Film

Priceless

By Gerald Aaron, June 13, 2008

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Genuine charm is rare in contemporary movies, which makes this light but entertaining French-language romantic comedy even more engaging, largely thanks to the charismatic appeal of Audrey Tautou. 

She is utterly delightful as the scheming adventuress Irene who, dropped by her elderly rich lover, mistakes shy barman/waiter Jean (Gad Elmaleh) for another convenient millionaire to woo. 

Understandably smitten, Jean goes along with the deception, paying for his expensive courtship by becoming a gigolo.

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Big-screen debut for Nightingale residents

June 6, 2008

Nightingale residents have made their big screen debuts in a new film starring Anne-Marie Duff, Ralf Little, Rupert Graves, Frank Finlay, Phyllida Law and Daisy Donovan.

The Waiting Room, released today, tells the story of two strangers who are brought together by an elderly man waiting for his wife on a station platform. A significant part of the movie was filmed at the Clapham care home and a number of residents appear as extras. They also had the opportunity to meet the stars.

You think I’m wild? You should see my mother

By Stephen Applebaum, June 6, 2008

In the swinging ’60s, Marianne Faithfull lived a life of sex, drugs and rock and roll, and almost ended up paying the ultimate price. But, as she reveals, she wasn’t the first wild child in her extraordinary Jewish family

Marianne Faithfull was raised as a Catholic, but the husky-voiced singer says she has her Jewish roots to thank for her acclaimed renditions of the songs of Bertholt Brecht and Kurt Weill. People were astounded when they first heard her perform their work, she recalls — which started her wondering why she had such an innate flair for their music.

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Gone Baby Gone

By Gerald Aaron, June 6, 2008

(15) Eleven years ago, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won the best screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Since then, Damon has established himself as the thinking man’s James Bond in the Bourne thrillers, whereas Affleck’s acting career faltered, reaching its nadir with the dreadful Gigli. Now, on the evidence of this riveting thriller, Affleck has finally found his true métier, which is not actor, but director.

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Mongol

By Gerald Aaron, June 6, 2008

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Russian co-writer-director Sergei Bodrov certainly deserved his Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film of 2008 for this stunning vision of the life and legend of Genghis Khan.

Bodrov vividly illuminates the formative years in the life of Mongolian fighter Temudgin who was born in 1162. He chooses his future first wife Borte at the age of nine, briefly becomes leader of his tribe after his father is poisoned by a rival, is variously betrayed, captured and sold into slavery while Borte is abducted by a rival.

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Superhero Movie

By Gerald Aaron, June 6, 2008

(12A)

David Zucker, the man behind such landmark comedies as Airplane!, The Naked Gun and Scary Movie, joins writer-director Craig Mazin for another outburst of hit-and-miss parody.

This time he is aiming his scattershot attack at cinematic superheroes, particularly Spider-Man, as nerdy high-school student Rick (Drake Bell) gains bizarre superhuman powers after being bitten by a genetically enhanced dragon-fly.

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How new Israeli directors are getting us hooked

By Anne Joseph, May 30, 2008

The best new films by young Israelis are about to be shown at two London events

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Should Woody Allen quit films

May 30, 2008

After the mauling given to his latest release, Cassandra’s Dream, we ask two critics if it is time for the once-great director to hang up his camera

Gerald Aaron - YES

Chutzpah, and extraordinary talent propelled the short, shortsighted redhead from Brooklyn from gag-writer to successful stand-up comedian, playwright, unlikely film star and on to Oscar-winning filmmaker and to legendary status in the movie world. 

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Sex And The City

By Gerald Aaron, May 30, 2008

It makes no pretension to art, but Sex and the City succeeds as a ‘well-honed, character driven, comedy chickflick’

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

By Gerald Aaron, May 23, 2008

(12A)

At 65, Harrison Ford has earned his right to sit back and take things easy. Instead (and surely not because he has made a mess of his pension plans), he is back again as Indiana Jones, wielding his whip once more.

Director Steven Spielberg and creator/executive producer George Lucas are back too with a snappy screenplay that pitches Our Hero into the Cold War in 1957 and has him battling Soviet agents led by Cate Blanchett’s dangerous Irina Spalko. 

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