Film of the Day: No, I’m Not Going To Write About Maggie Thatcher…

… or mention the film The Iron Lady. Phew. Finally, a Thatcher-free haven. And I’m not talking about Britain, now that she’s gone. In fact, I’m not talking about her at all. MaggieMaggieMaggie. I’m not talking about her because everyone else in the country is and you can’t look at a paper without a thousand words on her legacy, her funeral, the fact that she wore hats (and, apparently, sometimes even gloves) and occasionally smiled (despite cracks clearly appearing around her heart as she did so) being thrust into your face. This is a Maggie-free zone. So…

 

FILM OF THE DAY:

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“I’m a professional businessman not a professional Pakistani. And there is no question of race in the new enterprise culture.”

A LAUNDERETTE AS BIG AS THE RITZ. OH YES.

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Johnny: “Ain’t nothing I can say to make it up to you. There’s only things I can do to show you… That I am with you.”

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**THIS IS ENGLAND ’85**

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STEPHEN FREARS’ AND HANIF  KUREISHI’S 1985 FILM IS AN IRONIC SALUTE TO THE THATCHER-CHAMPIONED SPIRIT OF PRIVATE CAPITALISTIC ENTERPRISE. IT ALSO THROWS CLASS, RACE AND INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS INTO THE MAGGIE-MELTING POT AND JABS HOLES IN THE IRON-CLAD TORY TENET OF ‘FAMILY VALUES’ BY FEATURING A SUCCESSFUL GAY RELATIONSHIP AS ONE OF THE CENTRAL STORYLINES.

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DID I SAY THIS WAS A MAGGIE-FREE ZONE? MY MISTAKE.

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posted by Dixie Turner

New to our Shelves (AKA Where Have You Been All Our Life?)

Video City: No room for improvement, and yet….

Despite being fabulous in every way (except when tired/grouchy), despite there really being not much room for improvement (except maybe a bit more room) and despite the fact that we have pretty much every film you’re ever going to want to see (except for those ‘special’ titles that are apparently not appropriate for British eyes),  despite all of this we still like to better ourselves (which is really impossible) which is why every week we add THINGS WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE (even though we have everything).

THIS WEEK, WE HAVE ADDED:

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Gambit – the original (and far better) 1966 classic, starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine.

 

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Affair in Trinidad (1952) – a classic thriller to add to our Rita Hayworth collection (check out Gilda and Cover Girl) Originally a dancer (and Fred Astaire’s favourite dance partner), her opening number shows of her twinkle toes pretty well. Also starring the ever stern-faced Glenn Ford (catch him in The Big Heat).

 

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The Boxer (1997) stars actor-of-the-hour, triple-time Oscar-winner, Daniel Day-Lewis, as a boxer who has returned home after years in jail to unwanted attention from his IRA friends. Great performances, as you’d expect, from him and co-star Emily Watson who plays the lover he left behind whilst doing his time.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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So many frocks for such a little fella…

In case you missed the news, the cream of Hollywood have announced their nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards. Whilst we wait with bated breath to see what everyone will be wearing, you can divert yourselves by ruminating upon the following (click on links for the trailers, folks):

BEST PICTURE:

Amour
Argo
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has the most nominations with 12 in total, including for Daniel Day-Lewis, who seems to be the favourite for best Actor. Check out Daniel in his previous Oscar-winning roles in There Will Be Blood (2007) and My Left Foot (1989).

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Despite being Mr. Hollywood, Schindler’s List has been the only film to win Best Picture that Spielberg has ever made. So far.

BEST DIRECTOR:

Life Of Pi – Ang Lee
Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
Amour – Michael Haneke
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

BEST ACTOR:

Denzel Washington – Flight
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

BEST ACTRESS:

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Alan Arkin – Argo
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master (Check him out in Jack Goes Boating)
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Amy Adams – The Master (Check her out in The Fighter and Julie and Julia)
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Sally Field – Lincoln
Jacky Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Amour – Austria
Kon-TikiNorway
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A Royal AffairDenmark
War WitchCanada

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Amour, nominated in both the Best Picture and Best Foreign Pic categories, is directed by Michael Haneke. If you know him not, then get on it now. Recommended essential viewing to get up to speed: The Piano Teacher, Hidden, White Ribbon, Funny Games and Code Unknown. That should keep you busy until Amour comes out on DVD (18th March, so stop asking).

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War
Searching For Sugar Man

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Michael Haneke – Amour
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
John Gatins – Flight