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Episode 10

Film 2013 Episode 10 of 15

Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh cast a critical eye over the latest movie releases. Films reviewed this week include Ridley Scott's The Counsellor, which features an all-star ensemble cast. Jude Law and Richard E Grant team up for Brit flick Dom Hemingway; plus Claudia and Danny take a look at Palme d'Or-winning French love story Blue is the Warmest Colour.

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30 minutes

Last on

Tue 19 Nov 2013 01:50
BBC Two except Scotland

Review of The Counsellor (Danny's Film Of The Week)

Review of The Counsellor (Danny's Film Of The Week)

Claudia: Didn’t you get quite bored of the characters? I was hoping for them all to get blown up soon. Michael Fassbender's character makes no sense.


Danny: The Counsellor is the not film it appears to be. You think it's going to be very star-studded but the real star is the script. Cormac McCarthy is possibly the world’s finest living novelist. Ridley Scott is the perfect director for this; it’s gaudy, glitzy, vulgar and Ridley Scott is very good at pulling those things off.


Antonia: I think the problem with this film is the director. Cormac McCarthy is an infallible talent, an incredible writer, and here is an original screenplay - how exciting! But Ridley Scott is entirely the wrong director for this material; it needs someone with a much more peculiar eye, a lot more soul, someone a lot less interested in money.


Review of Don Jon

Review of Don Jon

Claudia: My problem with the film is that it is unbelievably repetitive. When Julianne Moore turns up I breathed a sigh of relief - at last the adults are here!


Antonia: This movie is no good, but I do admire Joseph Gordon Levitt for even trying to make a film about this subject. It’s riddled with cliché, but he is trying to start a conversation and I admire him for it.


Danny: I think it's never good when the best part of a movie is a ten second fake film starring Channing Tatum. None of it makes any sense whatsoever.  It’s a terrible advert for giving talented young actors the ability to make films before they are ready.

Review of Dom Hemingway

Review of Dom Hemingway

Claudia: I liked Jude Law in this! He wasn’t sinister, he was just loyal. He was loyal to his boss so he stayed inside and then he came out and he wanted his due.


Danny: This film very much wants to be Sexy Beast. It wants to be a little subversive and off kilter and unexpected. It does set itself up to a quite nice standard, and for a while it feels like it’s almost going to roll towards it, but it does get a little flat towards the end.


Antonia: It’s an extremely kind of wet film and it has this incredible crisis of confidence about 40 minutes in – because it’s actually quite entertaining up until that point – and then, suddenly, it entirely collapses like a blancmanche.

Review of Blue Is The Warmest Colour (Claudia and Antonia's Film Of The Week)

Review of Blue Is The Warmest Colour (Claudia and Antonia's Film Of The Week)

Claudia: I could watch her [Adèle Exarchopoulos] for weeks. I could watch them both, but especially the young girl, Adèle. 


Antonia: This is what the movie is about, fixing a camera on a human being of tremendous wattage and allowing them to walk, talk, move, eat spaghetti, and fall asleep. All that matters is this incredible way it seemed to demonstrate, perfectly, what it feels like to fall in love. That first flesh of love. It’s exceptional.


Danny: This is almost like a silent movie. It’s a story, a very panoramic story, which is all told on the faces of the actresses. It’s in close up, and sometimes it’s a tiny glance and other times it’s this huge snotcake explosion of emotions. It’s all there.

Also Out This Week...

Battle Of The Year (3D) (12A) (Key Cities)
After a 15-year title drought, an American dance team tries to reclaim their former glory at the Dance Battle Of The Year.
The Butler (12A)
White House Butler, Cecil Gaines, serves during eight presidential terms and not only witnesses but affects historical American moments such as the Civil Rights Movement and The Vietnam War.
Future My Love (12A) (Key Cities)
Filmmaker Maja Borg explores the economic and sociological theories of 95-year-old futurist, Jaque Fresco.
Pandora's Promise (12A) (Key Cities)
A documentary about Nuclear Power -- it's history, future and how we chose to find power for modern society without destroying it.
Ram-Leela (12A)
A Hindi adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Utopia (12A) (Limited)
A journey into Utopia, a region in northern Australia, which holds the oldest human presence on Earth.


Role Contributor
PresenterClaudia Winkleman
PresenterDanny Leigh
ParticipantAntonia Quirke
Series ProducerHoward Brenner
Executive ProducerBasil Comely

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