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Review: Cloud Atlas (2012)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

DIRECTOR: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski.

CAST: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, David Gyasi, Xun Zhou, Susan Sarandon.

SYNOPSIS: Six stories from different moments in time become intertwined as random acts change the course of history. From modern-day farce to post-apocalyptic warfare, everything is connected.

David Mitchell’s 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, is a magical mixture of six seemingly unrelated historical yarns that weave together through time to become interlinked by specific, consequential ripples. With a formidable artistic trio at the helm, Mitchell’s majestic and lauded work has been transformed into a lovingly crafted, jaw-dropping epic from Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

Where the novel is read as separate chapters within the sextet’s respective timelines, Alexander Berner’s remarkable editing results in a singular, fluid tale. Slices of sci-fi, historical spectacle, political thriller and good, old-fashioned slapstick are layered harmoniously with unprecedented ease – an impressive feat that should not be undervalued. A modern-day caper set in an old people’s home may appear farfetched, but where the low-key comedy is merged seamlessly into the expansive world of Neo Seoul, you feel safe that these directors can master any genre. Continue reading

Why No Awards Love?

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The Next Jim Broadbent™

Ten (Well, Twelve) Things I Would Like To Say To BAFTA

#1 – I’m proud of you for nominating Drive for Best Film and Best Director. ACADEMY TAKE NOTE.

 

 

 

 

 

#2 – Why did you put Mulligan on the longlist for Best Actress for Shame? She quite obviously should have been nominated for her work in that as opposed to Drive in the Best Supporting category.

#3 – Your Outstanding British Film category is a bit of a shambles, to be honest. Where’s the likes of Tyrannosaur, Submarine, The Guard or Weekend? They were all considerably more ‘Outstanding’ than My Week With Marilyn. But at least you didn’t nominate The Iron Lady.

#4 – Would it have been too much to ask for some love for 50/50?

 

 

 

#5 – TINTIN IS NOT ANIMATED!!!! I’ve lost complete sense of where the lines blur in this category, now, to be honest….

 

#6 – Bejo should not be up for Best Actress. You should have put her nicely in the Best Supporting category instead of Dame Judi and given some room for the thoroughly deserving Olivia Colman.

 

 

 

#7 – What makes you think you’re cool enough to buck the Brooks trend?

 

 

 

 

 

#8 – While we’re in the Supporting categories, you seem to think McCarthy will be Oscar nominated for Bridesmaids. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

 

#9 – This year’s soundtrack category has been an interesting one and the choices here are pretty stellar, but being BAFTA, you could have thrown some love Hanna or Attack The Block’s way. And yet again, what about continuing that love for Drive?

 

#10 – Broadbent and Dench. Yes, I appreciate they’re national treasures and I love them dearly. But there were far better choices that got left out because of their respective nominations.

 

 

#11 – I’m still confused over the people left out of this Rising Star category…

 

 

 

 

#12 – YOU DIDN’T VOTE THE TREE OF LIFE FOR ANYTHING?! NOT EVEN CINEMATOGRAPHY?!! We’re going to fall out, BAFTA.

Anyway, see below for the full list of nominees: Continue reading

Review: The Iron Lady (2011) – HeyUGuys

On Thursday I was lucky enough to go to a fantastic event at Manchester Town Hall, put on by See Film Differently (check out their website here). Used as a stand-in for the Houses of Parliament, it was a perfect venue with a specially curated exhibition featuring stills from the movie and costumes worn by Streep herself. The wonderful HeyUGuys sent me to the event, so to check out my review and see whether Meryl is destined for Oscar glory, just click here!

The Great Trailer Debate – Week 6

What a week! With the insane amount of Awards and nominations over the last two days it’s taken me a little longer than usual to post this. But this is definitely a nice break for me and one that doesn’t include having to write out Michel Hazanavicius’ name over and over and over…… The sad thing is that I can write his name without thinking now. Anyway, back to the trailers. This week Nadine and I (check out her blog here) bring you The Five-Year Engagement, The Lorax, The Darkest Hour, The Cabin In The Woods, Lockout, This Means War, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (TRAILER OF THE WEEK), The Three Stooges, The Iron Lady, The Lucky One, What To Expect When You’re Expecting and Battleship. Wowzer. Next week brings us something that makes me want to (and I probably will) cry – The Dark Knight Rises. Continue reading

Review: Arthur Christmas (2011)

DIRECTOR: Sarah Smith.

CAST: (Voices) James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton, Marc Wootton, Ramona Marquez, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Michael Palin.

SYNOPSIS: Arthur (McAvoy) and his family live together, laugh together and bicker just like anyone else. The only difference is the responsibility that comes with the surname ‘Christmas’ and having to deliver presents to every country in the world, all in one night. Having fine-tuned a seemingly perfect strategy for the 25th December each year, when one child is missed, Arthur and Grandsanta (Nighy) embark on a crazy mission to deliver her present.

Arthur Christmas is one of those films you immediately want to see again once the credits start rolling. Assembling the Best of British, first time director Sarah Smith has created a smart, quirky, yet sentimental film that will undoubtedly stand the test of time and become a Christmas favourite, all the while remaining universally accessible. Continue reading

The Great Trailer Debate – Week 3

Nadine (check out her blog here) and I are spoiling you this week with rather a big selection to look at! There’s (deep breath) The Hunger Games (TRAILER OF THE WEEK!!!), Brave, Mirror Mirror, The Iron Lady, Gone, Carnage, Being Flynn, Titanic 3D, Shame, The Sitter, Happy Feet Two, The Deep Blue Sea and Pirates! A Band Of Misfits/In An Adventure With Scientists, depending on which country you’re from! So take a look and tweet or comment your opinions! Continue reading