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The Counsellor

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The ingredients have fine provenance but is it going to be delicious or a disaster?

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Written by James P. Campbell

18/08/2013 at 09:52

News of the week

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(500) Days of Summer

Widely celebrated in the US (ovations at Sundance; an opening weekend netting over 24 times its budget), this emocore indie monolith will soon reach these shores. I actually quite look forward to it – it has a guilty appeal, and for all its affected eccentricity (come on, just look at the title), derivativeness and nauseating too-cool-for-schoolery, it looks to be incredibly well written. Reviews so far have been mixed: see here and there.

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The Lovely Bones

Aww. Sweet thin Peter Jackson has directed The Lovely Bones, adapted for the screen by his usual team of Walsh and Boyens. Gladly, they have brought the magical tapestry of their visual imaginations to bear on the work, but the material does come across quite sickly. Little miss Salmon’s in-between is an extraordinary creation, evoking various works of Dali-esque surrealism. Unfortunately, the trailer sandwiches this between the deeply moving opening act, in which every reaction shot acts as a signpost, a bleary-eyed upward glance or a grieving burial in hands, and the third act’s hackneyed murder-mystery cliché. The actors are also distractingly starry, but on the whole it looks to be promisingly well-directed. Will its strength prove to lie behind the camera (“in my own perfect world”)?

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Written by James P. Campbell

08/08/2009 at 22:22

News of the week

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A quick synopsis of some things floating round the internet and film press this week which roused my interest.

The Fantastic Mr Fox

A Wes Anderson adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic, with a trailer much maligned by a blogger over at the Guardian online. I actually think it looks magnificent. Far from the source, perhaps, but it may well stay true to the spirit (as much as might be hoped from an Americanization).

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Written by James P. Campbell

01/08/2009 at 23:51

Rudo y Cursi

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Rudo y CursiToday I caught the first hour of Carlos Cuarón’s new film, Rudo y Cursi (nicknames for protagonist brothers, ‘Rude’ Beto and ‘Corny’ Tato, played respectively by the reunited duo of Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal). Rudo is the foreman at a banana ranch, with a wife and child, and a minor gambling problem. Cursi dreams of becoming a pop star, but like Rudo, appears to be going nowhere fast. Suddenly, on their way to football practice, fate hands them an opportunity in the guise of a slimy sports agent, whose sports car has broken down at the side of the road. After a contest to see who should get a shot at the big league, and an awkward passage prefiguring the explosive rivalry to come, both men end up playing for major clubs.

It is a rough-and-ready production without real stylistic flourishes, which swiftly develops into a fable about these brothers from a tough but familial background on the ranch in rural Mexico, who when whisked away to the big city to become star footballers, swiftly succumb to the same hamartic vices which seemed innocuous in their small town.

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Bad Lieutenant

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Always with the half-truths. I, perhaps like Werner Herzog, have not yet seen Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, a movie from 1992 starring Harvey Keitel as the eponymous bad cop facing his demons. What follows is a clip of Herzog speaking about his forthcoming re-envisioning of Bad Lieutenant, with the novel appellation “Port of Call New Orleans”. Note his insistence on mispronouncing Ferrara’s name. What a card.

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Written by James P. Campbell

28/05/2009 at 20:39