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  • post Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood?s corrosive, systemic sexism - 19 October
  • From the earliest days of Hollywood, women were stage managed and manipulated by older men in powerful positions. And it?s clear that, although Harvey Weinstein has been outed, little has changedIn the Hollywood dream factory, trauma surfaces as light entertainment. In 2013, introducing the list of best supporting actress nominees at a pre-Oscars event, comedian Seth MacFarlane quipped: ?Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.? What was chilling about this was not just that MacFarlane followed it up at the Oscars with a stream of ?edgy? jokes, including the line that nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis had ?16 years before she?s too old for Clooney? and the nauseating We Saw Your Boobs song. What is really disturbing is that everyone ? even people who had no idea of what has now emerged about Weinstein?s behaviour ? got the joke. The idea that female stars and aspiring stars are required to accept the attentions, at the very least, of older male studio executives and producers, is as old as the Hollywood hills. Continue reading...
  • post Thor: Ragnarok review ? Chris Hemsworth unleashes comedy superpowers on emo Cate Blanchett - 19 October
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople?s Taika Waititi infuses the third Thor movie with a generous dose of self-deprecating Kiwi humour, even if it all remains somewhat inconsequentialHe might be able to summon lightning from the skies and smite foes with his mighty hammer, but this latest comic-book outing bestows upon Thor an even super-er superpower: a sense of humour. It?s there from the opening seconds, when we find our Norse god dangling before some horned demon, whose portentous monologuing is undercut by Thor?s continual interruptions, as he slowly spins around on his chains: ?Hang on a minute? coming round again.? For a relative newcomer to the Earth, Thor has clearly got the knack of 21st-century comic timing.That?s the general register of this entertaining but frankly inconsequential Marvel movie. It?s what you?d call a ?romp? ? and one whose lurid 1980s-retro stylings bring it closer to the Guardians of the Galaxy end of the spectrum, though its spiritual forebears would also include Mike Hodges? Flash Gordon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and possibly Red Dwarf. Comic-book movies have spent a long time striving to be taken as serious, grownup entertainment but Thor: Ragnarok is almost an admission that you can?t play this material straight. Continue reading...
  • post Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin, Donald Trump and disappearing democracy ? video interview - 19 October
  • Backstabbing and deceit are the order of the day in the Veep creator?s historical satire, which stars Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale and Jason Isaacs as underlings vying for power in the wake of the Soviet dictator?s death. Its creator and cast explain why their film resonates in our current political climate and the parallels between Trump and Stalin Continue reading...
  • post Jennifer Tilly: ?How frightening can Chucky be? He smokes a doobie? - 19 October
  • The star of the Child?s Play series on making the films more scary again ? and what makes her a champion poker playerHi Jennifer. What does that say on your necklace??Chucky?s Back.? I had it made for Seed of Chucky, when I had no idea how many times Chucky would come back. At the end of every movie he?s burned or decapitated, but I?d say the only thing that could kill him is bad box office. Continue reading...
  • post Danielle Darrieux obituary - 19 October
  • French film actor best known for Madame de ? and La RondeThere are few actors who embodied many people?s idea of a French woman of the world more than Danielle Darrieux, who has died aged 100. Starting as an ingenue in the 1930s, she grew into a sophisticate in the 40s and 50s, and retained a dignified and magical presence in films into the new century.The outstanding examples of her art were the three films Darrieux made with the German-born Max Ophüls when she was in her 30s. In La Ronde (1950), she played the married woman who is seduced by a student (Daniel Gélin). The second and best of the three adapted tales by Guy de Maupassant in Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure, 1952) is La Maison Tellier, in which Darrieux played one of a group of prostitutes paying an annual holiday visit to the country. But it was the title role of Madame de ... (1953, released in English as The Earrings of Madame de ?) that gave her even more of a chance to shine as a fickle socialite who sells her earrings to pay off a debt, unbeknown to her husband (Charles Boyer). Continue reading...
  • post Access All Areas review ? Hollyoaks goes Bestival in a teen music festival caper - 19 October
  • A group of youngsters gatecrash the VIP zone in this energetic but uneven film that struggles with clunky dialogue
    Breaking the cringeometer in its first five minutes, Access All Areas opens with an excruciatingly fake show of teens behaving badly, as a group of Bristol kids illegally rave at a lido in broad daylight; the scene has all the unbelievability and wholesomeness of a deodorant advert. Ella Purnell is Mia, a standard-issue troubled teenager (spot the telltale black eyeliner), whose childhood friend is sensitive soul Heath (Edward Bluemel), a budding guitarist. The movie picks up when the two of them, along with a couple of mates, head to a music festival without tickets on a Yolo (you only live once) mission to watch a reclusive musician rumoured to be performing live for the first time in years. Continue reading...
  • post Is climate change Hollywood's new supervillain? - 19 October
  • Eco-thriller Geostorm, with Gerard Butler as a weather-busting scientist, is the latest movie to battle the environment. From Blade Runner 2049 to Alexander Payne?s Downsizing, film are turning up the heat on the big screenIn 2004, when climate change was still called global warming, it was considered sensational enough to get top billing in The Day After Tomorrow, a city-smashing blockbuster by disaster master Roland Emmerich. But the incremental death march of the real thing was considered a little too slow for Independence Day?s king of kablooey. So impatient was he to bring forth a biblical flood and subsequent ice age that was epic enough to swallow the Statue of Liberty, Emmerich conspired to make his cataclysm happen in days, not decades, courtesy of a cosmically unlucky (and scientifically unlikely) flash freeze. Related: Spoiler alerts: the five best climate-change films Continue reading...
  • post 1922 review ? bleak, slow-burn Stephen King adaptation burrows under the skin - 19 October
  • A lesser-known novella from the bestselling author lands on Netflix with a transformative performance from Thomas Jane and a mounting sense of dreadAnother week, another Stephen King adaptation. Following on from The Dark Tower, It and the effectively nasty sex-game-gone-wrong thriller Gerald?s Game, Netflix is quietly launching a brooding take on one of his lesser-known works. The collection Full Dark, No Stars has already spawned two middling movies ? Big Driver with Maria Bello and A Good Marriage with Joan Allen ? and now, a third novella is hitting the screen with far more distinction. Related: Gerald's Game review ? suspense-packed Stephen King adaptation is worth playing Continue reading...
  • post Snake Outta Compton: finally, the hip-hop monster movie the world's been waiting for - 18 October
  • Following the hallowed path marked out by Sharknado, this bargain-bin effort looks set to push the B-movie to new heights of self-aware silliness. We break down its trailerSharknado is old hat. Lavalantula? Passé. Supergator? Consider yourself retired. If you?re a fan of objectively bad films with stupid names about large animals, which you?ll watch drunk one night because it sounds funny (only to immediately realise that you much prefer films with things like plot and production design), you are in for a treat. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Snake Outta Compton.I mean, I could just stop there. Really, the title is all you need to know about Snake Outta Compton. There?s a snake ? and let?s presume, given our affinity with the genre, that it?s quite a big snake ? and it terrorises Compton. The end. We can also assume that the title came long before the film, and that the budget is so tiny that we?ll only actually see the snake in about three scenes. Continue reading...
  • post French Aids drama BPM shows Hollywood how to capture gay history - 18 October
  • The Oscar-buzzed film is refreshingly queer, filled with an authenticity that sanitised disappointments such as Dallas Buyers Club and Stonewall still fail to include It has been a landmark year for LGBT cinema. From Moonlight?s Oscar victory to the triumphant Sundance premieres of gay romances God?s Own Country and Call Me By Your Name; from the transgender breakthrough of Chile?s A Fantastic Woman to the mainstream politicking of Battle of the Sexes, we?re seeing a wider-than-ever array of approaches to sexuality on film, no longer confined to the arthouse fringe. Related: After the Moonlight fades: what's next for LGBT cinema Continue reading...

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