2 items from 2012
Exiled European film-makers in the 1930s had little choice but to adapt to America. Nowadays they can be temporary visitors, and not all are at home or have an interesting road trip. John Boorman, Karel Reisz, John Schlesinger, Milos Forman and Louis Malle settled in straight away; Antonioni, Kusturica, and now the gifted Paolo Sorrentino have merely squashed their noses against a glass wall. Sorrentino's The Consequences of Love, The Family Friend and Il Divo were highly individual works set in different areas of his native Italy. This Must Be the Place is merely irritatingly eccentric in the way it locates Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a reclusive American former rock star, in Ireland and then sends him home to America in search of the fugitive Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz.
Penn's character, speaking in a whispering monotone, wearing gothic make-up and a flowing black wig, is apparently »
- Philip French
A dog saved its own life by calling the police after it had wound a telephone cord around its neck. George, a 2-year-old Basset Hound, had got himself into the predicament when, while alone at home on Saturday, March 24, he knocked a telephone to the floor and became entangled in the wire. Amazingly, he then managed to dial 999, seemingly as he pawed at the phone in a panic. Although George was unable to ask for help, The Sun reports that the emergency operator alerted police, who then rushed to the home of driving instructor Steve Brown and his daughter Lydia. Four police officers were ready to smash down the door, but a neighbour was able let them in with a key. The family friend, Paul Walker, described what happened on entry, saying: "The police split up and ran through the house thinking someone had either (more) »
- By Greg Laing
2 items from 2012
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