Monthly Archives: May 2011

The film that changed my life: Malcolm McDowell

Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1942)

James Cagney was the greatest actor who ever graced the screen. Bar none. Bar none! You could never take your eyes off Jim Cagney – and that was never more true than in his film Yankee Doodle Dandy.

It tells the life story of George M Cohan, a Broadway impresario. Cagney started off as a dancer and he was able to use that to great effect in this movie. Oh, the dancing numbers! At one point he dances up the side of the proscenium arch of a theatre. He runs up, he jumps down… it’s so brilliant. He was all spitfire energy, like a human tornado.

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Lionel Shriver talks about Kevin

How does it feel to have your widely rejected manuscript become a best-selling, prize-winning novel, then a book-club favourite and now the toast of the Cannes film festival? The author of We Need to Talk About Kevin explains Continue reading… Continue reading

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Love Like Poison – review

A bittersweet French gem from last year’s Cannes festival gets a welcome UK release

Writer-director Katell Quillévéré, with her first feature, reveals herself to be a supremely natural film-maker; her movie speaks of Catholicism, nascent sexuality and la France profonde – and the characters she creates are subtly but richly sympathetic. This is a coming-of-age movie that is touching, funny, desperately sad and has a spiritual dimension that comes to its mysterious and satisfying fruition at the very end, with an inspired choral arrangement of Radiohead’s Creep over the final credits.

Love Like Poison (the title is taken from a Serge Gainsbourg song) centres on a crisis with many facets. Anna, played by Clara Augarde, is a floweringly beautiful 14-year-old girl who comes home from her boarding school for the summer to find that her father, Paul (Thierry Neuvic), has left the family home for another woman. Her mother, Jeanne (Lio), now conceives a miserable, neurotic jealousy of Anna’s youth and beauty, and also becomes romantically infatuated with the priest preparing Anna for her imminent confirmation: this is Père François, played by the Italian actor Stefano Cassetti.

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Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando ‘fled 9/11 in hire car’

Trio reportedly embarked on cross-country dash following terrorist attacks on New York in 2001, claims Taylor’s former PA Continue reading… Continue reading

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Jim Caviezel claims The Passion of the Christ made him a Hollywood outcast

The actor who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film says he has been shunned by film industry since taking the role Continue reading… Continue reading

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