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Episode 17

Movie news, reviews and interviews with Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh. Featuring a review of sci-fi remake The Thing and a look at Happy Feet Two.


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Hello and welcome to Film 2011. We are live and if you want to get in

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touch the details are on the screen now. Coming up tonight: We go back

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to Antarctic as The Thing returns. I think this thing... Life is sweet

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in Romantics Anonymous. And the little birds with big

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personalities are back for happy Feet Two.

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First tonight, The Thing, a prequel to the classic 1982 film of the

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same name. 48 hours ago we found something

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remarkable. What did they find? structure. And a spesman --

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speciman. It's a character piece about a group of people stranded in

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a camp and they think they made the biggest discovery in the world,

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finding alien life. We estimate this being here 100,000 years.

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they find this alien frozen in the ice it's initially extremely

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exciting and their first thought is they are going to be rich and

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famous. Sander decides he wants to drill into it. I am going to take a

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tissue sample. Do you think that's a good idea? Once they do that it's

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out. Somebody was attacked. seems everyone is fine. This thing

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has probably replicated a person. The original is an all-male cast

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and it was cool to see a film that has an all-male cast. We really

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want to set ourselves apart from that. It isn't a remake. We are

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doing something different and bringing in this different dynamic.

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Kate, OK. This is not the time to be yelling fire. Let's stop, gather

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our thoughts and discuss this in private. We don't need any private

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meetings, Dr. Boo! This is what the fans will want to

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see. They'll want to see the dirt, the isolation. They'll want to see

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the paranoia and the fear in this Good evening. Hello to you. Scary

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or not scary? It's scary-ish. It's interesting, everyone who is

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associated with The Thing is keen to point out this is not a remark,

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it's a prequel. In fact, I think it's both. It's probably a pre-make.

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It does work hard to knit itself into the story John Carpenter told

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in 1982. That starts with dead Norwegians. This explains exactly

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how they got there and how they got there in a way which will induce

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deja vu. What tends to happen in this is more or less exactly what

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happened in both. There's a lot of running down the same corridors, a

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lot of the same conversations. From The Thing's point of view it must

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be in hysterics, it can't believe how stupid these people are, two

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lots doing the same thing. My luck's in tonight! It's even

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weirder because there is a crafty sort of almost pseudo alien thing

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going on. They've taken Mary Elizabeth Winstead and it's a

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tribute to Sigourney Weaver. Is it any good? I am going to have to

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abstain. As a Friday night movie, for an audience who haven't seen

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The Thing it does what it's there to do. I wouldn't go any further. I

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am not sure I would recommend it, I wouldn't stop anyone else

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recommending it. If you haven't seen the original and you happen to

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- I was scared, at one point I bit my hand and jumped up and hid. It

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was embarrassing for all concerned. We have moved on. But if you

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haven't seen the original then it's probably fine. If you have seen the

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original, you are left feeling like you just want more. Also, this is

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weird, I much preferred the effects in the original because you didn't

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see everything and it was terrifying. It's not as good as the

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Carpenter movie. What is interesting is normally when they

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remake a movie that's 30 years old the pretext is that effects have

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moved on that they're making it more spectacular. Here the effects,

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for the most part, it's old-school effects and I think they're kind of

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sweet and quantity. -- quaint. It's impressive, I was trying to think

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of the best way to describe The Thing, it's gynaecological. It's

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not. You see far too much and far too much is explained. John

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Carpenter was a master at withholding information. With this

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you know where The Thing has come from, what its MO is. Everyone is

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stopping to explain what you have just seen, what you are about to

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see. Presumably The Thing has a tea in its trailer at that point. It

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doesn't help the film. It doesn't have the same amount of suspence,

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that's what you are missing. Absolutely. It would be easy to

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jump up and down and say this is a travesty and shouldn't have been

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made, I don't feel that. But at the same time it's not a patch on the

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original. Next Roman Ticks -- Romantics Anonymous, a story of

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 70 seconds

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love, chocolate and crippling I loved this film. Be bold. I know,

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I want to be bold. It's incredibly slight. It's wafer thin. You feel

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like it could dissolve in your hapb. That doesn't mean it's bad. I

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thought it was adorable. The leads were great. What I almost loved

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more were the factory workers and herself-help group that acted like

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two Greek horses, if you like, I thought it was an adorable sweet

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little film. It is, I have to emphasise how slight it is. This is

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the only time I have seen a film which is 76 minutes long and it

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feels overstretched at that. There's one joke here and it's a

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good joke, it's all about this pair of anxiety-riddled social-phobic

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neurotics. It's sweet. In a good sense and bad sense. There are

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moments which are sweet and touching, there are also moments

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it's so sweet you feel your teeth are about to fall out. It makes

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Ameile feel like scum. The lead actors are both great. Isabelle

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Carre, you can see why he falls for her and he is great as well, he has

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this brilliant expression going on, the lead actor. Benoit Is known for

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a movie 20 years ago. Would you recommend it? For fans of

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incredible slight whimsical... divine. The weird thing was this

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one moment where she bursts into song and the film comes to life at

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that point. You think it's strange to say given the musicals

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conversation we had the other week, I could have done with more singing

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because it's reminiscent of the Umbrellas of Cherboyl. It's on

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limited release on Friday. Now it's time for the top five. This week

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Catherine counts down her favourite John Carpenter moments of mayhem

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and horror. When you love a director's work as

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much as I love the work of John Carpenter picking just five

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favourite moments is a nightmare. With massive apologies to the many

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fantastic moments that didn't make it into this top five, here are my

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favourite bits of John Carpenter's back catalogue. At number five,

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it's assault on Precinct 13, considered by the director himself

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to be his first proper piece of film-making and a nasty piece of

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work it is, too. Can I get an ice- cream? Sweetheart, I am closed.

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took the structure of one of his favourite westerns, Rio Bravdo and

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reimagined it as something bleaker. We all know that in a western the

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cute kid is going to survive. Not so much in Carpenter's world.

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I want a Vanilla twist. At number four it's They Live. It's

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in some ways an extremely silly film indeed. Hur hero is -- our

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hero is played by a pro-wrestler. A drifter with a mullet, a shotgun

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and pair of magic sunglasses that enable him to see the aliens who

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walk among us for who they really are. Plus, he gets to adlib one of

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the coolest lines in action hero history. I have come here to chew

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bubble gum and kick ass. And I am all out of bubble gum.

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At number three, Dark Star. On paper it sounds like a potential

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disaster. It was begun by students as a 45-minute film about a bunch

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of slobish astronauts on this spaceship in the middle of nowhere

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and it was extended to full feature length after a producer saw it and

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decided there might be money in it. You could have killed me.

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The debut is not the most polished film in the world but there are

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moments of genius that shine through. And none more so than when

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the crew use philosophy to reason with a superintelligent bomb that's

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become convinced it is to explode. Hello, bomb, are you with me?

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course. Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?

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At number two, Hallowe'en. In the hugely influential Hallowe'en John

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Carpenter pretty much writes the rulebook for the slasher movie. He

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use us unsettling composition and eerie, roving steady-cam and

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minimal score he composed himself to ratchet up the tension to almost

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At number one, it's The Thing. It's John Carpenter's masterpiece.

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It's horror stripped down to the It doesn't simply want to kill you,

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it wants to become you. And that's precisely what makes it so

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terrifying. Forget CGI, the practical creature effects in this

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scene are a viseral and grisly affair.

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You see those effects, you see that! I am not arguing. OK. I love

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Catherine, and that top five, did you want to add anything? Catherine,

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The Fog. That's all. Let's move on. Never

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having an argument with you. Next the big year, a comedy about bird-

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watching, indeed. Starring Steve Martin and jack Black and Erin

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Wilson. What drew me to the story was the

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intelligence competitive nature of man. Let the explorers through.

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Even in something as seemingly insignificant as bird-watching. The

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stakes are so low, there's no money in it, no glory or fame really. But

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to be the best. Sorry to disappoint you boys again.

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Kenny, my character, is holding on to his record of 732 birds spotted

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over the course of a year. many? You might want to sit down.

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707 you? 715. How many? 715. Wow, welcome to the 700-club kid, of

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course it's this old-timer we got to worry about, what's your number.

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You don't want to know. I do, scare me. 730. Really? All right, have a

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Excuse me, did our friend say where he was going? He wanted directions

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to the area. You see this obsession and passion that these guys bring

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to it, and there is something kind of life affirming and funny about

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that. Competition is a metaphor for trying to achieve great ambition.

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want to do something big, you know. We needed a venture. It is about

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the pursuit of excellence, and it is about three guys who are trying

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to get outside of their normal every day existence and achieve

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something they have dreamed of. Yeah. This is my year. I am going

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to make my mark. Most people wake up one day and realise they didn't

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do everything they wanted to do. I nuts? Are you asking me as

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therapist or a wife? Which is cheaper? I shouldn't have said

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there is going to be a freak bliz zard.. That is the experience that

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is the big year. There is one screening of this, I couldn't make

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it. Please tell us all. How is it? Possibly funnier than anything.

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have seen the trailer 19 times. It doesn't look funny. Am I being

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unfair? A people are saying comedy about bird watching, how funny can

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it be? Not funny. Selling it as a comedy is a mistake. You expect a

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comedy because of the people who are in it. For the first half hour

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there is a zany soundtrack and close ups of Jack Black gurning. It

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gives it up and it is a film about bird watchers or as they are called

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birders. You could try and justify it as a film about the male urge to

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competition or whatever. I don't know how well that would stand up.

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It is one of the most gentle films I have seen in my life. That sounds

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lovely. I have seen harder core episodes of Last of the Summer Wine.

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As soon as you see Steve Martin, you think this may go either way.

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But maybe this is Planes Trains and Automobiles. You wait for the

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stripper or something to catch fire. It doesn't happen. You have another

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bird. Are, are there beautiful birds in it? Are they true to

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birders? Yes and know. There is a lot of bird action but some of the

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birds at least are digitally created which seem like a cheat. If

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you want to see wonderful birds there are documentaries. It pains

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me a bit, because Steve Martin was, still is the funniest man on effort.

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You go back to the Jerk, I don't know why he has had to have this

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campaign, to campaign against comedy, but it is still going on.

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He is still marching on. Good luck with that Steve and leave the rest

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of us in tears. I am going to weep. Fee things arouse such controversy

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as remakes but they keep getting made. The worst remakes of all time

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are notorious. Godzilla. The grand tragic monster movie turned into a

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Masterclass of CGI gormlessness. The Haunting. One of the most

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terrifying films made, exhumed years later as an excuse for

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Catherine Zeta Jones to dress up as captain cave man. The remake of Get

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Carter allowed Sylvester Stallone to deliver the line, your a big man,

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you're out of shape. Sit down. Blandly botching everything that

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was special about the original. Witness Tim Burton's cack-handed

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molestation of Charlie and the chocolate factory. The remake is

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the definitive simple of the film industry's greed and creative

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collapse. And yet, look past the famous clun Kerrs and there is a

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different story with some attracting huge acclaim. Like The

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Departed.. You got something you want to ask me? Done right a remake

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can introduce great stories to a new generation and allow to see

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them in a new life. Look at how Brian deParma turns an old film

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into Scar Face. Or how a B-movie was turned into The Fly. And one of

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this year's most acclaimed films tinker tailor soldier spy with its

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previous life as a BBC drama. has been helping us. He has been

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telling us about his adventures. With films like this delighting

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audience, are we being too unkind to the poor, misunderstood remake?

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And joining us is film king Zan Brooks. We have had so many tweets

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it would be rude for me not to mention om of them. This one from

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Jez, he says "We need money to be put into new talent to allow the

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industry to grow." When you hear Hollywood is remaking scar face do

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you want to openly weep or do you go yes, it is getting another shot?

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I would have a prejudice. I think if it ain't broke don't fix it and

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a remake very rarely trumps the original. I think that is a great

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point, if you reach the point where a good idea, a fresh idea a new

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idea is greeted not with excitement but with fear, trepidation, disdain,

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then that is depressing and it suggest there's is a lot of great

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scripts that maybe will never see the light of day because Holt wood

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is too busy remaking weekend at bernies. Because they are lazy or

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they want a safe bet? I don't want to say you love a remake, you are

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not as ante. I am not going to say I am pro. In the right hand, it is

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a question of whose hands it is in, they can work beautifully. If

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Hollywood is remaking something I listen closely, because The Fly.

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That was a Hollywood movie. Jeff Goldblum was a big star. Another

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example was the French movie from 1961, beautiful movie, but for film

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buff, the cinema lovers they will worship that film. What Terry

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Gilliam did was turn that act of subversive brilliance into a

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blockbuster. He brought Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis into it. There is

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a lot of heat and light about Old Boy, and people are getting angry,

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you know, in anticipation of that. But it will be remade by spike Lee.

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It is not being made by a 23-year- old fresh out of school. He is one

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of the greatest directors of the last 20 years. If he wants to, go

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ahead. Some things can be better. Can I use the words True Grit? So

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you think I am pleased they made that. Don't be irritated. I am

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nervous you are going to kill me. Joe Cunningham says I find remakes

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are a great way to introduce myself and others to the originals. Is

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there a place for them? That is the intelligent audiences response, to

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go further back, go through the Rabbit Hole in a way. You have got

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this weird thing of Hollywood remaking foreign film, on the

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understanding that most audiences aren't going to see a foreign film

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because it is subtitled. You see a lot of that, and yet, a lot of the

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time these films are delicate animals that have grown up in one

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habitat and you are shunting them to another where they might not

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thrive. I can read this to you. Carl says "I hate it when foreign

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classics are remade. Hollywood are arrogant to think they can do bet."

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Should we talk about Let the Right one In. I didn't mind the new.

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me in was described as travesty. I would be interested to know, I hope

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they went to see it, I have a suspicion some people didn't

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because they took the fact here was this beloved Swedish movie and

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Hollywood had stamped all over it. It hadn't. Matt Reeves directed it

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intelligently. It was a different interpretation. He went back to

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screenplay and put a different spin on things. It wasn't a glossy

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Hollywood version of people running off into the sunsets. Or the sun

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rice. In some ways it was a much darker and cynical film, cynical in

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the best sense. It is about films that we feel personally attached to.

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My husband for example, loved The Thing so much he thinks it is has

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been hornt that anybody has gone to make a prequel or remake. Even made

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eye contact with it. I feel the aim way about ET. Are there films you

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go go on, like footloose, but don't touch my whatever it is. Of course,

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everyone has their sacred cows. Apartment. Can you imagine...

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will never remake that. The Third Man. A film of its time. You can

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got not go back to fame like that. One of the films I would think of

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as a favourite and something where it would be pointless to remake it

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would be the Shining. That was about Kubrick, what is the point in

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redoing that, Stephen King who wrote the novel December pieth

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piesed what Kubrick had done to it and remade his own version. There

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is that question of author ship. To me, you though that story belongs

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to the novelist, Let The Right One In. We have to tell you we haven't

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talked about Hugo, they didn't want us to go to a screening because

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they didn't like the way we reviewed the Rum Diary. I wanted to

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mention it. The trailer looks brilliant. Is it? It looks

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brilliant. The film looks brilliant top to tailful all the way through.

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It is Marty. It is Martin Scorsese, making a kids film, I guess, kids

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film for the first half, kid running round a station in Paris,

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then it turns into a heartfelt earnest lecture on the magic of

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cinema, which is fine but I don't go to Martin Scorsese for a lecture

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on the magic of cinema, I go for the magic of cinema, that is the

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only problem I had with Hugo but it looks great. I am going Saturday.

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We will go together. Snuggling. That would be weird. Happy Feet two

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the sequel to the Oscar-winning animation Happy Feet. Five, four,

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three, two... We are the part of the rhythm nation. There are many

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of reasons to dance. What is mine? The only way the find out is to try

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it. Let's shake this world.. Happy Feet Two is picking up not long

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after the last film. We find a community of emperor penguins,

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vibrant, happy, all of them dancing and singing. And we are introduced

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to Mumble and his son, and the crux of the story telling follows Mumble

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and his struggle with his relationship with his son. Come on,

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it is one big old foot after the other. No-one will laugh at you. I

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# I don't care where the people say And then there is this ultimate

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conclusion which is the fact that the emperor penguin land is trapped

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by a massive iceberg. And the struggle of how to get them out.

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The population is trapped by huge walls of ice and snow. What can he

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do. He is an ordinary penguin. is this? The wave of change We are

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following the two Krill who are almost providing a commentary of

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the larger issues.. Brad Pitt is playing a Krill. I am going to kill

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something that has a face. anybodyed on its butt. I am

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leaving.. I was Australia? Must we. It seems silly. I have shot movies

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that were settle in Australia. forgot when I do other animations

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you are alone. I thought that is right. You normally do your lines

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and... What? When you in the same room you get it going. And with

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Hank, if you are heckling him you can build off like, comic response,

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it just makes it so much easier. You have confused me up close you

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don't make sense. # Shake your body down to the

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ground # Sing, dance

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# Let's dance # OK. I mean, amazing. I was woo! I

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was full of; I don't get the story they bring in a puffin, I don't

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like it, here is the bottom line, they are penguins, they are dancing,

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they are dancing to Justin Timberlake. There is a baby penguin

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called Eric. I took my kids. They have said every morning can we see

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Happy Feet Two. It is the Film of the Year. They dance. Under

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pressure. The dancing to understand der pressure. The dancing is great.

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Everyone talks about Happy Feet in terms of this all star cast. Think

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the real star of Happy Feet Two and one is the tap dancer

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extraordinaire, who choreographed the penguins. So hats off to him. I

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am going to have to pick you up on the story thing. I think the story

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should be more important, the problem with the story is no-one

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cares about it, George Miller doesn't care about it. They are

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dancing. Doesn't matter. He is like a nine-year-old boy. Wandering off.

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Let us have another dance. Let us go bah to Krill. I understand that

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because the Krill are great. I could have watched more of the

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Krill. The Krill is this story and it is nicely animated. So I see why

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he is dris tracted but at the same time do it whole heartedly. But I

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I don't like penguins, Claudia. I find them self-important. Really!

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Who are you. Let's move on. I have to speak to your parents. Next, a

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Pope, a newly elected Pope has a crisis of confidence and seeks help

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from a psychoanalysis but the notion of of patient-doctor

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 70 seconds

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confidentialality makes on a new It's the story of a reluctant Pope.

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It's this slight curse, which is the curse of the brilliant opening

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scene, we open in the Vatican and the Cardinals are assembled to

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elect the new Pope. You get this behind the scenes glimpse of a life

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of a Cardinal. They're praying for the Holy Father it's not them. It's

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a funny nicely handled scene. The rest of the film doesn't work so

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well. You have to cherish the memory of that scene. It's

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occasionally very funny. The weird thing about it is you could almost

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tell the story in split-screen. Half the story is the comedy

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business in the Vatican and this psychoanalyst attempts to cure the

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Pope, essentially. The Pope has done a runner. But the Pope as

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would be, played by Michel Piccoli, when the story follows him him, he

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has this crisis of faith, it's a different story. -- movie. The two

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never match up. It's two interesting sweet movies, but it's

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not one whole. I agree. I loved the beginning. I loved some of the

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shots, absolutely beautiful. I also loved the end. Absolutely. It's

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fabulous. It's the middle somewhere it loses its oomph. Best beginning

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and ending. In terms of film of the week, for me, watch The Thing and

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then watch the DVD of John Carpenter's thing and watch the

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1950s produced by Howard Hawks as well. A weekend of The Thing.

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:34:35.:34:36.

Yours? Romantics Anonymous. On Sunday director Ken Russell died

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aged 84. Here is a reminder of some of his work. Ken Russell was a true

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British original a maverick who took cinema to new exhilarating and

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sometimes uncomfortable places. His first major film, Women in Love,

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called the kind of controversy he thrived on.

:34:55.:35:05.
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-- caused the kind of controversy The Devils, a tale of sex, nuns and

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demonic possession established him as the enfant terrible of British

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cinema. The first time I really think got an idea of how I could

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turn something into a film is when I heard Romeo and Juliet and I was

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in the airforce then, away in the country and I heard this fantastic

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music and I felt I can put pictures to that and I must put pictures to

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that. From that moment I decided that's what I just had to do.

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Russell was a passionate music lover, making films about Elgar and

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Delius. With Tommy he turned it into a garish and brilliant rock

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opera. He took on science fiction in 1980

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with Altered States, a extravagant adventure into the world of mind-

:36:20.:36:29.
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altering experiments. By the mid-80s he was finding it

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hard to get funding for his kind of cinema and turned to music videos.

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Your left arm, it was against your body and I didn't see your hand

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hrpts. Nowadays you get more far freedom in music videos than in

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features, because the concepts are usually left to the director.

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Obviously, it has to be approved by Elton in this case, and one works

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together with Elton. But they want imagination and in the cinema, you

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know, I mean, they seem to want less of it and more talkies and

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less pictures and exuberance. 1988 he was back on mischiefous

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irrepressible form with The Lair of the White Worm which went on to

:37:20.:37:30.
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become a cult classic. In later life he described himself

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as as making films in his garage, he will always be remembered as a

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man who liked to do things in his own way. I like people I get on the

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same wavelength and can almost instinctively know what I want to

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do. The more you can do that throughout life, apart from films,

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without going into great long verbage, the more you can

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communicate through there, than And that's all for tonight. Next

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week we will be reviewing Another Earth, New Year's Eve. Playing us

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Film news, reviews and interviews with Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh.

The programme features a review of sci-fi remake The Thing, and Robin Williams is back on the dance floor in Happy Feet Two. Plus, Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech, answers the Film 2011 Questionnaire.