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film's annus mirabilis — In 1982, the mood in the United Kingdom was one of brash optimism. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were the best of friends. Before the year was out, Britain would boot Argentina out of the Falklands, Princess Diana would give birth to an heir to the throne, and Henry VIII's flagship, The Mary Rose, would be dredged up from the Solent.

Why We Have All Fallen For Eva Green — March 11th, 2015   G 300: Rise of an Empire, Article, Camelot, Casino Royale, Cracks, Review, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Perfect Sense, The Salvation, White Bird in a Blizzard, Womb   No Comments By Anne Billson There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly.

Dark side of Eva Green — There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly. Whether she's an American housewife on the verge of a nervous breakdown in White Bird in a Blizzard, or fixing those deep turquoise eyes on her oppressors in the revenge western The Salvation, or wrestling demons in the TV series Penny Dreadful, it's impossible to tear your gaze away.

Kristen Stewart best movies — Last month, Kristen Stewart made history by being the first American actress to win a César, the French equivalent of an Oscar. This will have no doubt come as a surprise to her many detractors, who regularly flock to Facebook, YouTube and Goodreads threads to endorse proclamations such as: "I can't believe why anyone keeps hiring her", and: "Kristen Stewart can't act".

The frightful rise of low-budget horror films — Filmgoers have been falling over themselves to complain about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I wonder how many of them will put their money where their mouths are by going to see another, more intriguing film about sexual domination that has just opened.

Rogue Trader, review: 'a criminal waste of a brilliant story' — Every week there seems to be at least one new British film to remind us of Franois Truffaut's observation that "There's something about England that's anti-cinematic." Even seemingly foolproof material gets the silk-purse-into-sow's-ear treatment.

The eclectic, unpredictable career of Ralph Fiennes — The poshness of British actors has been much discussed, and they don't come much posher than Ralph Fiennes. Haut-boho background, eighth cousin to the Prince of Wales; RADA-trained, RSC-honed; not pronounced Ralph but "Rayfe". Yet Fiennes's career has been so eclectic and unpredictable that he has somehow managed to sidestep the "posh" tag.

Anne Billson on three-act structure — Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is yet another sad example of a once-punchy title getting saddled with needless punctuation and verbiage. As for the film itself - the first act's a blast, the second is gripping, the third is ... meh, proving it's not just the title that suffers from an anticlimactic tail-off.

Baftas be damned: David Oyelowo is this year's best actor — David Oyelowo starred alongside Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen in the BBC drama 'Spooks' And yet, apart from a single Golden Globe nomination, nothing. The Screen Actors Guild and the Academy have ignored Oyelowo. He was even overlooked by the Baftas and the London Critics' Circle Awards, which you would have thought might have favoured a familiar British face.

Agora pressed my big phobia button — I love films in which men wear short skirts, hack at each other with swords or say things such as: "Did you know, my dear, that this golden web was spun from the beards of shellfish?" (That's an actual line from The Ten Commandments, by the way.)
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Mar 29, 2015

@AmeliaMangan @DegenerateBoy I loved it. (Plus! Sigourney as vampire!) But will NEVER appeal to teens & tweens. It's all ABOUT getting old!

Mar 29, 2015

@AmeliaMangan I think Whedon once gave Spike a pretty good speech addressing that very issue.

Mar 29, 2015

@MrPaulDuane @AmeliaMangan Yes, I love that story. They do a heist, and turn into bats to make their getaway!

Mar 29, 2015

@AmeliaMangan Vampires = the ultimate consumers. They don't build stuff, do they? They never get out in the daytime.

Mar 29, 2015

@Scannain_com I don't "have to". It's just an urge. I can resist it, if I want.

Mar 29, 2015

@AmeliaMangan Hmm. I must get cracking with the Suckers sequel so I can insert a speech like that. By a vampire wearing leather trousers.

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