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In Time Film Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 21/10/2011 @ 14:35
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Films seen so far this year: 419
Films seen in the last week: Corpo Celeste, Texas Killing Fields, Guilty, Return, She Monkeys, Dragonslayer, Early One Morning, Footloose, 360, The Boy With A Bike, We Have A Pope, Tower Heist, Carnage, 50/50, Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, Dreileben 1 – Beats Being Dead, Dreileben 2 – Don't Follow Me Around, Dreileben 3 – One Minute of Darkness, Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Without, ALPS, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Monte Carlo, Restless, The Artist, Restless City, Wreckers, Strawberry Fields, Terri, Anonymous, The Descendants, Chicken With Plums, Paranormal Activity 3, The First Born

FILM OF THE WEEK: We Need to Talk About Kevin

A Highlight of the London Film Festival: The First Born (Archive Gala)
Having kicked myself soundly for missing both previous Archive Galas (Underground and The Great White Silence) at the last two London Film Festivals, I was desperate to see Miles Mander's The First Born and the Archive Gala screening at the Queen Elizabeth Hall didn't disappoint. Made in 1928, the film is co-written by Alma Reville (the future Mrs Hitchcock) and director Miles Mander, who stars as caddish politician Sir Hugo Boycott, who's cheating on his devoted wife Lady Madeleine (Madeleine Carroll, who went on to star in The 39 Steps) because she can't give him a child. In desperation, Lady Madeleine secretly adopts a child and passes it off as her own (Sir Hugo is conveniently out of the country having a lovely time in Africa), only for things to go horribly wrong when his jealous mistress Nina (Ella Atherton) tips him off as to what Madeleine has done.

Aside from the wonderful live musical accompaniment of a new score by Stephen Horne, the film was remarkably modern in some of its techniques, most notably a hand-held point-of-view shot, as Mander's character jealously examines a newly slept-in bed. The film apparently also marks the first time a nipple was shown onscreen in British cinema, thanks to Madeleine Carroll's bath scene, although it's really more of a 'Was that a nipple?' shot than a nipple shot. The film itself was extremely saucy (despite there being no actual sex), particularly in the scene where Nina seduces Hugo by giving him the filthiest looks imaginable while lying on a bed.

Other highlights included: a brilliant death-by-empty-lift-shaft scene (a collective murmur of “Oooh ... oh no!” went round the QEH at that moment), an inventive POV shot of a car pulling away from a group of people, a great crowd scene with the shouted comments (“Come on, Missus!”) appearing on the screen above the crowd, like in a comic, and a brilliantly shot and edited sequence of Lady Madeleine and a handsome admirer (John Loder) exchanging lusty looks over a dinner table (shot exactly like the famous scene in Tom Jones, but without the accompanying food consumption).

The after-party afterwards was a lot of fun too and it says something about how great the film was that everyone was STILL discussing their favourite scenes and moments even as we were all being kicked out of the venue. The film will hopefully be having a series of limited engagements around the country so do try and catch it if you can. Highly recommended.

Films I Am Dying To See: In Time
I didn't know all that much about In Time, except that it was supposed to have a strong Logan's Run meets Gattaca vibe (unsurprisingly in the case of the latter, since it's written and directed by Gattaca writer-director Andrew Niccol) and from the looks of the trailer, that's immediately apparent. Anyway, I finally saw half the trailer yesterday (the second half, so I didn't have a clue what the plot was, only that lots of people were chasing Justin Timberlake for some reason) and was sufficiently intrigued to check out the first half.

The film's set in a future where people stop aging at 25 and the rich live forever, while the poor have to work like slaves in order to buy time to stay alive. Timberlake stars as a poor person whose time has just run out and who finds himself with time on his hands (literally – check out the trailer) when a depressed rich person (TV's Matt Bomer) transfers his remaining time to Timberlake before committing suicide.
Timberlake then goes on the run with a society rich girl (Amanda Seyfried in a ginger bob wig) and together they figure out a way to steal time from the rich and give it back to the poor or something, which I guess makes it Logan's Run meets Gattaca meets Robin Hood.

Anyway, the trailer makes it look like a lot of fun (fights, shoot-outs, car chases, heists etc) and the cast is terrific – as well as Timberlake and Seyfried it also includes Olivia Wilde (who, amusingly, thanks to the conceit of the film, is playing Timberlake's mother), Cillian Murphy (as the cop on Timberlake's trail) and, in a truly inspired piece of casting (at least if you're a Mad Men fan), Vincent Kartheiser as one of the evil richies. I also love the fact that the script appears to have embraced the black comedy aspects (Wilde's casting, the bit with the mother, wife and daughter all being the same age) and seems to be cramming in as many time-related verbal gags into the dialogue as possible. And, the fact that Niccol is behind the film is very promising and I'm really looking forward to it. It opens on 1st November (a Tuesday), so not long to wait now ...

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
There was no blog last week, owing to London Film Festival-related madness (full LFF-round-up  next week), so there are a whopping five new entries into the top ten this week, with Lynne Ramsay's astonishing adaptation of Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin, British coming of age drama Albatross, enigmatic Australian drama Sleeping Beauty, Morgan Spurlock's product placement documentary (brought to you by POM Wonderful) The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Steven Soderbergh's star-heavy outbreak thriller Contagion.

I have dropped the excellent Tomboy (one of the best films of the year) from the list because it's nearing the end of its second run but it's still out there if you look hard enough, at least for another week or so. I will also put in good words for Footloose and Real Steel, both of which are a lot more fun than you might think from their respective trailers.

Interview-wise this week we have an exclusive interview with Albatross star Jessica Brown Findlay (aka Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil), an exclusive interview with departing London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron, an exclusive interview with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold director Morgan Spurlock and press conference interviews with Hugh Jackman and director Shawn Levy for Real Steel.

Elsewhere you can still read our exclusive interview with Tyrannosaur star Olivia Colman (which I did in San Sebastian), our exclusive interview with Perfect Sense co-star Ewan Bremner and our semi-exclusive interviews with Tinker Tailor director Tomas Alfredson and star Colin Firth.

Come back next week for press conference interviews with The Ides of March director-star George Clooney and co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as an exclusive interview with the star and director of the excellent Miss Bala, Stephanie Sigman and Gerardo Naranjo.

1. We Need To Talk About Kevin
2. Melancholia
3. Jane Eyre
4. Midnight In Paris
5. Tyrannosaur
6. Albatross
7. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
8. Sleeping Beauty
9. Contagion
10. Drive

DVD of the Week: Last Night (out now, online RRP £10.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Last Night, written and directed by Massy Tadjedin, who wrote one of Keira Knightley's best movies, the little-seen thriller The Jacket. Keira and Sam Worthington star as Joanna and Michael Reed, an affluent New York couple who are having trust issues.

After meeting Michael's sexy colleague Laura (Eva
Mendes) at a company party, Joanna challenges Michael to admit he's attracted to Laura, noting that he has never mentioned her before.
Joanna's timing is less than fortunate, however, because the next night, Michael heads off to Philadelphia for a weekend-long business trip with Laura and with Joanna's words ringing in his ears, he quickly realises that Laura is attracted to him too. Meanwhile, Joanna is startled when she runs into Alex (Guillaume Canet), an old flame from Paris that she's never told Michael about.

All four performances are superb (even if Mendes is a little under-written) and the strength of the sharply-observed script is that you engage with the characters and find yourself wondering what you'd do in their situations. In short, this is a superbly acted, well written relationship drama that's both thought-provoking and emotionally engaging, though you might want to think twice before watching it with a significant other, unless you're a fan of a) arguments or b) stony silences.

Extras include: a 13 minute Making Of featurette and the theatrical trailer, but sadly no commentary and no deleted scenes. A blooper reel wouldn't have hurt either.


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