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  • post 'How to stop an out-of-control president': the Trump films that may swing the midterms - 18 October
  • US elections and awards season have led to documentaries about Trump from both sides of the political divide. But how do we separate the lies from the truth?You can say what you like about Donald Trump?s presidency ? And that?s pretty much all the instruction the documentary film world has needed. So manifold are the contentious aspects of Trump?s brief reign, documentary makers of every persuasion have latched on to the subject. Like hibernating insects being awakened by the first breath of spring, here is the moment they have been waiting for: the onset of the all-important US midterm elections and awards season. The big guns of the genre are locked and loaded. Although, as we shall see, the Trump phenomenon has also attracted the very worst film-makers out there.Rather than a test for Trump?s presidency, this could turn out to be a testing time for documentary itself. The intention for these films to sway hearts, minds and voting intentions. But let?s also admit that Trump sells because outrage sells. Trump has caused such disruption and division, and so brazenly made everything about himself, he seems to be the only story in town. With the stakes and the temperature raised, both his opponents and his supporters crave ammunition. (War metaphors are entirely appropriate.) Continue reading...
  • post Michael Moore: 'We have the power to crush Trump' - 18 October
  • The director?s latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, is a broadside against both the president and the Democratic establishment that failed to defeat him. He explains why a leftwing comeback is on the cardsIt falls to Michael Moore?s empty stomach to help explain to me the difference between hope and optimism. ?Right now, I?m hoping that somebody will feed me today,? he says. But that hope is passive. It may whet his appetite, but the disappointment will be all the more crushing if it isn?t satisfied. On the other hand, he explains, optimism is constructive, strategic. ?I?m in a first world country, and somewhere I have a wallet with a credit card and some money in it. So the optimist in me has credibility, because it?s safe to say I will eat. Does that make any sense?? I mull it over, and I think so. While hope is passive, optimism determines the actions we will take.Throughout our conversation ? mostly in a London hotel as he munches on vegetarian dumplings ? he scrambles around for these illustrations: some work, some don?t, sometimes he gets lost down a rabbit hole. But it is an insight into the mind of one of the western left?s great communicators: an almost obsessive desire to popularise political issues and causes, to trigger an emotional reaction among audiences that spurs them into action. Continue reading...
  • post Judy Blume's Are You There God? It?s Me, Margaret to be adapted for film - 18 October
  • After half a century of batting off Hollywood offers, beloved US children?s author agrees to movie version of her best-known novelForty-eight years after its publication, Judy Blume?s seminal young adult novel, Are You There God? It?s Me, Margaret, is to be adapted for cinema.Following many decades rejecting the advances of film producers, Blume tweeted in August that she was having meetings in Hollywood to discuss possible movie versions of her books, and invited readers? opinions on which title would be best suited to the big screen. ?I think the time has come,? she said. Continue reading...
  • post The Hate U Give review ? a defiant challenge to divided America - 18 October
  • Amandla Stenberg stars as a young black student whose double life navigating America?s racial politics is brutally questionedIf ever a movie resonated with a news image it?s this one, with the extraordinary shot of nurse Ieshia Evans at a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016, where she faced down three cops in full riot gear while wearing a flimsy frock. She did this with all the floaty calmness of Botticelli?s Venus. The Hate U Give is a fierce, dynamic movie with a terrific performance from Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a high-school student who becomes witness to a callous cop shooting, and her performance seems to be channelling some of the defiance and miraculous strength despite vulnerability in that famous picture.The movie has been written for the screen by the late Audrey Wells, who died of cancer two weeks ago, adapted by her from the 2017 YA bestseller by Angie Thomas. The director is George Tillman Jr, who made Notorious in 2009, and the title itself is taken from Tupac?s Thuglife, an acronym for The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone. By the end of the movie, Starr suggests a radical change in attitude, and in fact a change to the third word of this title ? the ?U?. Continue reading...
  • post Touch Me Not review ? body image quest ends in Euro-hardcore - 18 October
  • The Berlin Golden Bear winner determinedly conflates honesty with exhibitionism, so the sex club is its characters? inevitable destinationThis feature debut from Romanian film-maker Adina Pintilie is an essay about sexuality and body image; it has its admirers and it was the winner of the Golden Bear at this year?s Berlin film festival, something that at the time plunged me into a depression. I was not one of the admirers. Maybe I should have noted that the film is offered in complete good faith, the production values are strong and it looks different from almost anything else around. But revisiting this film for its UK release hasn?t fundamentally changed my mind; I continue to be dismayed by what I think is its gruellingly exploitative Euro-hardcore and its shallow, self-satisfied and wrong-headed conflation of honesty with sexual exhibitionism. It is about the personal and emotional journeys undertaken by quasi-fictional personae, evidently developed through improvisation. Continue reading...
  • post A Star Is Born isn't sexist or 'rockist' ? it's a cutting insight into so-called 'authenticity' - 17 October
  • Dig a little deeper than the backlash and Bradley Cooper?s film exposes a truth about the cost of old-school rock?n?roll masculinityIt?s a press-circuit anecdote that has already passed into legend: when Lady Gaga screen-tested for the role of Ally in Bradley Cooper?s A Star Is Born, the actor/director handed her a makeup wipe and instructed her to remove her maquillage. He wanted to see her authentically: ?Completely open,? he said. ?No artifice.? Related: A Star Is Born soundtrack review ? instant classics full of Gaga's emotional might Continue reading...
  • post Detective allegedly urged Weinstein accuser to delete material from phone - 17 October
  • Nicholas DiGaudio told accuser to remove information she did not want seen before handing cellphone over, prosecutors saidA police detective already facing allegations that he coached a witness in Harvey Weinstein?s criminal sexual assault case was accused on Wednesday of urging one of the movie mogul?s accusers to delete material from her cellphones before she handed them over to prosecutors.The Manhattan district attorney?s office detailed the alleged misconduct in a letter to Weinstein?s lawyer that was made public. Continue reading...
  • post A Star Is Born outshines Venom and Johnny English at UK box office - 16 October
  • The acclaimed romance starring Lady Gaga takes a late leap to the top spot as Neil Armstrong biopic First Man steps in at No 4For its opening weekend at the UK box office, Bradley Cooper?s A Star Is Born found itself in third place, beaten by Venom and Johnny English Strikes Again. But for the second session it?s a totally different story: A Star Is Born rises to the top, knocking Venom into second position. Continue reading...
  • post Bryan Singer rebuts as-yet-unpublished Esquire article - 15 October
  • Director of The Usual Suspects and Bohemian Rhapsody accuses magazine of ?rehashing false accusations?Director Bryan Singer has rebutted an as-yet-unpublished article in Esquire magazine, accusing it of being a ?rehash [of] false accusations?.In a post on Instagram, Singer ? director of The Usual Suspects, X-Men, and Superman Returns ? wrote: ?I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me ? what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.? Continue reading...
  • post Eco-pioneers in the 1970s: how aerospace workers tried to save their jobs ? and the planet - 14 October
  • A new documentary recalls the extraordinary but largely forgotten Lucas Plan, which saw British workers attempt to make wind turbines instead of weaponsIt was 1974. A new Labour government had come to power on the promise of defence cuts. Swingeing job losses were soon to follow. Desperate workers at one Birmingham factory ? Lucas Aerospace ? fought to save their livelihoods, not by downing tools but by transforming from weapons-makers into one of Britain?s first eco-manufacturers, with early designs for wind turbines and hybrid cars.The extraordinary story of what became known as the ?Lucas Plan? is now being told in a documentary, The Plan that Came from the Bottom Up, that screens for the first time this week at the BFI London film festival. Continue reading...

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