Wednesday 29 December 2010
Love And Other Drugs (15)
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria and Josh Gad
But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales.
Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox.
Friday 31 December 2010
The Big Sleep (PG)(R/I)
Dir: Howard Hawks | Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers | USA 1946 | 114min | Cert PG
At once a compellingly complex thriller, a sexy, stylish romance, and a teasing commentary on genre conventions, Hawks' classic adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel is one of the most richly entertaining films noirs ever made.
Humphrey Bogart is in his element as private eye Marlowe, hired by General Sternwood to sort out the mess of his daughter Carmen's life; the trouble is, no one - not even Vivian (Lauren Bacall), the girl's older sister - seems particularly happy to help with his investigations. As scripted by the dream team of William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman, Marlowe's attempts to unravel a deadly web of deceit and corruption make for a racy mystery whose precise details are at times famously tricky to follow; no matter, however, when the film offers such a subtly persuasive account of the way the relationship between Marlowe and Vivian develops as the bodycount mounts. No wonder the Coens ransacked it for one of their best films; it's as seductively quick-witted and genuinely sophisticated as Hollywood ever got.
Distributor: bfi Distribution.
Venue: BFI Southbank, Curzon Renoir, Richmond Filmhouse, Phoenix East Finchley & Key Cities.
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