Episode 14

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Episode 14 of 17

Duration: 30 minutes

Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh review films including the latest big screen adaptation of Great Expectations. Plus Ben Wheatley's follow up to Kill List, the darkly comic Sightseers, and Clint Eastwood stars as a baseball scout in Trouble with the Curve.

  • REVIEW OF TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

    REVIEW OF TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

    Danny: This is a film which has zero tolerance towards the unexpected. Clint Eastwood plays the same character he’s been playing for the last 15 years. What this film does have is proper movie-star magnetism; it comes from Amy Adams, who sinks her teeth into this clichéd, cartoonish role, which brings it to life and makes it more or less watchable. The plot is this one giant celebration of doing things the old-fashioned way, and one giant middle finger to pretty much everything about the modern world. The script’s idea of a cliff-hanger is quite a long opening scene in which Clint and his dodgy prostate attempt to answer the call of nature first thing in the morning—but that’s not a nail biter in the real world.


    Claudia: It is predictable, and I think if anybody else were playing these parts, you’d put it down to a Sunday afternoon schlocky movie where you’d not feel guilty getting up and making a toasted sandwich. However, Amy Adams is brilliant; I love Clint Eastwood in it; I like Justin Timberlake. So yes, you know what’s going to happen, but I don’t think it actually matters. I found it enjoyable and I think it ends well. Something else we mustn’t forget is John Goodman is in it.

  • REVIEW OF SIGHTSEERS - CLAUDIA'S FILM OF THE WEEK

    SIGHTSEERS
    Claudia: I came out of the screening and punched the air. The two main characters, Chris and Tina, are absolutely brilliant. But also, I’m obsessed by the little ones, like Ian and Janice, and Tina’s mum is fantastically portrayed. I wanted to see it again immediately. It’s fantastic – you feel so bad for anybody they meet! Please go and see it.


    Danny: There’s no one better than Ben Wheatley at capturing the side of British life that’s mundane, ridiculous, and deeply sinister. It’s genuinely very dark and very funny. It’s like Mike Leigh’s ‘Nuts in May’ meets ‘Natural Born Killers’, in matching fleeces. There’s something so intensely British about this film, it’s almost like the natural heir to the Ealing Comedies - if Ealing had ever made a comedy involving crotch-less knitwear.

    We should also talk about Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, who co-wrote the script and starred in it, because I think it’s mostly down to them that the blackness and the comedy are kept in balance the whole time. And that’s very rare; it’s one of the things that make this a special film. I think the secret of Sightseers, is that for all the blood being cleaned off the caravan wheels, at heart this is a great romance. It’s a horribly believable, deeply creepy love story. It’s a great British comedy – embrace it.
  • REVIEW OF GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    GREAT EXP
    Claudia: I have to tell you I really enjoyed it. I know it’s been adapted before; I thought it was directed really beautifully. I thought Ralph Fiennes was brilliant in it. I could watch Helena Bonham Carter talk about sausages, or maybe do an ad for home insurance. She’s incredibly watchable. I really, really enjoyed it.


    Danny: Great Expectations feels like a movie for tourists. It’s a very familiar Dickens adaptation—familiar faces with mutton-chop whiskers and top hats. It’s sturdy, a little bit stodgy, and aggressively traditional. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it; I just think it’s the kind of film that probably belongs in a commemorative tin.
    In terms of performances, they’ve taken half the cast of Harry Potter and imported them into here. I actually think the pick of the bunch is Ewen Bremner, who’s an underrated actor, who plays the small but pivotal role of Wemmick. Helena Bonham Carter turns it down, which is good, but you can’t help but think her Miss Havisham is itching to freak out to a Kate Bush B-side. It makes life hard for itself, because there have been so many fantastic Dickens adaptations in the past (and Great Expectations by David Lean is one of them).
  • REVIEW OF THE HUNT - DANNY'S FILM OF THE WEEK

    THE HUNT
    REVIEW OF THE HUNT - DANNY'S FILM OF THE WEEK

    Danny: Given its subject matter, The Hunt could easily have been a heavy-handed TV movie. It’s anything but. It’s chilling, it’s note perfect; it’s actually one of the best films I’ve seen this year. It’s deceptively calm at first, but when the false accusation that’s at the heart of the story is made, everything spirals very quickly into a nightmare of a small-town witch-hunt. I defy anyone to see this film, and not to get physically caught up in it. It’s the sort of movie that leaves you churned up—you feel it in your gut. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor at Cannes for this and rightly so. But there are great performances dotted all over this film. Annika Wedderkopp plays the little girl, and she’s great as well, and it’s such an important role. A Danish actor called Thomas Bo Larsen is fantastic as Mads Mikkelsen’s best friend. A really welcome comeback for Thomas Vinterberg.


    Claudia: Some of it is almost unwatchable, like the scene in the supermarket and in the church… I don’t want to spoil it for you, but you will be on the edge of your seat. Mads Mikkelsen is outstanding in it, and that’s a big word. It is flawless.

  • YOU CAN SEE THE HUNT AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

    From Nov 30:

    CURZON SOHO
    GATE NOTTING HILL
    BRIXTON RITZY
    ODEON PANTON STREET
    EVERYMAN HAMPSTEAD
    PICTUREHOUSE GREENWICH
    PICTUREHOUSE HACKNEY
    CINEWORLD WANDSWORTH
    ARTS PICTUREHOUSE CAMBRIDGE
    CINEMA CITY NORWICH
    PHOENIX PICTUREHOUSE OXFORD
    BROADWAY NOTTINGHAM
    CINEWORLD NOTTINGHAM
    WATERSHED BRISTOL
    CINEWORLD CARDIFF
    CHAPTER CARDIFF
    CINEWORLD EDINBURGH
    FILMHOUSE EDINBURGH
    CINEWORLD GLASGOW RENFREW STREET
    CINEWORLD ABERDEEN UNION SQUARE
    MAUREEL SHETLANDS
    CINEWORLD DUBLIN
    LIGHTHOUSE DUBLIN
    IFI DUBLIN
    SCREEN D'OLIER ST DUBLIN
    IMC DUN LAOGHAIRE


    From Dec 7:
    IPSWICH FILM THEATRE
    PHOENIX EAST FINCHLEY
    PICTUREHOUSE STRATFORD EAST
    DUKE OF YORKS BRIGHTON
    CINEWORLD BIRMINGHAM BROAD STREET
    PICTUREHOUSE EXETER
    PLYMOUTH ARTS CENTRE
    LITTLE THEATRE CINEMA BATH
    CORNERHOUSE MANCHESTER
    PICTUREHOUSE FACT LIVERPOOL
    SHOWROOM SHEFFIELD
    TYNESIDE NEWCASTLE
    ZEFFERELLIS AMBLESIDE
    FILM THEATRE GLASGOW
    BELMONT ABERDEEN
    DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ART

    1 day special screening 13/12/12
    READING SHOWCASE
    NOTTINGHAM SHOWCASE
    LEEDS SHOWCASE
    DERBY SHOWCASE
    BRISTOL SHOWCASE
    BLUEWATER SHOWCASE
    LEICESTER SHOWCASE
    PETERBOROUGH SHOWCASE
    TEESIDE SHOWCASE

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

Broadcasts

  • Tue 27 Nov 2012 23:40 BBC One except Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD, Wales

  • Wed 28 Nov 2012 00:10 BBC One Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD, Wales only

  • Mon 3 Dec 2012 01:50 BBC One except Scotland, Wales

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