Monthly Archives: February 2010

Film director Kevin Smith thrown off Southwest Airlines plane for being ‘too big’

Kevin Smith has unleashed a tirade on Twitter after being told by Southwest Airlines that he was a ‘safety concern’In the age of micro-blogging it will never be a wise move to bar an outspoken and popular filmmaker from a passenger aeroplane because of… Continue reading

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A Single Man | Film review

Colin Firth is outstanding in a Christopher Isherwood adaptation, but some scenes in Tom Ford’s stylish directing debut are outrageously ad-like, says Peter Bradshaw

Tom Ford’s A Single Man begins with urgent Hitchcockian strings and an underwater dream sequence showing a naked, toned body drifting and floating – appropriate for a movie about love and loss which all but drowns in its own gorgeousness. At its centre, there is an elegant, nuanced and sophisticated performance from Colin Firth, for whose English reticence the role is tailor-made. However, he finds himself in the midst of what sometimes looks like an ­indulgent exercise in 1960s period style, glazed with 21st-century good taste, a 100-minute commercial for men’s ­cologne: Bereavement by Dior.

Based on the 1964 novel by ­Christopher Isherwood, the film ­follows an unhappy single day in the life of an unhappy single man. George Falconer, played by Firth, is an ­expatriate ­Englishman in Los Angeles, a ­bespectacled college professor teaching English literature. It is 1962, and there is fever and change in the air: the recently passed Cuban missile ­crisis has left America in a jittery mood, ­relieved but still profoundly anxious. The ­students increasingly affect the style of beatniks, bikers and bohemians, and youth ­culture is breaking through the ­suburban conformity. None of this means much to Falconer, a discreet gay man whose partner, Jim, has just died in a car accident.

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Oscar nominations 2010: the full list

• Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead with nine each; Inglourious Basterds has eight
• Meryl Streep gains record-breaking 16th nomination
• British acting nods for Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth
Peter Bradshaw: The Hurt Locker deserves its Oscar glory

Actress in a supporting role
Mo’Nique in Precious
Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
Penélope Cruz in Nine
Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart

Actor in a supporting role
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
Christopher Plummer in The Last Station
Matt Damon in Invictus
Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
Woody Harrelson in The Messenger

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