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Anne Billson | The western never died | Film | The Guardian — True Grit is going great guns at the American box office, making it the Coen brothers' highest-grossing movie ever. Some might see this as a sign that the western is making a comeback. But, honestly, I don't think it ever really went away.

Woody Allen: from leading ladies to dumb broads — Another year, another Woody Allen film. Whatever Works is his 39th full-length feature. The 40th (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) was screened at Cannes, and he's already preparing his 41st. In France, where the Woodster is still worshipped as a god, you can practically set your watch by the annual Allen release.
Jul 22, 2015

@AmeliaMangan @cybersphynx Dates from Farrow break-up (sorry for link but easier than trying to stuff it into tweet)…

The Thing set on survival — Antarctica, 1982. The first week of winter. Two Norwegians in a helicopter are chasing a sled dog, which flees through the snow to a United States science station, where the 12 occupants emerge to see what's happening. One of the Norwegians accidentally blows himself up, the other is shooting wildly, and is himself shot dead.
Jun 16, 2015

@MentorsCamper Almost certainly. But what's the betting they didn't like the original either, when that came out?…

Why restyle Great Women of History as cockamamie feminist role models? — I have no intention of going to see The Iron Lady. This is not for political reasons (though there is that) but because it's by the same director as Mamma Mia!, which was like a drunken Club Med hoedown shot through a sock.
Jun 12, 2015

@8bitnortherner @mattzollerseitz Mind you, I don't think we need positive role models - just good female characters.…

Sep 05, 2015

@AmeliaMangan It's a whitewash! Imagine what a fabulous OTT bitchfest it COULD (& SHOULD) have been!… @johnwarrender

An education that is very British — Blame it on too much early exposure to comics like Bunty, but I'm excited about seeing An Education, because parts of it are set in a girls' school that sounds an awful lot like the one I went to, except we played hockey instead of lacrosse.
Apr 23, 2015

I wrote about the shortage of movies set in girls' schools for The Guardian. Was this six years ago already? Blimey.…

Helen Mirren tribute — You don't get to be a National Treasure without putting in a lot of legwork. Helen Mirren might be a junior member in today's triumvirate of Great British Dames - she was born a decade after Maggie Smith and Judi Dench - but like them her current fame is only the tip of a very large iceberg.

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.
Mar 26, 2015

I wrote about the films of 1982 - genre cinema's annus mirabilis?…

Mar 26, 2015

Here's a link to my piece about 1982 movies that definitely works:…

Mar 26, 2015

RT @TelegraphFilm: Apologies @AnneBillson for Conan picture horror. Now with improved pix: why 1982 was a fantastic year for movies

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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.
Mar 11, 2015

RT @EvaGreenWeb: A writer who gets IT! Read @AnneBillson's piece on Ms. Green: "Why We Have All Fallen For Eva Green"

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".
Mar 06, 2015

Great celebration of Kristen Stewart here by @AnneBillson (smashing in STILL ALICE, even better in SILS MARIA)…

Mar 06, 2015

This, by @AnneBillson, explains why Kristen Stewart is actually a hero to us all.…

Mar 06, 2015

Love this @AnneBillson piece on what Kristen Stewart is doing right. Superb point about Snow White and the Huntsman…

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Nov 26, 2015

Stories that might have been different if a good cosmetic surgeon had been to hand: The Man Who Laughs, Frankenstein, Nôtre-Dame de Paris.

Nov 26, 2015

Everyone in THE MAN WHO LAUGHS laughs at him, though he looks scary, not funny. But he's nice, so it's terribly sad.

Nov 26, 2015

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS: Veidt does amazing acting with eyes. Also has faithful dog called Homo. Which of course means title cards saying "Homo!"

Nov 26, 2015

Started blubbing when sad clowns think Veidt is dead, so they pretend to put on a show to convince blind Mary Philbin that he's still alive.

Nov 26, 2015

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (Paul Leni, 1928) Terrific. Conrad Veidt disfigured as boy by father's enemies who carve his face into Joker-like rictus.

Nov 26, 2015

RT @robbiereviews: Here are my reviews of a) Black Mass and b) Johnny Depp's implausible face therein.…

Nov 26, 2015

@robbiereviews Instead of putting Depp centre-stage = error. Goodfellas works b/c it's POV of Liotta, not flashier Pesci or scarier De Niro.

Nov 26, 2015

@robbiereviews Wish it had been Connolly's story with Depp as sinister threat on sidelines - his character stays one-note psycho throughout.

Nov 26, 2015

"Profitez de la Vie, avec ou sans terroriste elle peut se finir à tout moment" Mostly sensible comments.…

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