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Silence, Passengers, Assassin's Creed

Antonia Quirke runs through the New Year releases.


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half past six, with me, Ollie Foster, BBC News. First, time for

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the film review. Hello, and a very warm welcome to

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the film review. To take us through this week's

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cinema releases is Antonia Quirtke. We are going to start with Silence,

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Martin Scorsese's new film, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam

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Driver, they are playing Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan.

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Passengers, starring Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, about two

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passengers sleeping in suspended animation for 120 years on their way

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to a new colony on a far-away planet and they wake too early. And also,

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Assassin's Creed, Michael Fassbender's big movie, based on the

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computed game. So we will be looking at some films which were released

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over the festive period. Let's kick off then with Silence, great passion

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of Martin Scorsese, trying for years and years to get this made. First

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got it in with Daniel Day Lewis, Gallagher -- Gael Garcia Bernal and

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have you buy them have been attached to it. He was famously brought up a

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devout Catholic, had a great and genuine interest in the priesthood,

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at one point he was going to join the priesthood, so Catholicism has

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been a real thing for him. -- Benicia Del Toro. Religion in his

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films, the last temptation of Christ and Kundun but even something like

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mean streets, marvellously there. What is the religious Martin

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Scorsese like? This is a difficult film to watch, it is about the

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persecution and torture of priests and their flock. 106 to one minutes,

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incredibly long, and relentless, long conversations reflecting Martin

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Scorsese's own ambiguity towards his own faith. I know that it has been

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very highly praised, and not many people have gone to see it but it

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has been critically tremendously well received. I found it... I think

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that there is a pulse of confusion in it, I was not clear what Martin

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Scorsese was trying to say. The directors he admires, religious

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directors, Carl Dreier, with Joe Navarre, Robert Bresson, there is a

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euphoria in those sorts of films. Things like Joe Navarre. And yet,

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you can't think, this was says's moment to join the ranks of those

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kind of directors. -- Martin Scorsese's moment. I'm not sure that

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he has done it, but I know that many people disagree with me. -- Carl

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Dreyer. Let's take a little clip here, for a preview. Padre. We have

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fought to travel, for the Lord. You must pray for courage. If we do not

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do what they want, then there could be danger for everyone in the

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village. They could be put in prison, they could be taken away for

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ever. What should we do? Trample. Trample! It is all right to trample.

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What are you saying? You can't! ... You can't... As you were saying, a

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long watch, a pretty gruelling watch, but the performance is good?

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Absolutely, Andrew Garfield, when he played Spiderman, that role did that

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young actor no favours and here he is, he has a quality of deeply

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inherent youthfulness and vulnerability, anyone who saw him in

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never let me go will remember that, and also, a Japanese actor, is your

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garter, he plays the grand Inquisitor in this, and he is an

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incredible actor, ingenious casting for Martin Scorsese. -- Spider-Man

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-- Never Let Me Go. And this is a comedic actor, but he playing

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someone who does the most terrible things, he's a comedic actor, he has

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wonderful kabuki gestures, and the performance are something else. --

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Issey Ogata. Something pretty different, Passengers, silence,

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gruelling, is Passengers something easier? A lot fluffier, a lot more

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fun, this is about two passengers in suspended animation, hibernation for

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120 years on their way to a new colony on a new planet and for

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reasons we will not go into, spoiler alerts, they wake up early.

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Wonderful idea, so is able, two strangers facing an eternity

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together, walking endless corridors, gigantic spaceship, and, breaking

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into the entertainment facilities, and with their little wristbands,

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one of the funniest things is the ways in which there is even know one

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else existing, you are still slaves, your life had been formalised before

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you left Earth. Also this lovely simmering sexual tension between the

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two main stars... It would have been all right to leave it at that but

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there is this derring-do, in the third act, not entirely necessary.

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You can feel moments where it is reaching for some tougher kind of

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glory, think of something like Alien and wandering the corridors of that

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spaceship, intensely sinister and threatening place to be but this

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place looks pretty nice. I would not mind moving there myself! There are

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moments when you are shown how jerry-built this craft is, hammering

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away against things, putting fuses together to get things to work, that

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ought to have been frightening and made me feel how vulnerable these

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people are and yet it does not quite do that. There is a wonderful cameo,

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Michael Sheen plays a bartender, rather sinister. He is a robot. And

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you can see that he is struggling with the part, trying to bring more

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to it than is there on the page, unfortunately, it is not on the page

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but it is fun. Let's talk about Assassin's Creed, which video game

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players will be very familiar with, based on the video game. Movies used

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to be based on novels... Now they are based on video games(!) this is

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catastrophic... Nine instalments in this video franchise, one of those

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movies that has been long in production, lots of re-shoots,

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rejigs, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons,

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Charlotte Rampling, incredible cast. To even begin to describe the plot,

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I am not sure there is any point! Be assassins... Assassins against

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Knights Templar, let's take a look. Do you recognise this? It is an

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assassins blade. This is the actual one that your father used to take

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your mother 's life. He's here, you know... Your mother 's death, not

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something a boy should ever be made to see.

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So, catastrophic, you said... charitably(!), I am sure a lot of

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people will go to see it nonetheless. Why do you think it

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doesn't work? Unbelievably incoherent, extraordinary, it is...

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It opens... It opens with three flashbacks, three flashback! What a

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flashback does in a film, someone is standing there and saying, hang on a

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sec, let me fill you in, and then they do that twice more. Hang on, if

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you don't know this... The rest won't make any sense... Three times,

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15 minutes! ... Feels like the movie never start, then you are in there

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and you feel like the movie will never end! I went to the cinema to

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see this, two were asleep at the end of the row that I was sitting on,

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that sums it up. Rugby does! Never mind. So that is Assassin's Creed.

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-- probably does. Best movie out at the moment, in your opinion. A

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monster calls, now this is the most extraordinary cell, actually, it is

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a fantastical terminal illness melodrama for children. -- A

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Monster's Call. Maybe it is not for children, it stars a 12-year-old

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boy. -- sell. He's visited by a Yew Tree, over a few evenings, and it is

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played by Liam Neeson, it has a wonderful shape, Dickensian shed,

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visited three times to be shown things that may help you deal with

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life. It is a flat-out classic, it has the emotional heft of the

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Railway children, moments of iron man by Ted Hughes and pans

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Labyrinth, I think it is a masterpiece, go and see it and take

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all of the family. Good recommendation! Best DVD? A terrific

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film which is just... Featured quite a lot in the Golden Globes

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nominations. Hell or High Water, Ben Foster and Chris Pine, bank robber

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brothers, and Jeff Bridges is the Texas Rangers who is tracking them

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down, which sounds terribly familiar, that kind of plot, and

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features a great deal in cinema. One of them is on a roll, the other

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brother is a little too wild, the Texas Rangers always a step ahead of

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them. It feels like a movie of the mid-19 70s or early 1980s, like

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midnight run, where you come away from it thinking, you will look

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through the TV listings and think, Hell or High Water is on tonight,

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unmissable, fantastic! -- Midnight Run. It has slotted into that

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classic film territory already, Jeff Bridges has been nominated for a

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Golden Globes for his Best Supporting Actor and he does the

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most fantastic thing towards the end of the movie. There is a death scene

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and just in a couple of seconds you see everything that Jeff Bridges can

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offer as an actor, the way that he absorbs the shock, it is a magical

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moment, such a terrific film. Thank you very much the joining us. That

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is it for this week, thank you so much for watching, goodbye.

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