared to commit to the most overdramatic interpretation possible (take Richard III). Still, there’s a difference between overacting on occasion and playing all your roles as if you’re in a Warner Bros. cartoon, and all of these actors crossed that line a long time ago.
When you see these actors onscreen, you aren’t seeing the character they’re playing but waiting impatiently for the bizarre line reading or grandiose monologue which you know is coming. It’s sometimes a welcome distraction and sometimes it takes you right out of the film. Some of these actors have made a whole career out of their stylised performances, and others are wasting their talent »
- Grace Murray
'Why audiences might prefer to watch his oeuvre – a 40-year mass of frequently explicit sex films – at home rather than at the multiplex, is an enigma that may never be unravelled'
Though few of his films have secured UK cinema releases since his notorious sex-and-sandals epic Caligula sent British authorities into the mother of all censorship tizzes in 1979, self-proclaimed Italian "master of the erotic" Tinto Brass remains a popular fixture on the home entertainment scene. Why audiences might prefer to watch his oeuvre – a 40-year mass of gluteally fixated, frequently explicit sex films – at home rather than at the multiplex, is an enigma that may never be unravelled.
Two Brass films that have long been available only on ancient VHS tapes make the leap to Blu-ray this week: 1998's Frivolous Lola and 2000's Cheeky, both courtesy of Arrow Films. In the latter, Venetian model Carla (Yuliya Mayarchuk, pictured) arrives in »
- Charlie Lyne
As Helen Mirren is due to be presented with BAFTA’s highest honour, the Fellowship, on February 16th at the BAFTA Awards Ceremony, it is the perfect time to remind ourselves of and celebrate the Dame’s pure awesomeness. A lady of talent and class, she is the mixture and embodiment of all the best female archetypes. She is the cool aunt who covered for you when your mom found pot in your room; the intense mistress who made you do stuff that makes you blush just thinking of it until this day; the elegant, sophisticated wife you take to business dinners and opera nights – she is everything you ever dreamed of and she knows it.
1. Gifted Actress
Mirren is the winner of an Oscar, three Golden Globes and four Emmys. Her acting career spans across almost half a decade and is still thriving as the actress keeps on undertaking a variety of roles, »
3 items from 2014
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