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Entries in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (10)

Monday
Mar 18 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Won't You Remember Me

Jason fromMNPPhere on this chilly March afternoon thinking of leaving it all behind and boarding a train out to Montauk -- tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of one of the Great Films of the new century (née millenium),Michel Gondry'sEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,which rescrambled our brains for the first time on March 19th 2004,and we've never been the same since.Have you watched it lately?I watch it basically once per year,which guarantees I have one great big sobbing session at least once per year.Anyway we've already done one of our "Beauty vs Beast"contestsfor the film's leads before,so today we'll dive a little deeper into the film's exceedingly fine stable of supporting players -- on one side we have the delectably weaselly Patrick (Elijah Wood) and on the other the more-confused-by-the-minute Mary (Kirsten Dunst),who both enrich the film's main romantic thrust in surprising and sad ways...

PREVIOUSLYY'all truly surprised me withlast week's contest that pitFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool's lead lovers against one another -- Jamie Bell took the lead early on and never looked back,taking 65% at the end;it's very rare for actresses to lose here on TFE!Why do you think it happened this time?SaidMareko:

"I'm #TeamGloria in life (what an underrated talent) but lean toward #TeamPeter in this movie.Annette and Jamie really are sublime together,and isn't it interesting that she did back-to-back movies set in 1979?Imagine Dorothea Fields and Gloria Grahame in the same universe,living a mere hour away from each other!"

Monday
Mar 11 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Liverpool Lovers

Happy Monday,Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"-- we'll be wishing one of TFE's favourite actors a happy 33 this week when Jamie Bell celebrates his birthday on Thursday.We love Jamie and are hoping for good things from his turn as Elton John's right-hand-man Bernie Taupin inRocketmanthis spring...and yet we can't help but feel like it's another bridesmaid role.Why won't Hollywood let Jamie shine?He was the lead in the indie crime thrillerDonnybrookwhich came out a few weeks back -- did any of you catch that?

Anyway for this week's poll we're probably dooming his chance to shine,again,by pitting him against one of our most beloved actresses (and one who's in the biggest movie of this past weekend,to boot) -- his co-star in 2017'sFilm Stars Don't Die in Livepool,the queen Annette Bening.This movie got lost in the Oscar shuffle last year,which remains a damn shame -- both Bening and Bell are stunningly good as the dying actress Gloria Grahame and her late-life love Peter Turner.But now you gotta pick!

PREVIOUSLYAnd speaking ofCaptain Marvelstars,Brie Larson might've crshed the box office this weekend but she got her bum handed to her inlast week'sScott Pilgrimpoll-- Ramona Flowers used her crazy big sledgehammer to drum up 64% of the vote.SaidBushwick:

"Can we get these two actresses together again?!Preferably in a film that garners Larson another nomination (and Winstead her first)!"

Friday
Jan 12 2018

Interview: Jamie Bell on falling in love with Annette Bening and his "Billy Elliot" reunion

by Nathaniel R

Jamie Bell has been famous since he was 14 years old.His debut filmBilly Elliott(2000) about a young boy who discovers a passion for dancing that puts him at odds with his blue-collar community,became a global sensation.The charming film earned over $100 million (on a $5 million budget),received 3 Oscar nominations multiple BAFTAs,and eventually spawned a similarly popular stage musical which took yet more prizes.

The film also earned its young star the BAFTA for Best Actor in February of 2001.And,seventeen years later,here we are again.Jamie Bell is BAFTA nominated for Best Actorfor his latest movieFilm Stars Don't Die In Liverpool.The romantic drama,now in limited release,is about the last days of Oscar winner Gloria Grahame's (Annette Bening) life and the young unknown actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) she falls in love with,and whose life she essentially takes over moving into his parents home (where they're both mothered by Julie Walter).

I had the opportunity to speak with Jamie Bell a few times this season at events which was a gift since the actor is so charming and his talent somehow still undervalued 17 years later.Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpoolshould change that as his best performance yet.Our interview is after the jump..

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Tuesday
Jan 09 2018

"Darkest Hour"Joins the Fray at BAFTA

by Nathaniel R

Nomination leaders: Shape of Water,Darkest Hour,Three Billboards,Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049

Though The Shape of Water (12 nominations) andThree Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri(9 nominations) continued their stamped across precursor season as the (probable) films to beat come Oscar night,Darkest Hourfinally made a significant awards mark.The Joe Wright helmed World War II Winston Churchill drama really should have started its theatrical run in October in the US to build steam but perhaps it wasn't too late if the BAFTA nominations convince Academy voters this week to check the film out before completing their ballots.The other nomination leaders wereBlade Runner 2049andDunkirk(with 8 nominations each).Other major Oscar contenders had to settle for less.I Tonyacontinued its Nathaniel-defying (argh!) upward trajectory this awards season with 5 nominations beating out previously more ballyhooed prestige competition likeCall Me By Your Name(4 noms),Lady Bird(3 noms) andGet Out(2 noms).

But the biggest loser this morning in terms of nominations is Steven Spielberg'sThe Postwhich received not a single nomination.That also happened to it at the SAG nominations,this complete shut-out.Most pundits don't seem to think it's in trouble but wouldn't any other film shut out completely from SAG and BAFTA be considered "in trouble"for Oscar nods?Is its Mecha-Bait 'done-deal-on-paper' status working against it in this new more volatile "what makes a movie an Oscar movie?"era of voting?It's surely food for thought if you'd like to nibble in the comments.

Phantom Threadwith 4 nominations andFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpoolwith 3 nominations also did better than expected this morning.Full list of nominations with commentary for each category is after the jump...

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Wednesday
Nov 01 2017

BIFA Nominations: Lady Macbeth and Three Billboards Boosts

by Nathaniel R

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool received 4 nominationsHot on the heels of the Gotham Awards,the British Independent Film Awards have announced their 2017 nominations.Though they don't tend to get much press in the US due to the the first two words in their title,they're worth noting.And,we'd argue,they're worth noting precisely for their limited jurisdiction.Awards groups with their own identity / purview are all too rare.Lady Macbethled the field (15 nominations) with gay romantic dramaGod's Own Country(11 nominations),political satireThe Death of Stalin(13 nominations),I Am Not a Witch(12 nominations) and one big tragicomedy Oscar hopefulThree Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri(11 nominations) also super popular

I think the nomination I'm happiest to see (just because it was no sure thing) is Jamie Bell inFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpoolfor Best Actor.He's just brilliant in the film as I've mentioned before but it's the type of role -- nuanced / romantic / skewing "feminine"in its appeal -- for which male actors are rarely honored no matter how good they are.The complete list of nominees is after the jump...

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Monday
Oct 30 2017

London Film Festival: Roundup and Oscar Chances

Pivotally positioned in October,the BFI London Film Festival boasts the distinction of having some of the most feted films of the year,champions newcomers and not without its stalwart festival curiosities.On the ground this year was Film Experience contributorSeán McGovernwho saw only a fraction of the films on offer,but nonetheless a taste of potential Oscar contenders.

Call Me By Your Name
Worried that I would be tranquillised by the hype,I nonetheless could not resist it.Yes,it's a film about gorgeous people of immense privilege,but who can dismiss how hard it is to successfully capture the furtive horniness and confused intensity of young love?Timothée Chalamet's Elio teeters between brazenness and vulnerability,and Armie Hammer captures a strange aloofness that is hard to do on screen.It actually made me want to have children - just so I could grow up and be Micheal Stuhlbarg.

Oscar chances:Director,Picture,Best Actor(Chalamet),Supporting Actor(s)(Hammer,Stuhlbarg),Adapted Screenplay,Cinematography,Original Score.Whether Academy voters embrace two LGBT films in a row is another thing.

Six more films after the jump...

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