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  • post 'It's a terribly fine line': the stunt performers risking their lives for Hollywood - 18 August
  • This summer, two Hollywood stunt performers were killed on set in the first stunt-related fatalities since 2002. How will these tragedies affect the industry?If there?s one common denominator among the highest-grossing films of the 21st century, it?s that most include tremendously elaborate action sequences. There are the colossal sinking ships of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the explosive pyrotechnics of Michael Bay?s Transformers, and the street bikes, crashing through glass and whizzing beneath 18-wheelers, of The Dark Knight. With each year these sequences become bigger, faster, more ambitious and more expensive. Inevitably, they turn more dangerous, too. And the people who bring them to life ? the invisible, undervalued warriors of Hollywood, whose days consist of car hits and fire burns and jumps from death-defying altitudes ? are the stunt performers. Continue reading...
  • post Everything that's wrong with 'everything that's wrong with' YouTube film critiques - 18 August
  • Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is right to take exception to the hyper-critical video that pulled apart his film. Such pedantry is neither clever nor incisiveThere is nothing wrong with Kong: Skull Island. It will never be remembered as a masterpiece, but as a slab of summer entertainment it is witty, visually inventive and unwilling to outstay its welcome. It is basically a really expensive Sharknado made by people with functioning adult attention spans, and, as such, probably qualifies as the second-best King Kong film ever made.However, that didn?t stop YouTube channel CinemaSins from recently devoting 19 and a half minutes to destroying the film in a video called Everything That?s Wrong With Kong: Skull Island. If you?ve never seen one of these videos before, their sole purpose is to pick apart films in excruciating detail. For example, some of the things the video found wrong with Skull Island include a title card that reads ?Bangkok Thailand? instead of just ?Bangkok?, a dolly-zoom near the end and the fact that Samuel L Jackson spoke some lines in his normal cadence. In total, CinemaSins found 146 things wrong with the film, and a million and a half people apparently had enough free time to hear them all listed. So far, so internet. Continue reading...
  • post Kathryn Bigelow on Detroit: ?There?s a radical desire not to face the reality of race? - 17 August
  • The latest film from the director of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker follows the 1967 police killing of black teenagers amid a racially charged riot. It could be 2017?s most urgent movieKathryn Bigelow sits very straight and considers events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. ?It was an atrocity,? she says. ?I don?t know where we go from here.? Does the crisis of American racism scare her? She repeats the question back as if peering at it under glass. ?Does it scare me? Does it scare me??We are in London, a long way from Charlottesville, and a piano tinkles nearby. Bigelow, who is wearing a black top and jeans, is almost 6ft tall, gracefully angular, still the only woman to win an Oscar as best director, for her Iraq war masterpiece The Hurt Locker. The movies she makes ? spotted with raw, precision violence ? might suggest a certain kind of personality. In fact, I?m not the first person meeting her to be reminded of a benign professor. Continue reading...
  • post Quest review ? love and hope win out on the US poverty line - 18 August
  • Jonathan Olshefski?s documentary, shot over the eight years of the Obama presidency, sees the Rainey family rise above poverty, drugs and gun violenceSadly, the problems affecting the Raineys, the African American family whose north Philadelphia home accommodates this heartening documentary, are all too familiar: poverty, drugs, gun violence. It could have been filmed at any point in the last 40 years, but debut director Jonathan Olshefski follows them over a pointed stretch: the eight years of the Obama presidency. Little shifts materially for them, but they are beacons of self-reliance and generosity. Christopher runs a home studio offering ?Freestyle Fridays? for local rappers, and Christine works at a domestic violence shelter. Their optimism is tested when daughter PJ catches a stray bullet from a shootout and loses an eye. Her and her parents? inspirational courage glows in the rich palette with which Olshefski captures the neighbourhood, investing it with love not fear. Trump?s blustering offer to America?s black population ? ?What have you got to lose?? ? intrudes on the TV near the end, but Quest makes it clear that some things endure beyond political events. Monoscopic PJ shoots hoops with the same ease as her dad hits stoops on his newspaper delivery round without looking. Continue reading...
  • post Bending the Arc review ? a moving doc about Partners in Health in Haiti - 18 August
  • The founders of an NGO helping some of the poorest people in the world survive to treatable diseases are brought face to face with those whose lives they savedDoctors Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, two US-born Ivy Leaguers, went to Haiti in the early 1980s and built a hospital stocked with equipment and drugs they begged, borrowed and stole from facilities in the US where they were training. Out of this sincere commitment to help some of the poorest people in the world survive treatable diseases such as tuberculosis and Aids, they founded a NGO called Partners in Health. Among many other activities, the organisation, also run by Ophelia Dahl (daughter of Roald), helps train local carers so they can help those who desperately need support in the most remote communities, and to bridge cultural divides that might impede treatment. Although the treacly soundtrack overpunches on the sentiment at times, this is undeniably moving stuff ? especially scenes where some of the doctors see footage of patients they helped save, still very much alive and thriving today. Continue reading...
  • post Final Portrait and The Odyssey: this week?s best films in the UK - 18 August
  • Stanley Tucci directs a witty sketch about the great Swiss artist Giacometti, while Lambert Wilson stars in the definitive biopic of Jacques CousteauWith Tate Modern?s Giacometti retrospective soon to close, here?s a more intimate encounter with the great Swiss artist, courtesy of Geoffrey Rush. Meanwhile, Armie Hammer is elegantly witty as the American writer who came for a brief portrait sitting, but stayed for a very odd sort of friendship. Continue reading...
  • post Obi-Wan Kenobi film set to join Star Wars universe - 17 August
  • A standalone adventure focused on the character played by Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor is in the works, with Stephen Daldry in talks to directA standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film is set to join the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is at a very early stage but has already attracted the Oscar-nominated film-maker Stephen Daldry, who is in negotiations to direct. If he joins the film, he will develop from script level with Lucasfilm. Continue reading...
  • post The Untamed review ? a film about love, pleasure and a tentacular sex monster - 17 August
  • This sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through life
    Mexican film-maker Amat Escalante?s work has included the challengingly violent crime drama Heli (2013). Now he has created a bizarre realist-fantasy parable in which queasy eroticism and body horror are absorbed into life?s many pains and injustices. It is set in Guanajuato in central Mexico, which Escalante?s movie endows with a forbidding remoteness. The original title is La Región Salvaje, or the savage region. A perplexing opening sequence, showing what appears to be a vast asteroid heading for Earth, lays the foundation for the film?s strange premise. The asteroid has brought with it a new life form which its elderly discoverers ? retired people who live in a modest woodland shack ? find it necessary to keep secret, rather like Mr and Mrs Kent when the baby Superman arrived.This movie has the spirit of Buńuel in many ways, also Guillermo del Toro, and maybe even Ridley Scott?s Alien. But I found myself thinking of Richard Linklater?s Before Midnight, in which Céline, played by Julie Delpy, wonders what would happen if scientists invented some kind of metal probe that would give lab rats pure sexual pleasure: she imagines the wretched beasts abandoning everything, including food and water, to rub themselves against this probe all day while their little faces become increasingly addled. The Untamed is about what would happen if there was some of kind of organism, kept in captivity, that could deliver exactly this kind of pleasure; an organism in touch with a fiercer, purer, deeper and more primitive sexual pleasure of which our evolved species has up until now only ever had an unsatisfactory and partial glimpse. Continue reading...
  • post You can handle the truth: why political documentaries are storming the screens - 17 August
  • Forget Hollywood blockbusters ? it?s factual films such as Al Gore?s climate-change exposé An Inconvenient Sequel that are providing the cinema thrills nowNo wonder political documentaries are on the rise ? the truth is more gripping than fiction.In 2005, screenwriting guru Blake Snyder published what would become his magnum opus. Save the Cat! is a screenwriting manual that lays out, plainly and beat by beat, how almost every blockbuster is put together. In 2013, Slate?s Peter Suderman blamed Save the Cat! for, essentially, ruining Hollywood. ?Intentionally or not, it?s become a formula ? a formula that threatens the world of original screenwriting as we know it,? he wrote, suggesting the book was why almost every blockbuster had started to feel predictable and familiar. It may not be unrelated that Hollywood is suffering its worst summer in 25 years. Continue reading...
  • post Napping Princess review ? robots and conspiracies in dreamscape anime - 17 August
  • There are some fun satirical observations in this animation about a somnolent schoolgirl?s imaginary world, but it winds up feeling mechanicalA fake-out opening establishes the twinned realms through which Kenji Kamiyama?s midlist anime meanders: patriarchal kingdom Heartland is revealed as the recurring dreamscape of somnolent schoolgirl Kokone, who is trapped at home with a grief-stricken mechanic father in a town some distance from Tokyo. Toggling between the two realms, Kamiyama demonstrates a pleasing, Kore-eda-like eye for suburban specifics, but the charm diminishes upon the segue into corporate conspiracy involving missing tablets and giant robots. There are some fun satiric footnotes early on ? Heartland?s compulsory auto industry employment leaves it gridlocked for days ? but it starts feeling fairly mechanised itself, every clank of those boysy Transformer knock-offs further drowning out its wistful
    heroine. Continue reading...

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