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      Wicked Little Letters review – a deliciously sweary poison-pen mystery

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 15:00 · 1 minute

    The true tale of a foul-mouthed scribbler in 1920s Sussex is given nuance by a stellar cast including Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Anjana Vasan and Timothy Spall

    Before X or Twitter or even YouTube, if you wanted to vent your rage at an unjust world on a blameless bystander you had to go to the trouble of actually writing a letter and posting it. These were the days of the poison pen letter, an early 20th-century socio-criminal phenomenon here revived by comedian Jonny Sweet’s gleefully sweary script and a competent ensemble of British comedy’s finest directed by Thea Sharrock.

    Swearwords, you see, can be very funny – especially when primly pronounced by a pious spinster such as Edith (Olivia Colman), who seems to be the letter writer’s primary target. Or when spurting forth from a potty-mouthed slattern such as Edith’s neighbour Rose (Jessie Buckley), on whom suspicion immediately falls. And these swearwords are particularly funny – a collection of naughty non sequiturs and rococo rantings that derive from the real letters of the Littlehampton libels, a forgotten scandal that terrorised this small Sussex town in the early 1920s. “Piss-country whore”? “Foxy-assed rabbit-fucker”? Epithets this fruity are clearly beyond the wit of man to invent. (And there’s your first clue to the letter writer’s identity.)

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      ‘We’ve always been here’: Lily Gladstone shares the Native Hollywood talent you need to know

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 15:00

    Indigenous artists in the Killers of the Flower Moon actor’s network tell us about the future they’re creating

    Lily Gladstone made history this year as the first Native American nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, for her starring role in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. A win for her this year would be especially resonant, as a rising generation of Native writers, actors and showrunners continues to transform the kinds of stories Hollywood tells about Indigenous people.

    As Gladstone makes headlines with her series of “firsts”, she’s worked hard to spotlight Native designers and emphasize her pride in her Blackfeet history and language , reminding audiences at every turn that “first” is very different from “only”.

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      Berlin film festival 2024 roundup – tasty treats and the odd potboiler

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 10:00

    A careworn Cillian Murphy excelled, Atlantics director Mati Diop returned, astronaut Adam Sandler had us drifting off, and kitchen dramas continued to sizzle

    Should we be talking about cinema at this year’s Berlin film festival ? Not everyone thought so. After a post on X about a podcast discussion I took part in here, someone responded with a photo of Jean-Luc Godard at 1968’s politically fraught Cannes film festival, making his famous accusation: “And you’re talking tracking shots and closeups! You’re idiots!”

    The 2024 Berlinale might not have been as turbulent as Cannes 68, but given the state of the world, mere movie talk risked seeming frivolous. This year’s festival was prefaced by the controversial inviting, then disinviting, of politicians from Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland party to the opening ceremony. It was also marked by pro-Palestine demonstrations at the industry market and by complaints from festival staff that the Berlinale was not taking a clear stance on the Gaza conflict. At their opening press conference, the competition jury headed by actor Lupita Nyong’o faced more questions about their political positions than about cinema.

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      Peter Sarsgaard: ‘A relative once said to me: You’re not an actor, an actor looks like Mel Gibson’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 09:30

    The film and TV star on leading his girlfriends on, working for rich people, and why most vehicles should be banned from New York

    Born in Illinois, Sarsgaard, 52, appeared in Boys Don’t Cry with Hilary Swank in 1999. His other films include Shattered Glass, An Education, Jarhead, The Lost Daughter, The Batman and The Survivor. His TV work includes The Killing, The Looming Tower, Interrogation and Dopesick, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2022. Memory, which is in cinemas now, was nominated for the Golden Lion for best film at last year’s Venice film festival and won him the best actor award. He is married to Maggie Gyllenhaal, they have two children and live in New York.

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      Notting Hill: 25 years after the film, what is left of the district’s character?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 09:00

    The west London hotspot is famed for its bohemian, Afro-Caribbean character but, having lived through many changes already, locals are worried about plans for Portobello market

    She was only a girl, standing in front of a boy asking him to love her, but would Anna Scott and William Thacker recognise the Notting Hill that exists today, 25 years on from their fictional meet-cute?

    Parts of the west London district in which the film was set were down at heel and bohemian – a far cry from much of today’s Notting Hill, where it was revealed this week residents received more in capital gains from 2015 to 2019 than the combined populations of Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

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      Streaming: The Holdovers and the best films about teachers

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 08:00 · 1 minute

    From Robert Donat’s heart-breaking Mr Chips to the real-life Mr Bachmann, Judi Dench’s venomous schoolmarm to Paul Giamatti’s classics stickler in The Holdovers, cinema loves teachers, whether inspirational or awful

    I had a few teachers I adored in my years at school – and one or two, perhaps, who even inspired me in some capacity – but I can’t say a film about my relationship with them would make for particularly thrilling viewing. Teaching is hard graft, and often thankless; even the best in the profession are rarely rewarded with the kind of dewy, triumphant tributes that cap off many a Hollywood classroom drama. Yet the inspirational teacher film remains a mainstay: film-makers never tire of imagining the schooldays they’d like to have had.

    Paul Giamatti offers a variation on the type in The Holdovers , out on VOD last week: the curmudgeonly, academically oriented teacher with (surprise!) a heart of gold beneath it all. Alexander Payne’s misfit comedy counts for its emotional effect on the familiarity of its characters and settings. Giamatti’s crusty classics professor, outmoded but still with something to give, is essentially an American rewrite of the antiquated public schoolmaster at the centre of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version , so beautifully played by Michael Redgrave in 1951 ( Internet Archive ), and again by Albert Finney in a 1994 remake that’s more readily streamable.

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      Actor Judith Godrèche urges French film industry to face up to sexual abuse

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 22:06

    Star tells audience at prestigious César awards that they need to challenge powerful and abusive men whatever the career risk

    Judith Godrèche has urged the French film industry to break its omertà on sexual abuse in an unprecedented address to the country’s most prestigious awards ceremony on Friday evening.

    Godrèche, who says she was groomed and raped as a teenager by an acclaimed director, received a standing ovation as she took the stage at the Césars – the French equivalent of the Oscars.

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      Mea Culpa review – Tyler Perry’s schlocky Netflix thriller descends into silliness

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 20:52 · 1 minute

    Kelly Rowland and Trevante Rhodes do some heavy-lifting in an often hilariously messy attempt to recall classics like Jagged Edge and Basic Instinct

    There are small pockets of low-rent fun to be had in Tyler Perry’s lurid erotic thriller Mea Culpa, some intentional, most less so. It’s a film that yes is about a woman called Mea who is also yes at fault, as women often are in the writer-director’s films. The mogul has gained a reputation for punishing his female characters , especially when they dare to stop believing in their husband, no matter how awful his behaviour might be, like in his atrocious 2018 thriller Acrimony, where he had the gall to waste, and chastise, Taraji P Henson .

    His latest target is a powerful lawyer played by Kelly Rowland , making a convincing case as leading lady, trapped in a marriage with a letdown, a man fired from his job as an anaesthetist for turning up to work high and drunk (!). He’s also under the thumb of his vile mother, played to such laughable extremes by Kerry O’Malley that I half-expected her to literally start breathing fire. When Mea is approached about defending extravagant painter Zayir ( Moonlight’s MVP Trevante Rhodes, who deserves far better), accused of murdering his girlfriend, she initially turns it down, not just because the case seems unwinnable but because her brother-in-law would be the opposing attorney (!). But when the aforementioned battleaxe, also dying of cancer (!), insists that Mea not take the case, she decides to rebel and soon finds herself falling for her client. Kinky sex follows.

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      BBC defends ‘misjudged’ viral Andrew Scott Bafta interview

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 17:37

    Corporation says that reporter Colin Paterson’s red-carpet question about how well Scott knows Barry Keoghan’s penis was ‘not intended to cause offence’

    Almost a week after the Baftas, BBC News has issued a statement defending an uncomfortable red carpet interview with Andrew Scott, which went viral and led to accusations of homophobia.

    Last Sunday afternoon, the BBC’s Colin Paterson asked Scott, whose film All of Us Strangers was nominated in multiple categories, for his opinion on fellow Irish actor Barry Keoghan’s naked dance at the end of Saltburn .

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