We all know that movie cliché where the girl bumps into her ex at the supermarket and is totally embarrassed and falls over and makes a damn fool out of herself. But what about when you are offered a part in a film only to find out that acting right opposite is your old “racket buddy”?
Woody Allen opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival with a tale of nostalgic wish fulfillment that sees Owen Wilson’s struggling writer transported to 1920s Paris in order to ‘find himself’. With Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and rhinoceros enthusiast Salvador Dali along for the ride, Midnight in Paris is a charmingly unhurried fable which reminds you to be careful what you wish for.
Psst! What do you know about Marion Cotillard? Yeah, obviously she’s gorgeous – and yes, she was indeed in bloody Inception. Honestly, is that all you’ve got? It’s a worry, it really is. If we were you, we’d be on the look out for some sort of helpful sheet of facts with which you could cheat your way through a conversation about her…
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.
How do you know what you’re going to see at the cinema next month? You’re busy people – Facebook won’t update itself, and you’ve probably got a relationship to neglect or something. Oh, you haven’t? Sorry. Well, there’s no point in trying to meet another human adult now, you may as well just read this blog.
Important historical events have been grist to Hollywood’s mill for literally thousands of years. But the same old boring battles and speeches by kings are used as plot-fodder time and again. Here are some suggestions for amazing films based on less heralded moments in history.
Why is it that one name finds preference over another? Why didn’t Marion Morrison become the best known cowboy in Hollywood? Why isn’t Konigsberg a household name? How on earth do you go about making your own stage name? Well my dears, look no further.
When the film Adulthood was released in UK cinemas in June 2008, its opening weekend grossed more money than the freshly released Sex and the City. In the wake of its success, a spate of new and gritty urban films has been drawing audiences to cinemas in increasing numbers, with films such as Shank and Dead Man Running bringing new vigor to the UK film industry. Despite their success, though, the issue of black representation is never far away. With a panel debate titled “The New Blaxploitation?” taking place as a part of London’s Across the Street, Around the World festival, Best For Film went to investigate.