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  • post Sridevi Kapoor: Bollywood star who was India's lover, friend and mum | Peter Bradshaw - 25 February
  • Sridevi, who has died aged 54, had the megawattage to match Bollywood?s biggest male stars. Her death is a massive national lossSridevi Kapoor was a Bollywood legend, and one of the rare female stars with enough celebrity megawattage to match the lions of the Indian film industry, and enough above-the-title prestige to carry a film on her own. She was known simply as ?Sridevi? ? but this was not a kind of Madonna single-name branding. She was so ubiquitous that people thought of her as a friend.Sridevi?s face was her fortune: beautiful, with a cherubic guilelessness that enabled her to play romance, musicals, drama, comedy and indeed action. Fantasy and fun were the solvents for her sexiness. In the 1986 film Nagina, or Female Snake, she had an uproarious snake dance. Audiences loved it when she did an outrageously broad Charlie Chaplin impression, while playing the goofy journalist in the 1987 film Mr India. She also broke out wacky Jackie-Chan-style fight moves, such as those in the 1989 comedy Chaalbaaz, or Trickster, where she played twins, separated at birth. Continue reading...
  • post Director Lynne Ramsay: ?I've got a reputation for being difficult ? it's bullshit? - 25 February
  • The acclaimed film-maker talks about the movie she walked out on, her ?Shirley Valentine? moment and working with Joaquin Phoenix on her new thriller, You Were Never Really HereI?m not sure what I think film directors look like (Do they wear visors? Carry a loudhailer?), but I am very sure Lynne Ramsay doesn?t look like one. In her big beanie hat and jumper, her jeans and boots, Ramsay is a dead ringer for an art student bunking off lectures. Before she sees me, I spot her smoking a roll-up at a table outside the west London cafe where we?re meeting. She?s making notes in an exercise book; she looks perfectly happy.Art is where Ramsay started. Born into a working-class family in Glasgow, she used to paint and studied photography at Edinburgh?s Napier College before graduating in cinematography and directing from the National Film and Television School. She still sometimes wields a camera during a film shoot, gets the shots she wants. And all her movies walk the line between art, film and entertainment. They?re immensely watchable, gripping studies of damaged people; but there?s also an aesthetic, often an intimate focus, a mood painted by the pictures. Each film is a distinct, original work. They remain in your mind for a long time. Continue reading...
  • post Berlin 2018: shallow, silly Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not is a calamity for the festival - 25 February
  • Victory for Adina Pintilie?s humourless and clumsy documentary essay underscores Berlin?s status as a festival that promotes the dull and valueless Brexit. Trump. And now the Berlin film festival jury?s Golden Bear announcement. Truly, we are living through an age of catastrophe. To the impolite astonishment of many, this year?s Golden Bear has gone to Touch Me Not, by the Romanian director Adina Pintilie.This is a quasi-fictional documentary essay about sexuality, which deluged me in a tidal wave of depression at how embarrassingly awful it was, at its mediocrity, its humourless self-regard, its fatuous and shallow approach to its ostensible theme of intimacy, and the clumsy way all this was sneakily elided with Euro-hardcore cliches about BDSM, alternative sexualities, fetishism and exhibitionism. Continue reading...
  • post Why the hottest films are now music documentaries - 24 February
  • From the Slits to MIA, musicians are the success story of this year?s Berlin film festival, and are making their greatest impact on video streaming servicesNext month London will see the movie premiere of Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits, a feminist punk band who trailblazed their way from the 70s into the 80s but probably never imagined they would become the subject of a 21st-century music documentary. Music fans may also take up the option to see films about cult Australian outfit the Go-Betweens, British Sri Lankan rapper MIA, rap entrepreneur Dr Dre or popstar Justin Timberlake. Boosted by multiple sources of funding and distribution, music documentaries are enjoying a golden age and, as the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival drew to a close, this year?s slate proved they are a rapidly expanding niche. Continue reading...
  • post Sacramento: Lady Bird's 'boring' hometown basks in cinematic glory - 24 February
  • California?s capital ? not exactly known for thrills ? celebrates starring role in local native Greta Gerwig?s film with walking tours and civic pride
    When a group of 35 people suddenly started cheering in an empty parking lot in Sacramento on a recent weekend, onlookers might have been forgiven for wondering what on earth was going on.There were, though, clues on the pins they were all wearing. Continue reading...
  • post Songwriter review ? portrait of Ed Sheeran as an obsessive, smiley Kermit - 23 February
  • ?I want to be Adele,? says the genial, driven megastar in this slight film shot by his cousin
    Everybloke megastar, prince of ordinariness turned music legend, unassuming Jekyll to Robbie Williams?s Hyde ? Ed Sheeran is now the subject of this diverting but pretty incurious promo-video-style cheerleading documentary about the build-up to the release of Sheeran?s album ÷, or Divide. It doesn?t patronise or mock Sheeran, doesn?t presume to criticise or anatomise him, and it doesn?t accidentally-on-purpose reveal any hints of diva-like behaviour. It also high-mindedly disdains to notice the staggering levels of fame and acclaim which must make any other artist snarl with envy, although it does show Sheeran?s own rare touch of envy when he thoughtfully says that he?s still not big enough. ?If you don?t want to be bigger than Adele you?re in the wrong industry. I don?t want to be the male Adele. I want to be Adele.? Continue reading...
  • post Why Lady Bird should win the 2018 best picture Oscar - 22 February
  • Ahead of the 2018 Oscars, Hadley Freeman champions Greta Gerwig?s coming-of-age drama about the inner lives of womenIt is still slightly mind-blowing that Lady Bird is nominated at all at this year?s Academy Awards, because there is nothing about this movie that screams ?Oscar fodder!? But the fact that it is nominated is a testament to just how bloody good this movie is, and why it really should win best picture. Its most obviously un-Oscar quality is that it was written and directed by a woman, Greta Gerwig, who is still only 34. Gerwig is, shamefully, only the fifth woman to be nominated for best director in the Oscars? 90-year history. The relevance of her gender is all too apparent in the second factor that makes it seemingly so anti-Oscars: it is about the inner lives of girls and women. The last time a movie about female lives was awarded the best picture Oscar was way back in 1983, when it went to the classic weepie Terms of Endearment, starring Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine. And one of the women in that had to die for it to be considered worthy. Continue reading...
  • post Playwright's family sues The Shape of Water film-makers over works' similarities - 21 February
  • Son of Pulitzer winner Paul Zindel alleges Guillermo del Toro?s Oscar-nominated film ?exploited? his father?s 1969 playThe family of a Pulitzer-winning playwright has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Guillermo del Toro and Fox Searchlight alleging that the Oscar-nominated film The Shape of Water is a ?derivative? work that has ?glaring similarities? to a 1969 play. David Zindel, son of American playwright Paul Zindel, filed the complaint Wednesday alleging that Del Toro?s critically acclaimed film, which has more Oscar nominations than any other this year, has ?exploited? the play Let Me Hear You Whisper and should have credited and licensed his father?s work. Continue reading...
  • post Why Darkest Hour should win the 2018 best picture Oscar - 21 February
  • Ahead of the 2018 Academy Awards, Steve Rose makes a rousing case for the thrilling political drama in which Gary Oldman gives us the full Churchill In this movie year of seismic change, it is admittedly highly unlikely that the Academy will hand best picture to a film that begins in a roomful of posh, old white guys, but that doesn?t mean there isn?t a case to be made for Darkest Hour. And were that case not made (summons inner Churchill, orchestral music swells on the soundtrack), and made with steadfastness and resolve, then this inspirational motion picture would suffer a fate not unlike that of our desperate fighting forces stranded at Dunkirk had Operation Dynamo not been undertaken. And where would we be then? (Shouts of ?Hear, hear old chap!?, much waving of bills of parliament in the hands of besuited politicians, string section reaches crescendo).Darkest Hour might retell one of the most retold stories in British history, but make no mistake, it is very much a film of the 21st century, made with intelligence, craftsmanship and the occasional special effects-enhanced flourish, not to mention a knowledge of its own semi-fictional status. It is not the story of how Britain won the war, nor is it a biopic, or a veiled Brexit allegory. (What does the Academy care about that, anyway?) It is closer to a pacy political thriller ? a 1940s West Wing, if you will ? covering a relatively short period of time: May to June 1940, the first few weeks of Churchill?s premiership. Continue reading...
  • post Why Call Me By Your Name should win the 2018 best picture Oscar - 20 February
  • Luca Guadagnino?s gorgeous coming-of-age tale oozes nostalgic melancholy and avoids the cliches in many films about gay loveIs Hollywood really changing? Or is just going through poses, like a self-conscious teenager at an outdoor disco in 1980s Italy? If Call Me By Your Name wins best picture at this year?s Academy Awards, we?ll have our answer. Luca Guadagnino?s film tells the story of two young men falling in love, but it?s also an irresistible seduction in itself. One which began before the film?s official release, with a flirtatious clip of Armie Hammer dancing, and continues over the course of a long Italian summer. Like young grad student Oliver (Hammer) and Elio (Timothée Chalamet), the 17-year-old son of his professor-host, we contentedly while away the film?s running time, discussing art and politics in whichever European language feels right, going for long bike rides, taking dips in the nearby lake, and dining outdoors under the peach trees; all of it depicted with languid sensuality by Guadagnino?s lens. Continue reading...

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