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Author Topic: Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14  (Read 2903 times)


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Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14
« on: November 28, 2016, 05:23:22 PM »
I've watched the first 3 episodes and find this series of 6 quite fantastic.  It's wirtten and directed by Stephen Poliakoff.


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Re: Close to the Enemy (series) Nov 14
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2016, 05:06:33 AM »
I agree! It's very, very good!


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  • Idris Elba is powering through his midlife crisis ? 007 rumours and all. He talks to Tim LewisIdris Elba is currently in the grip of a midlife crisis ? ?really and truly,? he insists ? but it is also somehow the most Idris Elba kind of midlife crisis. No flashy little sports car or grunting Harley-Davidson. He?s not started dressing ridiculously, either: today, in a hotel room in London, the 45-year-old actor is wearing black, from his Vans trainers to his fitted polo shirt. He has something like nine tattoos peeking out here and there, the most eye-catching being a lion, representing Sierra Leone, inside a star, the emblem of Ghana, on his right fist.Instead, Elba?s midlife crisis mainly seems to take the form of saying ?yes? to new experiences. Untouchable as a profoundly charismatic, swaggering leading man (The Wire, Luther, Beasts of No Nation), he?s currently more interested in making himself feel uncomfortable. He?s just directed his first feature film, Yardie, an adaptation of a notorious novel about Jamaican gangsters in London. In the past couple of years, he?s filmed documentaries in which he has done everything from driving 180mph on a beach in Wales to flying in an aerobatics competition and making his professional kickboxing debut. He?s designed clothes for Superdry and he?s just set up his own record label. He continues to DJ around the world and he even spins tunes at weddings if you ask nicely (as his pals Harry and Meghan did). Continue reading...
  • post At last, an Oscar for popular film. Because who needs another The Shape Of Water? | Hadley Freeman - 18 August
  • Many of the most enduring films of the past few decades remain ungarlandedWhen I was a kid, my parents had an amazingly impressive collection of video cassettes, from Bing Crosby?s White Christmas to Shoah (nothing like a nine-hour Holocaust documentary to make these cosy nights in go with a swing). But my favourite tape was The 65th Anniversary Of The Academy Awards: Oscars Greatest Hits! I was not so much obsessed with this video as possessed by it, and to this day my go-to karaoke song is Billy Crystal?s opening number from the 1991 Oscars: ?Ghost! Can it win this lottery?/ Ghost! Made me take up pottery.? Do you want to know when Cher took Val Kilmer to the Oscars as her date? How pissed off Barbra Streisand looked in 1992, not to be up for best director for The Prince Of Tides? Then you, my friend, have come to the right columnist.I still love the Oscars, in all their ludicrous, self-regarding glory. But in recent years they have somehow become elevated from that show where Rob Lowe once sang a duet with Snow White to being a statement about Where America Is Now. On the left, the Oscars have been hammered for being so old, white and male; on the right, they have been criticised for becoming too worthy. An awards ceremony turning itself into a culture war is a makeover to rival Julia Roberts swapping thigh-high boots for twin sets in Pretty Woman (a performance which itself was nominated for an Oscar; as I said, I know all the important stuff). Continue reading...
  • post ?We?re still fighting that same fight?: how Spike Lee got his groove back with BlacKkKlansman - 18 August
  • The celebrated director?s latest film fuses past and present, updating the true tale of a black detective who infiltrated the KKK with the racial tensions of 2018 to searing effectSpike Lee had mellowed somewhat. Not that the motormouth director with a socially provocative back catalogue had traded his sneakers for slippers, but in February 2015, having just released vampire romance Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, he was making a documentary about Michael Jackson?s Off the Wall and, he told the Atlantic, time and fatherhood might have softened him. ?If you get angry about everything you?re going to give yourself cancer,? he said. ?You can?t let anger rule your life. It?s just not productive.? The truth, though, is that anger has been extremely productive for Spike Lee. And a lot has changed since 2015.In February 2017, a month after Donald Trump?s inauguration, Get Out director Jordan Peele was given a screenplay adapted from black police officer Ron Stallworth?s memoir Black Klansman, about his experience infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s ? on the phone, then with a white surrogate in the flesh. Lee, thought Peele [who has produced the film], would be ideal to direct it. ?Spike just has an ability,? he told the Hollywood Reporter, ?to do tension right, to do the moments of levity right, to deliver a social message and a punch.? In August, the Unite the Right rally took place in Charlottesville, followed by the killing of Heather Heyer, and Trump?s ?blame on both sides? diatribe. Weeks later, cameras rolled on BlacKkKlansman. ?I?ve never been in a movie that came out so fast, from when it was shot,? says Topher Grace, who plays the KKK?s David Duke. ?There was this feeling on the set, like: ?We?ve gotta get this movie out tomorrow.?? The result is Lee?s most entertaining, accessible and ? without a doubt ? angriest film in years. Continue reading...
  • post Scarlett Johansson tops list of highest-paid female film stars - 17 August
  • Avengers: Infinity War star earned $40.5m, surpassing Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, but is dwarfed by male counterpartsScarlett Johansson has been named as the world?s highest-paid female actor after earning $40.5m (£31.2m) in the year to June 2018.Johansson did not feature in Forbes magazine?s top 10 last year, and the actor?s newfound earning power has been ascribed to her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The second part of Avengers: Infinity War is due for release next spring. Continue reading...
  • post Gold review ? shining drama of India's triumph on the hockey field - 17 August
  • Reema Kagti?s stirring film celebrates the nation?s first post-independence Olympic medal at the 1948 Wembley GamesUnlike its more visible winter sport equivalent, field hockey has been the basis of an infinitesimally small number of features. Most of them ? such as the fondly remembered Chak De! India (2007), which saw Shah Rukh Khan coaching an all-girl team ? have hailed from the Indian commercial cinema, a sign of the game?s elevated status out east. Nimble stickwork and old-school rollout penalty corners now serve as the basis of Reema Kagti?s Gold, a burnished, sweeping yet astutely framed period drama replaying a formative moment in Indian identity, its Dunkirk on grass: the assembly of the squad that would survive partition to win the newly independent nation?s first Olympic medal in the colonialists? backyard of Wembley in 1948.Some standard sports-movie simplification is present. A nation?s emergence is here aligned with the re-emergence of one man, the shrewd Bengali tactician Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar, lending late-blooming gravitas to a composite character). First seen cutting a dashing, Southgate-ish figure overseeing British India?s team for the Berlin Games, his recovery from booze-induced wartime blackouts entails the quasi-militaristic business of recruitment ? Kagti scouting far and wide for nicely etched character studies ? then training and eventually battle on overseas soil. Certain elements can?t fail to stoke PM Modi?s flag-waving base, but Das?s is defined as a mission that unified castes and factions amid considerable turmoil. The message isn?t ?India first?, but that nations play best when individuals become a team. Continue reading...
  • post Christopher Robin review ? Pooh rescues Ewan McGregor from a midlife crisis - 17 August
  • Platitudes and homilies abound in this honey-drizzled story of grownup Christopher?s reunion with the bear of little brainWhat to make of the movies? renewed Pooh fetish? Last year?s handsome if mild-mannered Fox production Goodbye Christopher Robin, revealing how AA Milne?s most beloved creations were steeped in harsh wartime truths, might at a push be claimed as Pooh: A Warning from History. Disney?s new Christopher Robin is rather more along the lines of The Tao of Pooh: a self-helpy, post-Paddington fiction that seeks to applaud viewers for clinging on to (and paying forward) childish things.This Robin (a still boyish Ewan McGregor) has been conceived as a junior variant of David Tomlinson?s stuffy banker in Mary Poppins: a mid-ranking suit fussing over costs in a luggage-manufacturing enterprise in 50s London. A heinous indifference to wife Hayley Atwell telegraphs that this chap requires a valuable life lesson; he receives it one morning on spilling ? ahem ? magic honey on an old after-school drawing. Piff paff Pooh: the silly old bear reappears in this mirthless dullard?s life, in the form of a CG rendering of a long-shelved plush toy ? the kind of digital artefact to which only youngsters who embraced James Corden?s Peter Rabbit could possibly warm. Continue reading...
  • post Emma Thompson: role as family court judge was 'great privilege' - 16 August
  • Actor tells of spending time ?backstage? in high court for her role in The Children ActEmma Thompson has said that spending time at the high court for her latest role in which she plays a family court judge was an extraordinary experience and ?one of the greatest privileges?.
    The actor plays a judge in The Children Act, an adaptation of Ian McEwan?s 2014 novel, in which her character has to decide whether Adam, a 17-year-old with leukaemia, should be forced to have potentially life-saving blood transfusions despite the procedure going against his religious beliefs as a Jehovah?s Witness. Continue reading...
  • post World's first film poster set to go up for auction at Sotheby's - 16 August
  • Poster depicts the first-ever screening of films by Lumière brothers in Paris in 1895A poster promoting the first public screenings of film, providing glimpses of late 19th-century Paris life, is coming up for auction.Sotheby?s in London is selling 164 rare film posters including one that can lay claim to be the world?s first, one advertising the world-changing cinematography of the Lumière brothers. Continue reading...
  • post Peterloo director calls for 1819 massacre to be taught in UK schools - 15 August
  • Mike Leigh grew up near scene of Manchester atrocity but says he was never taught about itAll schoolchildren in the UK should be taught about the Peterloo massacre, according to Mike Leigh, who has directed a film about the little-known Manchester atrocity sometimes referred to as Britain?s Tiananmen Square.Leigh grew up in Salford, a short walk from St Peter?s Field, where on 16 August 1819 government forces charged into a peaceful rally by more than 60,000 people who were demanding political reform and protesting against poverty. Continue reading...
  • post American History X director Tony Kaye to cast robot as lead actor in next film - 15 August
  • The film-maker will hire an AI actor for his new project 2nd Born in the hope it will receive recognition by the Screen Actors GuildAmerican History X director Tony Kaye is hoping to cast an artificial intelligence actor as the lead of his new film.According to Deadline, the British film-maker has made the unprecedented decision to employ a robot over a human for his next project, titled 2nd Born. The android will be trained in various techniques and a variety of acting methods and Kaye hopes it will lead to recognition by the Screen Actors Guild which could also lead to awards consideration. Continue reading...

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