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Episode 11

Film 2013 Episode 11 of 15

Film 2013 hosts Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh take a look at this week's film releases. Jennifer Lawrence recreates her role as Katniss Everdeen in the much anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Parkland recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and soon-to-be EastEnder Danny Dyer stars in gritty British revenge drama Vendetta.

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30 minutes

Last on

Wed 27 Nov 2013 00:20
BBC Two Northern Ireland

Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Claudia and Chris' film of the week

Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Claudia and Chris' film of the week

Claudia: My son is almost 11.  He’s obsessed, he’s counting the minutes, he’s literally set his timer until when he can see this movie…I love the first film, I think it was all about her [Jennifer Lawrence]. I mean, you can’t stop staring at her…I love it! I thought it was long, I wanted something to happen at the end, but that’s just me.


Danny: I think it’s actually better than the first movie. I think it’s kind of lean and slick and relentless and it’s relentlessly cynical for a movie that’s aimed at teenagers. The message of this movie is that you can’t trust the government, you can’t trust the media, you can’t trust people in show business, so we’re all screwed. And I think that’s a really healthy message to tell the youth today. I’m kind of a fan.


Chris: I really, really liked it…And this movie is better than the first movie, as far as I can tell. It’s more gripping; it’s more adult, it’s very much grown up, I felt, it’s not really aimed at kids, although 10 years olds will love it as well. Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic. And it’s constantly surprising as well – things happened that I just didn’t see coming.


Review of Parkland

Review of Parkland

Claudia: It is a shame, because it’s a great idea…Because it’s reverential isn’t it? Because it has to be and you want it to be reverential and grown up, but at other times it becomes comedy…It’s made by a brilliant journalist, apparently, he was passionate about this film, begged the executive producer, Tom Hanks, to let him direct it himself and you can imagine him just gathering all the research and all the information.


Danny: Some movies are inspired because someone involved feels very passionate, feels very inspired and wants to bring a story to the world. And others are made because someone in the studio was browsing on Wikipedia and noticed the 50th anniversary was coming up. And that’s what Parkland feels like, it never really gets over that…You don’t learn anything, and you don’t feel anything.


Chris: This may have been rushed out in time for the anniversary of JFK’s 50th anniversary, which is a little tawdry from my point of view.  There’s no doubt this is a good idea for a film, making a movie based around the other people who were involved in the JFK assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald subsequently 3 days later. It’s a good idea for a film. Unfortunately, this is a little dull, it’s a little rote, it’s not Parkland, it’s “Parka-land.” It just sits there like an anorak, on a coat rack. It just doesn’t really work.

Review of The Family

Review of The Family

Claudia: Michelle Pfeiffer is always unbelievably wonderful. I just love everything about her. I do, I do…The problem is, it’s incredibly violent…It might have been great on the page.


Danny: I don’t know how much money Robert De Niro needs, or why he’s doing this movie…I just want it on record that if it’s the money, I will donate. I will go onto the telephone and give pretty much everything for him to stop doing this…There’s just this tone-deafness to this movie.


Chris: For me, this was probably the worst film of the year. I absolutely hated it. This was an ordeal for me watching this movie. And it’s monumentally misjudged from frame one to frame eight-million.

Review of Vendetta

Review of Vendetta

Claudia: [For] 100 grand, three weeks long – It’s impressive…The film is incredibly long and it’s incredibly violent.


Danny: It looks great, actually. I think there’s a real sense of nocturnal London in the backdrop. But I think it’s a lot better directed than it is written.  I think some of the lines here have never been said by anyone who hasn’t just got off a spaceship. And no actor should really be asked to deliver those kinds of lines.


Chris: Danny Dyer is interesting, because he’s become something of a critical punching bag – almost a punch line, in many many ways. But underneath it all, underneath all the finger pointing and laughing, he’s actually an underrated actor, he can deliver when he wants to and he’s an effective presence in this movie.


Computer Chess - Danny's Film of the Week

Also Out This Week

Blue is the Warmest Colour (18)
A love story spanning 10 years between Adele and Emma, a free spirit who teaches Adele to assert her individuality. Winner of the Palme D'or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson (TBC) (Key Cities)
A group of amateur Rugby players meet at a bar to watch the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final between England and Australia.  Adapted from the play of the same name.
Computer Chess (15) (Key Cities)
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs.
Flu (15) (Key Cities)
A deadly epidemic breaks out in Bundang, a small suburb of Seoul. After a government enforced shutdown, disease specialists fight to find a cure.
Gone With The Wind (PG) (Key Cities)
The BFI re-releases the classic 1939 film.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (12A) (Key Cities)
A notoriously selfish man seeks redemption by dedicating himself to helping those less fortunate than him in an attempt to win over his first love. 
Killing Oswald (TBC) (Key Cities)
A documentary exploring the mysterious life of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy.
Sing Saheb The Great (TBC) (Key Cities)
A comedic look at corruption revolving around a collector, a journalist and a girl from the Punjab.
Su Ve Ates (TBC) (Key Cities)
A romance between a pair of star-crossed lovers from two completely different cultures.
Vivan Los Antipodas! (U) (Key Cities)
Visionary director, Victor Kossakovsky, takes the audience on a journey through the Earth's Core as he explores the mysteries of the world.


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

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