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Welcome To The Bathtub

After winning both the Grand Jury and Cinematography Prizes at Sundance 2012, it’s fair to say that Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild garnered a fair bit of attention. Having found distribution under the Fox Searchlight banner, the first trailer and poster have been released for what can only be described as one beautiful looking film.

Focusing on central character, Hushpuppy (who I’m already dubbing Little Miss Magnetic), Quvenzhané Wallis plays the six-year-old who lives with her father, Wink, in ‘the bathtub’, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Sundance’s description goes on to tell us the following:

‘Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unravelling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack – temperatures rise and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.’

With no UK release date as of yet, Beasts Of The Southern Wild will hit the US on the 27th June. Check out the trailer and poster below. The wait for an international release is already hurting me.

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Shame Q&A With Steve McQueen And Abi Morgan – HeyUGuys

Please check out the transcript of the Q&A I attended last night on Shame. It was a really interesting insight into the project and the process that went with it. But be advised – it’s heavy spoiler material. Shame is out on Friday, so once you’ve seen it, check back here and read the Q&A. All you need to do is click here!

Where Do I Begin, Mr McQueen?

Haunted.

What I’m Watching – January 2012

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

Take Shelter (Dir: Jeff Nichols, 2011) *****

The Guard (Dir: John Michael McDonagh, 2011) ****

Cedar Rapids (Dir: Miguel Arteta, 2011) ***

Super (Dir: James Gunn, 2010) ****

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Dir: David Fincher, 2011) ****

Shame (Dir: Steve McQueen, 2011) *****

The Artist (Dir: Michel Hazanavicius, 2011) *****

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Dir: Guy Ritchie, 2011) ****

Tabloid (Dir: Errol Morris, 2011) ***

War Horse (Dir: Steven Spielberg, 2011) ***

Attack The Block (Dir: Joe Cornish, 2011) ****

Review: The Tree of Life (2011)

DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick.

CAST: Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken, Jessica Chastain, Laramie Eppler, Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw.

SYNOPSIS: Jack O’Brien (McCracken) and his two brothers (Eppler, Sheridan) grow up in the 1960s, spending their days carefree and full of play. We witness firsthand the loss of innocence through Jack’s eyes as he experiences his first brushes with death and suffering. The world is no longer as perfect as he believed and his family struggle with his quick progression into adolescence. Running parallel to this, an older Jack (Penn) tries to atone and understand past events in his life, working towards being able to forgive his father (Pitt).

To say The Tree of Life is grandiose is a complete understatement. It is beautiful, indulgent, heartfelt and extremely honest. And I truly believe it to be a masterpiece. Clichés aside, Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning film has been rather controversial, being booed at Cannes and five people walked out when I saw it. But I believe this to be a sign of a great filmmaker, somebody who divides opinion and stems controversial discussion. At the end of the day, this isn’t going to be a film people forget.
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Review: Win Win (2011)

DIRECTOR: Thomas McCarthy.

CAST: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Nina Arianda, David Thompson, Clare Foley.

SYNOPSIS: Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) supports his young, New Jersey family and wife Jackie (Ryan) by working as a lawyer and school wrestling coach. With his law firm seeing little commission and a tempting financial offer on the horizon, Mike finds himself at the heart of dementia-stricken client Leo Poplar’s (Young) domestic affairs, with troubled teenage grandson Kyle (Shaffer) having just arrived on Leo’s doorstep. Mike takes Kyle under his wing, strengthening his self-image once again through wrestling, until his drug-addicted mother (Lynskey) arrives on the scene, disturbing the peace.

Giamatti’s Mike may be described as a “pillar of the community”, but don’t let this dupe you into thinking he plays the simple, downtrodden everyman here. Continue reading