6 items from 2014
International Women's Day, Bristol & London
Bristol's Translation/Transmission takes International women's day at face value with a documentary survey of women's activism around the world. The scope is equally diverse, from a 1970s deconstruction of Rapunzel to poet Audre Lorde's Berlin years. Each screening is accompanied by discussions and/or introductions. Taking a different tack, April's Birds Eye View film festival launches with a BFI screening of doc Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines, a celebration of female super-empowerment taking in the likes of Xena, Riot Grrrl and, of course, Lynda Carter.
Watershed, Sun to 30 Mar; BFI Southbank, SE1, Sat
Blending his visual virtuosity with a mystifying Scottish sci-fi story, Glazer's latest movie is beguilingly strange and highly anticipated. But the questions just »
- Steve Rose
Last night, for the first time in several months, Matthew McConaughey wasn't at home watching his favorite show on TV: HBO's True Detective, in which he stars as the brilliant but deeply troubled homicide cop Rustin "Rust" Cohle. "I'm doing what the public's doing," he says. "I received all eight episodes, but I said, 'You know what? I'm gonna check them out each Sunday night and then sit on each episode for a week.' I've found myself going back and watching each one of them about three times during »
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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Was it nearly two years ago that Ryan Lochte swam into our hearts, wearing a grill on the Olympic podium and making a valid case for why “jeah” should be added to the dictionary? Fear not, fans of charismatic and handsome athletes. We’ve found Lochte’s successor in snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg. Spoice!
The 20-year-old Park City, Utah native won the first U.S. Olympic gold in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding over the weekend, earning tons of early press and getting to mingle with American Olympic greats like Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi. As an underdog in the event Shaun White withdrew from early last week, even Sage was surprised he made it to the finals. Once there, the first time Olympian used a trick he had never tried before in his medal-winning run. This kind of easygoing attitude and resemblance to Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High »
- Emily Exton
Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli, the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. »
- Trailers From Hell
His new movie, Last Vegas, is a geriatric take on the party town stag weekend. He talks about why he'll never return, Hollywood's obsession with youth, and playing Falstaff in a fat suit
Last year, Kevin Kline spent a fortnight in Las Vegas shooting his latest movie. It was his first trip to that infamous mecca of sex and excess. "And my last," proclaims the 66-year-old, voice rolling, theatrical. "Everyone looked so miserable. I would see these couples pushing babies in strollers through the casinos like zombies. It was horrible." He shakes his head, sorrowful.
"And I just couldn't bear the constant noise. I would step outside the hotel to get some fresh air and it would be 'boom, boom, boom'" – he does an impressive impression of pounding bassline – "disco music blaring on the kerb, by the pool, everywhere. That is not my idea of tranquillity."
This, I suspect, is more like it. »
- Jane Mulkerrins
6 items from 2014
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