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  • post Sublime Shape of Water leads Golden Globes on merit, but all-male director list is dismaying | Peter Bradshaw - 11 December
  • Prestige pictures lead the way, with The Post and Three Billboards also up there ? but with no Dee Rees, Kathryn Bigelow or Greta Gerwig, the director nominations look dubious? Full list of nomineesAt first glance, the major loser in this year?s Golden Globe nominations would appear to be Paul Thomas Anderson?s Phantom Thread, his superb daymare about a 1950s London fashion designer; it gets its mandatory best actor (drama) nod for Daniel Day-Lewis in his valedictory performance but nothing in the way of best film or best director. Nothing, furthermore, for Denis Villeneuve?s Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling as a younger-generation replicant-hunter who winds up on the track of his predecessor, Harrison Ford. Nor is there anything for the red-hot topicality of Kathryn Bigelow?s Detroit ? and in fact the best director category has, depressingly, been turned into a boys? club; all the more dismaying considering that Sofia Coppola picked up the director?s prize in Cannes for her The Beguiled (not noticed here). And in the foreign film category, Robin Campillo?s excellent BPM (Beats Per Minute), his drama about the ACT UP campaign in Paris, has not been nominated. Related: Golden Globes 2018: Shape of Water, The Post and Three Billboards lead nominations Continue reading...
  • post How I, Tonya betrays its tragicomic ice-skating protagonist - 11 December
  • Tonya Harding?s difficult life, filled with domestic violence and struggle, is played for laughs in an uneven biopic that never really scratches the surfaceLong before Frozen, those of us who were American girls in the mid-90s lived and breathed a different icebound battle of good and evil. Every morning in the winter of seventh grade, I was hungry to read the newspaper for more details in the war between Nancy Kerrigan, America?s smooth-haired brunette sweetheart and her frizzier blonde nemesis, Tonya Harding. Related: I, Tonya review ? scattershot skating biopic offers flawed, foul-mouthed fun Continue reading...
  • post What's the deal with Bee Movie? Why someone watched Jerry Seinfeld's cartoon 357 times in 12 months - 11 December
  • It was mainly forgotten on release, but the Dreamworks animation has gained an unlikely afterlife among online pranksters. Does that explain one UK viewer?s devotion?Name: Bee MovieAge: 10 years old. Continue reading...
  • post The Smurfette Principle: why can?t Hollywood accept gender equality? - 11 December
  • As Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and It show, the problematic trope of token girls in all-male gangs enduresIt has been a good year for women in cinema in many ways, with a high count of quality female-made and female-led movies, and the removal of an echelon of sexual predators from the industry. But by some metrics, there?s still a way to go. In particular, the Smurfette Principle. The phrase was coined back in 1991 by US writer Katha Pollitt, who bemoaned the number of films and TV programmes that featured a group with one lone female. Not just The Smurfs but also The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so forth. ?The message is clear,? she wrote, ?... boys are central, girls peripheral.? Related: Wonder Woman review ? glass ceiling still intact as Gal Gadot reduced to weaponised Smurfette Continue reading...
  • post God's Own Country and Lady Macbeth triumph at British independent film awards - 11 December
  • Yorkshire-set love story and atmospheric period drama honoured at this year?s Bifa ceremony, with a Guardian short film also among the winnersGod?s Own Country, Francis Lee?s drama about a gay relationship between a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian migrant worker, triumphed at the British independent film awards, picking up best independent film as well as prizes in three other categories.The film, based on its director?s own upbringing, beat competition from The Death of Stalin and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to take home the award for best British independent film, along with a best actor award for star Josh O?Connor, while Lee was awarded best debut screenplay for his script. The trio of awards were added to the previously announced best sound award. Continue reading...
  • post The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea - 11 December
  • As our countdown enters the final stages, Cath Clarke champions a harrowing, beautifully acted film where tragedy has no easy resolution More of the best culture of 2017What doesn?t kill you makes you stronger. Hollywood tends to side with Nietzsche on the subject of human suffering. So films end with characters recovering from tragedy, or at the very least achieving some kind of emotional closure, and we all get to go home with the uplifting message that everything in life happens for a reason ? even the crappy stuff. But Kenneth Lonergan?s shattering portrait of grief has something different to say. What if some tragedies are impossible to come back from? What happens to the people broken into too many pieces to heal? So no, Manchester by the Sea doesn?t win the prize for cheeriest film of 2017. But it is definitely in the running for most beautifully acted ? so real and alive that you could almost see its breath frosting up the cinema screen. Continue reading...
  • post The full list of nominations for the Golden Globes 2018 - 11 December
  • All the nominees for the 75th Golden Globe awards in both film and TV categories, from The Shape of Water to Big Little Lies Related: Golden Globes 2018: Shape of Water, The Post and Three Billboards lead nominations Continue reading...
  • post Golden Globes 2018: Shape of Water, The Post and Three Billboards lead nominations - 11 December
  • Trio of films look to battle it out for top honours at next year?s ceremony, while there is a surprise inclusion for troubled drama All the Money in the World?The full list of nominationsGuillermo del Toro?s cold war fantasy The Shape of Water emerged as the frontrunner for the Oscars after picking up a total of seven nominations for the 75th Golden Globes. However, the film looks set to face strong opposition from Steven Spielberg?s Pentagon Papers drama The Post and Martin McDonagh?s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, at a Globes ceremony that will provide the entertainment industry with its first major opportunity to respond to the sexual abuse scandal plaguing Hollywood.Two months after the emergence of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein that would prompt a further torrent of claims against men in the film industry, the nominations exhibited an already changed landscape in Hollywood. As expected none of the Weinstein-produced films eligible for inclusion received nominations, however there were multiple nominations for Ridley Scott?s All the Money in the World, which was forced to replace star Kevin Spacey at short notice, after he was accused of multiple counts of sexual assault and harassment. Continue reading...
  • post Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres with tribute to late Carrie Fisher - 10 December
  • Writer-director Rian Johnson introduces screening remembering actor who died last year after finishing work on the filmStar Wars: The Last Jedi world premiere ? in pictures The latest ? and many ecstatic fans are saying the best ? dispatch from a galaxy far, far away has opened with a poignant tribute to its lost princess Carrie Fisher, who died last year soon after finishing filming her final appearance as Leia.Speaking in LA, Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the film, said: ?Let?s all have a blast tonight for Carrie.? He was introducing the world premiere of the latest outing for one of the most successful movie franchises. Continue reading...
  • post Star Wars: The Last Jedi world premiere ? in pictures - 10 December
  • From R2D2 to the Praetorian Guard, Mark Hamill to Daisy Ridley, everyone turned out for the premiere of The Last Jedi in Los Angeles Continue reading...

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