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Maxine peaked. High above a snowy Yorkshire landscape, far from the snobberies and treacheries of a prosperous town fattening itself daily on inequality, in a faintly quivering black 1949 jalopy with, as she put it, the "warm hands, cold heart" of Joe Lampton, said hands keenly busy in their ministrations below steering-wheel level, Maxine's character, Alice, certainly peaked. With a shudder, a sigh and, somehow, a beatific yet filthy grin. It was one of the most tenderly sexual pieces of television this year and we didn't see a pinch of flesh.
- Euan Ferguson
Hollywood goes for blockbuster returns on Memorial Day, but how do the Us-centric hyper-macho films perform overseas?
Memorial Day is fast approaching, so naturally one's thoughts turn to the Fallen, and to the shared sacrifice of European and American continents as they united in common cause against the spectre of global tyranny. But that's enough about the reviews for Battleship.
"A preposterously lunkheaded salute to American naval machismo" snorted Tim Robey in The Daily Telegraph. "It seems that the Us Navy is as much committed to the production of this film as is the toy company" opined Le Monde's Thomas Sotinel. As news of the hostile European reception spread, American critics equipped their reviews with a pre-emptive Euro-snob missile defense shield. "That the movie didn't exactly receive hosannas in Europe should surprise absolutely no one. This is a Super-American movie," bristled Jeff Simon of Buffalo News. "It would be like »
- Tom Shone
Her sci-fi series The Hunger Games, which is now a film, has been called a modern classic. Just don't expect the writer schooled in war to revel in the limelight
You just might have noticed The Hunger Games and treated less as a film, more a full-blown phenomenon. Aimed principally at a teenage market, the science-fiction film, the first of a trilogy, is set, film industry observers note, to be bigger than the hugely successful Twilight series. In fact, the worldwide box office on the opening weekend is expected to transform Lionsgate, the mid-size company behind the film (and new owner of Summit, which made the Twilight films) into a major player.
Slightly overlooked in all the hoopla is the young adult novel from which it is adapted and the novel's author, Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games, which was published in 2008 and has spent more than 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, »
- Geraldine Brennan
3 items from 2012
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