Out on DVD in the UK on Monday.
My review of Cuckoo is up:
Out on DVD in the UK on Monday.
Director Michael Winner talking on Wednesday after his 1960s comedy-crime-caper 'The Jokers', which still stands up today. He had lots of anecdotes about Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson, etc.
Hi, I went to watch The Way again last night (review coming in the near future), because the legend that is Martin Sheen came to do a Q&A.
He was joined by his son, Emilio Estevez.
Both were extremely charming and humble.
In the Berlinale Palast, an amazing cinema, they display the film-makers and actors who attend the press conferences. The Festival makes them look pretty cool!
I've been so crazy with the Berlin Film Festival that I've not been doing the updates I've wanted. When I get back, you'll get them in full! :-)
True Grit is not in competition. So far the two best films I've seen are Pina (Wim Wenders 3D ballet documentary, which is not competition either), and Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse. That is one of the favourites to win the Golden Bear.
Hi, I saw three films on the first day:
- Familiar Ground
None blew me away. The best was Familiar Ground,a Quebecois surreal comedy about a dysfunctional family.
Swans was also about family, but an even more dysfunctional one. With a bit of incest thrown in for good measure.
Utopians had a lot of walk outs. It concerned three friends making their way and it was pretty irritating.
True Grit was the opening night film. I've already seen it. As you expect from the Coens, it's stunningly well made, but I still prefer the original. :-)
Just been to the Kaiser Supermarket, and it appears Berliners love their Haribo. Who doesn't though eh?
However, I do prefer M&S's Percy Pigs!
Just found out at baggage handling from someone working with the film, that David Cronenberg's latest A Dangerous Method, about Freud and Jung and starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel, won't be showing at the Berlin Film Festival as it's still not finished. Shame!
On a totally different note, check out this trailer instead:
Saw Fantasia on Sunday at the BFI, as part of the Disney 50 for 2011.
I can't believe how daring, ambitious and experimental it is!
Hi, my West is West review is up! :-)
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