Pride & Prejudice 6-Part Podcast (BBC mini-series)

Greetings, salutations, and warmest regards. Messrs. Fitzhalfyard and d’Almirall, and the Lady Laura Fitzhalfyard most cordially implore your attention for a faint touch of amusement and diversion to tickle your nerves with a most engrossing discourse regarding the televised play of Pride & Prejudice.

Amounting to something of a cultural phenomenon, the series skillfully blends roguish schemes; titillating wit; timeless characters; and masterful direction with nary a tarried moment. For which, one must say it is remembered with the uttermost fondness, but also as well for its sterling cast; among its ranks Alison Steadman, David Bamber, Cristin Bonham-Carter, Lucy Briers, Polly Maberly, Julia Sawalha, and M. Fitzhalfyard’s particular favourite, Benjamin Whitrow. Leading them all, naturally, are the exquisite Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

So please take respite, repose, and recline. We dare say that it will be among the most efficacious indulgences of the season.

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Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6

Pride & Prejudice Podcast: Episode 1

Greetings, salutations, and warmest regards. Messrs. Fitzhalfyard and d’Almirall, and the Lady Laura Fitzhalfyard most cordially implore your attention for a faint touch of amusement and diversion to tickle your nerves with a most engrossing discourse regarding the televised play of Pride & Prejudice.

Amounting to something of a cultural phenomenon, the series skillfully blends roguish schemes; titillating wit; timeless characters; and masterful direction with nary a tarried moment. For which, one must say it is remembered with the uttermost fondness, but also as well for its sterling cast; among its ranks Alison Steadman, David Bamber, Cristin Bonham-Carter, Lucy Briers, Polly Maberly, Julia Sawalha, and M. Fitzhalfyard’s particular favourite, Benjamin Whitrow. Leading them all, naturally, are the exquisite Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.

So please take respite, repose, and recline. We dare say that it will be among the most efficacious indulgences of the season.

 

M. Bingley and M. Darcy settle at Netherfield and engage the Bennet sisters. Mrs. Bennet is reduced to hysterics. Jane takes a cold. Intro music by Kimiko Ishizaka of The Open Goldberg Variations.

Friday One Sheet: Kingsmen II

Text is a powerful tool in the poster design arsenal. As I mentioned with last weeks poster, so is a single iconic token. Here we have Colin Firth’s tortoise-shell glasses, missing a lens, and text implying that the sequel to the sleeper spy movie of 2014, The Kingsmen will indeed feature Firth back in some role. The text serves the role to remind folks exactly what when down in the last film regarding the biggest British star in the cast.

If you want the flip side of care or creativity, look no further than the posters for Gus Van Sant’s still unreleased Sea of Trees, which is just a few bordered stills of the actors (concerned, bored?) faces overlayed on vaguely coloured or sepia toned backgrounds. Ouch, this is walmart sales-rack bad. If you must: Here, here and here. I would still very much like to see the film, which is set in Japan’s ‘forest of sadness,’ and got booed at Cannes a couple years ago (this is usually a good sign for me), but man, the marketing campaign is doing the film no favours.

Cinecast Episode 381 – Eau de Credíts

 
With Oscar night quickly approaching, we’re kind of on our last gasps of fresh cinema to talk about for a couple of weeks; so we enjoy this one as much as we can. Kingsman starring Colin Firth is not really what we expected, so to keep Andrew and Kurt’s experiential bias at bay, special guest, 11 year-old Willem Halfyard helps put things into perspective in a full spoiler assessment of the situation. After the boy’s bedtime, things get naughty as the grown-ups go on to talk about the Fifty Shades of Grey alternative in the much loved (and unfairly dominated) The Duke of Burgundy. Later, Kurt explores more gonzo action cinema including a triple scoop helping of Bourne and the unfairly hated (but loved around here) Domino and Book of Eli. Andrew takes the violence angle in a more classical route with John Ford’s Liberty Valance and animated rabbits killing animated rabbits. Oh and Dan Hedaya always brings the A-game… as do we.

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Cinecast Episode 363 – Maybe We Should not Give Up on Megan Fox

Back to a more classic styled Cinecast for Andrew and Kurt this week, a relaxed conversation on two major celebrity deaths these past few days, the smaller theatrical releases: Magic in the Moonlight, I Origins, Coherence and film festivaling. It’s all pleasant and sweet agreement for the first half of the show but things slowly go south at the start of the 1984 Project (which sees Roy Scheider in 2010 but really just doing his character from Jaws) and the nerd-shit really hits the fan as Ready Player One enters the conversation.

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Review: Devil’s Knot

Devil's Knot

The West Memphis Three have been the subject of several documentaries in recent years. The Paradise Lost trilogy by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky documented the trial of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin, and their eventual release from prison. Amy J. Berg’s West of Memphis, co-produced by Echols himself and Peter Jackson, shed more light on the 1994 trial, and resulting prison sentence that lasted just over eighteen years.

All evidence that can be brought to light, has. Interviews have been conducted, evidence resubmitted, and it has all been thoroughly documented over the past twenty years. It would stand to reason that Atom Egoyan’s dramatic retelling of the trial would shed new light on the events that took place in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993. At the very least, that it might add a new perspective. Unfortunately, it does not. Would you like to know more…?

Gambit Trailer

I want to yell at the people on youtube who are complaining that a movie called Gambit isn’t about the X-men character but that is a side note. What is more important is to let you know you should watch the trailer for the remake of the 1966 Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine comedy. First off the trailer is pretty fun but more importantly it is penned by the Coen Brothers. It was set for release in just under two weeks on October 12th but has now been pushed back into early 2013.

Cinecast Episode 244 – Of Muscles and Men

We’re going to spoil the shit out of Liam Neeson in The Grey this week. So I hope you’ve seen the film or don’t care about that sort of thing before listening. Right along with our “punch nature in the face” review, we’ve got a brand new top 5 list to go over that deals with manliness in cinema. Not entirely sure what that means to everyone out there, but Kurt and Andrew each give their take on the matter. A smaller watch list this week since we’re recording so close to last week’s episode, but there a bit in here to chew on for sure – including Kurt finally hitting up Joe Wright and his heavy melodrama, Atonement. That should be worth your price of admission right there. We’ve also brought back the homework assignment segment to the show and there may be rewards for those who complete their coursework, so be sure to listen for that. So sit back and enjoy the spirited festivities.

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Trailer: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

It doesn’t always work out so well for acclaimed European directors when they take on English-language films – remember Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck with The Tourist or Tom Tykwer with The International or Timur Bekmambetov with Wanted? Maybe only going as far west as the UK is a good idea, because early signs suggest that Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson might have a better time. The first trailer just dropped for his English-language debut Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy, based on John le Carré’s best-selling novel. Le Carré is well-known for writing excellent and realistic Cold War-era spy thrillers, and it looks like the film follow through on that, with a serious but urgent tone thanks to the driving string score. There’s a Russian mole at MI6, and just check out the cast list we’ve got working on ferreting the weasel out: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ciaran Hinds. Wow. I’m down for that cast, that director, OR that source material, so all three together should be pretty awesome.

Looks like the film releases September 16th in the UK and November 18th in the US. Check below the seats for the trailer.

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Everyone Loved “The King’s Speech” – Especially Britain

About a month ago I told everyone I know to mark David Fincher’s The Social Network on their Oscar ballot right now. It was a lock. It’s over. Guaranteed. While I will be sticking with that pick, it’s looking more and more like a closer race than I thought. The King’s Speech has been eating up audiences and the buzz is pretty much at its peak. On top of that, it nabbed 7 BAFTA’s last night (winning half of their 12 nominations) which just keeps the freight train a truckin’. Having said that, Fincher did get the win for Best Director and Best Screenplay, so I think there’s still a chance his film will get Best Picture come Oscar day.

Other than that, nothing here all that surprising or hard to predict. Another ho-hum Oscar season in which just about everything is either a lock or a 1 in 2 chance of winning. So just like last year, it seems there are really only two horses in this race. Who will cross the finish line first?

BAFTA Winners:

Best Film
The King’s Speech

Outstanding British Film
The King’s Speech

Director
David Fincher – The Social Network

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Chris Morris – Four Lions

Leading Actor
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Leading Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Original Screenplay
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

Film Not In The English Language
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Animated Film
Toy Story 3

Original Music
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography
True Grit – Roger Deakins

Editing
The Social Network – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Production Design
Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowa

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Sound
Inception – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

Special Visual Effects
Inception – Corbould, Franklin, Lockley, Bebb

Make Up & Hair
Alice in Wonderland – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag – Michael Pleas

Short Film
Until the River Runs Red – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Tom Hardy

 
 

TIFF Winner, “The King’s Speech” Gets a Fancy Trailer

Until about five minutes ago, all I knew about The King’s Speech was that it won the people’s choice award at The Toronto International Film Festival this year and it stars Mr. Colin Firth completely kicking ass (per usual). Now with this trailer being released I see that Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, Guy Pearce and Michael Gambon are also involved. Good heavens does this scream amazing or what?

As someone who majored in Speech Therapy in college, the plot of the film further intrigues me as it seems to be focusing on the King of England’s inability to speak properly due to a fairly sever stutter. With war on the horizon the King must speak for a nation. But for someone who stutters… not the easiest task. In what looks to be a pretty dramatic story but carried out in an almost playful manner, I have no doubt these actors are going to pull off something special here.

Early Oscar predictions are already buzzing all about this picture. Which isn’t all that surprising consider director Tom Hooper already has loads of award nominations under his belt for the excellent television mini-seires John Adams and the much fawned over, The Damned United. Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think. At the very least, it’s shot wonderfully.