Monthly Archives: November 2012

UK Box Office: 23 – 25 November – It’s All About eOne

It’s bye bye Neeson and hello Christmas as Taken 2 finally drops out of the top ten and improv sequel Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger gives eOne another top three entry alongside the currently immovable Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook embarrasses Firth and Diaz, while David Ayer’s cop flick makes a humble entry sandwiched between Bens Stiller and Affleck.

Elsewhere, Skyfall is still standing strong on home turf, with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted apparently never wanting to disappear, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master finally passing the £1 million mark.

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UK Box Office: 16 – 18 November – Vampires In The Hizzle

There’s a massive surprise number one film in the UK this week – lol jk, Twilight’s out. The final (cue party poppers for some) installment in the saga knocks Skyfall off its top spot, with the newest addition to the Bond franchise currently standing at an incredibly impressive £83 million. Well played, Mendes.

Three Indian offerings also break the top ten and Madagascar 3 and Hotel Transylvania prove they have sticking power well after the half term break. And, though it may be sitting just outside the top five, it’s great to see The Master riding high in its first week on wide release.

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Talk About Diversity

November’s been good to you, buddy.

UK Box Office: 9 – 11 November – Apparently There’s A New Bond Film Out

Naturally, Sam Mendes’ Skyfall is still dominating its home turf, spending a third week at the top. Ben Affleck’s Argo debuts in third position and it’s great to see Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone hanging on in the top ten. As expected, Liam Neeson and Adam Sandler’s star power keeps Taken 2 and Hotel Transylvania sticking around for a little longer than many would have liked…

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BFFs

I wish my best friend was Chris Chambers.

What I’m Watching – November 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Where The Wild Things Are (Dir: Spike Jonze, 2009) ***

The Lovely Bones (Dir: Peter Jackson, 2009) ***

The Master (Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012) *****

Argo (Dir: Ben Affleck, 2012) *****

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Dir: Bill Condon, 2012) ****

Perfect Sense (Dir: David Mackenzie, 2011) **

Stand By Me (Dir: Rob Reiner, 1986) *****

Weekend (Dir: Andrew Haigh, 2011) ****

Lolita (Dir: Stanley Kubrick, 1962) ***

2012 British Independent Film Award Nominations

Never one to go with the obvious choices, BIFA’s 15th awards ceremony plays host to a set of nominations which once again prove the power of the documentary.

Although not as initially exciting as last year’s list, BIFA continue their mad love for Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman while giving Robbie Ryan and Domnhall Gleeson recognition for their continued blistering form.

Rufus Norris’ Broken sets the bar with an impressive nine nominations including Best Film, Best Director and a bunch of acting nods, with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio picking up seven.

I’m thrilled to see The Imposter deservedly crossing over from the Best Documentary category, with Bart Layton’s film earning six nominations including Best Director. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s not going to be a quiet season for him.

Though those pesky Americans may manage to pop up in the form of Meryl Streep and Elle Fanning, for those who prefer it quintessentially British (albeit set in India…), there’s no need to fear – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has earned itself a trio of acting nominations.

The winners will be announced for the seventh time by BIFA Patron, James Nesbitt, on December 9th at the Old Billingsgate in London. So, as ever, check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading