Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh review the latest big screen adaptation of Great Expectations, the darkly comic Sightseers, and Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve.
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Hello and welcome to Film 2012 with me Claudia Winkleman and Danny
Leigh.. If you want to get in touch please tweet or email. The details
are on the screen now. Coming up: Having a ball with Clint Eastwood
and Amy Adams in Trouble with the Curve. You don't even like baseball.
I love baseball. Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter do Dickens in
Great Expectations. There are caravans and car carnage in black
comedy, Sightseers. I've had a brilliant holiday. Plus, Thomas
Vinterberg's new film The Hunt and Antiona Quirke is here with her Top
Five road movies. First Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint
Eastwood as an ageing baseball scout and Amy Adams as his long
suffering daughter. He is one of the guys who has earnt these
players. I'm not a poledancer. is an old baseball scout. He is
having problems with his vision which is esession for a scout. He
is very stubborn. He doesn't want anybody to help. He doesn't want
anybody feeling sorry for him. His daughter, who is a lawyer in
Atlanta. Trust me, I can handle it. Wants to come out and see what is
the mat we are him? I'm do it for Pete. He thought you could use
company. He's wrong. Wait until I see that horse's ass. It must be so
rewarding one one -- being one of your close friends. Fathers and
daughters can be the best relationship of your life and it
can be the most challenging. Daughters want so badly the
approval of their father. Why don't you go home I feel this sense of
responsibility to make sure you are OK. It's not the, you know, father
knows best Brady Bunch version of a relationship. I found it to be
pretty identifiable. This is my daughter, mickey. Excuse us! Sorry.
Hi. I play an exprobaseball player. Coming in. You are crazy. He sees
the things in mickey that keeps her from connecting from Gus and vice
versa. Who are you, Dr Phil? That is quality television. Yeah.
did you handle that by yourself? didn't. He sent me away. Only a
coward leaves her kid. You don't know half of what you think you do.
I did what I felt was right. I didn't want you to have life in the
cheap seats, that is all. Spending every waking moment with my dad,
watching baseball eating food no good for me, playing pool and
staying up too late, those were the best seats in the house. If is
surprises you are after buy a kinder Egg. He plays the same
character he has been playing for the last 15 years. A film no
surprises. Do you feel differently? No. I think I liked it more than
you, I can tell. It's predictable. If anybody else was playing these
parts you would put it down to a Sunday afternoon movie that you
would not feel guilty about getting up and leaving and making a toasted
sandwich. However. Amy Adams is brilliant. I love Clint Eastwood in.
It I like Justin Timberlake. Yes, you know what is going to happen.
When she goes out there you think - she is going to wear a leather
jacket, they will be in a bar with sawdust on the floor. It happens. I
don't think it actually matters. I found it enjoyable. And, I think it
ends well. I think you are crazy. I accept there is more to - there can
be more to a movie than originality. What this film does have, this much,
is proper movie star magnetism. It comes from Amy Adams who sinks her
teeth into this cliched cartoonish role. She brings the movie to life.
She makes it more or less watchable. It's not a quote you will see on
the poster "more or less watchable". It's the Clint Eastwood character.
The plot too, it is one giant celebration of doing things the old
fashioned way. One middle finger to everything about the modern world.
Clint's character and possibly Clint himself think that is
everything in the world could be make instantly bet fer we stopped
emailing each other. He is not wrong. He is not wrong. John
Goodman is in it. It's not enough. OK. The script more or less
watchable. The script is unwatchable. The script's idea of a
cliff-hanger is when cliff and his prostate attempt to answer the call
of nature. It's not a nail biter in the real world. I will not spoil it
for people out there by revealing what happens there. OK. Thank you.
I know what you mean. I thought the third, third, as it were was OK?
It's not enough. None of this is enough. I understand. Sightseers,
the latest from Kill List director Ben Wheatley. Written by and
starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. It's a black comedy about serial
killing and and caravanning. Show me your world, Chris. I thought we
would start with Crich Tramway Museum. Dear mum, Yorkshire is
lovely, not like you say at all. They can smile. The caravan made us
quite (inaudible) but Chris is a sensitive lover. Sightseers is a
serial killing road movie/comedy about a bearded man and - Angry
woman. An angry woman. Who go on holiday and get carried away and a
few people die. It's a romcom with some blood. Good girl. You are
going to pick that up? I don't do that. If you don't pick it up
immediately I have to inform the National Trust. As we were writing
it we thought, we will have a murder and a bit of sightseeing and
another murder and another bit of sightseeing. Pretty much. It meant
each murder had to tell what you was happening between them and
between their relationship. That is how we plotted that course.
have to be aware of making sure there is something funny going on
every minute or so to remind the audience it's meant to be funny.
It's I easy to take a mis-step and they do something terrible and you
lose the audience and they won't laugh after that. Say one word and
it's... It's thinking outside the box. It's an American genre, the
serial killer genre and road movie genre. You had to work out how you
do that in Britain it's a tiny place. Have you to make a break
for... Isle of Wight. I was surprised when people say - Britain
looks beautiful. It was. It is beautiful. Getting outside was
exciting for me. People said - comedy is never made in the wild. I
disagree. Sit. You are like your mother. Has it gone wrong? Yeah, a
bit. You didn't let him see you do number twos, did you, Tina? They
are not happy bunnies by the end of the film. If you are a serial
killer you have a limited span - Future. Limited career. Have you
had a nice holiday? Yeah, I've had a brilliant holiday. There is no-
one better better than Ben Wheatley of capturing the side of Britain
line that is mundane and deeply sinister. Sightseers is genuinely
very dark and very funny. The easy way to describe it Mike Lee's Nuts
in May meets Natural Born Killers. It's so naturally British. It's a
very good point. I went with all the team here. I have to say we
came out of the screening room and punched the air. I have to read
tweets. We had so many. B251 "it's a blast. Disagree with my opinion
at your peril." another one "easily the best comedy I have seen in
years, comfortably the darkest." The characters are brilliant. I'm
obsessed with Ian and Janice, her mother is fantastically portrayed.
I wanted to see it immediately again? I talked about Ben Wheatley.
We should talk about Steve Oram and Alice Lowe who co-writ the script
and star in. It it's down to them that the blackness and comedy are
kept in balance the whole time. That is rare. That make it is a
special film. The secret of Sightseers for all the blood being
cleaned off the caravan wheels at heart it's a great romance. A
horribly believable, creepy love story. That is the genius of the
film. That is why it works so beautifully. To go back to Ben
Wheatley, he has made three great films now. This is the third. Just
Around The Corner is special. Sightseers is a great British
comedy. Embrace it. You feel so bad for anybody they meet. That is all
I want... You go "no, take a different turn!" There is a
plausibility about this. Anyone who spent their childhood being dragged
around National Trust places. This could easily be the couple across
the cafe from you, across the gift shop from you in the tram museum at
any moment. Please go and see. It we are begging. You must. You won't
be grumpy with this. Next this Welcome Antiona. Hello. You have
Road Trip, good one? Hellish. So many good road trips. Cinema was
made about stories for travel. In so many ways cinema is travel. You
are being shown places you have never been to before and people you
have never met. You are seeing it through the windscreen of a car.
The perfect medium for tales of the road. When we were told your Top
Five. They save it for us they don't want us to get grumpy we both
went, there was whooping. I was a happy man. I get blank faces when I
tell people my Top Five. They are nervous about it. People like their
Top Five. We were grinning like religious cultist. I must warn you
that there is strong language in some of tonight's clips. How did
you choose No Five and what is it? America in the '60s and '70s. Could
you look at Bonnie and Clyde, Jules... It's a road movie. Easy
Rider. You coo choose any of these and you would have had a great time.
I thought let's pick one that is just as good and has been curiously
overlooked. I picked Thunder bolt andlight Foot. He directed the
Deerhuntser. Overlooked, when you see this clip you will notice two
very familiar faces. Let's have a look. I saw that, that was really
good. Where are we headed, man? I'm ready? I don't know. Sometimes when
there is nothing to do, it is best to keep moving. Can you smell
something up here? No. Smell that? I don't smell anything. It smells
like shit. Oh... Racoon shit Hang your head out the window and let
the rain get at it. Would you like a little... No, get out of here.
Remember not to pick your teeth. God! For Jeff Bridges alone. At 25.
What a sight. This is the incredible thing about that movie
and one of the great ingredients is that you have a cynic and innocent
forced together. Think about Rainman, Tom Cruise is great in
that film. Change happens in a road movie more than any other genre.
This nail it is. After the Deerhunter he bankrupted the
company. Clint Eastwood gave him two takes. What is No Four?
Steps. We went back to the 1930's to Hitchcock. I remember seeing
this when I was a kid being overwhelmed with the sense of
cosyness. Something to terrificically cosy and safe about
the road movie. When you are young and you have seen a few you are
aware of the way they do things you know what will come next. You know
the people will fall in love am you know they will spend an evening
sitting around the fire telling stories. In road movies there are
moments when people check into motels and tell stories or spend
the night in the back of a freight train in an empty car ainkdr
carriage. In this clip, two wise cracking people falling in love.
Must be a mile away by now. Don't do that! WHISTLING Do stop
whistling. You are the white man's burden. I can't tell you what
comfort that thought gives me. Those policemen will get you as
soon as it is daylight. They are not police men. When did you find
that out? A brilliant choice. What's next? Wizard of Australia.
Go ahead. -- wizard of Oz. Go ahead. You are often on the road with
friends who - you are making new friends you are never going to see
again. The whole thing can feel like a dream. There is that
sensation of waking up at the end of the film. Yeah. You see in this
little clip how beautifully that theme creeps in here at this point
in the film. Here is the clip. We know each other now, don't we?
We do. That's right. To Oz. # We are off to see the wizard
It is not like me to bring David Lynch into the conversation. He
took a lot of that movie and put it into Wild At Heart. This is the
other thing about "Road" movies, it is a place where the most crazy
things happen. You were there. is your next one? Next is Red River.
This is John Wayne at his best. Many of the Great Westerns are
"Road" movies. It could have been The Searchers. What you get in
these movies is not just a sense of being on the road, it is a sense of
a scale of an entire continent which is just an extraordinary
thing to get across. Cinema gets the sense of motion across,
particularly. Look at this clip. There they are. 14 years of hard
work. They say we can't make the drive. They could be wrong. Better
John Wayne and Monty Cliff didn't get on off-set. Now, I love your
number one. It has to be everybody's number one. I will go
to my death saying this is number one because it is THE best. It is
Midnight Run. It's just - they are on the road. The two guys together
are on the run. It is the definition of a road movie. We are
in a car. We are in a van. We are swimming. We are walking down the
street barefoot. We are in the back of a truck. It goes on and on and
on. Yes. You tend to think a hundred cigarettes have been smoked,
a thousand cups of coffee have been drunk, the hair is standing on end.
That is the... I love it! We have to have a look at the clip.
Jack, let's be fair about this. You lied to me first. What?! At the
river. Get the... At the river... You lied to me first. You have some
locking nerve! You lied to me first. Yes. You had no knowledge I was
lying about my fear of flying. At the river, you lied to me. I can't
argue with you. I don't know what you are talking about! Fantastic.
The great movies must feel like a string of pearls and each bead is a
sketch. That movie has it all. are brilliant. Very good. I love
your... My hat is off! Next, director Mike Newell's
adaptation of Great Expectations. Great Expectations is a story of a
kid who is shaped by his desperate attempts to make himself worthy of
this unreachable character. What do you think? She is very pretty.
you wish to see Miss Havisham. Havisham lives in his local village
and she is the lady of the manor. Let me look at you. Come closer.
She introduced Pip into the household and wants him to play and
she is not the warmest of characters. Let me see you play
cards with him. He is a common boy. You can break his heart. She is the
epitome of his ambition to get out of the life he is in. He is
everything that is wrong. He has come into a handsome fortune and he
has great expectations. It is the desire of the benefactor that he be
brought up as a gentleman in London. Dickens' worlds, the characters
work themselves into our awareness. Hold your nose. Magwitch receives
the gift of Pip's courage and generosity in his desperation and
never forgets it. You acted noble, my boy. Pip is a nice person. It is
all about him becoming not a nice person in a way. You must
understand... What must I understand? That I cannot renew our
acquaintance. My life has changed since then. As a point of
recognition for all of us in Pip's journey, I think the young person
looking for meaning in the world and getting it wrong and the hard
knocks of trying to get it right. How can you do it? Give your
affections to that man? All sorts of ugly creatures hover above a
lighted candle. Can the candle help it? You can. It's a story of
ambition and obsession taking over people. I have loved you since I
first saw you in this house. touches nothing. It is not natural.
It is natural in me. I love you. We talked about Sightseers. Great
Expectations feels like a movie which is for tourists, it is the
kind of familiar Dickens' adaptation, it is filled with top
hats and mutton-chop whiskers. I think it is the kind of film that
belongs in some commemorative tin that you give to your gran.
give it to your gran or you give it to me. I enjoyed it. It's been
adapted before. I thought it was directed beautifully. I'm saying
that. I thought that Ralph Fiennes is brilliant. I could watch Helena
Bonham Carter talk about sausages, or maybe do an ad for home
insurance - I don't know if she feels strongly about that! She is
watchable. I enjoyed it. In terms of performances, they have taken
half the cast of Harry Potter and imported them into this. The pick
of the bunch is Ewan Bremner. Helena Bonham Carter - you can't
help thinking her Miss Havisham is going to do a Kate Bush B-side!
There is nothing wrong with it. going again on Sunday!
Next, The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher whose life
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 75 seconds
falls apart after he is falsely What did you think? Given its
subject matter, The Hunt could have been a heavy-handed movie. It is
chilling. It is one of the best films I have seen this year. It is
deceptively calm at first but when the false accusation is made,
everything spirals very quickly into a nightmare. It's the kind of
film that I defy anyone to see this film - and people should - I defy
them not to get physically caught up in it. Some of it is almost
unwatchable. There is a scene in the supermarket, and in the church
- I haven't spoilt it - where you will be sitting and he is
outstanding in it. It is Mads Mikkelsen's vehicle. He won the
Best Actor at the Cannes Festival. There is great performances all
over this film. Annika Wedderkopp plays the little girl. She is great.
It is such an important role. Thomas Bo Larsen is also fantastic
as Mads Mikkelsen's best friend. Yes. I think after that, lots of
people, me included, expected Thomas Vinterberg to have the kind
of career that maybe he hasn't. This is a welcome comeback. This
film feels relevant and resonant at the moment. If that prompts more
people to see it, fantastic. There is something timeless about this
film. It is a joy. Yeah. Flawless. Yes. It is. People need to see this
movie. That's all for tonight. Next week
we're back to Wednesday night at the ever so slightly earlier time
of 11.15pm. We'll be reviewing Celeste and Jesse Forever, Seven
Psychopaths, I Anna and Love Crime. Playing us out tonight - Tom Cruise
as Jack Reacher. It's in cinemas Boxing Day.
Thank you and good night. Jack Reacher is a ghost. A brilliant
investigator. A troublemaker, too. And two years ago, he disappears.
You don't find this guy unless he wants to be found. Excuse me, Sir.
Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh review films including the latest big screen adaptation of Great Expectations. Plus Ben Wheatley's follow up to Kill List, the darkly comic Sightseers, and Clint Eastwood stars as a baseball scout in Trouble with the Curve.