Initial reviews going back to preview showings in Denmark last year have indicated that Von Trier has not only made a film which is far more than an exercise in (often graphic) love and sexuality, but one laced with humour, art, philosophy.
It is adult art house at its most contemporary and if you get to watch it, you are one of the lucky few.
Invisible Woman (12A)
Finally out on a wider release after a few weeks in London and a few other places, Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens in this story of his secret love affair wit a younger woman, played by the brilliant (and Brummie) Felicity Jones who becomes his secret lover until his death.
With a script by Abi Morgan, the story sensitively follows their passionate and secret romance, Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.
Legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch enters the vampire fray with the excellent Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a married vampire couple of many hundreds of years. All is not good in their vampire universe. They have been there and done that. Vampire life is somewhat boring and in the Jim Jarmusch universe that’s all the recipe he needs.They are educated Vampires who live in the underground. Frankly whether or not they are vampires is secondary to the fact that they exist in Jarmusch’s world of shadows and outcasts. It seems like an intriguing marriage – an opportunity to mix comedy, alluring and gorgeous visuals and a pace all of its own.No doubt also, it’s not about vampires – it’s about love and Hiddleston and Swinton represent two brilliant actors in which to make all of this happen.New York Winter’s Tale, A (12A)
The film, called “Winter’s Tale” on the other side of the pond, looks like a sugary sweet tale from the trailer, and unfortunately of the sickly saccharine variety too!
Akiva Goldsman‘s directorial debut (and writer, and producer, and maybe some other stuff too) is set in a mythical New York City set over a century in time. It is pitched as quite an old-fashioned fable of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil, starring Colin Farrell and featured a whole host of other A-listers.
Yet the most noticeable thing from the trailer about this tale of good and evil, angels and demons, love and loss (blah-de-blah) is not just its heightened sense of sentimentality but Russell Crowe‘s Irish accent. He’s up there in the Anthony Hopkins school of unique accents which don’t sound like anything you’d expect them too.
I’m not holding my breath.
Named as Russia’s most popular film 2013, Stalingrad follows a group of Soviet reconnaissance troops under the command of Gromov, who are sent to prepare the way for a larger landing by Soviet troops from across Volga river in their sector of the city. They are soon confronting the Germans – Hauptmann Kahn, the officer commanding the German troops, falls in love with one of the Soviet women in the building, a young woman named Masha.
This year’s Russian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars did not make the final nomination list and despite the popularity, the film hasn’t seemingly garnered so much critical acclaim. Empire Magazine has suggested to “play Call of Duty instead” and Total Film has added “Spielberg doesn’t have too much to worry about yet.
Elsewhere, Urban Coffee Co’s Supper Night returns this evening with the Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr 1957 classic An Affair to Remember. Check with Urban if any more places are available. For more info, click here.