1. Billy Elliot (2000) “Miss, you don’t fancy me, do you?” “No, Billy. Funnily enough, I don’t. Now piss off!” Walters’s delivery of her line, holding on the pause with masterly skill, and then rebuking Billy for his presumption while keeping it light, showed her control of this great role. She plays Mrs Wilkinson, the dance teacher into whose class young Billy (Jamie Bell) accidentally strays while supposedly taking boxing lessons next door and in which he shows precious talent. The exchange comes when Mrs Wilkinson tells Billy: “For some time now I’ve been thinking about the Royal Ballet school.” – “Aren’t you a bit old, miss?” “No, not me, YOU! I’m the BLOODY TEACHER!” … [Read more...] about Julie Walters’ best film performances – ranked!
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Few films have had to weather accusations from so many different directions. First there were students from the Netherlands Film Academy insisting that the premise was lifted from their short film The Space Between Us, about a female cleaner who comes to the rescue of an amphibious humanoid in a laboratory. That objection was dealt with swiftly: plans for Del Toro’s movie were under way by 2015, when that short was made, and the NFA declared that no theft occurred. But representatives of the late playwright Paul Zindel have since filed a copyright infringement lawsuit, accusing The Shape of Water of reproducing elements from the play Let Me Hear You Whisper, in which the creature concerned is a dolphin. (Fox Searchlight said in a statement: “Guillermo del Toro has never read nor seen Mr Zindel’s play in any form.”) Meanwhile director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has pointed out similarities between the edge-of-the-sofa soft-shoe shuffle in The Shape of Water and a scene … [Read more...] about Seen it all before? The Shape of Water and claims of movie plagiarism
Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and costume designer Neeta Lulla are among the 819 artistes and executives who have received invitations to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Bhatt's last movie, 'Gully Boy' directed by Zoya Akhtar was India's official entry for best international feature category at the 2019 Oscars. However, the film failed to earn an Oscar nomination. Other prominent Indian names to receive invitations are casting director Nandini Shrikent, documentary filmmakers Nishtha Jain and Amit Madheshiya, visual effects supervisors Vishal Anand and Sandeep Kamal. In a statement, the Academy said the new invitees include 36 per cent of people of colour and 45 per cent women. Artistes from 68 countries. Those who accept the invitation will have voting rights at the 93rd Academy Awards, scheduled to be held on April 25, 2021. "The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. … [Read more...] about 93rd Academy Awards: Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Crown has officially announced who will be taking over from Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in the fifth and final season of The Crown.Oscar-nominated actress Lesley Manville, who is perhaps best known for her roles in Phantom Thread, Another Year and Mum, has confirmed that she will be up next to portray the Princess. … [Read more...] about The Crown has announced who will play Princess Margaret in final season
So many blurred lines, so much personal sound and fury being shot, cut, printed. It’s tempting to view Ferrara’s self-proclaimed “portrait of an artist as a not-so-young man” as a thinly veiled autobiography, his current living situation refashioned as a day-in-the-life character study. Write what you know, and what the director knows in his newly domesticated, debauchery-free life are walks in the park, prayer beads, and waiting for the local market to get fresh pineapple and beans in. … [Read more...] about ‘Tommaso’ Review: A Filmmaker’s Exorcism, Italian Style