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  • post Kathryn Bigelow on Detroit: ?There?s a radical desire not to face the reality of race? - 17 August
  • The latest film from the director of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker follows the 1967 police killing of black teenagers amid a racially charged riot. It could be 2017?s most urgent movieKathryn Bigelow sits very straight and considers events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. ?It was an atrocity,? she says. ?I don?t know where we go from here.? Does the crisis of American racism scare her? She repeats the question back as if peering at it under glass. ?Does it scare me? Does it scare me??We are in London, a long way from Charlottesville, and a piano tinkles nearby. Bigelow, who is wearing a black top and jeans, is almost 6ft tall, gracefully angular, still the only woman to win an Oscar as best director, for her Iraq war masterpiece The Hurt Locker. The movies she makes ? spotted with raw, precision violence ? might suggest a certain kind of personality. In fact, I?m not the first person meeting her to be reminded of a benign professor. Continue reading...
  • post Dark Night review ? an oblique approach to dramatising the Aurora massacre - 18 August
  • Six characters go about their faintly ominous business before a mass shooting in Tim Sutton?s artful study of ennui and a dislocated societyLess deft in the title department, Tim Sutton?s enigmatic third feature, after Pavilion and Memphis, takes an equally oblique quasi-art-film approach to the mass shooting as Gus van Sant?s Elephant. Instead of directly dramatising the Aurora massacre at a Batman screening in 2012, on which the film is loosely based, Sutton observes six characters as they go about faintly ominous daily business leading up to the incident: a decompressing Iraq vet at a support group, a smoothie-pounding selfie queen, a disaffected artist in a Freddy Krueger sweater being quizzed by an unseen interviewer.With fey indie laments wafting through these dispassionate vignettes, it feels like Austrian miserablist Ulrich Seidl has gone on American vacation. Occasionally too emblematic as individuals, the characters collectively mesh into a portrait of a dislocated society elevated by Sutton?s talent for disorienting imagery. Ennui and rage ionise the environment as much as the sentinel-like pylons he can?t keep his eyes off.
    Continue reading...
  • post Obi-Wan Kenobi film set to join Star Wars universe - 17 August
  • A standalone adventure focused on the character played by Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor is in the works, with Stephen Daldry in talks to directA standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film is set to join the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is at a very early stage but has already attracted the Oscar-nominated film-maker Stephen Daldry, who is in negotiations to direct. If he joins the film, he will develop from script level with Lucasfilm. Continue reading...
  • post The Untamed review ? a film about love, pleasure and a tentacular sex monster - 17 August
  • This sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through life
    Mexican film-maker Amat Escalante?s work has included the challengingly violent crime drama Heli (2013). Now he has created a bizarre realist-fantasy parable in which queasy eroticism and body horror are absorbed into life?s many pains and injustices. It is set in Guanajuato in central Mexico, which Escalante?s movie endows with a forbidding remoteness. The original title is La Región Salvaje, or the savage region. A perplexing opening sequence, showing what appears to be a vast asteroid heading for Earth, lays the foundation for the film?s strange premise. The asteroid has brought with it a new life form which its elderly discoverers ? retired people who live in a modest woodland shack ? find it necessary to keep secret, rather like Mr and Mrs Kent when the baby Superman arrived.This movie has the spirit of Buńuel in many ways, also Guillermo del Toro, and maybe even Ridley Scott?s Alien. But I found myself thinking of Richard Linklater?s Before Midnight, in which Céline, played by Julie Delpy, wonders what would happen if scientists invented some kind of metal probe that would give lab rats pure sexual pleasure: she imagines the wretched beasts abandoning everything, including food and water, to rub themselves against this probe all day while their little faces become increasingly addled. The Untamed is about what would happen if there was some of kind of organism, kept in captivity, that could deliver exactly this kind of pleasure; an organism in touch with a fiercer, purer, deeper and more primitive sexual pleasure of which our evolved species has up until now only ever had an unsatisfactory and partial glimpse. Continue reading...
  • post You can handle the truth: why political documentaries are storming the screens - 17 August
  • Forget Hollywood blockbusters ? it?s factual films such as Al Gore?s climate-change exposé An Inconvenient Sequel that are providing the cinema thrills nowNo wonder political documentaries are on the rise ? the truth is more gripping than fiction.In 2005, screenwriting guru Blake Snyder published what would become his magnum opus. Save the Cat! is a screenwriting manual that lays out, plainly and beat by beat, how almost every blockbuster is put together. In 2013, Slate?s Peter Suderman blamed Save the Cat! for, essentially, ruining Hollywood. ?Intentionally or not, it?s become a formula ? a formula that threatens the world of original screenwriting as we know it,? he wrote, suggesting the book was why almost every blockbuster had started to feel predictable and familiar. It may not be unrelated that Hollywood is suffering its worst summer in 25 years. Continue reading...
  • post Tom Cruise injury halts filming on Mission Impossible 6 - 17 August
  • Director Christopher McQuarrie says the action star broke ankle during the filming of a stunt which required jumping between buildings and hitting a wall Related: Tom Cruise injured during Mission: Impossible 6 shoot The studio behind Mission Impossible 6 has confirmed that production of the film has been put on hiatus while Tom Cruise recovers from a broken ankle suffered during filming. Continue reading...
  • post Napping Princess review ? robots and conspiracies in dreamscape anime - 17 August
  • There are some fun satirical observations in this animation about a somnolent schoolgirl?s imaginary world, but it winds up feeling mechanicalA fake-out opening establishes the twinned realms through which Kenji Kamiyama?s midlist anime meanders: patriarchal kingdom Heartland is revealed as the recurring dreamscape of somnolent schoolgirl Kokone, who is trapped at home with a grief-stricken mechanic father in a town some distance from Tokyo. Toggling between the two realms, Kamiyama demonstrates a pleasing, Kore-eda-like eye for suburban specifics, but the charm diminishes upon the segue into corporate conspiracy involving missing tablets and giant robots. There are some fun satiric footnotes early on ? Heartland?s compulsory auto industry employment leaves it gridlocked for days ? but it starts feeling fairly mechanised itself, every clank of those boysy Transformer knock-offs further drowning out its wistful
    heroine. Continue reading...
  • post Why James Bond couldn't afford to lose Daniel Craig, a true Hollywood heavyweight - 16 August
  • Craig?s sensitive and sometimes scary take on 007 morphed the franchise into a sleek supercar. No wonder its producers were so set on him staying Related: Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond again For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while simultaneously acting as a classy-but-discreet national-esteem enhancer. From its early-60s inception it has been a solid box-office presence and a middlebrow tastemaker ? but no one could ever accuse the Bond films of reinventing the wheel. That changed dramatically with the release of Skyfall ? aka Bond 23 ? which became the highest-grossing film in the UK (until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and the second biggest British film ever worldwide (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2). With its giant box office take, Bond morphed from a Rolls into a supercar: a Ferrari, or a Lamborghini. Continue reading...
  • post The Hitman?s Bodyguard review ? Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson sent to... Coventry? - 17 August
  • This medium-octane buddy movie has the distinction of featuring a certain West Midlands city centre, but is too slow to turn into the romp promised This fumbled buddy movie throwback touts some only-here-for-the-money stars as compensation for leaden pacing and a futzing, bum-obsessed script. Any remaining life in its tired set-up ? security operative Ryan Reynolds drags assassin Samuel L Jackson to The Hague to testify against a Belarusian war criminal (Gary Oldman, inevitably) ? is soon stifled by pointless flashbacks and detours, and a suicidally phlegmy palette. It earns the distinction of being the first shoot-?em-up to reroute its leads via Coventry city centre, but that?s the problem: only belatedly, with its medium-octane chases around Amsterdam, does this dopey endeavour become the freewheeling romp the trailers promised. For an action-comedy, its timing is lousy. Continue reading...
  • post Emma Stone named 2017's highest-paid female actor with $26m - 16 August
  • The Oscar-winning star of La La Land was placed ahead of Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence on Forbes? annual list of Hollywood?s top earnersEmma Stone has been named Hollywood?s best-paid female actor in Forbes? annual list of top earners.The 28-year-old made $26m in the last 12 months, the majority of which was earned from her Oscar-winning performance in the musical romance La La Land. The film made over $445m worldwide. Continue reading...

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