THE FILM YAP » Paddy Considine We Never Shut Up About Movies Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:32:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 British Film Focus Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:39:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Every month, I’ll introduce you to some little-known British films and even some from across the Channel in Europe, along with any entertaining pieces of news or perhaps an actor or director profile of someone well-known or up-and-coming.

Pegg and Frost

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Two blokes who are the best of friends living the dream of millions of film writers/actors. “Jealous” doesn’t cover one of the most famed platonic relationships in modern British film. The duo who wrote and starred in “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), “Hot Fuzz” (2007) and “Paul” (2011) are releasing their fourth picture this July, “The World’s End.”

Aside from “Paul,” the pair has been steered accordingly by director Edgar Wright, this dream team’s third member. He’s the contemplative, creative one putting it all together and rubbing his beard.

It seems the pair, who started on the oddball TV show “Spaced” in the ’90s, think up ideas down at the pub and turn them into blockbusters, just like that. Gore, guns, explosions, silliness, action, car chases; if they want it, it’s in there. Pure male fantasy on the big screen.

The beauty of their films is you can go back to them time and again and still have a thoroughly enjoyable time. So, what have these down-to-earth blokes produced this time in the last of their self-appointed “Cornetto Trilogy”?

The premise is quite straightforward: A group of friends returns to their hometown, where they attempt to conquer the “Golden Mile” — 50 pints at 12 pubs, a feat they’ve previously failed. They’re a lot older this time around, and the town isn’t quite the same …

“The World’s End” seems a good progression from “Shaun” and “Hot Fuzz,” but lacks the more intricate plot (if you can call it that) of the latter.

Martin Freeman (2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”) appears again; he’s in all three Cornetto films. Rosamund Pike (2009’s “Surrogates”) and Eddie Marsan (2006’s “The Illusionist”), among others, also star. Pegg also attempts to scale the fence once more.


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Hitchcock films hold UNESCO status! The British Film Institute (BFI) held an Archive Restoration series of screenings last year, which included nine early silent films from the acclaimed filmmaker.

They’ll sit alongside the Doomsday book in the UK Memory of the World Register, a collection of documents etc. that “reflect the richness of the UK” culture.

They’ll soon be taken on a worldwide tour that includes Moscow, Berlin, San Francisco and Los Angeles, among others.

“The Pleasure Garden,” “Downhill” and “Champagne” are among the titles in the collection, which originally included 10 films. (“The Mountain Eagle,” from 1926, has been lost.)

There has been focused media coverage of Hitch lately, mainly surrounding the release of a film biography of sorts that centered around the making of “Psycho.” In 2012, Hitchcock’s thriller “Vertigo” was voted the number one film of all time by a BFI poll, knocking “Citizen Kane” from the top spot.

Many of these titles are seen as blueprints for his later, more well-known works, ones that paved the way toward hits like “Psycho.”

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“A Field In England” had its unique simultaneous release last week — to cinemas, on DVD and TV, and posted online all on the same day — to rave reviews and a massive Twitter mention. Many were pleased with the experimental nature of the film by director Ben Wheatley. On the web, it prompted a surge in views of other Wheatley films, mainly “Sightseers” from last year.

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It has just been announced that Sam Mendes is to direct the as-yet-untitled 24th Bond film, due for release in 2015, with Daniel Craig returning.

British Summertime Film – “My Summer of Love” (2004)

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After a seemingly unending winter, sunshine and warm temperatures have finally reached Great Britain. For some, however, the heat can make us do strange things.

“My Summer of Love” is the first real foray into film acting for Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada”). She plays Tamsin, a girl whose parents are away for the summer, allowing her and her new BFF tomboy Mona (Natalie Press) to do whatever they please.

This includes dabbling in a bit of fantasy and flirtation that gradually turns to obsession. This is played against a backdrop of Yorkshire countryside steaming in the summer heat, adding more sizzle to the growing intensity of their relationship.

The mood of the girls’ friendship shares similarities with Pauline and Juliet’s relationship of sinister sisterly love in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures.” Paddy Considine co-stars as Mona’s older brother who becomes the third wheel in the girls’ relationship, to Mona’s consternation and anger.

British Summertime Film – “A Room with A View” (1985)

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A British classic set in romantic Florence, Italy, and the quaint English countryside in sunny Surrey.

The film, adapted from the novel by E. M. Forster, details the love life of young Miss Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter), who goes on holiday to Florence with her much older cousin, Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith).

Daniel Day-Lewis plays the snobbish Cecil Vyse, a more desirable match for Lucy than the cad George, who has a habit of taking advantage of her when no one is looking.

Mostly what you’ll take away is Bonham Carter’s bouffant hairdo and pouty demeanor. However, the glorious scenes of Italian countrysides and lush English landscapes to the sounds of “O mio babbino caro” in the summer will more than make up for it. And Day-Lewis as Cecil? Priceless.

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Submarine Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:33:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This commentary is part of an ongoing series discussing British films that you may have missed.

If you’re on the look out for some top-notch British comedy, look no further than Richard Ayoade’s filmography. He has previously starred in the strange and quirky comedy series “The Mighty Boosh” as belligerent shaman Saboo, but it is his role as technically brilliant but socially awkward Maurice Moss in “The IT Crowd” that stands out. An American version is in the works with NBC and Ayoade reprising his role as Moss.

He has also written and directed the lesser-known “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace,” a show within a show made in 1980s-spoof style. Here, we dive into the weird mind of horror and science-fiction author Garth Marenghi and his TV show about Darkplace Hospital, situated over the gates of Hell in Romford, East London (yes, you read correctly). It adopted many low-budget features including poor acting, gaping plot holes and sub-par special effects and costumes … meaning a six-episode single series. It was axed from Channel 4 due to low ratings but gained a firm cult following via word of mouth and the Internet. Subsequently, a DVD was released and it was aired on U.S. channels SciFi and Cartoon Network.

Ayoade makes his directorial film debut this month with an adaptation of “Submarine,” originally a book written by Joe Dunthorne. This is a not a nautical adventure but a comical coming-of-age story told from the first-person perspective of Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) leading up to his 16th birthday. It follows his attempt to lose his virginity and stop his mum Jill (Sally Hawkins, 2010’s “Made in Dagenham”) from running away with her life coach Graham (Paddy Considine, 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Hot Fuzz”), who runs courses on Mental and Physical Well Being.

The film is set in wild and windy Swansea, South Wales. The desolate beaches serve to add a beautiful and lonely edge to Oliver’s comic attempts at drawing his family back together and luring his girlfriend Jordana (Yasmine Paige) into his bedroom. Managing to get a girlfriend in the first place somehow spurs Oliver into thinking he can solve his parents’ marriage problems.

In his head, Oliver sees himself as an intellectual, a literary genius who thinks that his life should be documented in film. In reality, he is a socially awkward weirdo, but then, Jordana isn’t exactly a picture of averageness herself. Her own quirky character matches well with Oliver and together onscreen, their innocence is very apparent, struggling against the impending maturity that comes with turning 16.

The soundtrack is also of note. Ayoade has previously directed music videos for Arctic Monkeys. This alliance meant utilizing frontman Alex Turner, in his debut solo appearance, to write six songs for the movie. His inspirations come from Belgian musician Jacques Brel, whom you can hear playing over the trailer, adding an even quirkier atmosphere to the film.

The richness and unique differences between each cast member add something special to the film. The wild setting, and Ayoade’s direction and weird sense of humor, make for a very interesting but joyous film. Expect randomness with moments of poignancy.

Previous British commentaries:

Graham Greene

Never Let Me Go

West is West

The Tempest

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Heroes of the Zeroes: In America Sat, 22 May 2010 04:01:13 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Heroes of the Zeroes is Nick Rogers’ daily, alphabetical look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

“In America”
Rated PG-13

There’s storytelling sorcery even to gentle stories, and 2003’s “In America” offered an enchanting fable about the details of legend that people ascribe to everyday things.

Lights look bigger when first visiting a new city. Sex somehow feels more primal in hindsight after conception. Grief for a lost loved one is easily augmented and amplified when reminded of their memory. Simple joys give way to complex moments during which to marvel at life as though it’s make-believe.

Jim Sheridan commanded this blend of the mythic and real in a semi-autobiographical film (co-written with daughters Kirsten and Naomi) that never spilled over into simple sentimentality.

Johnny (Paddy Considine) and Sarah (Samantha Morton), and their daughters Christy (Sarah Bolger) and Ariel (Emma Bolger), are all Irish illegal immigrants in New York. Seeking new starts after the death of young Frankie, their complexities become simple pleasures to Mateo (Djimon Hounsou), a hermitic artist living in their dilapidated brownstone whom the girls befriend.

There’s fragility for all in the family — Johnny’s simultaneously stifled creativity and grief, Sarah’s strain of breadwinning, Christy and Ariel worrying that Frankie’s death may limit their childhood experience. But the flawless performances match that with intense love and togetherness, best displayed in a carnival scene when Johnny risks the family’s money and the girls’ faith for an E.T. doll.

“In America” served as a peaceful reminder of the simplicity and clarity with which kids can stare down death and help adults come to a place of comfort — earning its cries as cathartic cleansing.

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