Episode 15 Film 2013


Episode 15

Film reviews. Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh take a look at the latest film releases, including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


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Hello and welcome to Film 2013, we're live. If you would like to

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ghet touch the details are on the screen now. Coming up on tonight's

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show: The Legend Continues, Ron Burgundy and the boys are back in

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Anchorman 2. You have to do the thing that God put Ron Burgundy on

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this earth to do, have saloon quality hair and read the news.

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Dreams become reality in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Hey. Hi. How

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was your weekend? I had an awesome weekend. Ben Stiller talks about his

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prolific career. Ecs-terrifying. I like that. We look at some of the

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big films coming your way over the coming weeks. Danny is here. Hello.

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We are excited about our guest the brilliant critic Camilla Long.

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Hello. First up, Will Ferrell recreates the role of legendary TV

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newsreader Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2. Oh, I'm so sorry someone put the

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story in all capital leaders I thought I was supposed to yell it.

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We find yourselves in the year 1980. We are starting a 24-hour news

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channel, the first of its kind. A new opportunity to join a brand new

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station that's going to begin 24-hour news and he assembles the

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team once more. Welcome to GNN, the Global News Network. That is where

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we find them. Then it goes down hill. Linda Jackson is a winner. Are

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you, my friend. This is Linda. Oh, black, black... . Ron. It's amazing

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how people have taken to this group of guys. I think people like the

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kind of sense of a rock band you have these four guyes who are

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hanging out and a sense of fun behind them. That will make one hell

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of a story. They are buffoons. They can say the most racist, offensive

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horrible things and you laugh. What are you doing? I'm breaking down the

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barriers of race by asimulation. Which one of your convicts with the

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longest record can pass me the mash potatoes. They mask the pain with

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their own... Can I help you? You are staring at me? Do you want my

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autograph. He was explaining who you are and I was looking at you. This

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cast specifically is speaking about Paul, David and Steve. Are just so

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comfortable with improadvisation. Brian I read somewhere, tell me if

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this is true, some of the silicone implants were filled with taco meat.

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The improving is not about competition, it's about trying to

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make each other laugh. We can improvise for days. Then they will

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approve upon what they had in the first place. I like the parts of

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your face that are covered with skin. A rot lot of the time it's us

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saying, no, let's please not do that, what you wrote is so funny. I

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don't have any legs, Ron. It's because you're wearing green pants.

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Over the years Anchorman has grown in notoriety. If the fans demand it,

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if the oddients is out there we would consider a three. This was too

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much fun. We will do at least eighth. The very minimum eight. The

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news team is back. I want to do Anchorman movies for the rest of my

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life because it's so much fun. That is your foot between my legs No. It

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was my hand. When I watched that I think that might be the funniest

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film I have seen seen. I will trend carefully. The good news for

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Anchorman fan this is has been tailor made for them. It takes them

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and smoothers them in polyester and sideburns and gags, miles of gags.

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Some of the gags are funny of the for an Anchorman will love the gags

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and will quote them for 10 years until they make Anchorman 3, which

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is the point. I have made myself comfortable on the fence with

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Anchorman. It does have some very, very funny moments, I don't think it

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has enough funny moments for two hours. What I do like about it is

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that Will Ferrell has worked out there maybe aren't enough jokes for

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two hours. He has made this other movie which is this slide middle

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finger of the film about TV news and why it's so terrible in America and

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why working in the media will suck the brain out of your ears. I'm not

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sure when he decided to make that film, I'm glad he did. A mixture of

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disappointment and relief. Relief it wasn't as bad as the last film which

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I didn't particularly enjoy. Disappointment it's still the

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same... I agree some of the jokes were really very funny, but some of

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them were really awful. We saw that scene in the... When he goes to take

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his... Girlfriend. Girlfriend's parents, I thought it was... It felt

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racist and made me feel really uncomfortable. I didn't think that

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worked. I thought that, you know, it's a slightly better era for the

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Anchorman brand. It's the 80s now, which is kind of like broadcast news

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territory. The satire is, comes much easier. They have this really funny

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montage where they bring in the car chases and bring in fluffy toys and

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font font font is doing, h why, what are your Top 50 Greatest Vaginas

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Ever" and the ratings go up. I quite liked that. That was funny. In terms

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of memorable, kind of, scenes, memorable lines, I just... It goes

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out of my head with Anchorman. Maybe Will Ferrell isn't funny. The thing

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is if you didn't like the original, this is kind of completely

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pointless. From the point of view of reviewing a film it's like reviewing

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an avocado. Do you like the green fruit when you open it up has a

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paler green and creamy inside, then you don't... I love that talking

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about avocados. I think I'm possibly too old for this film. I am e old

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for everything hand on heart other than lying down and watching Miss

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Marple if I was 16 and went to see Anchorman 2 I would laugh until I

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was sick. Great Friday before Christmas film. Very funny. Nothing

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in this commercial big bluster type of thing. If you are a 16-year-old

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boy you wouldn't see Disney's Frozen, which would be my choice on

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Friday night. It's slicker than the last one. I liked the last one. The

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problem is the last one was made almost by accident. They would make

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an entirely different movie at one stage... What were they going to

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make? Annan orrorman, a different Anchorman. You had so much mayhem on

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set they carved it out. All that quotability happened by accident. I

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think the problem with this movie is it is working too hard and it

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doesn't feel like nobody cares. It feels like everybody cares and awful

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lot and every single line is designed so people will be quoting

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the lines for the next 10 years. A bit self-aware. I agree. Will is a

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good battle scene. That is all I'm saying. Next, Ben Stiller directs

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and stars alongside Kristen Wiig in daydreamer remark The Secret Life Of

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Walter Mitty. Danny went to meet him. Hello, are you still there? Can

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you hang on a second. Go, go, go! Get out, she's going to

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blow. Go, go! Ben, thank you for joining us today. You are welcome.

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty it feels like the film you couldn't

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have made without a personal connection with Walter himself, is

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that true to say? Definitely. You have to feel a personal connection

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when you are playing a part. Have you to figure out what that is. For

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me the story and what was in Steve Conrad's script was an identifiable

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thing, how we see yourselves in our head that doesn't translate in

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reality and the potential we have and being able to somehow get in

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touch with that. It did feel personal. Are you still there? Hey.

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If you had to encapsulate the experience of making the movie in a

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word, what would it be, ebbing sill rating, terrifying?

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Ec-ra-terrifying. You should be scared going into making a movie.

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It's daunting. That energy is good energy to have because you feel that

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and it means you are pushing yourself in some way and you are out

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of your comfort zone. That is always a healthy thing, I think. Hello! Oh,

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hi, sorry, the door was... So I just... Yes, she's getting dressed.

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Has been almost 20 years since you made Reality Bites, do you dig out

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the DVDs and watch those, or is it a case of the movie is done and you

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are always moving forward? The movie is done, I don't go back and watch

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them. You look beautiful. You look like a Doyly. Unless I show my kids

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something or if they ask. If you see something, if you are flipping

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channels I will watch a scene to see how it holds up. The chance to see a

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movie that you made long time ago with an audience is always

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interesting. You ever watched pornographic videos? No. I mean,

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well, I don't... Yes or no? I should say I'm a very, very big fan of the

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Cable Guy. It didn't get the due it deserved. When that happens, is that

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frustrating to you? Does it bug you, are you happy now, 17 years later,

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there are people like me who can proudly say I love

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Can the Cable Guy? I'm happy that anybody still cared about it. By the

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way you, might want to put on a bathing suit because you will be

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channel surfing in no time. We had so much fun making it. We got New

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York Times Blu-ray came out 15 years after the movie and finally they

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wrote something nice about. It all right, we got a good review for that

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movie. OK, I'm going. Take off. See ya. Bye. When you make the movies

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you make them for yourself and for the audience, hopefully they have a

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life and it's nice when they do. Sure.

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There are rumours floating about a see kwul to Zoolander, can you

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confirm that? I don't know. I mean possibly. It is a matter of trying

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to figure out the right situation for it in terms of how it all comes

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together. There is a script we wrote that the I like and, I think it

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would be fun to do. I'm not sure if it will happen. It might. It still

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hasn't come together the right way. Zoolander was fun to make, but it

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was not an easy shoot. The studio were not totally behind it, so there

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were challenging times on it, but a lot of fun situations came out of

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it. What is your trademark? I am best known for blue steel. What does

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that look like? A big part of it is the developments of the new look.

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You are someone who grew up in the business. Your parents were

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comedians and you performed as -- as a child. Have you ever had a moment

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when you thought you would walk away and do something else entirely? I

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was going to be a glass blower. Is directing something you now prefer

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to focus on, or do you want to get back in front of the camera? I love

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acting, but directing has always been what I wanted to do since I was

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a kid and what I enjoy most. So I look forward more to directing and

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acting also, but maybe not both at the same time as much. Hey! Was your

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weekend? I had an awesome weekend. It was incredible to watch him where

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all these hats - producer, director. And he is in every scene and he

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could not be calmer about it. I think every direct is a

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perfectionist -- every director is a perfectionist. That is also the fun

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of making a movie. The eyes, she moves like a woman.

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Cheryl. He is very meticulous. He knows what he wants, and he knows

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how he wants things to look and sound and feel. That attention to

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detail is one of the reasons the movie is so good. Perhaps I could

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contact you through my poetry Falk. I like that. Do you think if I hit

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him with a paperclip, you would move? I wonder what you wanted

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audiences to come away with. When you see them filing out of the

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cinema, what do you want them to come away with? I hope they went to

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a movie they connected with, that I made them feel something.

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I can't talk, I am on my way to a volcano. I like movies that you can

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both disappear into that take you away from reality, and also hit

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something inside you so that you are connected on both levels.

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That is what I was hoping. Life is about courage and going into the

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unknown. What did you think? And by the way

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my favourite thing is to start a sentence like that. What is the

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point? Sorry. It is beautiful. It touched me occasionally, but I came

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away thinking I have not changed in any way by seeing this film. Ben

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Stiller is pretty good as Walter Mitty. He is not dreamy enough to be

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that carrot to. -- that character . You can see him acting, which is a

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bit distracting. This is a very short story that has been stretched

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into this two-hour film. Like you said with Anchorman, there is not

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enough material. There are great action sequences. You are never sure

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whether he is in a fantasy or not. I thought, whilst it is very

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beautiful, shot on location in Iceland with volcanoes and

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everything, I just came away feeling the. -- empty. See, I am sick and I

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found it quite poignant. -- I am sick. I know it is just me and Ben

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Stiller's mum who think that. No, I could not agree less with you,

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Camilla. Most Hollywood movies if you feeling like you have been

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slobbered over and had your pocket picked at the end of it, but this is

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not that movie. It would take a cynic to call it cynical. There is

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an unusual sense of melancholy and sweetness about this and also

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sincerity. It is the sincerity people will take from it. People

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recoil from that. But this is an open hearted movie, and it is great

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for that. We should embrace that. Actually, it felt like a vanity

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project for Ben Stiller. You see there was not drool on your shoulder

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when you came out, but I felt that a bit. I felt I was being a bit

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manipulated by the story, which has been jazzed up for the film. It is

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nothing like the original and I do prefer the 1947 version with Danny

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Kaye. It works better. It is much more of the time. The film has a

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very old-fashioned vibe, this story is from a time before. They have

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tried to pimp it up and it has not worked. It is the lack of pimping

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that I like about it. How can you say that when there are these

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enormous set sequences that last it past you? But then Stiller always

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takes the dead hand option. It would be so easy to milk it, but he is the

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same Ben still you was. It would make so much more sense for him to

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do the Gurney, but he underplays everything. It is a noble

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achievement. Were you disappointed that it was not funny? Yes, I think

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I would have preferred... Is Ben Stiller ever going to get away from

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the fact that he is a comedy star? Probably not. He is so good at that.

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There are some comedy sequences in the daydreams, they are fantastic.

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There is a Benjamin button type sequence. Imagined David Fincher's

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face during that. I think sometimes you have to admit that a movie has

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made a personal connection with you. I am a middle-aged man and this is a

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middle-aged movie. I mean that as praise. You get to your middle

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years, the V neck years of your life. You are a younger person. But

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at that stage, you think, the person I thought I would be when I was 18,

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I have not become him . I have come this flabby mess that looks out on a

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kebabs shop. I want a movie that says there are worse things in life

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than that. There is nothing bad about simplicity and sincerity. The

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Secret Life of Walter Mitty will be on cinemas on Boxing Day. Now a look

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at some of the treats you get to feast on over the coming weeks.

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My name is Solomon. I am a free man and you have no right to detain me.

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You are no free man, you are nothing but a runaway. This is the true

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story of someone who was a free man in the 19th-century and he was

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drugged and sent to New Orleans, where he spent the next 12 years as

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a slave. I am not trying to redress the balance, all I am trying to do

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is look at that time in history and asking people to acknowledge it. To

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know where you are going, one has to look back. This is a very modern

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story in its own way, which is what is terrifying about it. It talks

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about a society we recognise. In the end, more than anything, it speaks

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about human respect. That is something that it is never late to

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reflect on. If you want to survive, do and say as little as Zobel. -- as

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little as possible. I don't want to survive, I want to live. With this

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script, I am going to teach the and everyone of you to be the best. This

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is the greatest company in the world! I was becoming a legend.

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Aren't you married? Married people can't be friends? I was making so

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much money, I didn't know what to do with it.

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The real question is, was all this legal? Welcome to Las Vegas! I want

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all of you to get in trouble. There is a huge audience of people of our

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generation. There are a lot of us. Soon the audience will be pining for

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movies about young people. We had a great time, and a movie came out. I

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feel like I am getting drunk and electrocuted at the same time.

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You are the biological father of 533 children. What? It is about a guy

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who, when he was younger, gave generously to its own bank. It is

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impossible to be the father of 533 children.

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When you are young, you don't think of consequences. These kids need

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someone to look out for them. They need a guardian angel. When you are

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looking out for these kids, will you be wearing some kind of cake? I did

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not see superhero, I said guardian angel. This is the BBC.

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Forces in Singapore have surrendered to the Japanese. A lot of films have

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made about World War II, but you have to dig a little bit here to

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understand quite how heroic these men were. A lot of men went through

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something you can't imagine. I'm afraid the museum is closed. I'm

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surprised you don't recognise me. I did not expect you to be alive.

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There are a lot of people with untold stories, thousands of them,

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that badly needed this story to be told. Some time, the hating has to

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stop. We will fight for our freedom! This

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is your final warning! I am not breaking any laws.

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The bits of racism I might have seen as a young kid living in east London

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was nothing compared to what happened in South Africa. To get the

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offer to play someone like him was a massive moment for me. It is an

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ideal for which I am prepared to die.

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We had a premiere in South Africa, and people who had been imprisoned

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with Mandela were all there as well. And when the lights came up, I

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realised people were crying in the theatre. So I felt so proud. What

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they have done to my wife is their only victory over me. There is a

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love story at the heart of it, and that has helped choose the best

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moments in his life. Lots of stuff coming our way. At

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this point, I normally ask for your film of the week. But because it is

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the last show of the year, I will ask for your favourite film of the

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year, Camilla. I have a few. First, I would say Gravity. Loved it. I

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would also say the great beauty, a wonderful Italian film about Rome.

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Go for the crowd scenes, the music and the jokes. And a documentary I

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thought was incredibly powerful, the act of killing, about men who killed

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people in a communist massacre in 1965 in Indonesia. It is an

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extraordinary film about life, death and human misery and breakdown. I

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would also say the act of killing and Gravity. And also a Japanese

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movie called I wish, a beautiful film about childhood. And spring

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breakers, an altogether different kind of beautiful. I see Captain

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Phillips. That is all from us. We are getting an extra long Christmas

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holiday and will be back on Tuesday the 21st of January. Teacher

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O'Toole, who died on Saturday, was a movie legend. -- Peter O'Toole. We

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remember him the Lawrence of Arabia, probably the most brilliant debut in

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the history of Hollywood. Thank you for watching. Good night. You mean

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the Turks have gone? No, they are still there, but they have no boots.

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We took them prisoners. No, that is not true, we killed some. Too many.

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I will manage better next time. There has been a lot of killing, one

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way or another. Cross my heart and hope to die, it is all perfectly

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true. It is impossible. Yes, it is. I did it. You had better talk to

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General Allenby. He is in command now. That is a step in the right

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direction. First, I want a room with a bed, with sheets. Of course. It is

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for him. Right. You want a bed yourself, don't you? I will see

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Allenby first, though. Will he see me? I think so. Good night. I had

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better shave. Yes, you had. You had better get into some trousers, too.

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Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh take a look at the latest film releases. These include the return of Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Plus a look ahead to some of the films due for release in early 2014.


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