Atomic Blonde, A Ghost Story, Step The Film Review


Atomic Blonde, A Ghost Story, Step

James King joins Jane Hill to guide viewers through this week's cinema releases, including Atomic Blonde, A Ghost Story and Step.


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championship as well. It's coming up at half past six with me, world

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athletics Sportsday. Now it's time for Film Review.

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Hello and welcome to The Film Review on BBC News.

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To take us through this week's cinema releases is James King.

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What have you been watching? I've been watching Charlize Theron in a

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spy thriller that is James Bond meets basic instinct. The name is

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blonde, Atomic Blonde. From the Academy Awards to the afterlife, the

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Oscar winner Casey Affleck returns under sheet in A Ghost Story. And

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get ready to tap, clap and stomp your way through an uplifting new

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dance documentary, Step. Quite an eclectic mix this week, James. Let's

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start with the big blockbuster. It looks like one. Atomic Blonde,

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starring Charlie is the wrong, as spy thriller directed by David

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Leitch. He worked on John Wick with key newbies a couple of years ago

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and there are similarities with this film. -- with piano Reeves. They

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have stylish content, polished, cartoonish. Atomic Blonde has some

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basis in real events because it is set in 1989 after the fall of the

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Berlin Wall. Charlize Theron is a spy sent there by the British

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government to track down a list of missing agents. Let's have a look.

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OK. So is this your first time in Berlin? Yes. It is a remarkable time

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to be here. Wonderful music. Marvellous restaurants. You must try

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the central cafe for a drink. You will need it later. Do you remember

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Mr Abramowitz? Of course you do. Yeah. We can kind of Guess what

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happens after that. It has been hard to find clips which are not violent.

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She's quite adept with her stilettos. It is ridiculous. But

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there is some fun to be had with its ridiculousness. Firstly Charlize

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Theron is great and there is a pairing that she has with James

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McAvoy, he wasn't in that clip that he's a fellow British agent in

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Berlin and he's crazy and over the top and she is high school and

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measured so they have this great chalk and cheese partnership. But

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really works. She's a watchable actress. Very watchable. She has an

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Oscar winner, she can act. She doesn't have to act much in this but

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we know she can. And the style is great, this industrial punk

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aesthetic to it, this pumping 1980s electro soundtrack. We can see a bit

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of action, the car chases and the fights are stunning and relentless.

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It almost beat Steve and his admission. -- beats you into

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submission. With it being visually striking should it remind us of Pop

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Fiction, with the violence? What it does not have is the witty, clever

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script. It is easy to be snobbish and say the plot is flimsy and

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stretched. It means you can get away with quite a lot. I think it

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relishes its own silliness and pulpy quality. It acknowledges that and

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when a film is shameless about it it can get away with much more. Is it a

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missed opportunity because the time period in which it is set, Berlin,

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such a great city, it could be the most fantastic story. Are they not

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bothered about that. Slightly missed opportunity but still worth seeing,

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a male fantasy of a female spy, I don't think many spies are six foot

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tall former model is a wander around in stockings and suspenders. But

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there is just enough awareness for it to get away with it and I would

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happily watch another, that movie hasn't done really well but if there

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is a sequel I will not complain. OK. We moved to something that could not

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be more different. I am intrigued that this was shot in secret, is it

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apocryphal that the director was so concerned about how it might end up

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that he thought, I just won't tell people I am making it. It is very

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low budget. This is David Lowery, he moved into the mainstream lost it

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with a remake of Pete 's Dragon. -- he moved into the mainstream roster.

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That is out of character comedies and independent film maker, this is

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a return to that. This is a ghost story as the title suggests. Not a

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horror film, drama. Casey Affleck plays a recently deceased man who

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returns in spirit to his home to watch over his grieving partner,

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Rooney Mara. Still wearing the sheet that he had placed over him in the

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morgue. Talking about difficult clips to find, it is hard to show

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you any clips out of contact because pacing and the rhythm of the film is

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so key. It is very slow. There are many takes were seemingly not much

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happens, the camera is very static and quiet. There's probably more

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music than dialogue in it. It's even shot in the old fall by three ratio,

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the square TV ratio to make it feel claustrophobic. So it's pretty bold

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and risk taking. I can understand why David Lowery might have want to

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keep it secret in case it did not work. I think it does work. You have

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to take a bit of a leap of faith to get into its rhythm and slowness but

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when you do it is rewarding and a film about memory and legacy and

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slowly change. I am a bit worried because the trailer might put people

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off, it's quite bizarre! It isn't that kind of movie. What is your

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third choice. A documentary, Step. People use the weird feel good too

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much, to the point of redundancy but this is generally feel good. A

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documentary about a girl 's dance troupe, the Lethal LEDs in

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inner-city Baltimore. The film focuses on three of the dancers

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about their hopes and aspirations. Trying to break the

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cycle of poverty they come from and get into college. Very charismatic

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leads, the people in the film are very charismatic. As we will see in

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this clip. This is the girls in training. You will watch me step.

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I'm going to make you watch misstep. It's going to get up in your grill.

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I'm going to take you by your Mac and go, watch me do what I do -- I'm

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going to take you by your neck. And you are going to go, watch me.

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That's what you project. That is what you step on. If you are not

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stepping on it, sit down, go home, good night. Stand to attention and

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give me that face. Nothing to stop! I like that teacher, I am not

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missing with her. She's brilliant, everyone is brilliant. I really

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uplifting story. Uplifting because it does not scrimp on the hardships.

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These people that we focus on have had tough lives. There is a lot of

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anger and it's set among the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter

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movement and the female empowerment movement. So there tough issues.

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That makes it all the more feel-good when the highs come along and when

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it gets more optimistic. Not really a film about stepping as a dance. If

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you don't know much about stepping which is popular in American

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colleges, it's not about the technique and history of that dance.

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Rather it is about what dance means to people when they don't have very

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much else. I'm really looking forward to that one. And for best at

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this week you have delighted me because it is a reissue and what a

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pleasure it was to watch this film so many years later. This is Prick

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Up Your Ears. About playwright Joe Wharton, rereleased for the 50th

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anniversary of his death, the film itself is 30 years old. Stephen

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Frears is the director, it's based on the diaries of Joe Orton, we see

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the editor played by Wallace Shawn and then it flashes back to the life

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of Joe Orton. Gary Oldman is amazing as Orton. I am always reminded of a

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couple of things, first that time in the 1980s and Gary Oldman and

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contemporaries like Daniel Day Lewis and Tim Roth with the angry Young

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men of British cinema and the future. Now Daniel Day Lewis has

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announced his retirement! And Gary Oldman will be playing Winston

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Churchill! So you feel very old watching this! Secondly, more

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importantly, what Alan Bennett did with his script is captured the wit

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and boisterousness that made Joe Orton such a great playwright in the

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1960s. Gary Oldman great, Vanessa Redgrave, for me, it is offered

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Melina's movie. He plays Kenneth Halliwell, Orton's lover. They had

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it and she was ultimately tragic and shocking relationship. He steals the

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show. -- they had a two modulus and ultimately tragic relationship. The

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film is 30 years old and it is a litany of wonderful actors because

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the mother of Orton is played by Julie Walters and his sister is

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played by Frances Barber, these people are part of Britain's acting

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firmament. Alan Bennett has become even more part of the furniture.

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What he does brilliantly is give us movies that sing traditional but

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they are pretty out there when you look at what is going on. Know

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quickly, the DVD. Raw, student who goes to better in every college and

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discovers a cannibalistic tendencies. Beautifully unsettling.

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Determined to freak you out with the acting, performing and lighting and

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Eddington. It is like Carrie directed by Salvador Dali! James,

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thank you. That's just about it for this week. Enjoy your cinema going.

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Goodbye. Let's check the weather for Friday

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night, it's looking pretty cloudy this evening with some spots of

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rain.

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