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The 20 worst Oscar winners in history

The 20 worst Oscar winners in history

The Academy Awards exist to piss people off. Okay, maybe there are some other reasons Hollywood has thrown itself a big, congratulatory bash every year for closing in on a century now. But in the social media era, where anger is currency, upsetting the public with bad choices keeps viewers talking far more than making good ones. Sure, nothing is more important than the Oscars – they influence box-office returns, shake up the canon of the greatest films of all time and put important notches on individual résumés. But for cinema fans, getting riled up over who wins and who doesn’t is part of the whole experience. It is the experience, really. In that spirit of debate, we’ve gone back over the history of the Oscars and picked the 20 darkest stains on the ceremony’s legacy, from Al Pacino becoming a parody of himself to Stevie Wonder’s worst song to Crash… oh good Lord, Crash.  Recommended: 🏆 The 50 most deserving Oscar winners of all-time🤔 Six things we learned from the 2023 Oscar nominations👍 The best films of 2022🙌 The most anticipated movies coming out in 2023🔥 The 100 best movies of all time

The best action movies on Netflix

The best action movies on Netflix

Man cannot exist on period drama and weepy Oscar bait alone. Sometimes, what you want – nay, need – to see some bones get cracked and a couple of buildings explode. At the end of a long, stressful week, there’s nothing more therapeutic than flopping on the couch, powering down the ol’ thinkin’ machine and throwing on a big, loud, tinnitus-inducing action movie. Good thing Netflix has a ton of them at the ready. But even when you don’t want to use your brain for a few hours, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to watch something bad. Ridiculous? Of course. Over the top? Sure. But action doesn’t have to be a euphemism for dumb. These ten movies currently streaming on Netflix might not give you a ton to think about, but they are assured to provide a balls-to-the-wall adrenaline rush that’ll leave you sweating.  Recommended: 💣 The 101 best action movies of all-time😬 The 20 best thriller movies on Netflix🤯 33 great disaster movies💻 The best movies on Netflix right now

The best cinemas in London for a date

The best cinemas in London for a date

While the cinema can be an awkward place for a first (or even second) date, it’s a pretty fantastic spot for a romantic night out thereafter. London’s picture palaces have come a long way from the days of back-row fumbling amid piles of sticky popcorn. There's comfy sofas to book, chi-chi cocktails to pick and posh snacks to share. In fact, they only thing they don’t do is shower you with rose petals – although somewhere, a chic indie cinema is probably working on that.Whether you want to cosy down on a velvet bed or take a post-movie stroll along the Thames, book one of these cinemas and your sweetheart will know you’ve made the effort.

《小丑》影評:Joaquin Phoenix 帶來震撼演技,演活葛咸城小丑的成魔之路

《小丑》影評:Joaquin Phoenix 帶來震撼演技,演活葛咸城小丑的成魔之路

Joaquin Phoenix 飾演小丑(Joker)演得非常出色,單聽的笑聲足以令人毛骨悚然。不知道為什麼,尖銳刺耳的狂笑居然有一種舒心的感覺,聲音在腦海裏迴響久久不散。電影重塑 DC 超級大奸角 Joker,深入小丑的內心世界,悲慘絕望中夾雜着幽默。《小丑》呈現了「晚期資本主義」(late-era capitalism)的噩夢世界,繼《訪‧ 嚇》(Get Out)後可稱為最棒的社會驚悚片。擔任主角的 Joaquin Phoenix 充分發揮演員魅力,媲美 Heath Ledger 的最強小丑。 

Outdoor cinema in London

Outdoor cinema in London

At Time Out we’re big fans of cosying up in our favourite London cinemas and entering a whole new world through the power of projection. But, when the sun’s out and the weather’s at its summery best, hiding away in a dark, stuffy room isn’t the most appealing option. Thank god then, for outdoor cinemas letting us get our film fix under the stars and with a sweet summer breeze in our hair. London is home to some brilliant alfresco movie spots, which will be popping up all over the city in 2022, everywhere from docks and parks to rooftops and manicured gardens. There’s something for everyone, from Rooftop Film Club’s 360-degree views at Peckham’s Bussey Building to screens by big historic houses. Basically, if there’s space for a screen, someone is putting one up – and we’re here for it. Welcome to the summer of the big-screen extravaganza. Recommended: the best cinemas in London

The 25 best cinemas in London

The 25 best cinemas in London

Nature is healing and so are London’s ever-resilient cinemas. After a year-and-a-bit of upheaval almost without precedent, the big picture is part of our lives again. It’s time to celebrate the city’s picturehouses in all their diversity and differences: Whether you’re after a luxury multiplex in Leicester Square or a two-screened independent in Hackney, this wonderful city has something to cater to all needs. And despite it all, there are more cinemas on the way. With so many to choose from, finding a picture palace to spend your time in can be a risky business (see what we did there?). But rather than head around the capital to judge where you should see the next big blockbuster, we asked you, the Time Out readers, to vote for your favourites. The results are not entirely unexpected – a rundown of our city’s loveliest, buzziest and friendliest local cinemas, with a couple of the big boys thrown in. So without further ado, here are London’s best cinemas as chosen by you. RECOMMENDED: the latest reviews, cinema listings and UK film releases

The best movies for toddlers for your next night in

The best movies for toddlers for your next night in

As any parent will tell you, usually with a resigned sigh, keeping a toddler entertained is not easy. By the age of two or so, these weird, usually wonderful, often exasperating munchkins are so excited by the world that no single activity engrosses them for very long. For us creaky oldsters, just trying to keep up with them is exhausting.  Thankfully, that’s why the universe invented movies. Sure, the wee ones may not have enough of an attention span to sit still for a full film, but the best kids’ movies should still buy parents some time before they inevitably return to pulling books off the bookshelf, stealing your keys and ramming their heads into the wall. And anyway, it’s never too early to instil a love of cinema in the young’uns, and these 15 movies will certainly do the trick. Recommended: ✍ The 100 best animated films of all time👪 The 50 best kids movies to watch as a family💻 The best family movies on Netflix for all ages🤣 The best family comedy movies

The most romantic movies on Netflix right now

The most romantic movies on Netflix right now

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to throw a romantic movie on Netflix. Romance, after all, knows no calendar. Maybe you need some pointers on how to reel in your new crush. Maybe you’ve successfully snared them and now you’re looking to move to the next level. Or maybe your heart just got ripped out of your chest and flushed down the toilet, and you need a reminder that everything will eventually be all right. Or perhaps you just want to wallow in your heartbreak. Whichever is the case, if you’re in the mood for love, these romantic films are currently streaming on Netflix, and are sure to get you feeling twitterpated.  Recommended:  😍 The 100 best romantic films of all time🥰 The greatest romantic comedies of all time😳 The 101 best sex scenes of all time

11 Star Wars characters we love to hate (who aren’t Jar Jar)

11 Star Wars characters we love to hate (who aren’t Jar Jar)

Han ‘coolest guy in the known universe’ Solo! Darth ‘scariest baddie of all time’ Vader! Princess (or General) ‘leader of a galactic rebellion’ Leia! The Star Wars saga sports some of the most memorable, loveable, downright T-shirt-worthy heroes and villains in the history of film. But it’s not all smooth-talking smugglers and badass bounty hunters. Tucked in among them are a handful of flawed figures – hapless antiheroes, dubious stereotypes and CGI monstrosities. So while our love for the movies remains undimmed, this Star Wars Day we decided to take a look at some of the universe’s less noteworthy citizens. Join us, as we salute the douchiest denizens of a galaxy far, far away…🌘 The 52 best Star Wars characters.

The best new movies and TV shows to stream this month in the UK

The best new movies and TV shows to stream this month in the UK

April is full of the joys of spring: ‘The Northman’ is here to pillage its way onto our cinema screens, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ returns with a new villain – Mads Mikkelsen, no less – and streaming-wise, Gary Oldman makes one of his very rare small-screen appearances in Apple TV+’s blackly funny ‘Slow Horses’. Don’t miss the BFI’s blockbuster anime season, either: it’s running all month, showcasing the best in Japanese animation, Ghibli and all. 

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陽光兔仔兵

陽光兔仔兵

4 out of 5 stars

紐西蘭鬼才導演 Taika Waititi(《雷神索爾3:諸神黃昏》)帶來新作,電影講述希特拉青年團員與幻想好友希特拉(Taika Waititi 飾)的故事,令人重新審視這位導演的實力。《陽光兔仔兵》的題材看來兵行險着,但走得相當巧妙。電影改編自 Christine Leunens 原著小說《Caging Skies》,但其實劇本早在2012年(當時 Taika Waititi 還未成名)已經完成構思,可是當時被評論為出色傑作但難以拍成電影。 《陽光兔仔兵》從小孩視角出發,十歲小男孩 Jojo(Roman Griffin Davis 飾)天真爛漫,寂寞的他幻想自己有個好朋友希特拉 ── Taika Waititi 言談非常詼諧,像卡通人物一樣。如果你想融入電影的幽默感,先要接受天馬行空的故事設定,你會看到穿着青年團裝束的 Jojo 興奮地奔向德國版的披頭四聽〈I Want to Hold Your Hand〉。Taika Waititi 為自己建構了一個爆笑版第三帝國(Third Reich),趾高氣揚的兒童訓練營輔導員(Sam Rockwell 飾)、兇狠的秘書(Rebel Wilson 飾)、戇直的秘密警察(Stephen Merchant 飾)等等,所有角色都一本正經地演出漫畫般的喜感。 可是,觀眾應該從頭笑到尾嗎?Jojo 難得有一刻清醒過來,叫你收起笑容,正視大膽的題材。在模仿鬼片的鏡頭下,Jojo 發現了一個猶太少女 Elsa(Thomasin McKenzie)藏在他家牆壁裏,原來是他單親媽媽(Scarlett Johansson 飾)偷偷地收留流浪街頭的 Elsa。Jojo 只知道猶太人是一群可笑的存在,他們偷走陰莖的頂端,像蝙蝠一樣掛在天花上。聽到之後 Elsa 揶揄說:「很明顯我們就是嗜錢如命的魔鬼。」 你不必知道導演是半個猶太人,他的自信為電影擺脫了反猶太主義的嫌疑。而不知不覺中,他將兩者之間變成愛慕關係,令電影更上一層樓。《陽光兔仔兵》可能會讓你想起 Wes Anderson 的《布達佩斯大酒店》,法西斯主義的可笑暴力與愛、幽默、優雅成強烈對比。不過,《陽光兔仔兵》並不完美,有時候  Taika Waititi 的輕鬆節奏和對視覺上的挑剔之間存在落差,但總括來說,他的革命已經取得突破勝利。 原文:Joshua Rothkopf翻譯:Cara Hung

小丑

小丑

5 out of 5 stars

Joaquin Phoenix 飾演小丑(Joker)演得非常出色,單聽的笑聲足以令人毛骨悚然。不知道為什麼,尖銳刺耳的狂笑居然有一種舒心的感覺,聲音在腦海裏迴響久久不散。電影重塑 DC 超級大奸角 Joker,深入小丑的內心世界,悲慘絕望中夾雜着幽默。《小丑》呈現了「晚期資本主義」(late-era capitalism)的噩夢世界,繼《訪‧ 嚇》(Get Out)後可稱為最棒的社會驚悚片。擔任主角的 Joaquin Phoenix 充分發揮演員魅力,媲美 Heath Ledger 的最強小丑。   故事一開始看到的,並非已經走火入魔的小丑,而是一個普通的男人 Arthur Fleck,立志當棟篤笑匠,現實中卻只能做派對小丑維生,在葛咸城(Gotham)的街上「賣笑」。看畫面上的播放的《神劍》(Excalibur)和《凶線》,故事設定在1981年,但感覺上比較像《猛龍怪客》上映的70年代。主角與病母(Frances Conroy 飾)生活在破舊不堪的大廈裏,一邊吃油膩的食物,邊看 Murray Franklin(Robert De Niro 飾)的電視清談節目,享受猶如黑夜殘燭的微小幸福。他每天都吃七種不同的藥物,而且神經系統失常,也導致他不時突然發笑(像雞叫般),而且是完全不受控制。 在電影前段,Joaquin Phoenix 將 Arthur 演得毫無自信,他心中覺得自己一文不值。「I just don’t want to feel so bad any more.」(我再也不想不開心)他說。生存在如此悲慘的世界裏,城市毫無色彩和快樂,連「super rat」也竄不過堆積如山的垃圾,發狂也怪不了他。導演 Todd Phillips 成功塑造被壓迫得喘不過氣的社會氣氛,人人都只為一己私慾,善心之舉不復見。Arthur 雖然彆扭但嘗試跟別人示好,但遭到敵意對待。「Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there?」(究竟是我的問題,還是外面的世界變得瘋狂?)他問他的社工。事實上,她又認同他的想法。 《小丑》像一部集合 Martin Scorsese 早期作品的電影,尤其是《的士司機》、《喜劇之王》── Robert De Niro 飾演一位受精神創傷的越戰退休軍人,但 Joker 這個角色絕對不是 Robert De Niro 的翻版。他是社會衍生出來的產物,歷歷在目的痛苦不斷迫逼每人。他想向人求救,但始終孤立無援。 當他「醒覺」之際,劇情迅速升溫,來到緊張一幕。三個銀行家在地鐵遇襲,畫面隨住列車進入隧道閃爍而過。這次襲擊很短但十分血腥,也意外煽動了一場全城佔領運動。跟《V 煞》裏的 Guy Fawkes 面具一樣,小丑的妝容是示威的象徵,當他發展到完全邪惡的人格,更成為了犯罪集團的首腦。葛咸城大亨 Thomas Wayne(Brett Cullen 飾)令人聯想到現任美國總統 Donald Trump,而 Joker 意外成為民粹主義者。 電影的政治陰暗複雜,界線從來不是黑白分明,故事一點都不像平時的漫畫原著。主角的心境變化描繪得仔細,電影的劇情循序推進,節奏不緩不急。導演和共同編劇 Scott Silver(《八里公路》編劇)經常殺個措手不及,令觀眾猜不透下一刻的發展,例如製造一幕騷亂令你信以為真時,才發現這只是主角的想法。 《小丑》也精心構思了 DC 宇宙裏發生的其他故事。Wayne Sr. 曾經是小丑母親的僱主,很喜歡自吹自擂。《蝙蝠俠》忠實粉絲一定會覺得很驚訝,蝙蝠俠父親在《小丑》竟然有

Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

4 out of 5 stars

There are only two contexts in which value is measured based on weight, girth and physical finesse, points out Keira Knightley’s earnest feminist student, Sally Alexander, in ‘Misbehaviour’. One is a beauty pageant, the other is a cattle market. Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (‘Swallows and Amazons’) this mostly factual story of the disrupted 1970 Miss World competition leaves no question as to why the newly established Women’s Liberation Movement wanted to derail the event. Lines of contestants skitter about in swimsuits, while male organisers gawp at them. King of official perving is presenter Bob Hope (a suitably creepy Greg Kinnear), a man so arrogant he had every one of his gags filed alphabetically for a future library. Full props to a radiantly bitter Lesley Manville who pops up from time to time as his wife Dolores – ‘long-suffering’ doesn’t begin to cover it. The script is a bit predictable, but the ’70s-brown set designs and the Granny Takes a Trip outfits are excellent – especially Knightley’s patchwork suede dress. But ‘Misbehaviour’ is best at showing the limitations, as much as the successes, of second-wave feminism. There’s a parallel narrative about Miss Grenada/Jennifer Hosten (a poised Gugu Mbatha-Raw) vying for victory with Pearl Jansen (Loreece Harrison), the black contestant from apartheid South Africa. Compared to these women, Sally’s issues almost feel like small beans. This is a film about how far we’ve come – and how far we still have to go. 

星際任務

星際任務

4 out of 5 stars

喜歡看太空長征之旅、寫滿科學公式的黑板和量子力學理論?那麼你要注意,《星際任務》(Ad Astra)不是你想像中的科幻片。有別於《2001:太空漫遊》、《星際啟示錄》,電影沒有 Arthur C Clarke 或 Kip Thorne 等專家加持,加入諾貝爾獎級數的科學理論。故事講述主角穿越27億哩程到達海王星,過程中竟然毫無變老,呈獻另一層次的電影巨作(達至高境界的 Brad Pitt 也創新高)。直到一刻,他騎劫了一艘剛登陸的太空船。 先摒除所有疑惑或反駁,就能靜心欣賞一套令你熱淚盈眶、感人肺腑的科幻片。背後意義挺具深度,叫人懂得放手,探討父子關係,與過去搏鬥。當然,電影設定發生在「不久將來」,也不見沒完沒了的獨角戲。《星際啟示錄》電影攝影師 Hoyte van Hoytema 為塑造攝人的畫面,月球的冷灰配上火星的暖赭。電影不乏動作場面,當中的月球車戰追逐戰更是電影史上首見,但導演 James Gray 和編劇 Ethan Gross 沒有忘記深層的內心戲,Brad Pitt(飾演 McBride Jr)的精湛演技令人拍手叫好。 電影設定在未來,地球變得烏煙瘴氣,這是一個「充滿希望與鬥爭」的時刻。到處都大肆宣傳短程太空旅遊,礦物質豐富的月球成為兵家必爭之地,太空海盜猖獗。火星是通往太陽系外圍的踏腳石,不過需要美軍(而非 NASA)的協助。  《星際任務》不多談太空穿梭的科學原理,反而將重點放在太空人的事業。McBride Jr 的脈搏從未超過80,他須定期進行類似「Voight-Kampff」的測試,以確保情緒穩定;又必須進食鎮靜情緒藥物,幫助集中意志繼續太空旅程。太空人的事業令他有一種與世隔絕的感覺,甚至影響了婚姻關係。 Brad Pitt 演活主角的內心,沈穩悠然的外表底下,隱藏了受過傷的小男孩。童年缺乏父愛,導致他心中留下不能磨滅的傷痕,連自己都察覺不到。他在火星遇上 Ruth Negga 飾演的政府官員 ── 他父親科學狂熱下的另一位受害者,簡短一幕,卻帶出動人心弦的情緒。 在獨自的旅程中,不時響起主角的獨白。可惜,Brad Pitt 的旁白相當平淡,不帶感情,Max Richter 沉鬱恬靜的配樂反而更勝一籌。 跟雄心之作《失落之城》一樣,James Gray 嘗試令故事慢慢發展。兩部電影都帶有 Joseph Conrad 《黑暗之心》或《現代啟示錄》的影子,主角展開一場吃力不討好的長征,途中自我深省,但他懂得加入動作戲增加刺激感。 太空危機四伏,有時候刺激,有時候令人摸不透。《星際任務》也一樣,正如導演 James Gray,永遠不被萬有引力所牽制,你準備好了嗎? 原文:Phil de Semlyen翻譯:Cara Hung

Lost Format Society, Croydon

Lost Format Society, Croydon

Croydon's only open-air cinema opened in 2015 on top of a car park. This year it's back, popping up at a new venue, on the roof of the Centrale Shopping Centre from May 18.  The films on offer are a mix of old faves and recent blockbusters. Screenings start at sunset, the audience sitting on stripy deckchairs with blankets and listening via wireless headphones (so no having to hush chatty neighbours). Lost Format Society is the brainchild of The Croydon Creative, a group of locally-minded entrepreneurs whose aim is to regenerate the area. The 2017 season kicks off on May 18. Highlights inlcude a screening Charlie Chaplin's classic 1925 silent comedy 'The Gold Rush', with a live score by the London Mozart Players. 

Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

3 out of 5 stars

Only a few months after the hit Joseon Era drama The Throne, director Lee Joon-ik returns with a very different kind of film. A black and white biopic set during World War II, when Korea was occupied by Japan, Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet is a much smaller film that sees him team up with arthouse director Shin Yeon-shick, who served as the scriptwriter. Lushly filmed and sensitively performed, the period drama follows the young poet Dong-ju and his friend Mong-kyu as they look to get into university. While Dong-ju writes verses about the harsh realities of their lives, Mong-kyu becomes active with dissenters, which invites negative attention on them both.With its fluid and articulate script, Dongju falls more in line with Shin’s indies (such as The Russian Novel) rather than Lee’s bigger-budget fare. Yet certain commercial concessions, be they romantic or comic, do wean their way in throughout, resulting in a slight discord. Perhaps this is just as well, as without a certain familiarity with Korean history or literature (not to mention the language), the film’s tone and deliberate pacing can be heavy-going.Young stars Kang Ha-neul and Park Jung-min, who are surrounded with excellent veteran performers, are well cast and do particularly strong work in the film’s dramatic yet tastefully observed finale. Still, given the pedigree behind it, one can’t help but feel that Dongju could have offered viewers something more tangible.By Pierce Conran (Producer at 2MrFilms, film critic

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《雷神奇俠4》影評:喜劇鬼才 Taika Waititi 幽默感爆發,可惜難逃 MCU 公式化套路

由 Taika Waititi 回歸執導,《雷神奇俠4: 愛與雷霆》(Thor: Love and Thunder)可說是難得的爆笑之作,差點就成為 MCU 電影世界裏首部喜劇。Taika Waititi 騎呢幽默的風格成功打造了精彩的《雷神索爾3:諸神黃昏》(Thor: Ragnarok),可是今次《雷神4》在 Marvel 的一貫作風下,恐怕連 Taika 的才智也無法扭轉老掉牙的公式。跟以往的 MCU 超級英雄片一樣,觀眾又再次重溫眾人齊心合力阻止反派搞破壞的故事套路。  Photograph: Courtesy Marvel Studios 由人氣配角 Korg(Taika 聲演)以旁白介紹雷神登場,講述頂着大肚腩、愁眉苦臉的 Thor(Chris Hemsworth 飾)正在重新鍛鍊身體,去幫助星爵 Star-Lord 和銀河守護隊對抗一班太空異獸。  Photograph: Courtesy Marvel Studios 這場對戰揭示了大反派屠神者戈爾(Gorr the God Butcher)的屠神大計,聽名字就知道,屠神者怨恨全宇宙的眾神,誓要屠殺所有人。Christian Bale 經過重重的特技化妝化身成為復仇狂人,一臉慘白的造型看起來以為他是佛地魔正在試鏡《末日先鋒》的角色。 Photograph: Courtesy Marvel Studios 而在「新聖域阿斯嘉」的一場戰鬥中,Thor 重遇舊情人 Jane Foster(Natalie Portman 飾),現在 Jane 竟然擁有雷神之鎚 Mjolnir。患有絕症的她手執 Mjolnir,對抗病魔的同時,化身成為 Mighty Thor,與大家並肩作戰。 除了一些打鬥場面之外,導演 Taika Waititi 發揮得淋漓盡致,不停地大放笑彈。電影開頭半場相當精彩,不時加入即興喜劇常見的笑位,配角表現亮麗,而且以嶄新的角度呈現神話故事。最棒的是,Chris Hemsworth 在電影裏自由發揮,可說是成為了 MCU 的台柱。 Photograph: Courtesy Marvel Studios 當劇情講到終極一戰時,讓人真正感受到電影後繼無力,失去了最初的活潑,即使最後一幕帶來繼《Endgame》後最動人的畫面也挽救不了。 《雷神3》的確充滿驚喜,無論是喜劇元素和多元性(Bifrost 彩虹橋上的小船必定會成為你夢寐以求的同志巡遊花車),還有對 Guns N' Roses 的癡迷等等。話雖如此,Marvel 製作了29部 MCU 電影,到底什麼時候能夠突破固有框枷,來點新意呢?或許為觀眾投入更多心思,少一點三幕式劇本的大場面已經不錯。 7月7日上映,其他香港新上映電影按此瀏覽   原文: Phil de Semlyen

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《22世紀殺人網絡》系列第四部電影終於回歸。苦等了多年的影迷,今次入場前不必熬夜溫習前兩部電影死記爛背都看得懂劇情,皆因《22世紀殺人網絡 復活次元》(The Matrix Resurrections)的故事比以往簡單明瞭得多。不過,電影花很多時間回憶過去,嘗試聯繫到原先的三部曲,反倒沒以往那麼精彩刺激。   Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures   有看過《22世紀殺人網絡3:驚變世紀》(Matrix Revolutions)的話,大家應該記得 Keanu Reeves 和 Carrie-Anne Moss 飾演的 Neo 和 Trinity 已經雙雙陣亡。今集 Neo(又名 Thomas Anderson)卻「復活」過來(技術上來說應該是),在「母體」(Matrix) 的虛擬世界裏出現。Neo 化身為世界知名的遊戲設計師,而代表作就是「The Matrix」三部曲,遊戲背景講述人類在虛擬的電腦世界生活。憂鬱焦慮的他腦海裏經常夢見另一個現實世界的畫面,而且覺得與在咖啡店遇到的女人(Carrie-Anne Moss 飾)互相有獨特的聯繫。Neo 以為自己精神失常,但是否他也許正要醒過來揭開真相呢?   Photograph: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures   《復活次元》由原班人馬打造,以往與妹妹拍檔的 Lana Wachowski 今次卻獨擔大旗執導,並與 David Mitchell 個 Aleksandar Hemon 合作構思劇本。Lana Wachowski 一改以往的嚴肅路線,在電影開頭自我揶揄一下,自嘲電影系列和荷李活都舊片重拍。當然,電影不忘帶大家審視中心主題,探討自由意志的概念和真實地生活的代價。 電影以輕鬆的步調展開序幕,可是播映長度足足148分鐘的故事繼續上演,觀眾又回到思考嚴肅哲學題的原點。劇情講述 Neo 和 Trinity 為逃離母體而戰,但 Lana Wachowski 似乎沉醉在自己的遊戲裏,打造重重謎團,一再回到前幾部電影中的關鍵時刻。 每當 Keanu Reeves 和 Carrie-Anne Moss 合體的時候,整部電影頓時充滿生氣,可惜他們同場的機會出奇得少。兩人之間帶有一種默契,僅是在咖啡店的閒聊,都令觀眾感覺到彼此之間的火花。看到 Neo 和 Trinity 一起並肩作戰,相信粉絲會感覺到第一部曲的魅力。   Photograph: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures 不過令人驚訝的是,《復活次元》的動作戲真是平淡無奇。兩位主角今年已經五十多歲,觀眾當然不會期待他們重現當年的俐落身手,可是導演似乎也沒有用心設計特別的動作場口。Neo 只是張開手轉移別人的攻擊,那股力場完全需要觀眾自己憑空想像,缺乏引人入勝的電影感。《22世紀殺人網絡》系列一貫乾淨俐落的動作戲,來到第四部電影卻失色不少,感覺剪接不流暢,而且排練不足。新登場的正派角色並沒有留下印象深刻,相反一些奸角則非常奇特,很有性格;當中像 Priyanka Chopra Jonas 究竟在演什麼角色,就令人非常好奇。   Photograph: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures   故事的好開頭並沒有延續下去,《復活次元》缺乏支撐劇情發展的支柱。在這個母體中的人都生活無憂,Trinity 對這一生中的抱怨只是自己被改名為 Tiffany。就連畫面原本標誌性的冷綠色調都變得柔和明亮,塑造美好的假象。

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許多人認為電影公司不再製作認真的大型劇作,因為荷李活已經深深沉迷於超級英雄片和動畫電影身上,但著名大導演 Ridley Scott 嘗試以一己之力扭轉這個大趨勢。《Gucci 名門望族》(House of Gucci)是 Ridley Scott 今年執導的第二部電影,繼十月上映的中世紀騎士電影《最後絕鬥》(The Last Duel)後登場,聲勢強勁。《Gucci 名門望族》劇力欠佳並且過分冗長,加上浮誇至極的劇情,某些角色和劇情甚至連 Marvel 和 Pixar 也會嫌太過火。   Photograph: Courtesy Universal Pictures     不過這至少是一部不失娛樂性的劇情片。樂壇歌后 Lady Gaga 飾演 Patrizia Reggiani,一個野心勃勃的交際花,在協助父親打理生意時遇上了時裝龍頭 Gucci 的繼承人之一 Maurizio Gucci(Adam Driver 飾)。Patrizia 耍盡機心製造機會,想勾引這個超級荀盤,而 Maurizio 的父親 Rodolfo(Jeremy Irons 飾)當然心水清,覺得她只是個沒文化的暴發戶。 Photograph: Courtesy Universal Pictures Patrizia 後來如願以償嫁給 Maurizio 的時候,他卻被剝奪了繼承權,Patrizia 於是想盡辦法,在他的叔叔 Aldo(Al Pacino 飾)的幫助下為丈夫重奪家族的歡心。當 Maurizio 平步青雲,他們兩人的婚姻卻一塌糊塗,Patrizia 發現得太遲,徒有名利和慾望的婚姻是有多麼的糟糕。 《Gucci 名門望族》結合了華麗的戲劇和犯罪片元素,由在意大利科莫湖的欖球賽到在​​不毛之地上的大宅,Ridley Scott 帶觀眾以批判角度審視有錢人的問題。電影場景由著名攝影師 Dariusz Wolski 操刀,畫面色調偏暗淡,同時加入一絲金光色澤,反映出 Gucci 家族的氣氛,風光之下內藏暗黑面。這部電影同樣表面上光鮮亮麗,卻有一種空洞的感覺,光靠演員的表現也難以填補這空虛。   Photograph: Courtesy Universal Pictures Lady Gaga 表現得最不錯,在《星夢情深》(A Star Is Born)驚喜展現演技後,她進一步挑戰自己,扮演一個胸懷狼子野心的拜金女,而且是在 Gucci 家族裏最精明的成員。她總是手拿著香煙或是一杯酒,這一刻演性感小貓,下一刻化身大吵大鬧的潑婦。當她不出場的時候,電影立馬失色不少,特別是鏡頭聚焦在糊塗的 Aldo 叔叔或是愚鈍的 Maurizio 等沒什麼內涵的角色。至於 Jared Leto 飾演 Aldo 的兒子 Paolo,經過特效化妝的大改造後,完全認不出來原本的樣子。他傾情演出 Gucci  成員惡言相向的箭靶,可是這個邊緣人的角色根本配不上這麼狂放的表演。 Photograph: Courtesy Tristan Fewings/Getty Images/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Universal Pictures 而《Gucci 名門望族》最錯誤的決定,就是選用了一群非意大利裔演員飾演意大利人。硬要吐出亂七八糟的意大利腔講英文,與 Super Mario 超級瑪利奧的口音不相伯仲。聽到如此可笑的口音,令人難以認真地看待這一切。也許導演刻意營造突兀的幽默感,反諷豪門家族的荒謬,但無論刻意與否,都足以令一個高級時裝的傳

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Marvel 正在進入革新的實驗性階段,先是推出了《WandaVision》和《Loki》等的超級英雄電視劇,各有魅力而且創意十足,口碑收視相當成功。 再來是自家首部華裔超級英雄電影《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings),走老友記搭檔喜劇路線,票房不俗。勇於實驗是好事,但往往革新並非永遠都可行的。《永恆族》與 Marvel 娛樂性十足的公式背道而馳,嘗試挑戰深度科幻片的路線,最後弄巧反拙。 Marvel 早在趙婷拿下奧斯卡之前邀請她合作。《永恆族》的故事圍繞着人性與「Nature vs Nurture」(先天對後天)的主題,而趙婷喜歡以從容不迫的節奏深入生命議題,看過《浪跡天地》的話就會知道為何她會獲選。不過,趙婷今次執導《永恆族》卻沒有足夠時間深入內涵。電影裏有10位超級英雄初次登場,加上故事橫跨了整個人類歷史,實在有太多要處理。 Photograph: Courtesy Marvel Studios 劇情講述「永恆族」由「天神族」(Celestials)創造出來的外星族類,奉命保護地球。永恆族擁有強大超能力,幾乎是長生不死。秘密寄居地球已有7,000年歷史,他們發誓絕不干預人類生活,除非事關人類的宿敵「變異族」(Deviants) ── 沒怎麼解釋過的一群遠古怪物。永恆族見證了無數塗炭生靈的戰爭災難和破壞,數千年來暗中觀察,如今面對變異族回歸,各散東西的族人重聚在一起,並肩作戰。 電影大部分時間着墨在戰友重聚的旅程。Marvel 推出《復仇者聯盟》前用了五部電影分別介紹不同的英雄角色,可是在《永恆族》中卻一氣呵成地出場10位英雄角色。觀眾對他們之間的過往和關係一無所知,而電影卻想單憑一部作品就做出《復仇者聯盟》的效果。即使片長150多分鐘,都不足以交代來龍去脈和所有人物塑造。 Photograph: Courtesy Marvel Studios 劇本規模龐大,難免影響演員發揮。Gemma Chan 和 Richard Madden 飾演「人類盟友」 Sersi 和「超全能」Ikaris,Sersi 是團隊裏最友善的核心人物,擁有操縱物質的能量力,她與擁有超人般超能力的 Ikaris 斷斷續續地相戀了數千年。Bryan Tyree Henry飾演「超智發明家」Phastos,他厭倦看見人類濫用科技自相殘殺,只想遠離一切與丈夫和孩子安寧地生活。至於老面孔 Angelina Jolie 不是第一次以魅力氣場拯救劇本不如理想的鉅片,今次她演繹「英勇戰士」Thena,完全展現了電影巨星的風範;還有 Barry Keoghan 的「超隱秘」Druig 等等。每當你覺得這些英雄角色似乎各有可愛的故事,馬上就沒有下文。 許多 MCU 電影上演到尾聲,一如既往出現公式化的 CG 大亂鬥。《永恆族》則在最後半小時終於出現有看頭的角色衝突和震撼畫面。沒錯,前兩個小時都是平平無奇的場景,完全想不到這是耗資了200萬美元的製作。《永恆族》本應是規模宏大的史詩式鉅片。趙婷和製作團隊想要將 MCU 導向一個全新的大方向,這份宏願你不得不欣賞。只可惜,心有餘力不足,這部單調乏味的作品實在難以令人信服。 片長:  156分鐘上映日期: 2021年11月3日 原文:Olly Richards

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Marvel《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》Time Out 影評搶先看

Marvel《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》Time Out 影評搶先看

通常 Marvel 推出無名英雄角色電影,反應都不俗,發揮自由度高,而且改寫故事歷史也不會得罪粉絲。看看《蟻俠》和《銀河守護隊》,大家沒有什麼期望卻換來驚喜傑作。《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)同樣道理,這部武打動作片向世界介紹 Marvel 漫畫人物尚氣,默默無名到連電影導演和演員最初都不認識。 《尚氣》講述野心勃勃的文武(梁朝偉 飾)得到十環力量後,成為了世界上最危險的組織主腦。他遇到武功高強的映麗(陳法拉 飾),兩人共結連理誕下一對兒女,而兒子就是尚氣(劉思慕 飾)。化名為「Shaun」的兒子現居美國三藩市,在酒店工作幫人泊車,享受着與好友 Katy(Awkwafina 飾)到處玩的日子。直到一日在巴士遇到麻煩,意外顯露身手和神秘身份。 導演 Destin Daniel Cretton 身兼共同編劇,將開頭處理得非常好,劉思慕和 Awkwafina 演出喜劇輕鬆的氣氛,帶來很多笑點,後來出現動作戲,節奏十分刺激,由巴士打鬥戲到大樓搭棚的場面可說是 Marvel 電影裏數一數二的動作戲,不單是編排精彩,而且能夠推動故事發展。 以《金家便利店》(Kim's Convenience)為人熟悉的加拿大華裔演員劉思慕簡直是禾稈冚珍珠,通常飾演超級英雄的演員甚少同時擁有平凡人和霸氣戰士的氣質,正如你不會覺得 Henry Cavill 或 Gal Godot 是毫不起眼的路人,也不會認為 Paul Rudd 看來有殺傷力。乍看之下,劉思慕或許沒有 Chris Evans、Chris Hemsworth、Chadwick Boseman 強烈的英雄氣概,但瞬間可以開掣爆發魅力,完全合乎尚氣的特質,充滿節制力的戰士不會被情緒左右。 電影開頭一小時,勢頭看似會成為 Marvel 最棒的電影之一,可惜在後半部分卻變回了 Marvel 公式化的英雄片。故事講到尚氣與分離多年的父親重聚,劇情節奏被家庭恩怨和神話拖累。雖然還有某個角色帶來笑位,但後半部分沒有開頭的明快節奏,最後更出現 Marvel 常見的 CG 特技怪獸,動作戲也平平無奇。 《尚氣》也許鋪排上不夠一氣呵成,但依然是很出色的 Marvel 超級英雄崛起故事,甚至比《雷神》和《美國隊長》開始得更有氣勢,相信有潛質由漫畫小人物變成 MCU 電影世界裏的重要一員。 《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》將於9月2日香港戲院上映,記得購票入場吧。 原文:Olly Richards

Marvel《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》海外首映禮好評如潮

Marvel《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》海外首映禮好評如潮

Marvel 費盡心思想修補過去,先後推出大玩時間旅行噱頭的《復仇者聯盟:終局之戰》(Avengers: Endgame)、《洛基》(Loki),相隔長達兩年的戲院片荒後,今年夏日以《黑寡婦》(Black Widow)前傳電影回歸,而現在推出《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》(Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)為未來大計而鋪路。 《尚氣與十環幫傳奇》(《尚氣》)主角尚氣(Simu Liu 飾)早在70年代 Marvel 漫畫裏亮相,2021年成為 MCU 電影最新登場的英雄角色,自2019年《Marvel 隊長》後又一個新面孔。作為首個由亞太裔演員主演的 Marvel 電影,電影選角星光熠熠,有香港影帝梁朝偉、國際武打巨星楊紫瓊、金球獎影后 Awkwafina 和陳法拉、《奇異博士》演員 Benedict Wong 等。 自預告推出以來,海外影迷就十分期待 Marvel 如何演繹這部中西合璧的超級英雄電影。早前《尚氣》在美國洛杉磯舉行了全球首映禮,海外影評人都好評如潮,按照首波反應估計,《尚氣》勢會令踏入第四階段的 MCU 電影更精彩。 影評網站《Collider》影評人 Steven Weintraub 大讚電影顛覆了 Marvel 以往的傳統,帶觀眾進入嶄新的電影世界。 #shangchi is like no Marvel movie you’ve seen. Love that it opens the door to a new world that I can’t wait to see more of. @SimuLiu literally kicks so much ass and he is perfectly cast. Got to see it in @imax tonight and this is how you want to see it. Looked and sounded perfect pic.twitter.com/43SaSxfx3m — Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) August 17, 2021 影評人 Drew Taylor 則認為《尚氣》意想不到地觸動心靈,電影充滿了成龍和宮崎駿作品不同的元素影響。 #ShangChi is an absolute triumph, unexpectedly spiritual and emotionally complex, with some of the very best action in the MCU. @SimuLiu is your new favorite Avenger and the movie’s myriad influences (everything from Jackie Chan to Hayao Miyazaki) pay off big time). Astounding.🐉 pic.twitter.com/72Yubnb4KV — Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) August 17, 2021 許多海外影評人覺得《尚氣》的動作場面是 Marvel 電影中最好,捨棄以往電腦特技打造的打鬥戲,有着不一樣的活力。 Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is PHENOMENAL. Get hype

Seen ‘Contagion’? Here’s 5 more pandemic movies for Matt Hancock to watch

Seen ‘Contagion’? Here’s 5 more pandemic movies for Matt Hancock to watch

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is a fan of ‘Contagion’, the Steven Soderbergh film about a global pandemic. Everyone else watched it last April but, to be fair, Matt has been fairly busy with an actual pandemic. We’ll give him a pass on that. But the surprising admission from the health secretary, who outed himself as a ‘Contagion’ superfan in an interview with LBC radio, was that he’s actually learnt one or two things about successful vaccine rollout from the Kate Winslet and Matt Damon-starring disaster movie.   ‘I wouldn’t say that film is my primary source of advice on this,’ he said, ‘[but] I knew [that] when the vaccine came good, the demand for it would be huge and that we would need to be ready to vaccinate every adult in the country. I wasn’t going to settle for less.’  The film, he explained, showed that there’d be a huge row over vaccines and that the greatest stress would come after the rollout started. Yes, ‘Contagion’ could be the most prescient film ever (‘Makes bird flu look like nappy rash,’ wrote Time Out’s reviewer).But what are the other movies that the Health Secretary could learn some important lessons from? Here’s five more pandemick-y movies to add to his Letterboxd list.1. Outbreak (1995)Patient zero in the cinematic waiting room of pandemic movies. What will Matt learn from this ebola virus thriller? Firstly, get your PPE sorted early and make sure it’s orange because orange looks cool. Try not to get the military involved because they’ll only want to

UK cinema attendances dropped by 75 percent last year

UK cinema attendances dropped by 75 percent last year

London cinemas closed in March last year, reopened in July and August, closed again, reopened briefly in December, and then shuttered finally two weeks later. That, by any standards, is an annus horribilis – as borne out by new figures for the year’s box office released by the BFI, which reveal that takings dropped massively over the twelve months.Those closures – and socially distancing measures during the open phases – meant that UK cinema admissions fell to 44m, 75 percent down on 2019.Box-office takings were hit even harder, dropping 81 percent from 2019 to £307m.The biggest movie of the year was ‘1917’, Sam Mendes’s Great War epic, which took a colossal £44m. ‘Tenet’ didn’t quite save cinema but still made a respectable £17.5m at a time when many cinemas were closed and social distancing measures were in place.Apart from the Christopher Nolan blockbuster, big studio movies were largely postponed and indie movies filled the gap: Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’ was a big hit (£12m), while Autumn de Wilde’s ‘Emma.’ (£7m) and Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ (£6m) were also notable pre-pandemic successes.On the upside – because we all need some good news – film and TV production is back in something close to full swing. The final three months of 2020 saw £1.19bn spent on film and high-end TV production, the second highest three-month spend on record. ‘After an unbelievably tough year, today’s figures show an incredibly vibrant and positive picture

Sundance 2021: Questlove and ‘Coda’ win big at this year’s film festival

Sundance 2021: Questlove and ‘Coda’ win big at this year’s film festival

This year’s Sundance Film Festival turned into a virtual event but the quality of films remained sky high, even if the audiences remained largely at sea level. And the festival awards reflect that. Questlove’s supremely told, high-energy story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), won Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.  ‘It has always been a dream of mine to direct films and telling this story has truly been an amazing experience,’ said Questlove in a statement. ‘I am overwhelmed and honoured by the reception the film is receiving.’ Or, via Twitter: wowowoeowowoeororocokmjust n mxkekwkjwbrmtglglxkwnwnwwnnnnnzhzkqlqoqoqoqqo!!!!!!!!!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/uPNJX3tOEM — Director ?uestlove (@questlove) February 3, 2021 The big winner in the dramatic film category was Siân Heder’s Coda. The touching drama about the hearing child of deaf parents in New England won Grand Jury Prize, the Directing Award, and the Audience Award – the first time all three awards have gone to the same film. It was also picked up by Apple TV+ for a cool $25m during the festival, so a win all round.Westworld’s Clifton Collins Jr won Best Actor for Jockey, while the cast of Coda won a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast.In the World Cinema category, Blerta Basholli’s Hive, about a single mum struggling in the aftermath of the Kosovo War, won the major prizes. Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s devastating refugee animation Flee won the Gran

The Londoners are coming! John Boyega and Daniel Kaluuya score Golden Globes nominations

The Londoners are coming! John Boyega and Daniel Kaluuya score Golden Globes nominations

The nominations for the 78th Golden Globes have delivered a tonne of good news for Hollywood’s Brits – and Londoners, in particular. Among the nominees are John Boyega (Small Axe), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Gary Oldman (Mank), Hugh Grant (The Undoing), Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), and Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown). Surprisingly, Michaela Coel was overlooked for her brilliant limited run TV series I May Destroy You.Female filmmakers who did pick up nominations include Fennell for her debut film, Promising Young Woman, writer-director Chloé Zhao, whose pastoral opus Nomadland is shaping up to be a firm Oscar favourite, and Regina King for One Night in Miami. Maria Bakalova, the unknown actress who made a big impression in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, picked up a nomination, as did Chadwick Boseman, whose posthumous nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was greeted with cheers. Like the first cork popped at a swanky party, the Golden Globes is a starting gun for awards season in Hollywood. Normally the corks are literal rather than just figurative – the Globes is usually the night when Tinseltown lets its collective hair down – but this year, it’s a virtual occasion.   So what does it mean for the Oscars? It’s usually a good predictor of nominees – a Golden Globe-winn

Ralph Fiennes is helping launch the world’s newest streaming service

Ralph Fiennes is helping launch the world’s newest streaming service

Mubi, Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player aficionados roll up: there’s a new kid in town: Klassiki is a brand new streaming platform for devotees of – and newbies to – Russian and Central Asian cinema and it launches tomorrow. If you’re a Russophile, a film student, someone who knows their Abdykalykov from their Zvyagintsev, or are just keen to explore something new after a year of solid Netflix, it’ll offer a whole gamut of movies often unavailable elsewhere. Smashing the vodka bottle on its hull and sending it on its way is Ralph Fiennes. The actor and filmmaker – who has directed a Russian film of his own in Rudolf Nureyev biopic ‘The White Crow’ – will be talking Russian cinema at a special launch Q&A at 7pm on Wednesday, February 3. Head to the official site to tune in.Klassiki will go live straight after that, hosting more than 60 classic films from Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Ukraine from filmmakers as diverse as Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Andrei Konchalovsky (who recently returned with the terrific ‘Dear Comrades!’) and Kira Muratova. Photograph: Klassiki       What else can you find on the platform? Plenty of interviews, essays and criticism, as well as a specially curated ‘pick of the week’ every seven days. It is, promises Klassiki, ‘a treasure trove for people meeting Russian cinema for the first time.’And what does it cost? It’s completely free until April 4, at which point a month subscription will set you back £5.99/month (if you sign up p

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