9 items from 2010
Seen on PBS.s Mystery! in the late 1990s and based on the best-selling books by Ellis Peters, Cadfael: The Complete Collection has arrived on DVD from Acorn Media, and M&C is giving away a copy autographed by Sir Derek Jacobi! Featuring all 13 episodes from the acclaimed series, Cadfael: Complete Collection sees Jacobi (I, Claudius; Gosford Park; Hamlet) in the role of Brother Cadfael, a warrior turned monk who solves crimes in war-torn medieval England. Filled with pitch-perfect period detail, the award-winning series also features stars Julian Firth (Sylvia) and Michael Culver (A Passage to India) and offers a riveting glimpse into the past. Once a Crusader, now a man of the cloth, the worldly but humble »
- Patrick Luce
It is about time. Finally, only days after word that the film would qualify for the 2010 Oscar race, we have the first trailer for Peter Weir’s WWII escape drama The Way Back, starring Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Mark Strong.
The film’s been getting significant buzz throughout the year (forever it feels like) but has been through the rigmarole, losing distribution money, then getting it back after Newmarket merged with Wrekin Hill, which was founded by Newmarket’s Chris Ball.
All of this is ironic when considering the plot of the film – a scraggly group of prisoners trying to make it back home.
Check out the trailer below:
What do you think of this trailer? Will Weir’s epic get Oscar love? »
- Dan Mecca
If the film list is a little more scant than prior weeks, we'll forgive the scheduling goblins, because they've more than made up for the meagre movie line-up with new and returning series and programme launches coming up in the next seven days.
There's a welcome return on Saturday, October 9th at 7:10pm on ITV1 for Harry Hill's TV Burp. The first of eight precious episodes ushers the show into its tenth series of taking down the high and haughty with video clips of TV's past weekly offerings, commented on by Harry with the help of his wonderful and wacky props.
'I soon realised that "I don't believe it" would be the price I had to pay for One Foot in the Grave's success'
What got you started?
I got into drama accidentally, in a rather unusual way. My primary school had a stage in its gymnasium. Once you had passed the 11-plus, it was considered a privilege for you to stay behind after school, move all the chairs out of the way and turn the gymnasium into a theatre. You'd go and have your tea, then come back and see a show, and put all the chairs away again.
What was your big breakthrough?
Doing [the 1987 TV series] Tutti Frutti was a big landmark for me as an actor – and later, One Foot in the Grave. But as a director, the big moment came when I was asked to direct a mime-play in my final year at Rada. I was good at mime, »
- Laura Barnett
Madonna's feature film directorial debut, "W.E," starts shooting today, July 5th. The Queen of Pop co-wrote the script with her "Truth or Dare" director, Alek Keshishian. The film is shooting in Europe (UK and France) and the Us.
.W.E. tells two parallel love stories separated by more than six decades. Acclaimed actress Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Bright Star, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) has been cast in the role of Wally Winthrop . a young married New Yorker in 1998 who is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate romantic love story, King Edward V111.s abdication for his love of Wallis Simpson. Andrea Riseborough has been cast in the role of Wallis Simpson. Riseborough is best known »
Spy magazine in the 1990s had a witty essay on how, in American journalism, it only took a couple of slightly conflicting accounts of the same event for someone to trot out the word "Rashômon". Here is an opportunity to revisit Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film, and to appreciate how the cliche does not do justice to a uniquely disturbing drama.
Rashômon is about a court proceeding, recalled in flashback, relating to a mysterious crime. A bandit, Tajômaru (Toshirô Mifune) is on trial for murdering a samurai (Mayasuki Mori) and raping his wife (Machiko Kyô) in the remote forest. Each of these three figures addresses the court, the dead man via a medium – an amazingly, electrifyingly strange conceit, carried off with absolute conviction. A fourth witness (Takashi Shimura) offers his own version, »
- Peter Bradshaw
In the 1990s, Harvey Weinstein rightly took a lot of flak for buying up award-winning foreign movies and recutting them savagely, then releasing them in America as if they were still the same moves. To me this was far more corrupt and dishonest than those cynical old exploitation producers of the 50s who would take a murky Japanese monster movie, add a cheap American actor in newly shot scenes; dub the dialogue into badly synched, poorly written English; cut footage; change the title to Octopus-Robot From Outer Space; and release it in an imaginary, all-new format like "Awesome-Scope!" These guys knew they were trash-merchants, but Weinstein called what he did "art".
Nowadays, the process has been tarted up, made vaguely respectable and is called a "remix". And oddly, I couldn't be happier. »
- John Patterson
So… maybe we should all just agree that, just as an article I read on the Guardian UK’s site today said: “unless one casts Indians to play Indians (unlike Alec Guinness in A Passage to India, 1984), Danes to play Danes (instead of accent-prone Meryl Streep’s Karen Blixen in Out of Africa, 1985), Irishmen to play Irishmen (to avoid the many begorrah horrors) etc, most accents [in movies] border on caricature,” and we should just accept that, instead of griping every time an actor’s/actress’s attempt at an unfamiliar accent fails?!
That’s as much of a question as it is a statement.
We’ve had convos on this blog about the accents of American actors taking on non-American roles – most recently with Sanaa Lathan in Wonderful World, and Morgan Freeman in Invictus. Frankly, for most audiences who don’t have an ear attuned to the nuances of Senegalese and »
As someone who was born and brought up in South Africa, I was particularly interested to discover how Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon managed with the notoriously difficult South African accent in Clint Eastwood's Invictus. Actually, there are many South African accents, so a distinction has to be made between Nelson Mandela (Freeman), an English-speaking Xhosa, and François Pienaar (Damon), an English-speaking Afrikaner. The two Americans had a fairly good shot at it, despite sometimes betraying their origins, and Freeman slipping occasionally into Dalek mode. For most audiences, however, who don't have an ear especially attuned to the nuances of South African accents, Freeman and Damon will sound authentic enough.
This follows worthy but inconsistent efforts by Denzel Washington and »
- Ronald Bergan
9 items from 2010
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