Washington, we have a problem
The opening thirty minutes of Flight features some of the most intense moments of cinema you’ll witness this year. Presented within a rarely seen perspective from inside the cockpit, a large proportion of the heart-pounding action unfolds in real time as the pilot, Whip, and his crew attempt to regain control of the plummeting aircraft. The result is a thoroughly engaging and terrifyingly real cinema experience that leaves previous film’s efforts to depict this traumatic experience trembling in its wake. This is edge-of-your-seat action filmmaking at its finest.
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How soon is ‘too soon’?
Three years after becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director with fascinating character-study The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow returns to the war genre with her dramatisation of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.
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Tom Hooper prepares another speech
Following the success of his Oscar-winning royal period drama The King’s Speech, British director Tom Hooper tackles an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s acclaimed Les Misérables. There have been many incarnations of the legendary 1862 French novel that date back to the birth of cinema, but Hooper is the first filmmaker to translate Alain Boublil’s and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical stage play to the big screen.
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Oscars Guy: A critical look at Seth Macfarlane as the choice to host the 85th Academy Awards.
Recently Oscars host Seth MacFarlane took to the stage alongside Hollywood starlet Emma Stone to reveal the nominations for the fast-approaching 85th Academy Awards. MacFarlane is the first host of the prestigious ceremony to also reveal the nominees since Charlton Heston in 1972. Using the opportunity as a dry run for ceremony night the comedy writer abandoned the traditionally serious approach of merely reading from a list and instead opted for announcing the nominations with a sense of humour. While no one is discouraging a refreshing approach, many commentators were left dismayed by his attitude, annoyed by the “personal attacks” within his material and debating whether he would be a good Oscars host at all.
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Lynne Ramsay’s long awaited cinematic return
There’s a lot going on within Lynne Ramsay’s magnificently harrowing adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel, of the same name, but We Need To Talk About Kevin remains perfectly handled throughout. No shot is wasted within this remarkable film and every moment builds to the central exploration of a dysfunctional mother/son relationship.
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A transcript of my interview with film journalist Charles Gant where we discussed his career, the film industry and contemporary film journalism.
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2011 has seen an incredible amount of high quality films and it is little wonder that the word ‘Oscar’ has been thrown around with as much affluence as money in the Transformers production office. Among this year’s highlights was Duncan Jones’ mind-boggling Source Code, the compelling King’s Speech and the breathtaking conclusion to the Harry Potter series. Although I am yet to see some of the year’s later releases, including David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, here are my favourite films of 2011.
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