Episode 7

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Episode 7 of 10

Duration: 40 minutes

Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh present the weekly film review show, with news, features and interviews. Film 2010 takes a look at The American, the new movie from Control director Anton Corbijn, starring George Clooney. And the team review the final film in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

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    Claudia: “I think this film was really rather brilliant. It’s incredibly beautiful. It’s so slow your ears might bleed – I’m going to be completely frank with you – but I love Anton Corbijn’s photography, it’s beautiful. But if you’re expecting a big thriller, I think you’ll be very disappointed. Clooney is also brilliant in it, this is the Clooney of Michael Clayton and Syriana, he has to carry it by himself and not doing much. It is crammed with cliches but I don’t think it matters.”

    Danny: “Everything about The American is meticulous and incredibly deliberate up to, and including, the title. George Clooney’s character is ‘The American’ but it's also the film tipping us the wink, that he’s going to be the only American thing in sight. This could have been a standard issue Hollywood action thriller - it’s anything but. It’s very European in tone – it has a sense of patience and a real sadness and sense of melancholy. The other influence here is Samurai movies, Clooney’s character could have been plucked out of a Kurosawa film.”



    Danny: “The thing about any finale is it can be a triumphant crescendo or it can get bogged down in resolving plot lines and tying up loose ends and unfortunately that’s the category this falls into. It’s stodgy and sludgy and the biggest problem is that Lisbeth Salander is pushed to the margins of the story. Instead we have 2 strands; the investigative journalism and the politics of magazine publishing and the courtroom drama - neither of which are that gripping and you find yourself pining for Lisbeth. When she does appear, the movie lights up.”

    Claudia: “I think Noomi Rapace is absolutely brilliant – she doesn’t really speak, you can see it all in her eyes; whether she’s angry, vengeful or even if she finds something amusing. My problem with this is that there wasn’t enough sense of urgency - it was made for television, its slow and long. I feel bad saying this, I wouldn’t normally say it but David Fincher is making the remakes and I cannot wait for this to go to Hollywood. I know people at home are throwing things at their televisions when I say that.”



    Claudia: “You need to be prepared. This film is AMAZING! I watched it with a group of critics and by the end I was not only weeping, I was standing up and clapping. None of those people will ever speak to me again. It’s tight, it’s sharp and sometimes, Danny Leigh, on a Friday night, a movie like Unstoppable is all you need."

    Danny: “It is weirdly brilliant. It’s a Tony Scott movie; things explode, things almost explode, the camerawork is nauseating and yet it does become genuinely thrilling, genuinely tense – what’s interesting is that in a week where lots of films aren’t what they seem, Unstoppable is exactly what it seems and gloriously so.”



    Danny: “There are things I like about Machete; Michelle Rodriguez, an escape scene involving entrails...but there is a fundamental flaw. This came from a fake trailer for a fake movie and as a trailer it was brilliant; 2 minutes of a smart, cute, funny idea, executed well. The problem about the movie is it’s not 2 minutes, it’s 105 minutes.”

    Claudia: “This film is ridiculous, I mean just ridiculous. My problem with this film, though I know I sound like a prude, is that you have arguably the 2 most beautiful women working in Hollywood, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez and Danny Trejo is charmless and they cannot wait to straddle him at any opportunity.”

    Danny: “I have no problem with that whatsoever.”


Series Producer
Jayne Stanger
Claudia Winkleman
Danny Leigh
Executive Producer
Basil Comely


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