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  • post Verne Troyer?s tragic death underlines the harm Mini-Me caused people with dwarfism | Eugene Grant - 23 April
  • The role of the aggressive, biddable pet in the Austin Powers films did huge damage to the dwarfism community and our struggle for respect I have dwarfism. I was 13 when Verne Troyer hit our screens as Mini-Me in Austin Powers sequel The Spy Who Shagged Me. The character was a compound of stereotypes of people with dwarfism. He was hypersexual, unintelligent and aggressive. He was not even a character in his own right but a replica of another, average height role. Like dwarf performers in circuses of days past, his character only existed in contrast to others. In one scene, Mini-Me appears in a sling strapped to Mike Myers? chest, like an infant. In the follow-up film, Goldmember, another character threatens to eat him because he ?looks like a baby?. Throughout the series he serves as Dr Evil?s biddable pet. I imagine few who watched it know that in the past aristocrats and monarchs often ?kept? dwarf people like this ? abusing, ridiculing, and, sometimes, even killing them. Continue reading...
  • post To Infinity War and beyond: are we in danger of Avengers fatigue? - 23 April
  • James Cameron has warned against unnecessary superhero sequels, as a new Marvel film opens ? does he have a point?? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayOn the surface it?s pretty rich for James Cameron to complain, as he did over the weekend, about Avengers fatigue, given that it now appears to be his one true goal to bury us in so many unnecessary Avatar sequels that we all end up gagging on them, begging for even the merest shred of leniency.But then again, maybe the man has a point. You could argue that his description of the Marvel oeuvre as ?hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process? isn?t entirely accurate. You could even argue that, a decade from now when the world?s oceans are clogged to bursting point with discarded Avatar 3 lunchboxes, we might find ourselves yearning for a return to the glory days of Iron Man 2. But, nevertheless, something rings true. Continue reading...
  • post Jean-Luc Godard nostalgia: is it time to stop pining for the great director?s past? - 23 April
  • Redoubtable is a new biopic which focuses on the French-Swiss auteur?s early career. But in obsessing over the old Godard, it obscures the fact that he?s still making radical filmsSign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayBrace yourselves for a wave of Godard nostalgia. It?s 50 years since Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and co closed down the 1968 Cannes film festival in solidarity with student protests in Paris. This year?s Cannes poster also pays tribute to Godard?s 1965 film Pierrot Le Fou. Those were the days, eh? When cinema was radical and part of the revolutionary struggle. Nobody embodied that more than Godard. He is cinema?s Picasso and its Che Guevara. He is the auteur wannabe auteurs want to be and remains the most dazzling, inventive, stylish, insouciantly brilliant yet confrontationally political film-maker the medium has ever seen. Related: Sign up to our Film Today email Continue reading...
  • post Obey review ? powerful, emotional debut dramatises 2011 London riots - 22 April
  • Jamie Jones?s shrewd drama describes some of the tensions, rage and desperation felt by young people of colour before violence spilled on to the streets in 2011
    ? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayThis movie, from first-time feature director Jamie Jones, takes place amid the London riots of 2011 and the white noise of rage and desperation they both caused and fed off, as the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham triggered angry protests that degenerated into nationwide violence and looting.As the title implies, the film is about power. It is about submitting to the imperatives of sex, friendship and family, and asks what it was like to live in that atmosphere, to inhale its microbes of anger and fear, and to contend with the decibel count of aggression on the streets. One of the film?s most insightful moments comes when the three main characters go on a bucolic narrowboat ride along the River Lea; the sudden calm and silence are startling and healing. It is the noisy and clamorous city that is poisoning people?s hearts. Continue reading...
  • post Claire Denis: ?I couldn?t care less about the Weinstein affair' - 22 April
  • French director and critics? darling Claire Denis talks about her new film with Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu, the appeal of Robert Pattinson ? and why the Weinstein affair has changed nothing? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayIn her new film, Let the Sunshine In, Juliette Binoche plays an intelligent, creative, beautiful woman who seeks sexual rapture with men who are variously pompous, self-absorbed, rebarbative and physically unprepossessing. We?ve seen this scenario before in countless French films ? but they?re usually directed by pompous, self-absorbed, rebarbative, physically unprepossessing men. It?s unusual to see this story told by a woman ? and especially by Claire Denis, one of the most challenging and innovative film-makers at work today.Denis is a writer and director with a ferociously individual vision: her output is unpredictable, sometimes intransigently tough. Formerly assistant director to Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and Jacques Rivette, she made her own provocative debut with Chocolat (1988), a drama set in Cameroon and informed by her childhood in Africa as the daughter of a civil servant. Continue reading...
  • post Jaws at a swimming pool, Gladiator at a castle: how outdoor cinema seduced Britain - 22 April
  • Despite the fickle British weather, ticket sales to watch films in the open air have tripled in three years? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayBritain is in the middle of a boom in outdoor cinema, as people brave the unpredictable British climate to watch films ?on location? in castles, aircraft hangars and even beach huts.George Wood, founder of Britain?s biggest outdoor film company, the Luna Cinema, says ticket sales have tripled in the past three years. ?You strike gold when you can actually pair the film to the venue,? said Wood. Continue reading...
  • post Verne Troyer, actor who was Mini-Me in Austin Powers films, dies aged 49 - 22 April
  • Family announces death on social media sitesStatement: ?Verne was an extremely caring individual?The actor Verne Troyer has died, according to a statement posted to his social media pages on Saturday. He was 49. Related: Verne Troyer: a cult star who sustained a career with dignity and good humour | Peter Bradshaw Continue reading...
  • post Verne Troyer: a life in pictures - 21 April
  • Verne Troyer, who at 2ft 8in was one of the world?s shortest men, racked up 30 film credits in a career spanning 24 yearsActor who played Mini-Me in Austin Powers films dies age 49
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  • post Rachel Weisz expecting 'a little human' with husband Daniel Craig - 20 April
  • Hollywood couple who married in 2011 announce they are having their first child togetherRachel Weisz has revealed she is expecting her first child with husband Daniel Craig.
    Weisz, 48, told the New York Times: ?I?ll be showing soon. Daniel and I are so happy. We?re going to have a little human. We can?t wait to meet him or her. It?s all such a mystery.? Continue reading...
  • post Natalie Portman pulls out of Israel award due to 'distressing recent events' there - 20 April
  • Jerusalem-born actor was due to receive 2018 Genesis prize but cancels saying she ?cannot in good conscience? attend ceremony
    ? Sign up for Film Today and get our film team?s highlights of the dayNatalie Portman has pulled out of a major award ceremony due to take place in Israel, citing her ?distress? at recent events in the country.Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and holds dual Israeli and US citizenship, was named in November as the recipient of the 2018 Genesis award, a yearly prize for ?outstanding achievement by individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields [who] embody the character of the Jewish people?. Continue reading...

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