When the trailer for Last Vegas landed back in May, the serried ranks of Best For Film were united in their belief that Jon Turtletaub’s latest would be unforgivably awful. We were wrong. Predictable, underwritten and derivative, there’s certainly nothing very special about Last Vegas – but it’s a perfectly harmless film. If your grandma…
One of Liberace’s favourite sayings was “Too much of a good thing is wonderful”. Behind The Candelabra has taken this to heart. Bold, beautiful and brisk, Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of Scott Thorson’s revealing autobiography hits a truly marvelous balance between reverence and truth. Michael Douglas as Liberace is a wonderful showman, but the true fascination to be found in the film is the peculiar yet oddly sweet relationship between him and Matt Damon’s Scott. Perfect performances, beautiful direction and more hot tub scenes you could shake a diamond-encrusted fur coat at make Behind The Candelabra a masterpiece of cinema.
We feel the same as after the first time we saw Jaws – there’s no getting back into the water for a while
Check out all the bling-bling!
With Barack Obama’s long road to keeping the White House finally over, let’s cast an eye back and explore the truly great presidents of history. Eight of them are fictional and one doesn’t have a name, but they remain icons of dignity, sleaziness, oratory and badassery. Everything we should expect from the man in charge.
Oooh, that’s a peace-deal! Is that the way you say it? “That’s a peace-deal?”
The Lorax opens on Friday, with the eponymous orange land guardian voiced by Danny DeVito, just as he is in the Spanish, German, Italian and Russian version, which is impressive in anyone’s book. You’ve got til Saturday to catch him in his West End debut The Sunshine Boys with Richard Griffiths. 100% of the people we asked described it as “utterly, painfully tedious”, so make of that what you will. In the meantime, have yourselves a little cheat sheet…