Film reviews. Anthony Hopkins goes Psycho in Hitchcock, Nicholas Hoult stars in zombie rom-com Warm Bodies and Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne get close in I Give It a Year.
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Hello and welcome to Film 2013 with me, Claudia Winkleman. And me,
Danny Leigh. If you want to get in touch then please tweet or e-mail.
The details are on the screen now. On tonight's show.
Directing Psycho. Anthony Hopkins is the Master of Suspense in
Hitchcock. More anger.
Love Hurts for Ralph Spall and Rose Byrne in I Give it a Year.
Something in our marriage does a lot click.
And Nicholas Hoult in Zom Com, Warm Bodies.
Plus there's Gael Garcia Bernal in No, and Chris Hewitt is here with
his Top 5 Bio-pics. First tonight, Anthony Hopkins stars as Alfred
Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville in Hitchcock, a
film that explores their marriage and the making of Psycho.
Mr Hitchcock! Should you not quit while you are ahead?
It is about their relationship, if a marriage. About that
extraordinary moment when one of the most famous movies in film
history was made. I need something fresh and different. There is a
project out there waiting for you, I promise. The film is the untold
story of Hitchcock and his wife. It is sort of a love story about this
creative collaboration behind the scenes. It uses the making of the
film Psycho as the backdrop. Just think of the shock value, killing
off your leading lady halfway through. You are intrigued, are you
not? Admit it. Admit it. Actually I think it is an huge mistake. You
should not wait to halfway through, do it after 30 minutes.
I'm not a huge film buff but I do know some things. I did not know
about the contribution made by Hitchcock's wife to all his movies.
She was a critical component to his creative process. She was involved
in the script, in casting and in editing. So it was about this
unique creative collaboration. was the life that a moment later
cut off her scream, and her head. Charming. Doris Day should do it as
a musical! You do not get movies made without
an obsessiveness and an ability not to let go of something. We see
Hitchcock like this in his movie. do solemnly promise that I will not
divulge the plot nor the many secrets of Psycho.
Directors also need a voyeuristic element which can be twisted or
perfectly healthy. He is always watching. There is
darkness. The take on the shower scene. Hitchcock is pretty out of
control and crazy. He was immensely contradictory and enigmatic and
fascinating. That is why we're still talking about him.
He may not be easy to live with but you are more entertaining than any
of your plots. I do not know what Hitchcock did to
the makers of this film but they must be nursing a grudge. It is so
flaccid and flimsy and grubby. They are selling this as the untold
story. Half of it is not true and almost all his tedious. It is that
which Hitchcock with the spinning in his grave about. It is fine to
make it up but make it interesting. Hitchcock was the genius and Psycho
was a masterpiece. This is at dull film about a slightly creepy middle
aged couple having Marrel full problems. I watched this film on my
own and I stood up and looked it at the end. I'm going into Twitter
world and many people agree with you. One says it is painting by
numbers as a biopic. Another one says it is disappointing week
average that says little about the man that has not been seen before.
Helen Mirren was good. I liked it more than you did. 5 o'clock on a
Sunday, eating biscuits by myself. The shame is that this is such a
fascinating story and should be a fascinating film. Psycho was a film
that turned all the rules on its head. But this is not about his
wife, this is about the cramped up missing link. Constantly on the
verge of having an affair which never happened. Where is Hitchcock?
And spent the entire film wondering where he was. I just kept seeing
this random fat man, that is not Hitchcock. Is it because you have
so much information, because you come to it, for the rest of us will
a bit about Hitchcock, is it because you know too much? I do not
think it is. I just want something interesting. By all means take
liberties but makes something that grabs you. Not something this
insipid. Once you get past the make-up and the fat suit, which is
quite an achievement, what is left of Hitchcock? Had deep Sims can
says it is a formidable duo. A fitting home Irish. As a portrait
of Hitchcock is less openly Sandra's that others. But in a way
just as insulting because it shows him as an E D E who was making a
violent film because he himself had these repressed violent urges. We
heard the director talking about the creative processes. But fruit
has a better understanding of the creative process than that. Helen
Mirren is nominated for the Best Actress BAFTA and you can see if
she wins, and who the other winners are this Sunday on BBC One from 9pm.
Next, I Give It A Year, written and directed by Dan Mazer, the writer
of Borat and Bruno. It is only seven months and some of you think
we're crazy for getting married. Yes, I Give It A Year. It examines
the first year of a marriage. Where in a bit of a dysfunctional
relationship immediately. You're watching a film where you want a
couple ultimately not to be together. Whereas normally you root
for the two protagonists to get together. But here it you want them
to be a part. There is something in our marriage that has not quite
clicked. You think there could be someone
better looking's other terrible sexual problems? I wanted to make a
modern and contemporary comedy about romance as opposed to
something that felt hackneyed and traditional. That is almost a
pejorative term now, Rom Com. I sort you looking at it online the
other day. It is a hybrid of the previous work I have done and the
more romantic, emotional story. Bringing those together was
difficult. I naturally gravitated towards the more extremely
outrageous. That is the hotel. And that, that
is a doggy style. It needs to be rooted in a logic.
That is the thing with all comedy. You get these obscene situations.
But they need some reality in them. You should just cut your losses now
before your life becomes a series of squabbles. It has taken scenes
from my own life. I infuriate my wife. That is the manifestation of
hate and hate is funny. Here we go. Television. For words. First word.
Hanging. Impotent. Stupid. The famine that. Annoying idiot.
Disappointment. Shane. Doctor, not the first thing you think when you
look at him. That is hilarious. I should just
say I have a personal connection to this film, my husband worked on it.
I am delighted to be in this situation again. It is
substantially better than WE. But I think there is the identity crisis
going on. It wants to be like love actually. But I prefer it when it
sticks two fingers up at the fluffy side of things. It works better as
bad taste sketch show about a doomed marriage filled with
terrible family Christmases. Then Tim Key comes on and is hilarious.
He steals whichever parts of the movie are left to be stolen. It is
a very fine cast with a lot of funny people. Sometimes doing funny
things. Good, we are done. It is hilarious. For the sake of my
conscience, my problem is that you have to care about the couple. Deep
down you want them to have a happy ending but I wanted to reach into
the screen and kill them. Ralph spall is playing as likely arrested
but secretly full himself writer. That is basically myself and I
still hated it. There is a very good use of London scenery. And
some very funny moments. Watch out for the bullfrog and the monkey.
has spoken about that all day! Cannot get enough of it. Twitter
again, and one saying it is a hit. Hello and welcome, Chris.
What's your Top 5 this week? Because of Hitchcock it is Bio-pics.
Normally you come in and say top five, perfect. But they have been
some omissions. We have all kinds of things here. We can all jump in.
Was it easy for you? It was tough. Psycho is up my street. But for me
it is a bit like homework, a bit like a history lesson that keeps
going on and on. I think we were both scarred by Gandhi. Not what he
did? Not the man himself. Let us start with number five. It is a
personal choice. It got me into a love of film. And remember sitting
up into the small hours of the morning watching it over and over.
It is James Cagney. If you think he was always a gangster, this will
disabuse you of that. He can't sing and dance. -- she can. Of course,
# She is my Yankee doodle joy. I am a yankee doodle boy. Number four?
This is Social Network, the biopic of Mark Zuckerberg, but her life
could also be commodities the biopic of a phenomenon, Facebook.
You have 42 days to study our system and get out ahead. Used old
our whole idea! You really do not need a forensics team to get to the
bottom of this. If you guys were the inventors of Facebook... That
just makes me think, why are we not watching that together? Why does he
do that thing? Just to disabuse people. Just because he can. Nobody
is going to say to him... This next one changed at the last minute.
my original number three was really embarrassing, and then I woke up in
a cold sweat - I cannot have that! You are not going to say what it
was. I will not say. This is an amazing film, Schindler's List,
obviously about a broader canvas, but also about one man's
conscientious awakening. Oskar Schindler, this salesman who
becomes a selfless saviour. It is absolutely magnificent. If you want,
you could run the company for me. Let me understand - they put up all
the money, I do all the work. would make sure the company is in
business, I would see that it has a certain panache. That is what I am
good at - not the work, the presentation. I promise you, I am
not going to reveal what your original number three was, I would
just like to say that your original number three would not have
approved of your new number three. Nor of any of this! If you can
guess the original number three, we wheels and Jukic. What is number
two? If I had not put this in my list, I would have been killed. It
is Lawrence of Arabia, by David Lean. Nearly four hours long,
beautifully shot, beautifully directed. It can fall into kissing
the bottom of the person they are betraying, the biopic, but this one
does not do that. In fact, TE Lawrence is quite unlike a ball at
times in this. -- unlikeable. It is only flesh-and-blood. You're a
It damn well hurts! Certainly, it does. Well, what is the trick?
the trick, William, is not minding that it hurts. And the first choice
for you... Look at what you have done. Rules are there to be broken.
That would be the motto of this film, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, fantastic cast. But Martin
Scorsese's direction, for me, has never been better. Let's have a
How are you? Good. How are you doing? I gave them $20 each. Over
there. Excellent. What do you do? am in construction. There has been
a lot of action on Twitter, but I had to pick just one film, and that
has been mentioned a lot - Raging Bull. Yes, when it comes to boxing
movies, I think I would go for being more of a rocky IV person.
am just speaking - Chris, you are brilliant! Next, to the Oscar-
nominated Chilean film which charts In 1988, due to international and
national pressure, Pinochet - I assume everybody knows who he was -
had to legitimise his power in Chile through a referendum. This is
the story behind the publicity campaign which accompanied the
movement of No, basically, the opposition against Pinochet. It was
very important to us in the campaign to show the common Chilean
people that there are famous people who are supporting the No position.
Superman, Richard Dreyfuss, and others as well. Remember, the
future of your country is in your hands. The pair in a Chile over
these young -- long years has been the pain of all of us. The egg and
emotional journey throughout the story is based on their anecdotes
and their experiences. During the campaign, it is a very strong
moment, because your brain is exploding, your heart is bumping,
everything is very excited. I think it was also a very good opportunity
to do a homage not only to them, the real protagonists of the
campaign, but also to the millions of exiles from Latin America that
shaped the world in the last It is interesting home --
interesting, a little bit like Lincoln, this film is a smart
operator, because there is not a single second which is stodgy all
wordy. It is a bit like a thriller, but very funny in places. One very
obvious comparison would be Mad Men, because they are both about
advertising, and why we buy what we buy. Except in Chile, what they are
buying is democracy. I loved where they used proper footage. The way
it was shot, it was slightly murky. The was a total masterstroke. It
was like absolute bottom of the barrel, fuzzy video tape, like they
used to do TV news within the 1980s. You're right, you feel you are
right there in Chile in 1988. I suppose it is a similar approach to
the makers of the The Artist. It draws you in much more. Gael Garcia
Bernal is fantastic, but it is also a great character to play. He is
not a soul this con man, but also, he is not a starry-eyed idealist. -
- soulless. I would also like to mention Alfredo, he has got this
fantastic phase, perfect for the part. For me, No is highly
recommended. Finally tonight, a zombie movie. This is may best
friend. It is told from the character of Marney -- from the
point of view of my character. He is a zombie. He meets Julie, and
instantly, thinks she is the bee's knees. Then he captures her, and
rather than eating her, he decides to protect her and keep her safe,
and they form an unlikely friendship. And then, through our
love, it moves on to the zombie community, and I breathe life back
into him, and he does the same to me. We have a balcony scene.
obviously likes her instantly, but he cannot talk, he cannot express
himself. He is dead. And she is terrified that he is going to kill
I accept that I did not have to learn my lines, and I got to watch
to Reyes at acting, which was very enjoyable. But then he would still
forgets his lines sometimes, four lines in one scene! Why did you
save me? Safe - keep you safe. have met people who have seen the
film who say that they feel that way around girls sometimes, they do
not know how to express themselves. People can feel connected to this
material for so many reasons. changing everything. Properly great.
My memory of being a 17-year-old boy is that there was an awful lot
of grunting and shuffling... I can only imagine. Not un zombie-like
behaviour. This film tweaks a little bit of that kind of thing.
Zombie. Were purists might be a bit annoyed, but I thought it way it
tackled that was quite likeable. think it is cute but also quite
cool. And I think the soundtrack is a knockout. And they are both
brilliant in it. I should mention the Twilight connection, because
this is made by the same people. For me, that is the biggest passion
killer imaginable. Some of the has just tweeted in, Warm Bodies just
seems like a version of Twilight. But then again, she is almost eerie
like a blond Christian Stewart. But for me, this is everything that
Twilight is not. This has genuine warmth and wit. It is not banging
you over the head with that pompous stuff that Twilight was famous for.
And of course, there is John Claudia Winkelman. I am slightly
this up by the fact that in the post- zombie era, John Claudia
Winkelman will be there. Film of the week? What is your film of the
That's all for tonight. We're back at the same time next week - 11.05
- and we'll be reviewing A Good Day To Die Hard, This Is 40 and Lore.
Playing us out tonight, Ocscar- nominated Wreck It Ralph, a 3D
animation from Walt Disney. stars John C Riley and Sarah
Silverman and is in cinemas from Friday. Thank you and good night.
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Anthony Hopkins goes Psycho in Hitchcock, Nicholas Hoult stars in zombie rom-com Warm Bodies and Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne get close in I Give It a Year. Plus Chris Hewitt reveals his top five biopics.