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Posted by: Matthew Turner 06/05/2011 @ 11:45
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Films seen so far this year: 145
Films seen in the last week: Withnail & I (again), Priest, Last Night


Nobody's Perfect – Some Reviews I May Have Got Wrong
I was slagging off Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Twitter recently and someone pointed out that I had given it a five star review. I thought this couldn't *possibly* be true, but I checked and, lo and behold, it was. What on earth was I thinking? I actually have no idea. But it made me think about a few other reviews I'm embarrassed about so I'm going to attempt to redress the balance on a few of the more egregious examples below. If you want to weigh in on the comments (ha ha! No, seriously), with other examples, please feel free.

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Five stars! I can only conclude that some sort of intoxicant was involved. I have no wish to see Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again and my lasting memory of it is Depp's oddly plastic-faced performance. Too much Michael Jackson, that's what it is. I also find myself more irritated than charmed by Deep Roy's multiple Oompa-Loompas now. I would probably downgrade this to a three, since the basic story still works, the visuals are impressive and the other characters are nicely drawn, but still ...

2. Cop Out
Okay, I admit it. I gave Cop Out three stars. There is actually a story behind this one though and it's this: I was baited into it by Chris Tookey, the critic for the Daily Mail (hawk, spit, etc). After the screening, Tookey put his arm round me and said, “Now, Matthew, you like an awful lot of SHIT, but even YOU have to admit that that was one of the worst films you've ever seen?” And, frankly, I bristled and started defending it, saying it wasn't that bad, I'd seen worse, I laughed a couple of times and so on. But I was wrong – it was indeed awful, though I'd still only downgrade it to two stars rather than one.

This one was a victim of wavering. I don't give out half stars on ViewLondon but if I did, this would definitely have been a three and a half. This happens a lot – even as I wrote it, Cop Out (above) was a two and a half rather than a straight three – but the difference between two and three is the difference between a fresh red tomato and a rotten green splodge on Rotten Tomatoes, so it does make an important difference and I tend to round up. In this case though, I should have rounded down – it's a three, really, not a four. I guess I just got carried away - I'm blaming Sienna Miller's leather catsuit.

4. Bride Wars
Okay, confession. I still don't really hate Bride Wars (even though it could and should obviously have been better). Other critics labelled it one of the worst films they've ever seen and I definitely didn't think it was that bad. I couldn't even really see why they all hated it so much – it's not even Kate Hudson's worst movie. It's not a three star film though – I should have given it two.

5) Drag Me To Hell 
I do still love Drag Me To Hell and I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend it but I shouldn't have given it five stars – it didn't end up in my top ten of the year that year, for example. It's not an excuse, but I was by no means alone – a lot of other reviewing friends gave it five stars too. There was definitely something about the atmosphere of the press screening we all went to – everybody came out raving about it and I think some of that carried into the review. It's still a solid four star film though, as I say.

Trailerwatch: One Day
Rather shamefully, David Nicholls' One Day is the only novel I've read so far this year (I normally manage around 12-14 books a year but have fallen behind this year. I blame Twitter. And the iPhone). One Day is also, incidentally, the only book I've ever read that actually made me cry and I speak as someone who's done a literature degree. The plot, in case you're one of the few people that hasn't read or heard of the book at this point, is essentially a love story between two best friends (Dexter Mayhew, played by Jim Sturgess and Emma Morley, played by Anne Hathaway) and the gimmick of the novel is that the events take place over twenty years but we catch up with the characters on the same day every year.

Like most fans of the book I was sceptical when I heard that they'd cast Anne Hathaway as Emma, since Anne Hathaway is nobody's idea of a slightly dumpy Yorkshire lass – personally, I'd have cast Felicity Jones instead. I can't say the trailer is doing much to relieve that scepticism, particularly as it seems as if Hathaway is actually attempting a Yorkshire accent – she's going generic Northern, anyway and it already sounds dodgy in the trailer, which isn't a good sign. Still, they've done a reasonable job of making her look gawky and awkward in the earlier scenes and obviously she scrubs up nicely for the later on, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Sturgess is good casting for Dexter, I think, though his hairdo is already annoying me. I'm also delighted to see that Patricia Clarkson is playing Dexter's mother and that, according to the imdb – she's not in the trailer - My Good Friend Georgia King is playing one of Dexter's girlfriends (Suki, book fans). I didn't know that Romola Garai was in it either (playing Dexter's main girlfriend Sylvie) but that's great casting. I have other issues with the marketing, such as the fact that the poster is a pretty massive spoiler in itself, but that's by the by.

Anyway, it opens 26th August and I am tentatively looking forward to it. Bonus feature: fans of the book might want to check out author David Nicholls' website, where he's posted this playlist of Emma Morley's Mix Tape, which features in the novel.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries this week with just Joe Wright's kick-ass mini-Bourne thriller Hanna (starring Saoirse Ronan) and Takashi Miike's excellent samurai saga 13 Assassins making it into the top ten. It's a bit of a thin week all round actually, as, what with the two four day bank holiday weekends, I've barely even seen any new films (see above).

No new interviews this week either, though you can still read our press conference interviews with director Kenneth Branagh and the stars of Thor (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston), our exclusive interview with Source Code director Duncan Jones, our equally exclusive interview with Adele Blanc-Sec director Luc Besson and Adele Blanc-Sec star Louise Bourgoin and our round table interview with Little White Lies director Guillaume Canet. (I wish I'd known he was in Farewell and Last Night - see above - when we did this interview, but never mind). Come back next week for exclusive (well, round table) interviews with the stars of Attack the Block and writer/director Joe Cornish.

1. Adele Blanc-Sec
2. Meek's Cutoff
3. Thor
4. Source Code
5. TT3D: Closer to the Edge
6. Hanna
7. 13 Assassins
8. Farewell
9. Cedar Rapids
10. I Saw The Devil

DVD of the Week: Blue Valentine (released May 9th, RRP £17.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Blue Valentine, one of the best films from last year's London Film Festival and currently one of my favourite films of the year. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the film stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as a young married parents whose relationship is seemingly drawing to an end, while flashbacks reveal the couple in happier times. Williams and Gosling are both terrific, brilliantly conveying both the early promise and excitement of new love and the frustration, misery and helplessness of a marriage coming to an end.

The sharply observed script is brilliantly written, with several scenes having echoes or parallels throughout both timelines, to powerful emotional effect. It's also packed with great scenes (the ukulele one is still my favourite scene of the year) and there are several delightfully detailed character touches, such as the eagle-emblazoned jumper that Dean wears. In short, this is a brilliantly directed, superbly written and impeccably acted relationship drama that packs a powerful emotional punch and in fact, continuing the theme from above, I wish I'd given it five stars instead of four.

The superb extras package includes: an audio commentary with director Cianfrance and editor Jim Helton, 15 minutes of deleted scenes, a Q&A with the director and cast, a short Making Of featurette, Home Movies (shot by the actors, in character, on set) and the trailer.


by  LizzieJ  06/05/2011 @ 15:14
Think you may have the One Day release date wrong, unless you know something we don't! I think it is August 19th for the US and September 30th for the UK.
by  Matthew Turner  18/05/2011 @ 11:08
Hi LizzieJ. The official FDA site for film release dates in the UK (see below) has it listed as August 26th - I took it from there. I've just double-checked and it's still August 26th. That could change, but that's the current official UK release date.
by  Charlotte C  18/05/2011 @ 11:35
All our official sources (ie, the UK film release schedule on the Launching Films Site plus various other film sites) do state Friday 26th August 2011 as the release date for the UK. However, as with all these things, release dates are subject to change for whatever reasons the film companies and distribution people, plus the BBFC, decide upon. Keep an eye on the future release dates page on the site to make sure you know what's what.
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