Episode 7

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Episode 7 of 17

Duration: 40 minutes

Antonio Banderas and Mark Strong star in Black Gold; Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith check into the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; and Woody Harrelson stars as a renegade cop in Rampart. Plus a preview of the Oscars ahead of the ceremony on February 26.

  • REVIEW OF THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

    REVIEW OF THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

    CLAUDIA: I thought this film was adorable – it’s charming, it’s brilliantly played especially by Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. I loved the script by Ol Parker – I thought the whole thing was rather lovely. I can tell you didn’t just by your eyebrows.

    DANNY: It’s just a chronically mixed bag. There’s some stuff here that’s very smart and funny – like the idea of outsourcing retirement but a bunch of foreigners arriving at a derelict hotel run by a bumbling foreigner is a plot device taken straight out of Carry On Abroad and a lot of the jokes are of the same vintage as well. But the film’s very canny at targeting it’s audience and as a way of spending the grey pound, it could be worse.

    CLAUDIA: I would recommend this, I think it’s much nicer than you’re saying.

    DANNY: The masterstroke is the casting - you could get this group of actors together to read out instructions for flat-pack furniture and people would watch.

  • REVIEW OF RAMPART - Claudia and Danny's Film of the Week

    REVIEW OF RAMPART - Claudia and Danny's Film of the Week

    DANNY: Rampart belongs to Woody Harrelson, it’s a beast of a performance. But the voice of the movie belongs to James Ellroy, the infamous L.A. crime writer who co-wrote the script. I enjoyed spending 2 hours inside this guys’ head. He’s repulsive and magnetic at the same time.

    CLAUDIA: This film is mindblowing – I don’t understand why Harrelson wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for his performance. This is a film where you have to decide early on if you’re getting on for the ride – it’s shot in a very distinctive way with some extraordinary 360s. He’s falling apart and the look of the film is the same. And it has an incredible supporting cast; Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, Robin Wright – I just thought it was absolutely brilliant.

  • REVIEW OF BLACK GOLD

    REVIEW OF BLACK GOLD

    CLAUDIA: This is basically Puss in Boots in the desert. I love Antonio Banderas but I cannot get that character out of my head.

    DANNY: The producers want this to be the start of a new era in Arab cinema, a lot of money was spent on this film but I don’t think it is. It doesn’t help that the cast are dressed in costumes that look like they’ve been pulled from a storage locker after a Turkish Delight advert in 1975. Some actors fare better than others, Riz Ahmed does very well and Tahar Rahim comes through unscathed and there are moments where it’s retro epic but between the eccentric casting and the relentless old fashioned quality, it kind of ruins the illusion for me.

  • LIKE THAT? TRY THIS.....

    CLAUDIA AND DANNY'S TIPS FOR FILMS TO SEEK OUT IF YOU ENJOY RAMPART.

    L.A.CONFIDENTIAL (1997)
    Curtis Hanson blends 1950's Hollywood glamour with corruption and moral ambiguity in this exemplary adaptation of another of James Ellroy's best-selling stories. Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe star as a trio of cops drawn into the dark, complex web of the organised, underworld L.A. crime scene. And in the midst of it all is the luminous Kim Basinger as a hard-edged Veronica Lake lookalike. She won an Oscar, as did the script but this stylish, intelligent and sexy Film Noir deserved plenty more.

    BAD LIEUTENANT(1992)
    Harvey Keitel gives a terrifyingly authentic performance as the baddest cop of them all in Abel Ferrara's finest film. Shocking and graphic, Keitel's downfall is absolute and uncompromising but when he must investigate the rape of a nun he is forced to reassess his own squalid life. It's disturbing, crazed and unforgettable.

    STRAY DOG(1949)
    Kurosawa directs this Film Noir in which rookie cop, Toshiro Mifune has his gun stolen on a crowded bus and must then try and track the down the thief amongst the criminal underworld of Tokyo as the gun is used in a series of crimes. It's a low-key, hard-hitting film which is as much about the hardships of city life in contemporary post-war Japan as it is a thriller.

Credits

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

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