5 items from 2010
Mr Big blames the press reaction to the sequel for the demise of the franchise. But why should the critics get all the praise?
I don't know quite how to break this to you, so perhaps it's better to just come right out and say it. According to Chris Noth (Mr Big), Sex and the City is dead. If true, this means that we will never again be exposed to the cloying relationship advice of Sarah Jessica Parker. Never again will the threat of hearing Kim Cattrall have an orgasm loom quite so threateningly above us. Never again will we be able to fork over handfuls of our own money in order to watch four neurotic women crank out one laborious genital-based pun after another for two and a half turgid hours. This is a sad day indeed.
But if Sex and the City is dead, what killed it? Noth »
- Stuart Heritage
This week on Clip joint, lend steenbeck your ears as she regales you with the best examples of poetry in cinematic motion, as part of the film site's roll in the Hay festival
In the early days of cinema, film-makers expressed anxiety about the relationship between film and poetry. The poetry of books, and that of film, was, they worried, fundamentally incompatible. They clung to the idea of film as the only art form solely dedicated to the present – more vital because it was free from the shackles of history. In the words of Rene Clair, what was needed was a poetry of images anybody could understand: "In this era, when verbal poetry is losing the charm it exerted on the masses … a new form of poetic expression has arisen and can reach every beating heart on earth … a poetry of the people is there, seeking its way."
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The critics have spoken, the people have tweeted, and the box office receipts are coming in. Ben Child assesses the fallout from the release of Sex and the City 2
For those living on planet Bergman for the past decade or so, Sex and the City 2 is the sequel to 2008's Sex and the City, itself a spin-off from the hugely successful TV series. Starring regular quartet Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall as Manhattan gal pals Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, it cost an estimated $100m and sees the awesome foursome jetting off to Abu Dhabi for an all-expenses-paid jolly, courtesy of one of Samantha's PR clients.
Parker has said that the chances of a third instalment being made will depend on whether or not the fans take to SATC2. In terms of cinema careers, only she and Cattrall really have them any more. »
- Ben Child
A roundup of the reviews for the latest outing for Carrie and the girls
Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian
"I once watched Béla Tarr's Sátántangó, the legendary, gloomy black-and-white Hungarian film that lasts for seven-and-a-half hours. Compared with the Abu Dhabi section of Sex and the City 2, Sátántangó zips past like an episode of Spongebob Squarepants."
Polly Hudson, the Mirror
"If you love Satc as much as I do, a word of advice. Whatever you do, Do Not Go And See This Film. Without being overdramatic, it's like watching a dear friend being brutally murdered in front of you. For two-and-a-half loooooooong hours."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
"Some of these people make my skin crawl. The characters of Sex and the City 2 are flyweight bubbleheads living in a world which rarely requires three sentences in a row. Their defining quality is consuming things. They gobble food, fashion, »
Carrie and friends head to the Middle East in a misjudged and incredibly boring sequel
This put me in mind of a stunned and disillusioned childhood of multimedia consumption in the 1970s: watching the adventures of that sexy quartet, Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones, as with eternal dynamism they pursued space adventures on TV. And yet, up on the big screen, with each new movie … why did they look increasingly slow and dull and tired, often wearing new outfits which didn't look very good? Perhaps, with Sex and the City 4, we will be treated to a heart-rending Death of Spock-type scene, in which Samantha is fired out of a Manhattan penthouse window in a sparkly coffin, having first transferred her "katra" to a demure assistant.
Anyway, Carrie and her best buds get it together for another big-screen go-around in this misjudged and quite incredibly boring sequel. As ever, the stars are Sarah Jessica Parker, »
- Peter Bradshaw
5 items from 2010
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