Archive for October, 2011

Guess the Surprise Film @ The #LFF

Excitement is growing fast for the LFF’s hottest ticket, the traditional Surprise film has every film buff in the city trying to figure out what would the chosen one be. Twitter is buzzing with wild guesses, everything from ‘The Muppets’ reboot to David Fincher’s ‘Girl with The Dragon Tattoo’; Meryl Streep impersonating Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’ or Scorsese’s foray into 3D, ‘Hugo’. But none of them seem to be ready or even finished for the occasion. The following are our top 5 most likely choices:

Many people believe that Whit Stillman’s comeback ‘Damsels In Distress’, the well-received closing movie at the latest Venice festival, could be this year’s pick. But it may feel a bit too arty to please a large audience.

More feasible would be Moneyball, Bennett Miller’s second film with Brad Pitt as the peculiar manager of a baseball team, already a hit with critics and audiences in the States; this one, though, may be a bit too mainstream.

On the other side of the coin, the only hit at Cannes that was missing in this year’s program, Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, could be a strong contender as it keeps its winning stride around the world, recently earning plaudits in Chicago.

An even stronger possibility is Bruce Robinson’s (Withnail & I) return with The Rum Diary, based in the Hunter S. Thompson novel about an American journalist going to Puerto Rico, starring Johnny Depp.

But if we had to bet, our money would be on ‘My Week With Marilyn’, a British production based on the relationship the Hollywood Icon had with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) during the shooting of ‘he Prince & The Showgirl. Michelle Williams’ performance is collecting rave reviews and, on paper, sounds like it may have something for everyone.

Any other suggestions?

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Roberawards@The 55th BFI London Film Festival

London’s annual date with the best movies from around the planet is about to begin. Reaching its 55th edition, The BFI London Film Festival takes place from October the 12th until the 27th and offers a fortnight packed with glamorous galas and a carefully selected program, whose usual sections showcase the most inventive and boundary pushing in British; French; European and World cinema, alongside a complete selection of recent documentaries; experimental works and short films, plus an impressive amount of recovered treasures from the archives.

The event kicks off with Fernando Meirelles’ vision of contemporary relationships in ‘360’ and will be closing with Terence Davies’ adaptation of the classic play by Terence Rattigan, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, both starring Rachel Weisz, who this way can unofficially claim to be the face of the festival. Other stars featured in several of the featured films include George Clooney; Michael Fassbender; Vanessa Redgrave and the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain. Stargazers can also look forward to appearances by Seth Rogen; Felicity Jones; Anna Kendrick; Ralph Fiennes; Harry Belafonte; Evan Rachel Wood; Michael Shannon; Elizabeth Olsen; Romola Garai; Madonna; Freida Pinto; Viggo Mortensen; Harry Belafonte; Rhys Ifans and Minnie Driver, among many others.

Well regarded auteurs such as David Cronemberg; The Dardennes; Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Steve McQueen; Yorgos Lanthimos; Jonas Mekas; Nanni Moretti; Michael Winterbottom; Andrea Arnold; Lynne Ramsay; Mathieu Kasovitz; Paolo Sorrentino and Alexander Payne, putting an end to a long career hiatus, will also be at the festival introducing their recent work.

Once again, we’ll be covering the festival. Check our posts for news and the side of our home page for a ranking of our favorites as we see them. You can also get our daily updates in the blog of our friends at Blinkbox.

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Lana Del Rey Back To The Top

She may just have a single on her CV, but the two songs it contains have pushed Lana Del Rey to next big thing status in a record time. Her sensual retro look and the quality of her compositions have already taken her to top our loop twice. This time with ‘Blue Jeans’, the second A side of her first release, that remains our favourite track for a second consecutive week.

In this edition three quarters of our chart are new, with brand new sounds by Tom Waits; Atlas Sound; Connan Mockasin and Wavves leading the new entries contingent; plus generous new track offerings by the likes of Twin Shadow; Gauntlet Hair; Dam Funk and Spanish songwriter Nacho Vegas‘ contribution to the Robo Fundation project.

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