Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Critical Week: Channing takes over
Two other big movies screened for us this week. We got to see John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, solving the mystery of his life in the gothic thriller The Raven, while Tahar Rahim and Antonio Banderas stormed the desert in the sweeping Arabic epic Black Gold. From Britain, a bunch of unknown dancers - plus Tom Conti - fused evergetic street and Latin dance steps in the 3D sequel StreetDance 2, while Stephen Graham and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred in Best Laid Plan, an intriguing British variation on Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Off the beaten path were two documentaries (the controversial, unnerving Russian political doc Khodorkovsky and the gorgeously made exploration of the gaps in Indonesian society Position Among the Stars), a filmed version of the Royal Opera House's stunning stage production of Madam Butterfly 3D (I'm not particularly an opera fan, but I loved it!), and a pristinely restored print of Renoir's WWI classic Le Grande Illusion, which is quite simply unmissable.