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What are you watching at the cinema this weekend? @thereelfilmshow is here to help! #film #news

24 Jan

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So you may all remember that last week I posted a pilot of some content from a brand new film channel that I am presenting called The Reel.

Well, move over pilot and hello Episode 1! Sound fixed and every Friday you’ll be able to see my top recommendations for whats hitting the cinema each week. So, if you’re stuck for something to do this weekend, never fear Becks is here!

This week is totally action packed, there’s loads of great things going on at the cinema, so all I ask is you please support this show by sharing, following, tweeting (@thereelfilmshow) and subscribing. Also, it would be great to hear what YOU want from a film show.

In February we’re bringing you a bigger brighter version of a film show, hopefully something a little different that celebrates everything film has to offer from Independent Cinema, to fun facts and of course our very own thoughts on the big films coming out each week. So please do follow all the platforms which we’re posting on to stay tuned, if you love films then we’re creating this just for you!

Thanks for all your support and look out for Gone in 60 Seconds every Friday!

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The Gospel of Gekko, Wall Street and other stories told on film… #film #greedisgood

23 Jan

Greed

To celebrate not only last weeks release but also triumph at the box office, for the new Scorsese flick The Wolf of Wall Street, I thought I’d take a quick look down the road of all things Wall Street, and in essence I came to one big conclusion… Greed is Good!

Well, Gordon Gekko may have not necessarily been right but he was certainly on to something. As made clear by the recently revealed 2014 Academy Awards nominees the concept of greed remains a relevant (and prevalent!) topic in film. The reason being that we can all relate, on some level, to feelings of avarice. It’s not as if we must hold those feelings on any intimate level, but it’s merely the fact that money, more often than not, is seen as the solution to, and the reason for so many problems.

And in just the past seven years alone, there have been a number of notable films that dive headfirst into the topic to expose and investigate each and every part of it. A majority of these have been nominated for Oscars in the past and they’re now still available for you to view on either Blu-ray/DVD or through on-demand video services. One of them, the great American Gangster, is featured on the growing (and rather unique) Picturebox, where a panel of movie buffs handpicks the choices and rotates them every two months or so. This allows for a constantly fresh stream of films, which means other picks on this list should show up on there soon.

Now, here are seven movies about greed from the past seven years.

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There Will Be Blood (2007)– This best film nominee brilliantly portrayed goldminer Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) conversion to the oil business—and the immense lust for greed that came with it. All you have to do is remember the once-popular phrase “I drink your milkshake!”, which Plainview growled to make it clear that he would stop at nothing to take down every other oil man in Southern California.

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American Gangster (2007)– As is the case with any film of this ilk, American Gangster deftly examines greed through the activities of a crime lord and the police. It’s an gripping, true-to-life look at how avarice can lead to corruption (the cops) and inevitable downfalls (Denzel Washington’s Frank Lucas) in 1970s Harlem, New York.

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Greed serves as the driving force behind this Oscar winner through the juxtaposed lives of two brothers. One (Salim) sees money as the be-all, end-all solution and constantly chases it, no matter what. The other (Jamal) is fueled more by love. As you may guess, this leads to two very different outcomes for the siblings, with Salim struggling to overcome his feelings of avarice brought on by poverty.

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The Social Network (2010)– Rather than stick to greed in the purely monetary sense, the Social Network explores it through an unwavering desire to be accepted. That right there is the downfall of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), who pushes away and pulls in everyone he can in his endless quest to fit in. It becomes clear that he doesn’t mind the money, either, but it’s not all about the bottom line.

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              Margin Call (2011)– In looking at the financial crisis that slammed the U.S. in 2007 and 2008, this slept-on indie film takes on the greed that spurred said issues. In particular, it presents a long night at the start of the crisis and how one investment banking firm “dealt” with it. The only downside is that Margin Call could have better presented how everyone else (the rest of the world) was impacted.

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American Hustle (2013)– In the context of this film, the subject of avarice deals more with ambition and the desire to capture the “American dream” of success and wealth. But the “hard work” done by the movie’s protagonists (played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams) is conning everyone they can, in particular the also-greedy politicians they are trying to take down with the FBI.

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The Wolf of Wall Street  (2014)– As the trailers have shown you, Martin Scorcese’s latest is all about living in excess after amassing millions through working on Wall Street. That overindulgence leads to more than money, though, as sex and drugs also play a major role. It’s basically a crash course in Greed 101.

The Oscar Nominations ARE OUT! Here they are! #oscars2014 #film #awards #cinema

16 Jan

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The road to the Oscars has officially been paved! Not the most surprising list of nominees but great to see the predicted big hitters present in full force. Gravity and American Hustle are leading the way with 10 nominations, followed hotly by Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

Its great to see a couple of surprises such as Her being nominated for Best Picture, and very little for Inside Lleywn Davis but hey! You can’t win them all. Also fab from the Brits with Sally Hawkins and the team behind Philomena picking up some nominations, so lets hope that they truly dominate on 2nd March 2014.

Best picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best director

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O Russell, American Hustle

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best supporting actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best supporting actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

Best animated feature

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest and Celestine

Frozen

The Wind Rises

Best foreign language film

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Great Beauty

The Hunt

The Missing Picture

Omar

The Golden Globes, winners, losers and a few surprises! #film #awards #hollywood

13 Jan

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Well what a night it was last night. The first really big milestone (which most of the world is interested in – probably more because of the fashion than the film sadly!)  in the road to the Oscars. There were some expected big winners – Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave picking up the coveted Best Film award, Jennifer Lawrence scooping Best Supporting Actress, putting her front of the queue for an Oscar second year in a row, Cate Blanchette for her tour de force masterpiece in Blue Jasmine and Leonardo Di Caprio for his outstanding performance as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (this picked up Best Actor in the Musical or Comedy section). It was also great to see Alfonso Cuaron picking up the Best Director award for the technically astonishing Gravity, the only other real contender to pip Steve McQueen to the Oscar post later this year – that will be an interesting race!Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 11.11.25

There were however a few surprises – which were totally deserved if not initially predicted. Firstly Matthew McConaughey picked up Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, something I thought was slightly missed off the BAFTA radar, but to be fair is going to be released in February so its understandable why its not yet nominated on this side of the pond, never the less greatly recognised in Hollywood and makes the Oscars race that little bit more unpredictable. I was however hoping for Chiwetel Ejiofor to scoop the Best Dramatic Actor award for 12 Years A Slave, and also something for Michael Fassbender in a supporting category, but they were both content supporting their director as he, rather unprepared and breathlessly accepted the Best Film win (as if he was really THAT surprised!) Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 11.07.41

Anyway, win, lose, it looked like a fantastic night with American Hustle doing very well and some of our homegrown talent being recognised across the pond – Idris you did very well!!!

What did you think of the Award winners, happy? Surprised? Annoyed? Let me know in the comments below, but for now, I’ll leave you with the full list of winners including the TV categories too (well done Breaking Bad and Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra!)

Film

Best Drama – 12 Years a Slave
Best Comedy/Musical – American Hustle
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical): Leonardo DiCaprio –The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama): Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical): Amy Adams –American Hustle
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:  Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:  Jennifer Lawrence –American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze – Her
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Best Score: Alex Ebert – All Is Lost
Best Song: “Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

TV

Best TV Series (Drama): Breaking Bad
Best TV Series (Comedy): Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Robin Wright – House of Cards
Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy): Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy): Amy Poehler – Parks And Recreation
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: Behind The Candelabra
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Michael Douglas – Behind The Candelabra
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Elisabeth Moss – Top Of The Lake
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Jon Voight – Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Jacqueline Bisset – Dancing On The Edge

You’ll be howling at sheer brilliance of The Wolf of Wall Street! Here’s why… #film #review #filmreview

10 Jan

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After you’ve picked yourself up from your chair following the three plus hour rollercoaster ride of entertainment that is The Wolf of Wall Street, you’ll reflect (for hours, possibly even days) on what this film contained before coming to the inevitable conclusion that Di Caprio and Scorsese have a) the best bromance in Hollywood, and b) that The Wolf of Wall Street really is a modern day masterpiece.

Unbelievably, this is a true story and follows the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 10.35.59

Now this all sounds like thrilling, serious stuff, and of course it is, but cleverly intertwined with this is the knowledge that Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his merry band of stockbroker men, lived the most zany, outlandish lifestyle that really does only exist in the movies until their time is up.

Martin Scorsese is back to his very best in this punchy screen sensation that reminds us of the great and the good films from the late 1980’s and early 90’s. It’s hard not to describe this as Goodfellas meets Wall Street where DiCaprio plays our modern day Gordon Gekko to perfection! Although The Wolf of Wall Street is not for the feint hearted (it contains lewd behavior, copious amounts of drug taking, full frontal nudity and enough swearing to send your granny to an early grave) you cannot help but love and laugh through every minute of it!Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 10.34.43

Proving he’s the most qualified and under awarded man in Hollywood history Leonardo DiCaprio pulls off another stellar performance as Jordan Belfort, from the wide eyed rookie stock broker taken under the wing of Rothschild Bank to the greedy owner of his own unorthodox company, we see a true transformation of character right before our eyes, that will have us laughing and crying at the same time, and secretly urging him to come out OK in the end.

Jonah Hill again is perfectly cast as Belforts’ sidekick Donnie Azoff, the ‘loveable douchebag’ who supports his colleague and mentor to the end (sort of) and is often happy to remain the brunt of the jokes and rakes in the rewards of living this lavish lifestyle laid out for him. Margot Robbie is a surprise as the trophy wife Naomi Lapaglia who dons a fantastic New York accent and bombshell look to not only bring Jordan Belfort to his knees in lust, but to also secure her place as Hollywood hot property. Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 10.33.48

The only downside to The Wolf of Wall Street is that there are some excellent cameos throughout that you just wish would have hung around longer. Jean DuJardin plays the shrewd and straight talking Swedish banker who appears in the latter part of the film, and is a world away from his silent Oscar winning star in The Artist. But the real master cameo performance is Matthew McConaughey as Belforts’ first boss Mark Hana. In only a fraction of screen time, he captures the essence of the craziness of life on Wall Street in the late 80’s and hooks Di Caprio’s impressionable character onto the biggest drug of all, money. Its outlandishness will have you howling in your seat with laughter and re-creating a certain ‘chest chant’ for days to come!Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 10.35.11

The Wolf of Wall Street may be sexist, brash, punchy and full of what was wrong with the world pre-crash, but you’ve got to admit once watching this film, that they had one hell of a ball in their work hard, play hard lifestyles. The costumes, the humour, the references and the brilliant acting all captures this era perfectly, and with this creates, as previously stated, a modern masterpiece, three hours promises to whizz by like three minutes and you’ll be grinning and laughing all the way home. This film really has set the bar for 2014.

4.5 Stars

The BAFTA nominations are out…. #film #awards

8 Jan

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Gravity leads the way as the spectacle of cinema in 2013 gets 11 nominations with 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle hot on its heels!!! Who’s got your vote??

Best film

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Philomena

Outstanding British film

Gravity
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Philomena

Rush

Saving Mr Banks

The Selfish Giant

Best actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Best actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Best supporting actress

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Best supporting actor

Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)

Daniel Bruhl (Rush)

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Best director

Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

David O Russell (American Hustle)

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best adapted screenplay

12 Years a Slave

Behind the Candelabra

Captain Phillips

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best original screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Best documentary

The Act of Killing

The Armstrong Lie

Blackfish

Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets

Best animated film

Despicable Me 2

Frozen

Monsters University

Rising Star award

Dane DeHaan

George MacKay

Lupita Nyong’o

Will Poulter

Lea Seydoux

Cinematography

12 Years a Slave

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Costume design

American Hustle

Behind the Candelabra

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

Saving Mr Banks

Editing

12 Years a Slave

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Rush

The Wolf of Wall Street

Make-up and hair

American Hustle

Behind the Candelabra

The Butler

The Great Gatsby

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Music

12 Years a Slave

The Book Thief

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Saving Mr Banks

Production design

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Behind the Candelabra

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Sound

All is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Rush

Visual effects

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

Pacific Rim

Star Trek Into Darkness

Short animation

Everything I Can See From Here

I Am Tom Moody

Sleeping with the Fishes

Short film

Island Queen

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Orbit Ever After

Room 8

Sea View

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson (writers, Good Vibrations)

Kieran Evans (writer-director, Kelly + Victor)

Scott Graham (writer-director, Shell)

Kelly Marcel (writer, Saving Mr Banks)

Paul Wright. Polly Stokes (writer-director and producer, For Those in Peril)

The London Critics Circle Film Awards announces its nominees! #film #filmtalent #movie #awards

17 Dec

 

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 14.02.52Celebrating the world of movies is starting to pick up pace with yet more awards announcements. The London Critics Circle Film Awards nominations are out and it looks like the fantastic 12 Years a Slave will lead the pack. In my mind its hard to see who will beat this for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, however there are some strong competitors in Tom Hanks and surprisingly (but great!) Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra. It is however a huge shame not to see Idris Elba up there for what may well be the performance of his career in Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, but unsurprisingly Naomi Harris is garnering much more buzz as Winnie.

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The race is still however wide open and there is definitely a long road to the Oscars, but these awards let us also celebrate some other great film offerings, my favourites have to be Filth in the best British film category, and great to see some nods for The Selfish Giant and the touching and superbly acted Philomena.

Here’s the list of nominations, who is your money riding on?

FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
Gravity
The Great Beauty
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Caesar Must Die
Gloria
The Great Beauty
A Hijacking

BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
A Field In England
Filth
Philomena
Rush
The Selfish Giant

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
The Act Of Killing
Beware Of Mr Baker
Leviathan
Stories We Tell
We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Michael Douglas – Behind The Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Tom Hanks – Saving Mr Banks
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
June Squibb – Nebraska

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale – American Hustle / Out Of the Furnace
Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa / The Look of Love / Philomena / What Maisie Knew
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
Michael Fassbender – The Counsellor / 12 Years A Slave
James McAvoy – Filth / Trance / Welcome To The Punch

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – About Time / Last Passenger / Le Week-End
Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson – Beautiful Creatures / Saving Mr Banks

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Conner Chapman – The Selfish Giant
Saoirse Ronan – Byzantium / The Host / How I Live Now
Eloise Laurence – Broken
George MacKay – Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson / For Those In Peril / How I Live Now / Sunshine On Leith
Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf Of Wall Street

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave
Terence Winter – The Wolf Of Wall Street

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILMMAKER
Jon S Baird – Filth
Scott Graham – Shell
Marcus Markou – Papadopoulos & Sons
Rufus Norris – Broken
Paul Wright – For Those In Peril

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
American Hustle – Judy Becker, production design
Behind The Candelabra – Howard Cummings, production design
Filth – Mark Eckersley, editing
Frances Ha – Sam Levy, cinematography
Gravity – Tim Webber, visual effects
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville, costumes
Inside Llewyn Davis – T Bone Burnett, music
Stoker – Kurt Swanson & Bart Mueller, costumes
12 Years A Slave – Sean Bobbitt, cinematography
Upstream Colour – Johnny Marshall, sound design

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Gary Oldman