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tv   The Film Review  BBC News  September 13, 2019 8:45pm-9:01pm BST

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now on bbc news, it's time for the film review. hello and a very warm welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is, as always, mark kermode. hello! what have you been watching, mark? well, we have downton abbey, which is the big screen version of the tv series that i think everyone is aware of. we have honeyland, an extraordinary tale of beekeeping in macedonia. and hustlers, for which people are already talking about a possible oscar nomination forjennifer lopez. i had no idea there was a downton abbey film out. so little publicity!
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if only they'd let us know somehow. here is the thing, i have never seen the tv show and i know you have... i quite like it. but the thing is, having never seen the tv show, you watch the movie and go, that is exactly what i thought it was going to be. the story is there is a royal visit to downton which sets everybody in a tizzy. there is a conflict amongst the serving staff over who actually gets to serve the royals. there is a hint, a hint of political intrigue with the merest whiff of republican insurgence, and then there is a touching matter of an inheritance that may cross class boundaries. here's a clip. how clever of you to find me. well, not really. i lived here 40 years. i assume this is your maid? yes, this is lucy smith. oh, good evening, smith. good evening, milady. shall i go? no, not from me. i'm delighted to meet you. i've heard so much about you.
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is there something you want? oh, just to see you're comfortable and to confirm our little chat for later. i live my own life now, violet, i'm not what i was. my father is gone, my husband is gone, i see no reason not to do what i want. it doesn't mean there is no reason, merely that you cannot see it. i think lady merton is right. we'll have it out once and for all. but now i must go to her majesty. brilliant! you laughed all the way through that. i'm just a little worried it is not quite camp enough! there was an interview where hugh bonneville said gillian fellowes — who wrtoe this — did think, why don't i make this about, give it social realism? no, let's do a royal visit instead.
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in fact, there is a joke about the general strike. somebody asks maggie smith's character, "has the strike affected you?" she says, "well, my maid is a communist and she has been a bit uppity." beyond that, it is exactly what you would expect. it is odd to think that in the background of all this is gosford park. which was dark and satirical and had... and then, downton was sort of a spin off and then became a thing of its own. now it comes back to the screen with, i have to say, the rough edges taken off it. there is a very fleeting subplot which has a thriller element and then they forget about it. then they get back to having conversations over cups of tea. does it need to be on the big screen? is it cinematic in that sense, or is itjust a load of froth? it doesn't need to be on the big screen, but the fact is, i laughed. maggie smith is terrific. it feels like a really comfortable armchair, and although i have never sat in that armchair before, i know exactly where we are with this. there is a lot of discussion about,
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the world is changing. is there still a place for us? to which the answer is, absolutely! and if we felt like coming back for another movie, let's do it. why would you mess with the formula? people who go to see downton abbey, they know what they want. why would you mess with it? yes, and i saw the trailer in the cinema, and the frisson of excitement that went through the audience when maggie smith popped up. quite something. may i hazard a guess it was an older audience? possibly a bit older than me. it does exactly what it says on the tin, and as a 56—year—old man who had never seen the tv series, i knew exactly where everything was. onto something which really was surprising. honeyland, which is this macedonian documentary about a disappearing way of life. we meet this woman who is in her mid—50s, harvesting honey from wild places.
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she is up on the side of a mountainous region. she reaches her hand into the rocks for the honey. half for me, half for them. it is a very traditional way. she doesn't have her hands covered, the bees do not sting her because they appear to know her. then we see her looking after her mother, who is very infirm. there is some discussion about why she never got married, why the matchmaker never found a match for her but clearly she is there to look after her mum. and she has this very traditional way of life which then gets essentially messed up by the neighbours, who have a different way of doing things, and so it is about a lifestyle that is in retreat. it is a really, really moving documentary. there is something profoundly mysterious about bees anyway. it is not surprising that there are so many dramas are made with bees at the heart of them. it is not narrated, the story tells itself. a lot of the time, we look at her face. there are some incredibly intimate moments of her and her mother in their house, and you feel the film—makers have done a brilliantjob of disappearing into the background. what you are seeing is unmediated reality.
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i know it isn't, i understand everything is edited, but it seems really real. very profound, very moving and you will not have seen a film like it this year. i think it is really worth checking out. very impressive. very clever film—making. and again, third one. good variety. hustlers, this comedic drama inspired by a new york magazine article about exotic dancers scamming their clients. jennifer lopez, people are talking about her as a possible oscar nominee. she plays ramona, the queen bee dancer who takes constance wu's destiny under her wing and says, "i will show you how this works." here's a clip. i was a centrefold once. no way. '93. oh, my god! back when stevie wonder came in.
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how did stevie wonder come in? casey had him in the champagne room — swears to god he isn't blind. wow! how come you're so good? i see you with every single kind of guy and... i don't know, it's like you have them all figured out. i guess i'm just a people person. it is written and directed by lorene scafaria who made that strange little movie seeking a friend for the end of the world, and it plays out like a cross between the wolf of wall street and magic mike, with a bit of a movie that nobody saw called dancing at the blue iguana, which was again about dancers but it approached them as characters first. this is very good in establishing all these characters, establishing the relationships between them, and you see why it is they decide, "look, the people we are performing for, they are crooks. they caused the financial crisis.
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why should we not take them for all they're worth?" there is a heist movie built into it. people decide, "look, this is the only thing we can do. we have to take desperate measures." it is a really interesting film because it is not in any way leering or in any way sort of... it is gritty, the life they lead is dark... but it is really funny. the characters are very, very vibrant. as i said, it's very well written and directed. there is a terrific central performance. the whole cast are pretty good, but it works because it has got a lot of chutzpah to it. it is a big, bold, brassy film, but it has got real depth and it has got real characters, and you care what happens to them. and it is really funny when it needs to be. intriguing. a good week! best out is a classic rerelease. midnight cowboy is 50 years old,
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which is a terrifying thought, and so it is back on the big screen. it is a bfi reissue. this isjon voight and dustin hoffman probably at ca reer—best performances. famously, the only american x—rated movie to win best picture — although that's because the x rating came to mean something else. it is brilliant. the iconic score byjohn barry. a tale about a hustler and a conman who come together, and it is a strange buddy relationship. and it is so brilliant watching it again, because the reason this film has endured is because you absolutely believe in those two characters. you believe in the strange friendship that they have between each other, and moments like watching dustin hoffman walking across the road, nearly getting run down and banging the taxi, saying, "i'm walking here!" which apparently was an ad lib and now has become one of the most movie lines of all time, so really well worth seeing back on the big screen. if you've never seen it in the cinema, go and see on the big screen. i was enjoying the period element of it and watching new york and its skyline, and i thought the two of them
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were absolutely terrific. i am still slightly struggling with some of it, but there are things about it i like. i think that photography is a winner. they look like they are out on the streets. true that. and for anyone that wants to sit on the sofa... i chose this for you. john wick 3: parabellum. thanks, mark! i know you are a big keanu reeves fan, particularly in the ultra—violent john wick series. here is the thing i would say about this. think of it not as a violent action movie, think of it as a musical with well choreographed dance numbers thatjust happen to involve people hitting each other. i think this is the best of thejohn wick movies. really great action movies, when they are at their best, are like musicals. it is all to do with choreography. keanu reeves, whatever one may think about him, iam not i am not saying this ironically, is a good martial arts actor. he is really physical. i think this is the best
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of the john wick series and you should definitely check it out. i am very busy watching downton abbey. thanks for the idea! enjoy your cinema going, whatever you decide to go and see this week. thanks for being with us on the film review. see you next time, bye—bye. good evening. friday brought us a fine, settled end to the working week. lots of sunshine and blue skies. similar scenes to this one behind me, which was taken by one of our weather watchers in gloucestershire during friday afternoon. now, the outlook through the course of the weekend is more of the same. so predominantly, things are looking dry. we have got some rain working in to the north, and scotland in particular is going to see some fairly heavy rain and some brisk winds through the day on saturday. high—pressure in charge for much of the uk through friday night and into saturday morning but this area of low pressure approaching scotland, that's bringing the wet and windy weather. lots of isobars on the map there. so the winds picking up across the north and west of scotland from the word go. fairly cloudy here. also quite breezy and cloudy across parts of northern ireland through the second half of tonight.
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england and wales overnight keep the dry weather with the clear skies, and it's going to be turning quite chilly here. temperatures even in the towns and cities well down into the mid—single figures, but it will be colder than that in the countryside, and there will be a few mist and fog patches around i think first thing saturday. through the day on saturday, the cloud in the rain moving in across the northwest of scotland. also clouding over in northern ireland and turning a bit breezy. england and turning a bit breezy. england and wales, fine, dry and sunny again. the high teens further north. and then as we head through the saturday afternoon, those winds really pick up across northern and western scotland. just about 40—60 mph, especially when he appears the northern islands. the winds will ease on into sunday. the rainfall becoming fairly late and patchy.
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through the day on sunday, we've got this weather fronts just pushing its way a little bit further south. northern ireland, parts of northern england, parts of north wales, too. a real contrast in temperature every sunday, only about 11! degrees in edinburgh. up to about 15 celsius in london and the southeast. as we look ahead to the next week, it looks like high pressure is often going to be in charge, so lots of dry sense of leather with some sunshine. here is the outlook for our capital cities over the next five days or so in this temperatures once again will creep up as we look towards next weekend. bye—bye for now.
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