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  • post Sorry to Bother You: why Boots Riley?s surreal race allegory is this year?s Get Out - 20 July
  • A rip-roaring tale of code-switching and capitalism, it?s the most significant state-of-the-nation satire since Jordan Peele?s masterpiece Boots Riley: how the outspoken musician is taking on Hollywood Early on in Boots Riley?s Sorry to Bother You, wet-behind-the-ears telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is smarting from yet another person hanging up on him. His co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) gives him a much-needed tip: success in this game requires him to ditch his natural tone and start speaking in a ?white voice? (?I?m not talking about Will Smith white,? he says). Suddenly, people stop slamming their phones down and start listening. His sales increase. Then they skyrocket. Cassius?s ?white voice? (dubbed by Arrested Development?s David Cross) gets him promoted up and up until he is elevated to a ?power caller?, an exclusive broker to the wealthiest 1%. Continue reading...
  • post Taylor Swift to star in Tom Hooper's Cats movie - 20 July
  • Singer-songwriter to take first major acting role, alongside Ian McKellen, James Corden and Jennifer Hudson, in Hooper?s adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicalTaylor Swift is to take her first lead acting role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber?s Cats, directed by Tom Hooper.Swift, 28, has one significant screen credit to her name: she voiced the environmentalist Audrey in the 2012 animation The Lorax. She is expected to actually appear on screen ? albeit wearing paws and whiskers ? in the film, which will begin production later this year in London. Continue reading...
  • post Generation Wealth: how the doc fails to capture Trump's America - 20 July
  • The latest film from The Queen of Versailles film-maker Lauren Greenfield is a frustratingly empty look at late capitalism It?s rare for fusty old Forbes magazine to be at the centre of a Twitterstorm, but then again it?s equally rare for the venerable finance rag to feature a Generation Z reality TV star and Instagram icon on their front cover. Both happened this week, as 20-year-old Kylie Jenner headed up an issue dedicated to America?s female billionaires, her pristine face accompanied by a slobbering headline declaring the celebrity cosmetics entrepreneur ?the youngest-ever self-made billionaire?. Related: Kylie Jenner likely to become youngest 'self-made' billionaire ever Continue reading...
  • post Escape Plan 2 review ? baffling Stallone prison breakout thriller - 20 July
  • Dave Bautista and 50 Cent appear alongside Sylvester Stallone in this lurid sequel, but the true star is Xiaoming Huang as Sly?s heir apparentThis is a sequel to the 2013 action-thriller Escape Plan, which buddied up Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a prison breakout plotline. It hews roughly to the original recipe?s mix of geeky puzzle-making, blurrily shot martial-arts time killing and slightly baffling casting without improving the blend. Indeed, everything seems watered down and attenuated, creating a strangely stupefying product. The story barely makes sense, but after soon you stop caring and surrender to the blur of darkened sets with neon-bright spots of colour, electronic mood music and mumbled technobabble for dialogue.The idea is that Stallone?s Ray Breslin, hero of Escape Plan, is a security consultant who specialises in working out how to burrow out of prisons. Seemingly, in the last few years, he has trained up a team of next-gen employees who just so happen to be played by actors with cross-quadrant and international market appeal. For instance, Guardians of the Galaxy MVP Dave Bautista is on hand as a Hummer-sized hard man, as is 50 Cent, playing a dapper chap who spends most of his time onscreen looking at a laptop and talking impenetrable nonsense. Continue reading...
  • post Here We Go Again: how critics learned to stop worrying and love Mamma Mia! - 20 July
  • The sequel to the Abba musical is earning significantly better reviews than the maligned original. Is it actually a better film ? or a sign of shifting cultural values?If anyone has due cause to hate the first Mamma Mia film, I am confident it is me. I worked at a cinema in Cornwall when the Scandi scud hit screens in summer 2008. If routinely watching it up to four times a day wasn?t punishment enough, the sadistic manager forced his teenage staff to clap and dance before the audience as the cast?s dance party rolled over the credits. We buried our faces in our swampy sleeves, the purpose of our oversized uniforms finally clear.The film played every day from 10 July until it came out on DVD in late November. That didn?t deter the legions of Streep-seekers who were furious we were no longer showing it. I tried to tell them they could buy it from HMV around the corner, take it home and watch it to their hearts? content. My suggestion fell on ears deaf to anything but the sound of Pierce Brosnan reprising SOS in the style of Scott Walker?s The Drift. Continue reading...
  • post Twisted sisters: why the film world loves nuns - 20 July
  • From The Devils to Doubt, film-makers? passion for holy havoc continues, as two very different movies called The Nun are released this summerSome habits prove hard to kick. There are two films named The Nun out this summer: a gorgeous restoration of Jacques Rivette?s banned 1966 film starring Anna Karina, and a new prequel in The Conjuring franchise directed by Corin Hardy, in which demon nun Valak (Bonnie Aarons) from The Conjuring 2 torments the novice Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) in a Romanian abbey. Clearly, the convent exerts a special fascination on film-makers, because nuns, whether reluctant, rebellious, devout or possessed, have cropped up in many memorable, often controversial, movies.Valak?s hellish reappearance is hardly designed to please church elders, but Rivette?s film, too, was initially banned in France, a decision that director Jean-Luc Godard likened to a ?Gestapo of the mind?. It was released a couple of years later, after it had won applause at the Cannes film festival. It is based on an 18th-century novel by Denis Diderot and follows the progress of an illegitimate teenager, Suzanne (Karina), forced into a convent against her will. It is an austere, elegant adaptation of its satirical source, with long, gruelling takes, an intrusive experimental soundtrack and a passionate central performance from Karina as the young nun, persecuted by a sadistic mother superior in one convent, and sexually harassed by another in a second. Continue reading...
  • post Six Thai cave movies now in works as government set up panel to oversee - 20 July
  • The Thai government has formed a committee to oversee production of all the films planning to dramatise the rescueThe rush of films inspired by the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has now expanded to encompass six, plus a documentary, and a government committee has been set up to co-ordinate and oversee the planned productions.According to the Thai newspaper the Nation, Thailand?s culture minister, Vira Rojpojchanarat, said: ?Five international film production companies have proposed to the Commerce and Foreign ministries that they make a movie and a documentary about the rescue operation.? Variety magazine has reported a sixth production is in the works, from Thai-based outfit DeWarrenne Productions. Continue reading...
  • post Hugh Jackman superhero film Logan most complained-about film of 2017 - 19 July
  • BBFC?s worst offender list topped by X-Men spin-off, Indian epic Padmaavat and violent Charlize Theron spy romp Atomic BlondeLogan, Hugh Jackman?s third Wolverine spin-off from the X-Men film series, was the most complained-about film at UK cinemas in 2017.The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which administers the cinema ratings system, issued its annual report on Thursday in which it said 20 complaints were received about the film, which it had given a 15 certificate. (This compares with the 51 complaints received in 2016 for Deadpool, and 40 the year before for Spectre.) Continue reading...
  • post George Michael-inspired 'holiday romance' film Last Christmas in the works - 19 July
  • Screenplay co-written by Emma Thompson, due to be directed by Paul Feig, was developed with the Wham! singer before his deathLast Christmas, a ?holiday romance set in London? co-scripted by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings and recently acquired by Hollywood studio Universal, was inspired by the 1984 Wham! hit written by George Michael. The script was developed with Michael?s participation until his death in 2016.In an interview with Radio Times, Kimmings said: ?When I came on board, George was up for it. He?d already signed something to say yes, but he?d passed away.? Continue reading...
  • post Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio turned down Brokeback Mountain - 19 July
  • Original director Gus Van Sant has revealed that multiple A-listers turned down the chance to star in the gay romanceLeonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Ryan Phillippe were among the actors who turned down roles in Brokeback Mountain, the gay romance that catapulted Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal to stardom. Gus Van Sant, the director who has frequently collaborated with Damon, revealed in an interview with IndieWire that the film ? about two men hired to herd sheep in Wyoming ? proved strikingly challenging to cast. ?Nobody wanted to do it,? said Van Sant. ?I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn?t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.? Continue reading...

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