Zoolander and Zuckerberg in a Baumbach film. Awkward much?
Earlier this year Inside Job proved once and for all that documentaries can be just as thrilling as the twistiest of Hollywood box-blasters. So what happens when you try to fictionalise the fact? Enter Fair Game, a “true story” political thriller that meshes real-life footage with Sean Penn’s frustrated wrinkles. The result is an interesting, compelling mess; held up by a great story and let down by the telling of it.
Continuing his increasingly long-standing tradition of making films just good enough to remind you how much better they could have been, Woody Allen’s 47th outing as a writer and 44th as a director is quirky and charming – it’s a shame that a slew of solid performances aren’t enough to disguise its essential emptiness.
At the invitation of the Swedenborg Society, Best For Film is publishing a special series of reviews to follow its ‘Images of the Afterlife in Cinema’ film season, which will be exploring life, death and everything in between. This week we’re struggling to get to the bottom of Marc Forster’s psychological drama Stay.
We love watching films on the BBC. They’re almost always well-chosen and intelligent, they stay on iPlayer for ages, and there are no commercial breaks. Bliss. With this in mind, you can well imagine our excitement when BBC Films scheduled a weekend triple bill of recent British features to celebrate its official move to BBC 2 – free cinema in the comfort of our own squalid bedsits? Yes please! Here are our thoughts on three cracking new films: The Damned United, Eastern Promises and Is Anybody There?