Monthly Archives: November 2012

How the Dogme manifesto reinvented Denmark

Be truthful, be human, get naked: 1995’s groundbreaking manifesto didn’t just shake up cinema. It inspired Danes to make the world’s best TV, buildings and food (if you like fried mould with your grasshopper)

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Alex Cross is another bad Tyler Perry film, but the problem is Perry himself

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Up There – review

Zam Salim’s film about ghosts caught in purgatory is good-looking, but feels like an overstretched short

British first-timer Zam Salim has made a quirky film, but ultimately it looks like an idea for a short stretched to breaking point. Burn Gorman plays Martin, an ordinary guy who dies and then discovers – with a glum stoicism – that dead people are required to hang around for a bit in this world; like ghosts they are unseen by the living, but unlike ghosts they cannot walk through solid matter and if they want to hitch a ride in a car they have to nip in and out while the door is open. Martin has to prove to some bland bureaucracy that he has adjusted to the change before being allowed “up there” and part of his remedial activity programme is shepherding the newly dead, and helping them with their transition through their transition. This he must do in a team with mouthy Rash (Aymen Handouchi) but when they manage to lose one of the newly deceased, and end up in a godforsaken seaside town, Martin discovers he is being tested in death more than he ever was in life. Salim’s film is good-looking and proficient; but there is not quite enough here to sustain interest.

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Jake Gyllenhaal: ‘End of Watch changed my life’

The actor reveals how seeing police at work close up, in the south-east of Los Angeles while researching his new movie, left an indelible mark on him and his co-star Michael Pena

Jake Gyllenhaal: ‘I’m moved by folk you might struggle to love’
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Bond villain Javier Bardem riles Spanish government

Actor uses interview to accuse Spain’s government of using high unemployment rate as an excuse for cutting workers’ rights Continue reading… Continue reading

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