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tv   The Film Review  BBC News  January 18, 2019 8:45pm-9:00pm GMT

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port an “it “wit port talbot when you me or us to port talbot when you get this off the ground. no problem. i will hold you to that. congratulations on your purchase. cani congratulations on your purchase. can i say one thing? and that is i have handled a lot of banksy works, i began dealing in the bank in 2003, and this is the first one that... there are others that i like, the self—portrait and britannia this is the first one i am proud to own. i feel honoured to on this one. the people of porto but will be glad you are keeping it there for a while. thank you very much. i enjoyed talking to you. thank you indeed. you might think that no—one would be daft enough to swim with a great white shark, but a group of divers in hawaii had a close encounter with one of the huge predators and lived to tell the tale. these, quite frankly, incredible images showing a diver swimming alongside this enormous great white shark, which is nearly six metres long
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and weighs in at an estimated two—and—a—half tonnes. it is believed to be a 50—year—old female called deep blue. she's one of the largest sharks ever recorded, and this is only the third ever sighting of her. underwater photographer kimberlyjeffries was among the divers who went swimming with deep blue. she says her experience is still hard to believe. it was incredibly humbling as a photographer, you always dream of a moment like this to sort of come across your lap. and after so many days of looking, i kind of had already given up hope on even finding one. so you find the courage again to realise that the other sharks were already gone because there was a bigger predator in the water was just so incredibly... there was a bigger predator in the water wasjust so incredibly... and then later on, to realise that there are three distinct individual sharks who are all massive females who were also pregnant is a huge scientific
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realisation. to actually get hard data and edification out on these new individuals is really great. it helps us track these sharks further and it helps us get more information about migration data, and it is an incredible source of knowledge for the scientific community. so for me, thatis the scientific community. so for me, that is like one of the most amazing things ever. underwater photographer kimberlyjeffries things ever. underwater photographer kimberly jeffries who swam things ever. underwater photographer kimberlyjeffries who swam with deep blue and lived to tell the tale. i have palpitations just watching that there. now on bbc news, it's time for the film review. hello there, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases is mark kermode. so, mark, what do we have this week? it is a very mixed bunch this week. we have glass, the new film
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by m night shyamalan. mary queen of scots, a very modern historical drama. and beautiful boy, a tale of a family torn apart by addiction. so, let us start off with glass, a superhero film with a difference. yes, it is the latest from m night shyamalan, who scored a huge hit with sixth sense and had many flops with things like lady in the water. this is a sequel that brings together characters from split, which came out here in 2017, and from unbreakable which is from 2000, which you may not have seen, because although critics and fans think it is his best film, it wasn't seen by that many people. so it concerns a trio of characters who come to believe that they have powers which are reminiscent of superhero powers. bruce willis is david dunn, who survived a train crash in unbreakable, and now thinks he's indestructible. james mcavoy is kevin from split, he is inhabited by a horde
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of different personalities, al of whom are awaiting the arrival of the beast, and samuel ljackson, he is mr glass, who is fragile on the outside, but brilliant of mind, and they are brought together in this psychiatric facility. here is a clip. miss patricia says that your bones can break if i like tap them, is that true? yes. so what's your superpower? your mind? what's mine? you're nine forever, right? yeah. that's incredible. you can see the world the way it really is, always. a kid who can never grow old. huh. are you ready? yeah. the thing with shyamalan's
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films is they ride, to quote spinal tap, a very thin line between clever and stupid. you can go with it or say, "sorry, i'm not buying this." i did buy this, and i really enjoyed it as a result. one of the things i liked about it is, there's a remake of breathless starring richard gere, that people sneer at, and i understand why they do, but they're wrong, it is a great film. there are many discussions in it about the philosophical implications of the silver surfer. what i like is it takes that stuff seriously, but playfully. in the case of this, it is taking the idea that comic books are representations of things that may exist in the real world. it refers to films like shock corridor, the ninth configuration and shutter island, which are fanciful and foolish, but are good fun. i went with it. that said, i came out of the screening and a couple of people, they said, "i didn't get that at all." idid.
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it think it is m night shyamalan's best film since signs, and if you like unbreakable, you will find this to be a satisfying follow—up. people who have never seen it will wonder what is going on, but i really enjoyed this and i really didn't expect to. unbreakable glass. very good. 0k, mary, queen of scots. we have had the favourite, a royal historical drama, and now we have mary, queen of scots, which is, based on the life of mary stuart and her rivalry with elizabeth. saoirse ronan and margot robbie, rivals to the throne. it's a historical drama, but a very modern take on it. it's a film ofjuxtaposition, so you have monarchs and prisoners, catholics and protestants, english, scottish, and centrally men and women, and the two, the two central performances are basically, they are balanced against each other. so mary says, "i will be the woman that she cannot be, i will produce an heir, unlike her barren self." elizabeth says, "god wants a woman
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to be a wife and mother, i choose to be a man." she describes herself as "more man than woman and the throne has made me so". she also refers to one of the male counterparts as "the closest thing i have to a wife". so the script is very witty and well done, and you have these terrific central performances, but the rest of the ensemble cast is really well played. people like ian hart and david tennant doing terrific work. the whole film has a painterly look to it. it's directed byjosie rourke who comes from theatre. often if somebody comes from theatre, something doesn't gel, but this felt very cinematic. there is one scene, one scene which i thought, "0k, this scene would have worked better on stage," but with the exception of that, i felt like it was a lusty drama, really well told. wonderful swirling score, which comes out of the hills, and again, i went in thinking, "i very much admire the performers, but i'm not sure," but i was really won over by it and i thought
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it was funny and witty and it had a really good central thesis of the opposites and i thought it was enjoyable. my editor, who studied history at university, pointed out they meet in film, but in real life, they never met. this is the one scene, and what happens is, they meet amid billowing sheets that come between them, and again, i think, on stage, yes, on screen, not so much. beautiful boy, in which a father helps his son overcome addiction. tries to, so it's based on memoirs by david and nic sheff. david's played by steve carrell. he's the father who think he knows his son until he discovers he's addicted to crystal meth. timothee chalamet is nic, the son, the promising young man who gets lost in his addiction and their relationship falls apart. here's a clip. why don't we just have lunch and talk, we can do that, right? how's karen and the kids?
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0k, they're asking about you. i know they'd love... you're guilt tripping me, all right. no, i'mjust saying... i feel horrible about myself. i know they wanted you to be there, that's all. i'm sorry, dad, ijust need some money, all right, so please just give me some money. where does this end? i have to see something through, this is kind of working out for me right now, i've got five days sober. it doesn't look it's working out. oh, it doesn't look like it's working out? so what then, therapy? you can come home, we'll make it work, please, nic. please. the thing with this, although it's based on the two sides of the story, we see it very much from the father's point of view, and there are certain things about the film that creak.
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the storytelling is straight forward, the music cues are on the nose, they tell you what to think about this scene or that scene. at the beginning, we see the father asking a doctor, "tell me what the drugs doing", so we get an explanation, there's a scene where he goes into his son's room and finds a notebook spelling out "this is what i am feeling". that said, i found it very moving. i found steve carrell‘s sense of helplessness, as the parent who thinks it's his job to save his son, but realises he can't do it. he doesn't understand it. i found on that father—son level, it was very moving. i think it's a film that rings truer if you are fusty and old, like me, and you are — i would need somebody to lead me by the hand through this story. the performances are very, very sincere. i think the film—making itself is rather on the nose, and i can understand some people thinking it's cliched, but it got to me,
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