Martin Sheen - Kat Kramer's 'Films That Change The World' held at the Canon USA, Inc. Screening Room at Canon USA, Inc. Screening Room - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th April 2015
One of the finest biopics in recent memory, this drama manages to present someone as iconic as Martin Luther King Jr. as a normal man anyone can aspire to emulate. Anchored by an internalised performance from David Oyelowo, the film is skilfully directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) with a sharp attention to subtle details. And the script by newcomer Paul Webb draws the characters with such complexity that the film has provoked controversy from people who like their heroes untextured.
The film enters Martin's story as he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside his activist wife Coretta (Carmen Ejogo) in October 1964, just over a year after his soaring "I have a dream" speech. And a few months later, he's called to Selma, Alabama, to help blacks who are being denied the right to vote by racially motivated voter registration laws. Martin meets with President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), who has more pressing things on his political agenda, then heads to Selma to lead a march on the state capitol in Montgomery. But the peaceful protest is met with nightmarish violence, ordered by Governor George Wallace (Tim Roth). So as the protesters regroup and plan a second march, Martin heads back to Washington to challenge Johnson to set some new priorities.
Cleverly, the script just covers a few months, punctuated with a series of King's most rousing speeches. Since none of this is presented for its big inspirational value, it has a much stronger kick than we expect. The film's punchiest scenes are almost silent, as King struggles to knot his tie before an appearance or fails to find the words to confess his infidelities to his wife. Oyelowo is so transparent in the role that King emerges as an everyday man with a gift for oratory in the right place at the right time. But it's his steely desire to do the right thing that makes him inspirational. And how he reacts when he discovers the human cost of his actions.
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With elements of political corruption and life-threatening prejudice, this film has a rather much darker premise than the youthful Slumdog Millionaire adventure it seems to be. While much of the movie revels in teen camaraderie and finding happiness amid poverty, the plot itself is actually rather dark, intense and violent. All of this kind of muddies any message the story might be trying to carry, but it definitely holds the interest, with lively central characters and an intriguing core mystery.
It's set primarily in the Rio dump, where 14-year-old Rafael (Rickson Tevez) sifts through rubbish looking for treasures. One day he finds an ordinary wallet and splits the cash inside with his pal Gardo (Eduardo Luis). But other contents hint at something much bigger. And that's confirmed when the police swoop in demanding answers. Top detective Federico (Selton Mello) is so intent on finding the wallet that Rafael and Gardo go into hiding, teaming up outcast teen Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) to solve the mystery themselves. But the cops are too brutal to be messing with, and they're right on the boys' trail. The only adults around to help are Father Juilliard (Martin Sheen) and charity worker Olivia (Rooney Mara). And they know better than to cross the police.
Yes, this is a story set in a world of deeply corrupt cops and even more perverse politicians. In flashback, the film also traces the story of the wallet's owner Jose Angelo (Wagner Moura) and his clash with a dirty politician. Director Daldry and writer Curtis struggle to balance the crowd-pleasing aspects of the film with the seriously nasty realities of how people rampantly exploit the poor in Brazil (and everywhere, obviously). The movie wants to be a boys' adventure romp, chasing clue after clue to piece together a much bigger mystery. But the truth of corruption and prejudice is much too big for such a breezy adventure.
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Three friends, Raphael (Rickson Teves), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) from Brazil all work on a landfill site. When one of them discovers a leather bag containing money and secret passwords, they have no idea that they hold the key to revolution and equality amongst the rich and poor. But when the corrupt local police force offer a substantial reward for the bag, the kids realise it must be more important than they first suspected. Soon, the police find out about what the boys have uncovered, and the three childhood friends come into a deadly conflict, with seemingly no chance of survival. With few friends on their side, the boys are up against the police force with only themselves to watch out for each other.
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Peter Parker is facing a period of deep confusion in every aspect of his life. No longer is everything black and white, nor is it easy to know what the right thing to do is anymore. He's struggling to cope with the death of his dear Uncle Ben, while still feeling unfamiliar with his past in regards to his parents. He's also trying to hold down a relationship with Gwen Stacy, but she ultimately adds to his troubles when she finds herself in a dilemma of her own. Meanwhile in his professional capacity as Spider-Man, he's not finding it easy to differentiate between the villains, the heroes and the just plain hard-done by. He faces deadly battles with the formidable Rhino and the rage-filled Electro; the latter of who it turns out is just as frightened of his own power as everybody else is. It turns out that there is a darker force happening elsewhere, and when his friend Harry Osborn returns, he starts to see OsCorp's sinister involvement.
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The new Spider-Man trailer makes the movie look thoroughly entertaining, even if it isn't The Winter Soldier.
There’s one big piece of news on the entertainment circuit that you should be paying attention to: how cool is the new Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer. According to popular opinion, it is with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone that the franchise has really found its footing and this second film from Garfield’s trilogy looks pretty much amazing, judging from the trailer, released yesterday.
The special effects look particularly gorgeous.
We already know that the masked superhero will be taking on a trio of The Green Goblin (Chris Cooper) The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx,) the latter of whom has a particularly cool scene in the trailer, as he goes after Spider-Man with whips of static electricity. Not to mention that his one line in the trailer is said with enough power to convert any non-believers in Foxx’s aptitude for the role. The point of the trailer is fairly obvious: Electro is coming and the lights are going out. In fact, that could make for some sneaky real-world parallels and maybe a power/electricity analogy here and there, which Marvel have obviously caught on to.
Peter Parker has always had difficulty trying to prioritise his life. There's the personal side of it; the ordinary teenage angst, trying to hold down a relationship with the lovely Gwen Stacy and mourning the death of his Uncle Ben; then there's the side about saving the world from supervillains and general criminals terrorising the street as Spider-Man. While more often than not successful, he is about to face his biggest challenge yet as he is swamped by enemies such as the formidable Rhino and the quick as lightning Electro. Not only that but, as his friend Harry Osborn returns, he begins to realise that weapons manufacturer OsCorp is cropping up in all situations regarding his foes - just what is Osborn's father plotting?
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J.D. Salinger - known to his friends as Jerry - is the mysterious author of the most famous adolescent book in the last century, 'The Catcher In The Rye'. Little has ever been known about the talented Jewish author; he preferred to keep his private life out of the public eye, stopped taking interviews 30 years before his death and hated being photographed by the media. In 1965, he had stopped publishing stories altogether and few people knew exactly what had happened to him. Few people also knew about his troubling experiences in the army during World War II and there were rumours that he had suffered a nervous breakdown and worked on his writing alone in an isolated cabin. It was no wonder, in some respects, that he wanted to stay out of the limelight as much as possible, after three young boys used the novel to justify cold-blooded murders. Now, some of the most sought after details of his Salinger's personal life are revealed, from his relationships to his emotional struggles.
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Out first look at a moving Electro
Spiderman may be just under a year away – for those that care to do the maths, that’s ages – but that hasn’t stopped the buzz. And rarely is that buzz stronger (buzzier) than it is when a new bit of footage is released. Comic-Con 2013 provided us with just that.
On set at the Amazing Spider Man 2
“I can feel it in the walls. I feel it in my veins,” warns the latest Spider-Man villain in the latest piece of footage revealed. “No matter what you do doc, you can’t contain it. You want to know how powerful I am? Well I want to know too. I’m Electro,” he says.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as a franchise, is one of the highest grossing movie productions in history, taking 6th, 20th, and 29th in that list, so it's no wonder that the first of the prequel trilogy, by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, almost makes its audience quiver with anticipation. However, intial reviews have been distinctly lukewarm.
Variety's verdict is that "it doesn't offer nearly enough novelty to justify the three-film, nine-hour treatment," adding "The primary advance here is technical, as Jackson shoots in high-frame-rate 3D, an innovation that improves motion at the expense of visual elegance." Apparently, the movie starts incredibly slowly- which isn't really surprising given that Jackson is making a full three films out of just one novel. The reviewer remains intrigued about what could have been, saying "it would have been fascinating to see del Toro's take on The Hobbit."
Likewise, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy was really unimpressed, summing up his review by saying "More is less in Peter Jackson's gargantuan first instalment of his second J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy." He also comments on the time it takes for the story to take off, but praises Martin Sheen for his role as the young Bilbo Baggins, saying that he "grows into the part, giving hope that the character will continue to blossom in the two forthcoming instalments."
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The last instalment of the Twilight Saga hit cinemas this Friday and in the USA it cruised into box office success, becoming the sixth highest grossing film on its opening day ever.
The film took in a massive $71.2 million on Friday (16) night, however this still wasn't enough to send it above its predecessors Breaking Dawn – Part 1 ($71.6 million) and New Moon ($72.7 million). Box office experts are predicting the film to hit the $135 million mark by the end of the weekend, with some estimates even putting the film as high as $150 million. The film will have to hit the latter prediction if it is to beat the takings of New Moon and Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which took in $142.8 million and $138.1 million respectively. Meanwhile, in overseas markets, the film has raked in $91 million already.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the final instalment of the Edward Cullen and Bella Swan love tale, which stars real-life couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as the sparkling vampire and his human girlfriend. The ending of the series has no doubt prompted boyfriends across the globe to let out a sign of relief.