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No Strings Attached Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 20/01/2011 @ 12:51
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Films seen so far this year: 26
Films seen this week: The Dilemma, John Carpenter's The Ward, Oranges and Sunshine, The Road to Glory

Superhero News: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy cast as Catwoman and Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
I was going to devote this part of the blog to the recent Golden Globe awards and BAFTA nominations but frankly I couldn't care less about the Golden Globes and I'm still too angry about the BAFTAs to talk about them in a coherent fashion (there's a BAFTAs rant brewing, believe me, but any awards body that overlooks the best film and best female performance of the year – Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence – is not an awards body worth your consideration), so more superhero news it is. Which is handy, because some pretty enormous superhero news popped up mere hours ago, namely that Anne Hathaway will be playing the part of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (apparently beating off Keira Knightley, fnarr fnarr) and Tom Hardy (who'd already been cast) will be playing superstrong bad guy Bane.

Opinion on Twitter seemed to be wildly in favour of both decisions and while I'm not really familiar with Bane outside of his appearances in the wonderful Batman: The Animated Series cartoon show, it's good that they're avoiding some of the more obviously familiar characters from the previous movies (Mr Freeze, anyone? I thought not). I confess that I quite liked the idea of Keira Knightley playing Catwoman (she seems suitably feline and slinky), but I suppose Anne Hathaway in a leather catsuit will have to do. Just as long as it looks like this and not like this.



Trailerwatch: No Strings Attached
Annoyingly, the much more amusing Red Band (i.e. very much Not Safe For Work) trailer for this seems to have been pulled, so the boring version will have to do. Most of my film-reviewing friends have already seen this, but I had tickets to a Howard Hawks film at the BFI (The Road to Glory – totally worth it) so I missed it, but the advance word is generally good, with a few exceptions.

The premise is so obvious that you wonder why there haven't been more films with this storyline: Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman play two best friends who start having a no-strings-attached sexual relationship, only for one of them to fall in love. No prizes for guessing how it ends, but it looks reasonably entertaining and has a strong comic cast (Mindy Kaling, Kevin Kline, Lake Bell), though what Indie Darling Greta Gerwig is doing there is anybody's guess. Come on, Greta! You can do better than Wise-cracking Best Friend #2 in Ashton Kutcher sex comedies! It opens here on 25th February, which presumably means the distributors don't have enough faith to put it out as a Valentine's Day movie. If that's the case, it's a shame, because looking at what else is out around Valentine's Day, it could potentially clean up. Ah well. Ours not to reason why, etc.



Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
It's all change this week, with a whopping four new entries into the top ten, including two more big LFF films in Darren Aronofsky's delightfully bonkers Black Swan and Peter Mullan's brilliant NEDS. The other two new films are poles apart but both worth seeing – Morning Glory is an enjoyable comedy-slash-star-vehicle for Rachel McAdams, while Josh Fox's powerful, urgent eco-documentary Gasland deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. It's hard to watch Gasland and not make obvious connections to the current spates of animal deaths in the US.

Interview wise we have an exclusive interview with Honeymooner star Gerard Kearns here, an exclusive interview with actor-turned-Abel-director Diego Luna here, plus an even more exclusive interview with ex-Hollyoaks star Roxanne McKee, who's in British horror F (see last week's DVD of the Week). Elsewhere you can still read our press conferences interviews with Gyllenhaal and Hathaway; press conference interviews with the stars and director of The Way Back; an exclusive interview with the makers of Catfish and press conference interviews with the stars of The King's Speech.
Next week: Donald Sutherland and Paul Giamatti!

1. The Social Network
2. The King's Speech
3. Blue Valentine
4. Black Swan
5. NEDS
6. Abel
7. Gasland
8. Catfish
9. 127 Hours
10. Morning Glory



DVD of the Week: Please Give (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Please Give, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, whose other films you should definitely check out if you liked this. The film stars stars Holofcener regular Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as a pair of New York furniture dealers who develop awkward relationships with the grand-daughters (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet) of the elderly neighbour whose apartment they're planning to annex.

Holofcener specialises in smart, witty, female-driven comedy-dramas and, as such, Please Give sits nicely alongside her previous three films. The sharply written, frequently funny script explores a number of emotionally engaging issues, while the performances are top-notch, particularly Hall and the reliably excellent Keener. Hall, in fact, is so perfectly cast that I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her starring in future Holofcener films. Highly recommended. Extras on the DVD include: a 12 minute behind the scenes featurette; 3 minutes of outtakes; the theatrical trailer and 5 clips from Q&A sessions with Holofcener. Shame there's no commentary though.

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