6 items from 2013
In times of crisis, who hasn’t wished to be someone else, leading a completely different life untouched by hardship, loss or strife? Swedish helmer Lisa Langseth trades on this universal sentiment with her cathartic oddball drama “Hotell,” a guilty-pleasure tale of a therapy group that starts its own unique course of treatment. Creating a sympathetic brew of humor, compassion, awkwardness and devastation, Langseth draws intense and committed performances from a fine cast that that includes Alicia Vikander, the star of the director’s feature debut, “Pure.” Fests will definitely want to check in.
Langseth came to filmmaking from a background as a playwright and theater director, and although “Hotell” was written directly for the screen rather adapted from one of her plays (like “Pure”) it has a classic three-act structure that testifies to her stage experience.
Young, affluent and expecting her first child, type-a interior designer Erika (Vikander) thinks she has everything under control. »
- Alissa Simon
Paris' much-loved Etrange Festival ended with a bang the other night. Before the closing night screening of Vincenzo Natali's Haunter, awards were given to three films and directors.First among equals was director Yuri Bykov, who took the Canal + Nouveau Genre Award for his crime thriller The Major. Jury members were wowed by Bykov's moral vision, an unflinching look at a police sergeant who becomes an accidental killer. Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? took home the Feature Length Audience Award, adding another feather in the cap of this much loved, absolutely psychotic film.Finally, Adan Jodorowsky's The Voice Thief swept both short film categories, winning the Canal + Grand Prix and the Audience Award. The banner above comes from Jodorowsky's film, proving if nothing...
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Interview Simon Brew 9 Aug 2013 - 06:26
Before entering a rather plush hotel room to interview Tom Wilkinson - an actor I've really liked for a long time - I overheard the PR rep telling him that Den Of Geek were heading in next. From the way the next 20 seconds panned out, it was pretty clear that Den Of Geek is not a site on Tom Wilkinson's bookmark file, and we and him have never crossed paths at any point. I worked this out by his simple asking of "Who?"
So after a brief introductory chat with him, I sat down, having no idea how the next 15 minutes would go. Fortunately, talking to Tom Wilkinson turned out to be something of a treat...
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Plunging the viewer headlong into the sweat and blood, cynicism and corruption of Metro Manila’s mean streets, “On the Job” is a gritty, convoluted but steadily engrossing crime thriller from Filipino genre maven Erik Matti. Although this fast-paced actioner takes a while to sort out its parallel plotlines, extending from an unusually porous prison system to the highest political offices, it ultimately fires on all cylinders as a tense, well-acted B-movie whose strong local flavor is unlikely to survive the inevitable offshore remake. Well Go USA Entertainment snapped up North American rights at Cannes, where the pic’s Directors’ Fortnight berth afforded Matti his broadest international exposure yet.
The brutal mob hit that opens the film takes place in broad daylight, in a crowded square in Quezon City, where middle-aged assassin Tatang (Joel Torre) initiates young thug Daniel (Filipino-American actor Gerald Anderson) into the ruthlessness of their particular trade. »
- Justin Chang
The creators of Banzai are responsible for this E4 dating show, which helps to explain its madcap take on the format, as suitors are hurled from catapults, dumped into cesspools and routinely humiliated in their pursuit of a "princess". It's gleefully moronic, which, depending on your telly predilections, could either be a boon or a turn-off. Endure the first three episodes on 4oD.
Radio: Start The Week
Rotating presenters in the wake of Andrew Marr's ill-health, Start The Week has maintained its usual high level of cultural discourse, with discussions on the Commonwealth, feminism and the work of Ken Loach. There's an extensive archive on iTunes for your delectation .
TV: Heading Out
Sue Perkins's comedy about a vet re-evaluating her »
- Gwilym Mumford
America's Poor Kids | Michael Grade And The World's Oldest Joke | Show Dogs: The Road To Crufts | Russell Brand's Give It Up For Comic Relief | Parks And Recreation | First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story | Anna & Katy
America's Poor Kids
This documentary opens with a statistic that feels scandalous, recession or no recession: 16 million American children live within the technical definition of poverty. Jezza Neumann's affecting but unsentimental film is a companion to a study he made of poor British children in 2011. He meets young Americans doomed, through no fault of their own, to lives of struggle. In no case is the American dream entirely extinguished, but it's horrible to listen to children being so grimly pragmatic about their prospects. Andrew Mueller
Michael Grade And The World's Oldest Joke
The former chief exec of Channel 4 goes in search of the origins of the »
- Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier, Martin Skegg, Rebecca Nicholson, Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold
6 items from 2013
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