Films reviewed include the hugely anticipated big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Gangster Squad and Irish drama What Richard Did.
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Hello. Welcome to film 2013 with me Claudia Winkleman. And Medan
anyLeigh. We are live. If -- And me, Danny Leigh. We are live. If you
want to get in touch, you can do so. Coming up: Les Miserables.
Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn go head- to-head in Gangster Squad.
You can't shoot me, you are a cop. Quentin Tarantino is unchained.
hope people say it is the best western of the 2 1st Century.
we have the very first look at Danny Boyle's new film.
First, Les Miserables. Today, it was announced it's been nominated
for nine BAFTAs. It follows an ex-convict and in his
quest for redemption, there's a constant power struggle between him
and the inspector as he runs away from the law.
# Stole a loaf of bread. # It surrounds three themes of hope,
love and redemption. Characters come in-and-out of that. My
character falls in love with the young student boy who is in love
with Cosette. I don't know what to say. It's a bit of a sort of
everything - somehow this film covers everything. There is an
action element. A romance element. And it is all within this form of a
musical. # On my own
I said to myself, "Don't get caught making the film if you can't find
the people to do it." Particularly tricky with Jean Valjean.
# Gave me hope when hope was gone # He gave me strength to turn it on.
What is key is that Tom took the bold decision to sing everything
live and every take is live. That had never been done before. It was
considered impossible technically and for singers. With play-back you
have to countdown, three, two, one and I have to sing. An actor can
sit and sit and when they are ready they can start. It is true there is
a child and the child is my daughter. The father abandoned us
leaving us flat. She lives with an innkeeper man and his wife.
I don't want to think about the alternative. I think it probably
would have been a bit dull. # At the end of the day
# She will probably be nothing but trouble. #
I think getting to sing it live allowed us to internalise it. I
think it added an element of danger to the film and made us all huddle
together and really become a committed cast.
# I had a dream my life would be # So different from this hell I'm
Even listening to that, I wanted to cry! Shall I start? Please. Other
films pull you away by your ankles. We know what film Les Miserables is.
It is a West End show executed on the scale of World War Two. Tom
Hooper is here. He is determined to do everything you could never do on
the stage. He is pulling you in until you are three feet away from
the actors. I think it's lavish and I think it is efficient. I imagine
you hated every second? It is so moving. I have to explain - I was
watching in a row of girls - we were holding - I could cry now! We
will all do this together. We were holding on for dear life. We were
sobbing. Anne Hathaway is so phenomenal. All of them - I love
Eddie Redmayne. I think it is - I cannot recommend it enough! I
thought it was brilliant. It will take you along. It is a
masterstroke having the actors sing live. Not sure it is the first film
to do that. It does mean everything is much more alive. Anne Hathaway,
this is the big - this is the Oscar moment when she turns up caked in
tears and snot and does I dreamed A Dream. Hugh Jackman was having the
time of his life. Russell Crowe was a bit clogged up. No! I liked him.
He is clogged. He is clogged! He is. The real star is Tom Hooper. It is
like he is always there just off camera, like a mad conductor.
all I would say is it is a train that you either decide to get on
and you have to decide fast. You can go, "This is a bit loud." Or,
like me and the girls, who gave it a standing ovation, we were alone.
There was nobody there. We weren't drunk. It was the morning! I need
to say that. I think - I was swept away. I thought the cast was
brilliant. I don't mind that it is loud. What I have - I don't have a
problem with it. People should be aware it is not just loud, it is
loud all the time. Is it an impressive achievement?
# He stole a loaf of bread! # Thanks for that(!) Are people going
to get what they want from it? Yes. I felt a little like I had been
rolled over by a tank. I love the idea of being rolled over by a
singing tank! You must go and see it. Gangster Squad, the story of
the LAPD's fight to keep the Mafia out of LA. It stars Josh Brolin,
Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. I'm so sorry. It won't ever happen again.
You are talking to God! You might as well swear to me! It is Mickey
Cohen's town! It is about Los Angeles in 1949. A gangster had
taken over the illegal activity in the city and then the police chief
Bill Parker assembled a select group of cops which he called the
Gangster Squad. I have only one rule - leave these at home. We are
not solving a case here. We are going to war. It is a based on a
true story about this group of men who were able to overthrow Mickey
Cohen. Who is he? Ten bucks says this guy ain't even heeled. Come
over here and find out. Come on! There are a band of guys who are
willing to work outside the box and take them down in any way possible.
Please help me. Welcome to Los Angeles. I like anything that goes
back into a different era. It makes it more fun to explore. I like
doing a lot of research. The idea of doing a gangster movie was right
up my alley. You can't shoot me, you're a cop. Not any more! When I
was a kid, I was obsessed with Dick Tracy. I was a big fan of the genre.
We want to talk to her. We have a message. The lady doesn't want to
talk to you. I have seen all of the great gangster films - White Heat.
That was my window into it. There was a similarity in spirit.
will find out tomorrow! You will be begging for a bullet
before it's over! Begging for a bullet before it's
over. Thank you, Sean. What Gangster Squad wants to do, he
wants to do for '40s LA what Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes did for
London. I think you have a lot of neon and blood and camera high
jinks. It adds up to the perfect camera movie for a 13-year-old. It
is a 15 certificate. They will have to sneak in. That will add to the
excitement. For anyone over 13, what it will feel like is that you
have bought a ticket for LA Confidential. You might prefer to
watch Bugsey Malone. I feel bad slagging it off. I really like the
cast. I like the story, MS Stone, Sean Penn - dreamy. For whatever
reason, I think the slow-motion, there is so much slow-motion, there
is slow-motion where I thought I should go and see a projectionist!
Why doesn't it click? Part of the problem is it is a cartoon. It is
meant to be a cartoon. The thing is, if you expect LA Confidential and
you get this, you will be disappointed. It's what it is to
its very core. Right down to MS Stone. -- Emma Stone. I don't have
a problem with her at all. I don't have a problem with Sean Penn.
Panto season doesn't have to end at Christmas! I don't have a problem
with that. I do have a problem with Ryan Gosling. We are all Ryan
Gosling fans. He needs to find another character to play. He can't
be this Indie Ken Doll for the rest of his life! LAUGHTER There is
nothing. They used to get captive pandas and fly them around the
world in the hope they would breed - that is what the film feels like.
It sends the whole thing off balance. I don't think it is unfun.
If you want an authentic portrayal of '40s LA, get a six-year-old to
draw you a picture of a man in a fedora. Your main advice is if you
are under age, sneak in, you will love it? Do it illegally! I'm all
right with that. Now time for this Welcome. We have to halt film
proceedings and say you have got engaged! I did. That's all I want
to talk about but we are not allowed! Let's talk about - this is
my favourite topic ever. You can talk about it for ages Scene
Stealers. Why have you chosen it? Anne Hathaway will win an Oscar for
doing so. This is one of cinema's great pleasures. It happens rarely.
When it does, it is incredible. Judi Dench, she was on air for
three minutes and walked away with the Oscar. What is five? It is a
classic example of a soon-to-be icon and stealing it. This is
Marilyn Monroe. Have a look. remember crossing you off my guest
list. What are you doing here? remember her? I do not. We have
never met. She is an actress. Eve. Good evening. I have no idea you
two knew each other. This must be our formal introduction. Until now,
we have only met in passing. She is such a breath of fresh air.
You see her and there she is. She is not in training. She is fully
formed. That whole persona is set. There she is. Extraordinary. Can
you imagine at the time to see that would have been amazing. How many
takes would it have took her? 43, I would imagine! What is four? Four,
well, there was a particular school of actor who particularly in the
1990s came in and they were very serious and many started out on the
stage and exploded into Hollywood. Yeah. Can you remember when they
did - who are these guys? I think the best of the lot is Philip
Seymour Hoffman. Here he plays this rather menacing character who is
only in a couple of scenes and walks away with the film. Here he
is. Oh, here he is. Ciao. Hey, finally. Think what her husband is
saying! This is the actor who raises the
standard of the movie to such a degree that you think it is one of
the best films ever made. I love it because of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Thank you. You are both right! Sorry. Let's go to three. Three -
this is a movie close to my heart and a performance close to my heart.
I can remember being stunned by it when I saw it. This is the greatest
gangster movie of all time. This is Jodie Foster in Bugsy Malone. I
remember thinking she's not a kid, you are not a kid, and she is not a
kid. She is 14 and not much older than any of the children in the
cast. Let's have a look. I have always found you special. Careful.
You are racing my motor! Give a girl a break. Are you sure you got
the right fella? You are not like all those other saps. You have
lovely brown eyes. They will be black eyes if they catch us!
about smearing my lipstick? Come any closer, I will have to call my
lawyer! She is so sexy. What is next? There is also a category of
movie that is set up to be stolen by one performance. Think of
Apocalypse Now. And a couple of years ago there was the movie about
the financial crisis and Jeremy Irons plays the head of the bank
who has to work out how to save the bank from complete collapse and it
is the most complex, strange performance - is he a corrupted
man? We are never sure. He is so good. Have a look. Do you care to
know why I'm in this with you all? Why I earn the Big Buck's? I'm here
for one reason alone. I'm here to guess what the music might do a
year from now. That's it. Nothing more. I'm standing here tonight.
I'm afraid I don't hear a thing. good. He steals everything! He
steals the Lion King. Pink Panther 2. Quite! He does it with such ease.
Let's talk about the number one. This was a seismic moment in cinema.
You cannot take away Brad Pitt's appearance in Thelma and Louise. If
you have a look at him, his whole body, that is - this is the moment
that cinema changed. Everything - he did change things. Here he is.
OK. Ladies, gentlemen, let's see who wins - Simon says everybody
down on the floor. Nobody lose their head and nobody loses their
head. You, Sir, yeah, you do the honours. Take that cash and put it
in that bag right there. You have an amazing story to tell your
friends. Simple as that. Then I just slip on out. And yeah...
love how she is sitting there with her mouth open! Now he sells
perfume! Who was going to be in yours? To be honest, Christopher
Walken and no Dennis Hopper. He is such a show-off. Thank you very
much. My scene stealer Jabba The Hut. Danny went to meet Quentin
Tarantino ahead of Django Unchained's release.
It's been 21 years since Reservoir Dogs. What are your memories of
making that movie? I was nervous about every step of the process.
But then every step - then I went forward and everything worked out
OK. No, I was good at this. No, I was right all these years. So by
the time that I came to shoot, I # I got the feeling something ain't
right # I'm so scared in case I fall off
my chair... # I was calm. I wasn't worried about
being fired. That was always the thing in my head. Guys like me make
a movie - I will get there and they - I will work for a week and they
will fire me. That wasn't the case. I also remember showing up on the
first day, the thing that let me know that I was making a real movie
- and that is a home-made thing like I tried to do before - when I
got there that day and saw the trucks lined up on the road on the
set, I was thinking, "Wow, here it is. This is a real Hollywood movie.
There's the trucks." You want to shoot me? Go ahead. Take a shot.
didn't create the situation. I'm dealing with it. I'm acting like a
professional! People would talk about other
people's movies being Tarantino- esque. How weird was that for you?
A whole lot of movies came out that you could put in that box. I had
taken one of the oldest genres and that inspired people. They wanted
to go down that same road. Some were good. Some were not so good. I
took it as a big compliment. Pulp Fiction was very ambitious. You
talked about Reservoir Dogs. Were there any moments on Pulp Fiction
where you thought you had bitten off more than you can chew? If it
works on the page, I know I can make it work on the movie screen.
So that is why I sweated so much over getting the script right.
know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese? They don't
call it a quarter pounder with cheese? What do they call it?
Royale with cheese. One of the things you have been associated
with is taking actors who have fallen out of the spotlight and
putting them back in it. Which of the casting calls are you most
proud of? John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. I was the only one that
was on board for that. Nobody else was down with that idea.
# It was a teenage wedding # And the old folks wished them
well. # I think he was not only an
important part of the movie working, he was an important commercial
component to the movie working because there was something
glorious about that comeback. It reminded people how much they liked
him a long time ago and so there was a joy to that comeback that was
special. I think it helped push the movie over into being a bigger
success. However, the casting choice that I have done that I'm
easily the most proudest of, though, is Christoph Waltz in Inglourious
Basterds. There was a serious danger that maybe I wrote a
character that was unplayable and when Christoph Waltz walked in and
just did the reading, I knew I had found him. If one were to determine
what attributes the German people share with the beast... That would
be the cunning and predatory instinct of the hawk. If one were
to determine the attributes what the Jews share with the beast...
Some directors come to each film individually. You have talked about
having a body of work. That is very important to you. Do you still feel
that now? Has that changed? most paramount importance is my
body of work. And to be judged by that body of work. One real bad
movie lessens the light of three good ones. It is keeping that
standard up and keeping my name, a name you can count on. You can rely
on my movies to be good. You don't have to cherry-pick them. If you
have trusted me so far, you can Touch your guns, you die. How are
you hoping Django Unchained is scene within your body of work?
hope it is right there towards the top. Frankly, 20 years from now, I
hope people say it is the best western of the 21st Century. We
will see. What is your name? Django. The real test is not the Friday it
opens, the real test is down the line, how is the film thought of
ten years from now? How is it thought of after I'm dead. What is
next? You have spoken about retiring at 60. How are you feeling
now? Well, 60 is still ten years away! It is the idea that I'm the
kind of artist, showman that likes the idea of leaving you wanting a
bit more. OK, enough of this dude! Brilliant. We will be reviewing
Django Unchained next week. You can see more of that interview on the
film 2013 website. Next What Richard Did.
The guards were here. What did they say? Were you there? Are you
telling me nobody remembers Movies tend to rely on heroes and
villain. What Richard Did turns all that on its head. Richard is a
natural hero. He's a young man with a glorious future. Then a mistake
is made. This is a film about mistakes and about guilt. I think
what is so fantastic about it is it lets you draw your own conclusions.
It is smart and subtle. It doesn't do your thinking for you. That is a
breath of fresh air. I don't know whether you know this. I like films
that do my thinking for me! LAUGHTER I like a big sign that
says "sob" or "laugh". I'm very obedient.
# I stole a loaf of bread. # That is my bag. However, this is a
Claudia and Danny return after the Christmas break. Films up for review include the hugely anticipated big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Gangster Squad, and Irish drama What Richard Did. Danny also talks to Quentin Tarantino.