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  • post Roger Moore: the modest, self-deprecating 007 who brought some serious aplomb | Peter Bradshaw - 23 May
  • Though Moore never considered himself much of an actor, he was an incredibly skilled performer who inspired adoration in the audience Related: Roger Moore ? Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond ? dies aged 89 Action heroes aren?t prized for suavity much these days, or for knowing how to carry off a double-breasted pinstripe Savile Row suit, or how to raise a single eyebrow, or how to pose with a Walther PPK ? under the chin in repose, or drawn dramatically, as if about to shoot the photographer, with a facial expression of satirically calm disapproval. Even the Action Movie 101 skill of finishing a deafeningly loud and chaotic scene with a single droll wisecrack is not executed with much of the élan of old. But Roger Moore?s James Bond was a master of all this; over seven Bond movies from 1973 to 1985, he brought some serious aplomb. No-one delivered the aplomb like Roger Moore. He was the secret agent with the twinkle of humour in his eye, and who put wit into his elegant, educated tones, which deepened and decelerated into a sensual purr as his tenure went on. Continue reading...
  • post From The Saint to the knight: the life of Roger Moore ? video obituary - 23 May
  • A career retrospective of Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89. Moore is best remembered as the third James Bond, but had a glittering television career before taking on the role of 007 ? starring in The Saint and The Persuaders! In later life Moore was Unicef goodwill ambassador and received a knighthood in 2003 Continue reading...
  • post Radiance review ? a poignant vision of the power of sight - 23 May
  • In Naomi Kawase?s gentle, thoughtful story, a photographer with deteriorating eyesight meets a woman who writes audio descriptions for the visually impairedNaomi Kawase?s delicate movie Radiance lowers its eyes humbly in the presence of blindness with this story of a young woman employed to write movie audio commentary for visually impaired people, who falls in love with the semi-sighted photographer on the advisory panel offering guidance on her script.Radiance attempts to find in this a metaphor for the act of noticing, for the need to communicate and the need to imagine what other people think, see and feel. Continue reading...
  • post King Arthur topples Alien: Covenant to reign supreme at UK box office - 23 May
  • Guy Ritchie?s historical romp debuted to middling reviews and underwhelming ticket sales but came up against weak opposition from Snatched and Colossal Buzz on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may have been pretty flat following its weak performance in the US and other territories the previous weekend, but Guy Ritchie?s Middle Ages actioner nevertheless managed to nab the top spot at the UK box office, dethroning Alien: Covenant. It did so courtesy of fairly uninspired debut takings of Ł2.5m. That?s the lowest gross for a No1 film so far this year, and also the lowest since early September 2016, when Sausage Party held on to the top spot in a weak field of new releases led by Ben-Hur. Continue reading...
  • post Baywatch review ? alpha-male chest-off is not worth the Hasselhoff - 23 May
  • Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn?t have the wit or stamina to stay afloatJust as nobody ever bought a Pirelli calendar simply to find out the date, the world didn?t tune into Baywatch for over a decade purely for the lifeguarding instruction. Let?s face it: it was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh jiggling along beaches in slow-mo. Apart from that, and those little red floaty things they carried around, can anyone honestly remember anything else about Baywatch? Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2017 day six: Nicole Kidman and Isabelle Huppert on the red carpet ? in pictures - 22 May
  • The big premieres on the sixth day at Cannes film festival were The Killing of a Sacred Deer (from director Yorgos Lanthimos) and Michael Haneke?s Happy End Continue reading...
  • post Top of the Lake: this singular drama is still gloriously weird - 23 May
  • The second series features big budgets and huge stars ? little wonder Cannes finally embraced a TV showThe barbarians have stormed the battlements. Television has arrived at Cannes. It?s a development that some swore would never come to pass, including the artistic director of the festival, Thierry Frémaux. ?Cannes is a film festival,? Frémaux rather tersely said last year. Netflix is one thing, with its flouting of theatrical releases, but at least it still makes movies. TV is quite another.Still, it seems that needs must, and Cannes have solemnly recognised that prestige TV is frequently beating arthouse cinema at its own game ? in its budgets, its audiences, the stars it attracts, and, most crucially, the quality of the stories it tells. And so, this week two shows are being shown at the festival: David Lynch?s revived Twin Peaks, and Jane Campion?s Top of the Lake. Continue reading...
  • post 24 Frames review ? a mesmeric glimpse into Abbas Kiarostami's mysterious mind - 23 May
  • The Iranian director has produced a posthumous marvel with this bizarre, experimental ghost-film that even puts his hated cinema seats to decent useAbbas Kiarostami last came to Cannes competition in 2012 with Like Someone in Love, a head-scratching tease of a film, bowing out with a crash ending that left the audience hanging. At the time, the Iranian director was unrepentant; he said that cinema seats made an audience lazy and that question marks were ?part of the punctuation of life?. Now, nearly a year after his death at the age of 76, Kiarostami is back ? after a fashion ? with a mesmerising sign-off. Belatedly, it seems, he has provided Cannes with an ending.24 Frames was conceived as Kiarostami?s response to the paintings and photographs that inspired him, prompted by the desire to hold the frame steady so as to watch each image come to life, each drama play on. Except this project doesn?t feel like a homage, or even an act of curation. It?s something richer and stranger than that ? almost as if, in the moment of death, the man?s unconscious has somehow poured out and been caught in a bottle. Yes, 24 Frames is rigorously experimental; it demands patience and engagement. But this haunted ghost-film had me completely entranced. Continue reading...
  • post Carne y Arena review - dazzling virtual reality exhibit offers a fresh look at the refugee crisis - 22 May
  • Birdman director Alejandro González Ińárritu?s latest project is an innovative and immersive account of the horrors faced at the Mexico-US border Related: The Day After review - Hong Sang-soo's boozy comedy is diverting but slight So ? the envelope is pushed a little further, the limits of cinema questioned a little harder, the rectangular perimeter fence of the movie screen challenged a little bit more confidently. Continue reading...
  • post Al Gore at Cannes: 'Trump cannot stop the solutions to the climate crisis' - 22 May
  • The former US vice-president and environmental activist said there was hope in the fight against climate change ? but the world and the US had to actAl Gore believes that Donald Trump will not halt the momentum of the climate movement even if he withdraws the US from the Paris agreement.Speaking at a press engagement for his new documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the former US vice-president and environmental activist said that he was confident Trump would commit to the historic climate change agreement, but that even if he did not, it would still not be enough to reverse the move towards renewable energy in many American cities. Continue reading...

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