February 12, 2012
Awards Tour 2012: BAFTA Awards Winners
Watch the 2012 nominations announcement plus interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Holliday Grainger, Mark Kermode and Nik Powell.
The announcement was made by Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger on 17 January 2012. Share your thoughts with @BAFTA on Twitter and follow reactions via #BAFTAfilm.
December 13, 2011
Five Favorite Films with Gary Oldman
As the movie industry plunges into the annual self-congratulatory farce of awards season, pause to consider this: Gary Oldman has never been nominated for an Academy Award. No, really -- we checked. Not even a lousy Golden Globe. That may be about to change for the great British actor, however, whose unusually quiet (and seemingly effortless) performance as John le Carré's enigmatic George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has critics finally predicting a Best Actor nomination. Not that he needs it. Over a nearly-30-year career Oldman has delivered some of cinema's most electrifying performances, in films like Sid and Nancy, Dracula, Prick Up Your Ears, True Romance, Léon and State of Grace, plus given invaluable supporting turns in blockbusters (Harry Potter, Nolan's Batman) that would be all the poorer without him. We sat down with the surprisingly soft-spoken actor recently for a chat about playing the "jazzy" Smiley versus his "rock-n-roll" characters, why it's conventional industry wisdom not to make adult dramas -- and how the success of this particular one is so satisfying as a result. First up, here are Oldman's five favorite films.
December 8, 2011
Critics Consensus: New Year's Eve Drops the Ball
This week at the movies, we've got a star-studded celebration (New Year's Eve, starring Hilary Swank and Halle Berry) and adventures in babysitting (The Sitter, starring Jonah Hill and Ari Graynor). What do the critics have to say? Director Garry Marshall certainly has a yen for celebrity-populated, holiday-centric comedies, but critics say his latest, New Year's Eve, is even weaker than the thematically similar (and critically panned) Valentine's Day, stranding a terrific cast in a thinly plotted, schmaltzy confection. In theory, an irresponsible babysitter and his bratty charges embarking on a precarious journey through the big city could be a recipe for hilarity, but critics say The Sitter only occasionally lives up to its promise.
December 8, 2011
Director Tomas Alfredson on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Though he's been directing films in his home country since the early '90s, Sweden's Tomas Alfredson came to the attention of mainstream genre audiences with 2008's Let the Right One In, an exquisitely pitched coming-of-age horror piece that also happened to be one of the finest films of the decade. For his follow-up, Alfredson has -- somewhat curiously -- directed an adaptation of John le Carré's classic espionage novel Tinker Tailor Solder Spy, about a retired British operative (Gary Oldman) called back into the clandestine world of MI6 to flush out a Soviet double-agent. Like his previous film, Alfredson's latest is another chilling evocation of period -- this time an oppressively drab London in 1973 -- and features a performance by Oldman so meticulously insular it's quite unlike anything the actor's done before. We spoke to Alfredson recently about the film.