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We get sent a lot of film treats here at BRWC, so here’s a place we can share them with you.  They’ll be clips, trailers, images and posters, links and all sorts.  Enjoy.


The Best Road Trips  FIlms Ever! – http://www.foraymotorgroup.co.uk/news/article/the-best-road-trip-movies-ever

K9 World Cup is a 3D animated movie about how teamwork and friendship can overcome adversity.

If you class yourself as a movie buff or all-round TV addict, the time has come to put those hours of unmissable telly to good use!  You can take the quiz here.

Fox Searchlight are proud to present the redband trailer for Craig Johnson’s comedy, WILSON, in select cinemas on June 9.  Directed by Craig Johnson, produced by Mary Jane Skalski and Jared Ian Goldman and starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Isabella Amara.

UK Official Poster for.... Spark Featuring the voices of Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Biel and Hilary Swank

UK Official Poster for Spark
Featuring the voices of Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Biel and Hilary Swank

 

MyFilmClub® is the ultimate app for film buffs. It brings together finding films and booking tickets, ordering VOD and Blu-ray/DVDs, with the freedom to chat with friends, create film clubs, and arrange meet-ups. You can even organise your own screenings, find local cinema events or event cinema, enter competitions, catch up on the latest film news and receive notifications about when your favourite film has tickets on sale. It also includes the best bits of WhatsApp and Citymapper and smashes them into one app. Making the big screen properly accessible from your small screen for the first time.  Download via the App Store and Google Play.

Sensates by their nature are a threat to secrecy. They must band together and fight for their survival. See how their epic journey unfolds in the new trailer for Sense8 season 2.

Aardman have released their first ever Aardman character VR experience, Shaun the Sheep Movie Barn VR! The free app is available to download from GooglePlay and the App Store and viewable through light mobile headsets, such as Google Cardboard.  Download Shaun the Sheep Movie Barn VR from GooglePlay and the App Store now!

The Style of La La Land: a style guide showing some of the ways you can bring elements of the Oscar winning film to your home. It’s great inspiration for those interested in movies, fashion and style, who are maybe looking to spruce up an area of their home.

Amazon Prime Video will premiere the highly-anticipated superhero comedy The Tick featuring Peter Serafinowicz on 25th August 2017.  Here’s the trailer.

A stark, stunning look inside the sweatshops of Gujarat, Jain focuses his camera on the workers who toil day and night in dark, dank textile factories. MACHINES is an unnerving but beautiful expose of where the clothes on our backs come from.

Here is an infographic on the first published appearance of about 150 superheroes, like a calendar of comic-book anniversaries.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, IMAX has released a special featurette with commentary from Director James Gunn on how he designed several sequences of the film with an expanded IMAX aspect ratio to provide audiences with a truly immersive cinematic experience.


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To celebrate the release of MADAME BOVARY – on DVD 24th April – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A lavish, sensuous and iconic adaptation of the classic novel by Gustav Flaubert, with a stunning all-star cast including Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti and Rhys Ifans.

Young beauty Emma Bovary impulsively marries a small-town doctor in order to leave life on her father’s pig farm far behind. She soon becomes bored with her mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside her marriage.

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Upon meeting the romantic Leon Dupuis, who infects her with wanderlust, and the seductive Marquis, who steals her heart, Emma recklessly pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever the price might be…

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God, I’d love to see how this pitch went. “We are going to make a film where Alec Baldwin is a baby!” I think that deserves a big budget from DreamWorks, don’t you? I would tell you the story to ‘Boss Baby’, but it doesn’t really go beyond Alec Baldwin being a baby. It wasn’t one I was looking forward to because, as I’m sure you’ve all seen, the advertisements for this film were horrible. This looked like garbage. It didn’t look funny, or smart, or have any reason to exist, all it did have was Alec Baldwin as a baby. But, the same could have been said about last year’s Storks and that was hilarious and smart so I risked it once again.

Okay, so what story there is involves a kid with an overactive imagination and his shock when his family extends with a new baby brother. The baby immediately takes over the house; as the adult version of the boy narrates in the film, he calls for meeting after meeting, he blows a gasket when his demands/requirements aren’t met, he practically controls the parents and he seems to be getting all of the love, giving the boy the feeling of being replaced with someone newer (an out-with-the-old scenario). But soon, the kid discovers that the baby can talk, and is indeed a boss of babies. He is on a covert mission to put a stop to a new type of puppy taking over the market. Yes, babies and puppies are at war for the love of people and a new breed of puppy from, I don’t know puppy headquarters, threatens to take all of love away from babies for good. The boy and baby must help each other and what follows is…just weird.

This plot is so needlessly complicated that I really did have a hard time remembering it, and an even harder time describing it. Alongside this, the story has a very strange structure, with numerous moments feeling like we have started another film. I had to mention that the kid had an overactive imagination because that is a surprisingly key part to the story. You see, the settings will change (sometimes even the animation too) to symbolise that we are in his imagination. This works in moments where we get an insight into the kid’s feelings (like him being in jail when he’s grounded), or in just delivering some fast-paced action or laughs. But, this is undone by the fact that, in what can only be assumed as the real world, there are some outlandish things happening. And I don’t just mean the talking baby; there is action, story and even fantasy elements that happen when the kid isn’t daydreaming. It becomes very confusing very quickly. Even the boss baby’s existence doesn’t make much sense; we get an entire baby world and corporation which basically gives a reason for how babies are born that kids will understand. But we also see the mother pregnant, how does that work?

The final third in particular feels very odd and clustered. There are some bizarre plot points brought in here, including a very odd villain voiced by Steve Buscemi, which are admittedly imaginative, but they don’t connect with what was given beforehand. And when they do, it feels a little forced. This could all have been fixed by the ending, which did annoy me. You see, we actually get a very good reason why all of this is happening at the end, and it’s smart and really heart-warming and, just works. And then it’s ruined in the last three seconds and nothing makes sense again. It’s a good example of sacrificing a story for a joke. On top of that the characters aren’t very good. They’re not bad, or at least the main characters aren’t, but they’re nothing new. We have seen these characters before and done better. The kid was basically the kid from Storks, but with less intelligent writing, and the baby doesn’t really get past that it’s just Alec Baldwin.

But, is Boss Baby funny? And to that I say yes. Sometimes it was because of how weird things were, but there are actually a lot of genuine laughs to be had here. I’ve gone on about the Alec Baldwin voice, but I really like Alec Baldwin. I hear the bad reputation he has as a person to work with, and I don’t doubt it’s true, but watching him as a professional actor (particularly for comedy) I think he’s actually really good. It’s the same reason I like Michael Caine, Baldwin plays himself in most roles (and especially this one, they don’t even hide it), but what a character he is. The acting is actually really good across the board on this one, everyone delivers their lines well and time their jokes perfectly. And the visual humour isn’t bad at all. It’s good, funny slapstick. This, of course, being helped by DreamWorks’ usual great animation. This is a beautiful film to look at.

Boss Baby

Boss Baby

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And there was actually one theme to the story that I really liked. I think it was really smart parodying a baby as the house’s new boss, which did lead to a lot of laughs down the line, but it’s what comes with it that I really appreciated. The feeling of being the older sibling to a new-born. Particularly when the older sibling gets past an age when the baby is born. It makes the kid, and the story as a whole actually pretty relatable. It’s nice to see, as not many films use this or don’t use it well. It’s a nice, heart-warming anchor for the rest of the film to work around, which to its credit it rarely strays too far from this theme.

It’s hard to say whether or not I recommend ‘Boss Baby’. If you want a nice, easy, fun time then I’d say check it out. But if you want something more, then I think the cluster bomb of a plot will get you down. If you can say to yourself “Alec Baldwin is the boss baby” and think that might be funny, then you’ll enjoy it. If not, there’s more on the horizon.

I just got home after the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse screening of Lost in London and a Q&A session afterwards with Woody Harrelson himself and I must say, I really really enjoyed the movie!

There is so much to talk about but basically what it boils down to is he has created a funny, philosophical, and personal piece of cinema that not only entertains but actually does something new with the medium.

Back on January 20th 2017 the film was shot in one complete take over 2 hours from 10:30pm and the whole time it was filming it was livestreamed to select cinemas across the globe. The edit I saw today had the benefit of added sound and music but apart from that it was completely untouched. There are moments where slight mistakes were made (one very big one) but they’re kept in and have a lot to do with the charm that makes this film so likeable.

Woody Harrelson is absolutely brilliant in it! You can tell it was a personal story cause he owns it from the very beginning. I have always been a fan but he really does exceed expectations at times here. The fact that he was a producer on the film as well as writing it and making his directorial debut with it is nothing less than incredible! It’s a huge success and really bodes well for what he might want to do next in terms of directing and writing. I doubt he will do the “one take” or the “live” thing again though as the man himself said it was hell! I must also mention that Owen Wilson crops up in a very funny bar scene and Bono’s voice is quite surreally heard over a phone call on loudspeaker. There a few other cool little celeb moments too but I won’t spoil them for you.

Lost In London With A Woody Harrelson Q&A

Lost In London With A Woody Harrelson Q&A

The only real comparison you can make to this film is Victoria from a couple of years ago and unfortunately when put side by side it would be Victoria that comes out on top just from the sheer spectacle of how far that takes it whilst still remaining within the one take restraint but Lost in London is definitely funnier and really has a lot to say about family, friendship and fame as well as just showing how things can get out of hand so quickly if we don’t keep our cool.

I really hope this gets a proper release and it sounds like it might as Woody is in talks with Picturehouse as the response from these Q&As has been so good. I would happily sit through this again in the theatre and I’m definitely going to go through Woody’s filmography and rewatch some of his classics. The man is a legend!

Documentaries are a great way to learn about an entirely new culture or interest. Some eye-opening, some breathtaking – and all captivating – here are 8 documentaries on Netflix you may not have heard of, but you should definitely watch.

The Epic of Everest (John Noel, 1924)

The Epic of Everest’ is an unmissable documentary for anyone even slightly intrigued by the grandeur and mystique of Mount Everest. Documenting the third attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest, we learn what lead to the death of the two explorers. The shots are exquisite and the story is enlightening. Are you ready for the climb?

We get sent a lot of film treats here at BRWC, so here’s a place we can share them with you. They’ll be clips, trailers, images and posters, links and all sorts. Enjoy.


In 1943, the people of the isolated Scottish island of Todday are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until their supply of whisky runs out. In the midst of this catastrophe, Sergeant Odd (Biggerstaff) returns on leave to court Peggy Macroon (Battrick), the daughter of the local shopkeeper (Fisher). Meanwhile, her sister Catriona (Kendrick) has just become engaged to meek schoolteacher George Campbell (Guthrie), although his stern, domineering mother refuses to give her approval. During a storm, the freighter S.S. Cabinet Minister runs aground near Todday and begins to sink. Two local inhabitants investigate and learn from its departing crew that the cargo consists of 50,000 cases of whisky. A battle of wits ensues between the stuffy English commander Wagget (Izzard), who wants to confiscate the salvaged cargo, and the islanders.

Director Paul Franklin’s drama “The Escape” will receive its world premiere on April 20th at the Tribeca film festival, and stars Julian Sands [A Room with a View, The Killing Fields], Art Malik [True Lies, Sherlock], Olivia Williams [The Sixth Sense, An Education] and Ben Miller [Death in Paradise, Johnny English].

Twentieth Century Fox are pleased to make available a new featurette for DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL. Based on the record-breaking book series and starring Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL will be released in cinemas from 20th May 2017.

Salt and Fire is the latest work by highly acclaimed Academy Award Nominee director WERNER HERZOG (Grizzly Man) including an all-star cast including MICHAEL SHANNON (Man of Steel, Nocturnal Animals, Boardwalk Empire), GAEL GARCIA BERNAL (Desierto, Y Tu Mamá También, Babel) and VERONICA FERRES (Pay the Ghost).

The winners of the 2016 edition were the shortfilm spanish-ugandan ‘El Mundo de Mao’, directed by the spanish Pablo de la Chica, which tells the story of a boy named Mao who chooses football as a way of emotional escape on having lived through the conflict of the extremist Christian organization LRA from the North of his natal Uganda and the full-lenght film spanish-zambian ‘Eighteam’, documentary which narrates the revival of football in Zambia after the airplane crash in 1993 where the country lost its national football team.

From acclaimed director Michael Dudok de Wit, and produced by the legendary Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro), comes a magical castaway story that combines beauty, nature, and mystery. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated feature, The Red Turtle is a stunning and touching animation about the transience of life.

Office Space meets Battle Royale as an office block is turned into a bloody arena when the staff are pitted against each other in a vicious kill or be killed game, in this top-notch horror thriller from director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). Watch & share a behind the scenes clip with the legendary actor John C McGinley.

Girlboss is inspired by the New York Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The series centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by the age of 27, had built the multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal. Girlboss is created by and executive produced by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect 1& 2, 30 Rock), who also serves as showrunner. Charlize Theron (Monster, Young Adult), Laverne McKinnon and Beth Kono of Denver & Delilah, Christian Ditter (How to Be Single) and Sophia Amoruso will also serve as executive producers. This is a Netflix production and there will be 13-half hour episodes.


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“The house I live in is an island. My dad says we’re trapped…He says a man who can read, write and kill has got it all”. So begins the story of a teenage-boy (Barry Keoghan) and his zombie-like hallucinating father (Dénis Ménochet), whose lifeless eyes we first encounter as he appears to watch six televisions at once. He eventually becomes coherent when recounting a complex dream. His wary son remains dubious.

A pink beach ball unites the lonely and thoughtful boy with a girl (Goda Letkauskaitė), a fellow field worker referred to by his father as ‘a stray cat’. As they drift in a boat, the boy comes out with a declaration of his gentle desire for her, not realising that two pairs of eyes in the bushes, Bill (Sean Buckley) and his wife (Eileen Davies) are gazing at him with the same longing. From that point on, I was hooked. Clues provided suggested that their life was not always as bleak – a tattooed wedding ring, a framed photo, an articulate boy.

Nominated at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature, writer and director Martin Radich has created a beautifully tragic and thoughtfully worded story in a bleak but scenic Norfolk. This is his third feature film after Crack Willow (2008) and The Conundrum (2011) and inspired by an image of a soldier Radich found in a book and hung onto: “…I want to listen to a story that might say something to me, that might educate me, that might offer up an alternative approach to a conundrum. That’s what cinema should do.” The boy’s simple and sincere speech, beginning with “I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to say to a girl…”, is worth learning by heart.

Cinematographer Tim Sidell’s images  – video mixed with the Alexa film-style digital camera –  are really striking. Have a look at his website (timsidell.com) for an unnerving and well-crafted image not included in the film. Barry Keoghan delivers and receives with delicate vulnerability. Watch out for him in Yorgos Lanthimos’ film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, screening at Cannes in May, as well as Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Dunkirk. Dénis Ménochet, seen in Inglorious Basterds and Assassin’s Creed, amongst many other films, is chillingly tender: ”On the surface I am clinical, underneath I am rotten”. Special mention to the casting director Layla Merrick-Wolff, who appears to be a genius for creating an eclectic group. Did I mention the soundtrack? Someone had a good time creating it.

To find out more, have a look at the BFI website’s interview with Martin Radich.

Michelle Williams has come a long way since her portrayal of the young and impressionable Jen Lindley on Dawson’s Creek. The teen drama would be her breakout role, but it was after her tearful goodbye on the smash hit show that we all hold close to our hearts (go on, admit it!) that she became a household name. Williams has accomplished the near-impossible – making the successful transition from a television series regular to a four-time Academy Award nominated actress through roles in My Week with Marilyn, Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, and now Manchester by the Sea.

To celebrate the release of Manchester by the Sea on digital download from May 8th and on DVD and Blu-ray from May 15th, we take a look at some of the key roles that made Michelle Williams one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Arguably one of the most important films to come out in the 21st century, this film was career defining for many of those involved. Tackling some of the most sensitive issues in American society, it follows two cowboys who embark on a relationship that would change the course of their lives. Starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis and Jack, we see a friendship turn into a passionate romance, despite the very different life that surrounds them. Michelle Williams plays Alma, the wife of Ledger’s rugged ranch handler, stealing the screen repeatedly as she deals with the unfolding situation as Ennis and Jack reunite after years of separation. Williams does a fantastic job of creating empathy for Alma and the situation she finds herself in, all while routing for the two leads to be able to act on their true feelings for each other.

By Michael Blyth.

In 2010 the BFI published their Most Wanted list, a tantalising countdown of 75 British films classified as ‘missing, believed lost’. Of all these forgotten gems (which ranged from silent Hitchcock to ’60s pop), nothing excited horror fans more than the inclusion of José Ramón Larraz’s 1974 little-seen cult classic, Symptoms. Selected for the 1974 Cannes Film Festival before promptly falling into cinematic obscurity, this claustrophobic Repulsion-esque chiller, which tells the uncanny tale of a young woman’s descent into madness at a remote English country mansion, was long confined to the blurry terrains of VHS bootlegs and online rips. Now lovingly restored and looking better than ever, Larraz’s infamous curio is available for all to enjoy on BFI player. And so, to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of a neglected genre classic, here are 5 more horror gems waiting to be discovered on BFI’s online platform. Let the nightmares begin…

The Night Has Eyes (dir Leslie Arliss, 1942)

The Night Has Eyes (dir Leslie Arliss, 1942)

The Night Has Eyes (dir Leslie Arliss, 1942)

One of only a handful of British horror films produced during WWII, this delicious slice of gothic melodrama (think Jane Eyre meets The Old Dark House) stars James Mason as Stephen, a reclusive composer living in an isolated mansion on the perennially misty Yorkshire Moors. When two lost women stumble on his property, Stephen offers shelter and a place to stay. But as romance blossoms between the taciturn recluse and one of his new guests, so too does the macabre truth of Stephen’s dark past. Also released under the more salacious titles Terror House and Moonlight Madness, this atmospheric chiller was given the BBFC’s dreaded H-for-Horror rating when it was released in 1942, possibly thanks to its surprisingly nasty conclusion. As ever, Mason makes for a broodingly effective leading man, while special mention should also go to Tucker McGuire for her scene-stealing role as man-hungry schoolteacher Doris. But the real stars are the Moors themselves – evocatively captured by Gunther Krampf (famed cinematographer whose work included Pandora’s Box and The Hands of Orlac) – which reek of dread and dark foreboding.