Monthly Archives: June 2010
Rebecca Hall is used to people always wanting to talk about her dad, but now the Bafta-winning actor is having to get used to another line of questioning: her role in the break-up of a Hollywood golden couple. She talks gossip, girls’ schools and growing up
Rebecca Hall is a fine actor who starred in the best Woody Allen film in years, but she’s better known now for her role in a recent tabloid splash, after she was cast as the femme fatale, or deadly English rose, who could, possibly, have destroyed the marriage of Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet. After all, she had worked with Mendes, they were friends, and apparently she was his type of girl (brainy, arty, good-looking).
We meet in a Manhattan cafe. She arrives on foot, alone, long, black dress, no make-up, flat sandals, sore ankles from where high heels have been rubbing. I look for Sam Mendes hiding round a corner with his high-art posse. Nothing doing. Does she live round here? No, she says apologetically, she’s not been here before. So where is home these days? “That’s a good question.”
Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere ham it up in a crass cop movie from Antoine Fuqua. By Peter Bradshaw Continue reading… Continue reading
The story of two girls who nurse an obsession for a football star is a promising debut, but let down by a melodramatic ending, says Peter Bradshaw
Nice performances here from Kerrie Hayes and Nichola Burley as Nicole and Jasmine, two teenage wannabe-Wags who form a stalker-obsession with a Premier League footballer, which, inevitably, gets out of control – and sadly the film itself fizzles into an implausible melodramatic ending, bearing a slight resemblance to a certain novel by Stephen King. Director Lindy Heymann begins by adroitly, if overemphatically, showing how for both women obsessing over a football star is a symptom of emotional pain caused by the absent men in their lives. Their dads are not really there for their daughters, and Nicole’s much-loved brother has gone off to join the army. Discovering each other is a heaven-sent cure for loneliness, and Nicole is fascinated by Jasmine’s wealthy background and carefree attitude. But soon it becomes clear that Nicole is considerably more serious about her football infatuation than Jasmine. The initial stages of this film – just hanging out with Nicole and Jasmine – are considerably more interesting than the rather strained denouement.