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Oct 25 2018

Months of Meryl: The Iron Lady (2011)

JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#43 —Margaret Thatcher,the polarizing British prime minister.

MATTHEW: After decades of heavy speculation about when,notif,Meryl Streep would finally win her third Academy Award,the most widely admired actress of all time picked up another trophy for a performance that may best be remembered as a textbook study in How to Win an Oscar.Despite stiff,down-to-the-wire competition fromThe Help's eminently deserving Viola Davis,who transcended lackluster material in much the same way that Streep herself did inher most acclaimed tour de force,the actress sailed to victory after a season's worth of ovations and exposure.The months preceding Streep's first Oscar win in nearly 30 years found the acting legend accepting her eighth Golden Globe,her fourth New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress,her second BAFTA Film Award,her very firstVoguecover story,a Kennedy Center Honors lifetime achievementtribute,and endless publicity concerning one of the most challenging roles of her late career,that of Margaret Thatcher in what should rightfully be called Phyllida Lloyd'sThe Iron Lady,but might just as suitably be described as Meryl Streep'sThe Iron Lady.And when one truly considers the sheer size and notoriety of the role,who could have possibly topped Streep that year?Conversely,when truly considering the actual performance that returned Streep to Oscar glory,away from all the myth/history-making hubbub that surrounded it,one could be forgiven for wondering,Is that all there is?

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Feb 20 2018

Mike Leigh at 75: On Wallpaper,Topsyturvydom and Empire

"THE FURNITURE,"byDaniel Walber,is devoted to Mike Leigh this week for his 75th birthday.(Click on the images to see them in magnified detail.)

Topsy-Turvyis a subtle,even deceptive film.It moves like a light-hearted showbiz comedy,almost a VictorianWaiting for Guffman.Yet there's much more going on.Why is it so long,for example?What is Mike Leigh trying to express with so many characters?Why "The Mikado"?

These are questions that can be answered by paying close attention to its production design,the Oscar-nominated work of Eve Stewart and Helen Scott.This is a film about London at the peak of the British Empire,a metropolis gobbling up the riches and the bric-a-brac of the entire world.And the chosen entertainment of its people,eager to take in the sights and sounds of their imperial fantasies,were the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The first to appear inTopsy-Turvyis "Princess Ida",a fantastical lampoon of Victorian mores that took place in a sort-of Pre-Raphaelite,Medieval court.

The version presented here involves a stage flanked by a traffic jam of trees,vine-covered Classical architecture and a great many helmets and snoods...

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Mar 13 2017

Interview: Ritesh Batra on "The Sense of an Ending"

Ritesh Batra,a 37 year old director from Mumbai,is in New York when we speak,not far from the editing room.He's just finished a shoot in Colorado for what will be his third feature in four years (Our Souls at Night).He hasn't yet decided where he'll be next but he has a lot of options.His debut filmThe Lunchbox(2013),a bittersweet romance set in Mumbai starring Irrfan Khan,put him on the map.For his follow up,a somewhat surprising move: the British literary adaptation of Julian Barnes bestseller "The Sense of an Ending,"which just opened in limited release.

The Sense of an Endingconcerns a divorced shop owner Tony (Jim Broadbent / Billy Howle) who is suddenly preoccupied with memories of his youth and his first love Veronica (Charlotte Rampling / Freya Mavor) after receiving news that her mother (Emily Mortimer) has died.His ex-wife and confidante Margaret (Harriet Walter) can't understand what's throwing him so much about this news as Tony turns the memories over and over again in his head.

We spoke with Ritesh about the difference between working with movie stars and unknowns,and how to make memory work onscreen.The interview is after the jump...

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Dec 09 2015

"Brooklyn"Beyond Saoirse

Chrishere.We're pleased as punch with all of the precursor love that's greeted Saoirse Ronan's timeless star turn inBrooklyn.Today though,in light ofSAG's virtually female-free Outstanding Ensemble list,let's give some love to this film's unnominated but vibrant ensemble.

Yes,Saoirse Ronan is getting the majority of the prizes and praises for the film - heck,she could share an ensemble prize for the film with just herself and her multitude of emotions  in the film and you'd have no complaints from me.However,Eilis's journey in the film is more fully realized with the lived-in actors that surround Ronan's protagonist.


  • Emory Cohenas Tony Fiorello - I'll join those who were happily surprised with his performance,after ghastly work inThe Place Beyond the Pinesand elsewhere.Not just a pining lothario,he's also believably accepting of Eilis's need to be her own woman.Dreamboat of the Year.
  • Domnhall Gleesonas Jim Farrell - A much more bland love interest to Eilis,but intentionally so.He really sells Jim's uncomplicated ambitions
  • Julie Waltersas Mrs.Kehoe - Archly hilarious as the matron of Eilis's boarding house for girls.She'd be a Supporting Actress contender if it weren't for competition with more screen time and *ahem* narrative focus
  • Jim Broadbentas Father Flood - As charming as ever in a tiny role

And here's where it get's really goodafter the jump...

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Sep 01 2015

Linker in the Rye

WTF w/ Marc Marontalks to Peter Bogdanovich
Yahoo!has the first image of Michael Fassbender inAssassin's Creedbut don't get too excited because it could be anyone,given that the character loves those face covering hoods
EWeverything Mads Mikkelsen wore onHannibalthanks to costume designer Christopher Hargadon.So much fine suitage!
Awards DailyNicolas Hoult to play JD Salinger in a biopicRebel in the Rye.Danny Strong is on writer/director duties
VarietyPenny DreadfulS3 adds Wes Studi (remember how good he was inLast of the Mohicans),Shazad Latif,Jessica Barden,and Patti LuPone (!) as a regular now,albeit in a new role since her witch died last season

Deep Dish[nsfw] celebrates 66 factoids about Richard Gere for his recent birthday - I didn't know a lot of the off-movie stuff
Tracking BoardMichael J Fox is voicing a robotic canine for a new film befits an 80s sounding high concept comedy
EmpireSam Worthington and Ruth Wilson to headline a new sci-fi picture calledThe Titanabout a military family participating in an experiment in space
EmpireFrench filmmaker Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) dies at 54
Film School Rejectshas a bathe withA Room With a View...such a great movie

Weto Watch
GizmodoAmazon Prime now first subscription service to offer download / watch offline
Cinematically Insanelooks at the changes at TCM and what that might mean down the road.I'm so wary of this because even if they rebrand to be less about "old"movies then agreed upon "greats"how will we see the really old movies that are harder and harder to find with the death of DVD?I know I'm not alone among cinephiles in the desire to see less-than-great films regularly so as to get context for a career (director or actor) or timeframe at the movies
/Filmswarns you about all the films leaving Netflix in September.(I'm so glad i never gave up my dvds since the range of their streaming options get grosser and grosser beyond their original content)

For LOLz
The ToastA League of Their Owninspired thinkpieces.Inspired silliness.
MNPPMichel Huisman strutting around New Orleans
Back of the Cereal Boxdiscovers an old Meryl Streep joke that still holds up

Off Screen
Boy Culturea-ha's "Hunting High and Low"to receive 30 year anniversary rerelease.Such an amazing album - pity that people only think of "Take On Me"
PlaybillJim Broadbent returns to the West End toplay Scrooge inA Christmas Carolthis season
Towleroadauthor Oliver Sacks who wroteAwakenings(which became an Oscar nominated movie) recently died (RIP)

The trailer to the final season ofDownton Abbey.So many big shows wrapping up lately.

Feb 18 2015

Best Live Action Short: Sally Hawkins Takes the Lead

Glennhere again,and as if yesterday's look at theBest Documentary Shortcategory didn't prove it,there really aren't any hard and fast rules when predicting the short categories.In live action short especially they go with serious issues,except when they don't.They frequently go foreign,except when they don't.They're not overly thrilled with big stars or Hollywood directors,except when they are.It's all a bit of a gamble,really.This year's contenders,however,seem a little easier to decipher in terms of what has the potential to win and what hasn't a hope in hell.Sorry,Butter Lamp,but I think that means you.You will always be my winner.

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Aya,dir.Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis (40mins)
Boogaloo and Graham,dir.Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney (14mins)
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak),dir.Hu Wei and Julien Féret (16mins)
Parvaneh,dir.Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger (24mins)
The Phone Call,dir.Mat Kirkby and James Lucas (21mins)

Right now it seems pretty hard to look pastThe Phone Callgiven it stars an Oscar nominee (Sally Hawkins) and an Oscar winner (Jim Broadbent) and is emotional in ways that many will find belies its 20-minute runtime.Despite the curio factor of both doc and live action short Oscars potentially both going to films about suicide prevention hotline operators,亚博主页I still feel rather confident over that prediction.It's certainly feels like a more complete film than,say,Boogaloo and Graham,which has wisps of nostalgia floating through its brief runtime and its cute children with pet chickens,but feels relatively light-weight compared to the rest (it gets to The Troubles right in its final shot,which seems like a more logical place to begin,but maybe that's just me).

I was a fan ofParvanehabout an Afghani girl in Switzerland and her friendship with a partying street kid,which feels like the most likely usurper to the throne given the Academy has shown an affinity towards films that bridge between the races.Maybe my hatred of the Israeli nomineeAyais clouding my judgement on that one,but what I do know for certain is that the best of an okay bunch is the sublimeButter Lamp,set in Tibet and focusing on a nomadic photographer who arrives in a village and who,in vignette form,has to deal with locals for whom photography isn't that common.It's wonderfully observed and it's an amazing example of how a film can thrill with restraint.I audibly gasped in the final shot despite it being so very simple.If it pulls a highly unlikely win out of the hat then I will scream with joy,but I thinkit's impressive festival haul(plus win at the Golden Horse Awards) will have to suffice.

Will Win:The Phone Call
Could Win:Parvaneh
Should Win:Butter Lamp