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‘Father of African cinema’ Ousmane Sembène at work – in pictures

A look back at the career of Senegal-born film director Ousmane Sembène as his 1968 film Mandabi is released in the UK for the first time•Mandabi is released on 11 June in cinemas, and on 28 June on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital platforms.•Peter Bradshaw on Mandabi: classic about colonialism resonates today Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, UK, Film, Russia, Africa, Senegal, World news, Culture, Art and design, Colonialism, World cinema, Ousmane Sembene, Peter Bradshaw, Blu Ray


‘Uncancel Culture’: Kevin Spacey, Aziz Ansari, Mel Gibson, Louis CK …

Peter Bradshaw, considering the news that Kevin Spacey is acting again (albeit in a small European film): “Could this be Hollywood’s hot new thing – uncancel culture? The phenomenon whereby famous men once rendered unemployable in show business due to a #MeToo campaign, but with no actual criminal conviction, sidle back into the limelight, testing the reaction, playing grandmother’s footsteps with social-media outrage?” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Kevin Spacey, Issues, Peter Bradshaw, 05.25.21, Kevin Spacey Aziz Ansari Mel Gibson Louis CK


Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen, wins best international feature Oscar

Alcohol-fuelled Danish film directed by Thomas Vinterberg takes the top prize for non-English language film at the Academy AwardsOscars 2021: the dresses, the winners, and the speeches – live!Oscars 2021: predictions, timetable and what to expectAnother Round, the Danish film starring Mads Mikkelsen and directed by Thomas Vinterberg, has won the best international feature Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles.In the film, Mikkelsen plays a teacher who tries to c...
Tags: Europe, Film, Los Angeles, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscar, Denmark, Oscars, Thomas Vinterberg, Peter Bradshaw, Mikkelsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Oscars 2021


And the winner should be … Peter Bradshaw’s predictions for the 2021 Oscars

Will Nomadland clean up this year? Will Anthony Hopkins get best actor? Our film critic gives the low down on the contenders for the Academy Awards Will win: Nomadland Should win: Nomadland Shoulda been a contender: Quo Vadis, Aida?
Tags: Film, Aaron Sorkin, Soul, Culture, Awards and prizes, Frances Mcdormand, Oscars, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Bradshaw, Tenet, Amanda Seyfried, Florian Zeller, Vanessa Kirby, Chloe Zhao, Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7


Bad Luck Banging goes all the way with top prize at Berlin film festival

Radu Jude’s provocative satire takes Golden Bear while Maren Eggert wins gala’s inaugural gender-neutral acting awardThe provocative Romanian film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, capping the truncated 2021 virtual edition of the event.Directed by Radu Jude, Bad Luck Banging is a satirical parable about a teacher who is put up before a tribunal after a sex tape is illicitly leaked on to the internet. In a three-star review, Guardian film critic ...
Tags: Europe, Film, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Radu Jude, Peter Bradshaw, Maren Eggert, Berlin Film Festival 2021, Radu Jude Bad Luck Banging


Christopher Plummer, Sound of Music star and oldest actor to win an Oscar, dies aged 91

Veteran and respected actor had a career stretching back to the 1950s, but won his Oscar for best supporting actor for Beginners in 2011• Peter Bradshaw on Christopher PlummerChristopher Plummer, the dazzlingly versatile Canadian actor whose screen career straddled seven decades, including such high-profile films as The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King and All the Money in the World, has died aged 91.His family confirmed the news, saying he died peacefully at home in Connecticut with hi...
Tags: Film, Culture, Awards and prizes, Connecticut, Oscars, Ridley Scott, Peter Bradshaw, Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music, Elaine Taylor, Christopher PlummerChristopher Plummer


Golden Globes 2021 nominations: 'A new thoughtfulness in the air' | Peter Bradshaw

From Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland to Promising Young Woman, our critic casts an eye over this year’s nomineesThis year’s Golden Globes will be the first film awards season event to unfold in the grim and globally buzzkilled new world of Covid restrictions, but some traditions are sacrosanct: the world of snubs. Christopher Nolan’s colossal metaphysical thriller Tenet was lauded by many in the business, but was sent away almost empty-handed in nominations (one nod for Ludwig Göransson’s score). It is a...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Film, Disney, Film Industry, Netflix, Culture, Awards and prizes, Miami, Spike Lee, Golden Globes, Pixar, Judas, Peter Bradshaw, Tenet, Amazon Studios, Regina King


Dear Comrades! review – searing account of a Soviet-era massacre | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Andrei Konchalovsky’s account of the day Red Army soldiers and KGB snipers opened fire on strikers is a rage-filled triumphAnger burns a hole through the screen in this stark monochrome picture from veteran director Andrei Konchalovsky: a gruelling re-enactment of the hushed-up Novocherkassk massacre in western Russia in 1962, when Red Army soldiers and KGB snipers opened fire on unarmed striking workers, killing an estimated 80 people. It was a day of spiritual nausea for the Soviet Union, whic...
Tags: Europe, Film, Russia, World news, Culture, Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón, Red Army, Soviet Union, KGB, Kent State, Corpus Christi, Josef Stalin, Peter Bradshaw, Khrushchev, Sharpeville


The 2020 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's film picks of the year

Alongside our countdown of the best films of 2020, our chief film critic selects his favourite movies, directors and performances of the yearAs for everyone and everything else, this has been a traumatising year for cinema. Many new movies have had to be viewed at home, on streaming services, and cinephiles have had to accept this arrangement, rather like gourmets who see their favourite restaurants survive by repurposing themselves as delivery and takeaway centres. And streaming has, arguably, ...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Film, Bbc, Culture, Roy Andersson, Sam Mendes, Spike Lee, Steve McQueen, Cannes, Mcqueen, The Assassin, Peter Bradshaw, Tenet, Parasite, Lockdown, The Invisible Man


Wonder Woman 1984 reviews

This is set in DC, so here's some reviews of it. Wonder Woman 1984 review – queenly Gal Gadot disarms the competition Peter Bradshaw   15 Dec 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/dec/15/wonder-woman-1984-review-gal-gadot-kristen-wiig-patty-jenkins   'Wonder Woman 1984': Film Review  12/15/2020 David Rooney https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wonder-woman-1984-film-review...
Tags: Comics, Usa, Dc, Gal Gadot, Peter Bradshaw, PETER DEBRUGE, Christopher Reeve, Nicholas Barber, Mike Rhode, David Rooney, Superman Brian Truitt


Falling review – Viggo Mortensen casts a clear eye on dementia | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

In the Lord of the Rings star’s powerful debut as a director, Lance Henriksen plays a homophobic father compelled to move in with his gay sonViggo Mortensen is a formidable creative presence in the movies: taking on complex work as an actor with directors such as David Cronenberg and Lisandro Alonso, investing the star capital he earned with his turn as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and doing a workmanlike job as wise-guy driver Tony Lip cured of his picturesque 1960s rac...
Tags: Family, Film, Mental Health, Culture, David Cronenberg, Dementia, Viggo Mortensen, Peter Jackson, Laura Linney, Peter Bradshaw, Mortensen, Aragorn, Lance Henriksen, Tony Lip, Lisandro Alonso, Drama films


Possessor review – terrifying sci-fi horror freak-out | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

The director’s thrillingly ingenious tale of mind-invasion technology, starring Andrea Riseborough, barrels towards the most outrageous final twist imaginableWith her recent appearance in Panos Cosmatos’s sepulchral horror Mandy opposite a baying, gurning Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough became the smartest sort of contemporary scream-queen specialist. Now her face looms redly out of this unspeakable nightmare of the near future, a mask of fear and blood. Possessor is the highly unsettling new p...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, David, Culture, Canada, Nolan, Horror Films, Mandy, Peter Bradshaw, Coppola, Andrea Riseborough, Brandon Cronenberg, Panos Cosmatos, Nicolas Cage Andrea Riseborough, Crime films


The Painted Bird review – gruelling descent into war's deepest horror | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

The story of a young Jewish boy’s odyssey through occupied Poland during the second world war is filled with almost unimaginable horrorCzech film-maker Václav Marhoul has created a monochrome epic of anguish set in wartime Poland: a gruelling odyssey of almost unimaginable horror, featuring – but not limited to – violence, disfigurement, bestiality and rape. This had audiences groping blindly for the exits at last year’s Venice film festival, and there can’t be many movies whose closing credits ...
Tags: Europe, Film, Culture, Poland, World cinema, Red Army, Venice, War films, Peter Bradshaw, Peter Sellers, Hal Ashby, Jerzy Kosinski, Drama films, Vaclav Marhoul, Elim Klimov, Alexei Kravechenko


Olivia de Havilland: Hollywood’s queen of radiant calm | Peter Bradshaw

The Gone With the Wind star, known for her lifelong feud with her sister as much as the bewitching brilliance of her acting, and the last link to Hollywood’s golden ageOlivia de Havilland established herself for ever in the film world’s collective memory at the age of 22, as the wise, gentle and beautiful Melanie Hamilton in the colossal epic Gone With the Wind. The film appeared in 1939 as war was breaking out in Europe: the mighty theme of old orders being swept away was especially potent. De ...
Tags: Europe, Hollywood, Film, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Errol Flynn, Peter Bradshaw, Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Joan Fontaine, Gone With The Wind, Scarlett O'Hara, De Havilland, Romance films, Melanie Hamilton


Ennio Morricone: maestro of the movies – in pictures

Composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. In a career that spanned seven decades and produced over 500 scores, he created some of the most memorable soundtracks in cinematic history. Here we look back at his life and career•Peter Bradshaw on Ennio Morricone: a composer with a thrilling ability to hit the emotional jugular Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, World news, Culture, Italy, Westerns, Ennio Morricone, Peter Bradshaw


Spike Lee: 'Race relations today are the direct result of having a black president'

Prior to the release of Da 5 Bloods, the director takes questions from readers, film-makers and politicians about George Floyd, Covid-19 and the worst thing about actorsFor more than three decades, Spike Lee has been one of the most vital forces in film-making. His latest movie, Da 5 Bloods – about four African American veterans who return to Vietnam in search of the remains of their squad leader – is described by Peter Bradshaw as “a blast of satire and emotional agony about … the fact that bla...
Tags: Film, Race, World news, Culture, Spike Lee, Vietnam, Peter Bradshaw, George Floyd Covid


Irrfan Khan: a seductive actor capable of exquisite gentleness | Peter Bradshaw

The Lunchbox star, who has died aged 53, was a vital bridge between Bollywood and Hollywood, and possessed a strong romantic appeal•A life in picturesIrrfan Khan was a distinguished and charismatic star in Hindi and English-language movies whose hardworking career was an enormously valuable bridge between South Asian and Hollywood cinema. He was armed with a sensitive and seductive gaze: his good looks matured in middle age in such a way that he could play dramatic or villainous roles but also r...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Film, Culture, Film adaptations, Biopics, Khan, Mumbai, Bollywood, Slumdog Millionaire, Clooney, Peter Bradshaw, Asif Kapadia, Irrfan Khan, Kapadia, Crime films


Malmkrog.

One of the most prominent and influential Russian literary-religious-philosophical texts is Vladimir Sololyov‘s Три разговора о войне, прогрессе и конце всемирной истории (War, Progress, and the End of History: Three Conversations, Including a Short Story of the Anti-Christ), published in 1900. I’ve dipped into it over the years and always wanted to read it eventually, and that desire has been strengthened by reading Dmitry Merezhkovsky‘s Воскресшие боги. Леонардо да Винчи (The Romance of Leona...
Tags: Russia, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Christ, Cristi Puiu, Saxon, Peter Bradshaw, Leonardo da Vinci, Antichrist, Nick James, Malancrav, Anti Christ, Puiu, Vladimir Solovyov, Jay Weissberg, Malmkrog


Oscars 2020: shallow Joker squats on top of patchy and infuriating nominations | Peter Bradshaw

The supervillain origin story has again squeezed out a clutch of much better films, but this isn’t the shabbiest shortlist I’ve seen•Oscar nominations: full list for 2020The Oscar nominations arrive, signalling almost the final iteration of that strange awardsthink consensus: at once exasperating and eerie, choices which somehow emerge as if from a single head. The raucous box-office smash Joker, the origins story for Batman’s arch-villain, leads the field with 11 nominations, and 10 each for Sa...
Tags: Film, La, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Sam Mendes, Batman, Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Joker, Peter Bradshaw, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman


Baftas 2020: British film awards on back foot after diversity row

#BAFTAsSoWhite trends on social media as nominations criticised for excluding actors of colour•Peter Bradshaw: Colossally overrated Joker beneficiary of Bafta awards groupthink•Full list of nominationsThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) are on the back foot after incurring heavy criticism over the lack of diversity in their nominations, which were announced today. Among the 20 major acting nominations there were no actors of colour, with snubs for Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lope...
Tags: Film, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, BAFTA, Joker, Baftas, Peter Bradshaw, British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA, Awkwafina, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Baftas 2020, Cynthia Erivo Jennifer Lopez Eddie Murphy, Awkwafina Bafta, Michael Ward Kelvin Harrison Jr


Golden Globes: who will win and who should win the film awards? | Peter Bradshaw

Will The Irishman clean up? Or Marriage Story? And how will Once Upon a Time in Hollywood fare? Peter Bradshaw offers a lowdown of the main categories and his predictions and omissionsThe best film category is dominated – just like everything else in the cultural conversation around movies – by Netflix, which has the majority of the nominees: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Fernando Meirelles’s The Two Popes. Continue reading...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Netflix, Culture, Awards and prizes, Stage, Leonardo Dicaprio, Robert De Niro, Sam Mendes, Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Greta Gerwig, Golden Globes, Renée Zellweger, Megyn Kelly, Adam Driver


Cats review – a purr-fectly dreadful hairball of woe | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

The queasy fears prompted by one of the most disturbing movie trailers ever seen are realised in full in Tom Hooper’s jaw-dropping feline follyThe filming of Cats is a difficult matter,It isn’t just one of your holiday games,Each actor involved here looks mad as a hatter,When the trailer came out, we were CALLING THEM NAMES.It began with Cat poems from old TS Eliot,In the 80s, Lloyd Webber just put them on stageThat was frankly a bit of a gamble for Andrew, butCoach-loads of punters made Cats al...
Tags: Music, London, Musicals, Taylor Swift, Cats, Film, Culture, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Tom Hooper, James Corden, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Bailey, Lloyd Webber, Peter Bradshaw, Family Films


Anna Karina: an actor of easy charm and grace whose presence radiated from the screen | Peter Bradshaw

From her landmark early films with Jean-Luc Godard to later work such as The Nun, Karina’s beauty and charisma shone outIt was Anna Karina’s fate, or curse, to be perpetually described as an “icon” or a “muse”: a devastatingly beautiful figurehead and inspiration-figure to all those male directors doing the creating or critics doing the rhapsodising – one male director-cineaste in particular. She certainly was every bit as beautiful as everyone ceaselessly said, but it was her easy charm, intell...
Tags: Europe, Film, France, World news, Culture, Denmark, Jean Luc Godard, Peter Bradshaw, Anna Karina, Karina


Cannes 2019: Peter Bradshaw's picks – and Palme d'Or predictions

Our chief critic’s considered verdict on new movies from big-hitters Almodóvar, Tarantino, Malick and Loach, as well as the buzz around homegrown talent Céline SciammaThis has been an excellent Cannes, despite a middling opener from Jim Jarmusch – a tongue-in-cheek zombie comedy called The Dead Don’t Die, which was moderately amusing when we were hoping for immoderately.It is not merely that great work has been presented by the established old-stagers and silverback gorillas of the festival’s hi...
Tags: Europe, Hollywood, Film, France, Film Industry, Culture, Britain, Festivals, World cinema, Pedro Almodóvar, Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Cannes film festival, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick


‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ First Reactions: The Film Quentin Tarantino Was Born to Make

After a four year break, Quentin Tarantino is back. The acclaimed writer/director’s ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and while we’ll have our own full review coming from the festival shortly, we wanted to gather some of the earliest reactions from critics to give you a sense of how people are reacting to his new period piece. Take a look below. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood First Reactions I reeeeally liked ONCE UPON...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Drama, France, Sony, Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Charles Manson, Manson Family, Quentin-Tarantino, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Tarantino, Phoenix, Pitt


10 films to watch at Cannes | Peter Bradshaw's picks

Jim Jarmusch’s starry zombie horror opens, Quentin Tarantino returns and rising director Alice Furtado makes her debut•Cannes 2019 party kicks off as clouds of controversy gatherDir Quentin TarantinoTarantino’s new black comedy-drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a fading TV star and his veteran stunt double in late 1960s Hollywood, as Los Angeles is traumatised by the Manson family murders. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Comedy, Hollywood, Film, France, Football, Los Angeles, Sport, UK News, World news, Culture, Festivals, Leonardo Dicaprio, Bill Murray, World cinema, Brad Pitt


Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca: a charming and good-natured movie pioneer | Peter Bradshaw

The man inside the suit of Star War’s formidable Wookiee may not have been instantly recognisable, but his skills helped lay the groundwork for current blockbuster moviesLike Anthony Daniels in the gold shell of C3PO, or Dave Prowse in the cloak and mask of Darth Vader, Peter Mayhew, who played the lovable but formidable Star Wars Wookiee Chewbacca, did not achieve the face recognition that actors usually yearn for, and an acting career was not in any case what Mayhew particularly wanted before ...
Tags: Star Wars, Film, Culture, George Lucas, Peter Bradshaw, Peter Mayhew, Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Science fiction and fantasy films, Darth Vader Peter Mayhew


Farewell to Pioneering Filmmaker, Agnès Varda

Boundary-breaking French filmmaker Agnès Varda has passed away, one day ahead of her 91st birthday. Radical, feminist, experimental and spirited, her films explored taboo subjects and while they weren’t commercially successful, they remain powerfully influential and rich with wisdom. One of her earlier films, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) explores existentialism, narcissism and pain through a decidedly feminine lens—Peter Bradshaw writes, the film “is …
Tags: Design, Movies, Films, Culture, Rip, French, Filmmaker, Linkaboutit, Peter Bradshaw, Agnes Varda, New Wave


Agnès Varda, beloved French New Wave director, dies aged 90

The veteran film-maker, whose Faces Places earned her a best documentary Oscar nomination in 2018, has died• ‘Greatest of the great’ - Peter Bradshaw remembers Agnès Varda: the eternally youthful soul of world cinemaAgnès Varda, the director best known as a key figure in the French New Wave and for a string of documentaries that culminated in an Oscar nomination for Faces Places in 2018, has died at the age of 90. The news was confirmed by Agence France Presse. Her family said in a statement: “T...
Tags: Europe, Film, France, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, World cinema, Agence France Presse, Peter Bradshaw, Agnes Varda, Varda, Documentary films


Grounded? How Disney's Dumbo flop could threaten its master plan

The corporation’s buying spree has other studios trembling in its mouse-eared shadow. But are hard times ahead for the entertainment behemoth?You’ve seen a horse fly, you’ve seen a dragon fly, you’ve seen a house fly. Now watch as a computer-animated elephant with oversized ears … crashes to the ground from a very great height. The reviews are in on Disney’s new Dumbo – reworked from the 1941 classic with “the imagination of Tim Burton” – and they are not unanimously positive, to say the least. ...
Tags: Comedy, Film, Tim Burton, Disney, Culture, Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Indiewire, Variety, Peter Bradshaw, Dumbo, Family Films, 21st Century Fox Continue, Animation (film, Comedy films