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�* concern is we are �*cencern is we are dealing surrey, my concern is we are dealing with human beings. this is another really weird things we have in the country. increasing numbers of doctors are finding out there's places like australia where they can work for more money. i don't have any solutions to this, but i do think the blackpool situation shows that it's a lot more complex than talking about areas. fik. we've got about a minute. the guardian. too few people are willing to �*s change their lifestyle to save the planet. we to 's change their lifestyle to save the planet-— to 's change their lifestyle to save the lanet. , , , . ., the planet. no surprises. what has been an abstract _ the planet. no surprises. what has been an abstract problem - the planet. no surprises. what has been an abstract problem out - the planet. no surprises. what has| been an abstract problem out there to deal— been an abstract problem out there to deal with have become mentors. we cannot_ to deal with have become mentors. we cannot say— to deal with have become mentors. we cannot say we're not informed. we -ive cannot say we're not informed. we give this_ cannot say we're not informed. we give this over their heads every day _ give this over their heads every day. soap — give this over their heads every day. soap starts talking about climate — day. soap starts talking about climate change crises, we cannot say we don't _ climate change crises, we cannot say we don't know there's a problem.
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when _ we don't know there's a problem. when it_ we don't know there's a problem. when it comes to... we need systemic change _ when it comes to... we need systemic change and _ when it comes to... we need systemic change and we need massive amounts of legislation, carrots and sticks. i'm afraid — of legislation, carrots and sticks. i'm afraid i— of legislation, carrots and sticks. i'm afraid i haven't got a carrot for you, tony, so we've run out of time. i'm really sorry! it's been an absolute pleasure, tony grew and caroline frost. have a great week. cheerio. now it's time for the film review. hello and a very warm welcome again to the film review on bbc news. taking us through this week's cinema releases, mark kermode is with us. hi, mark. what have you been watching?
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loads to talk about. we have a new marvel cinematic universe film, eternals. we have kristen stewart as princess diana in spencer. and the card counter, the new movie by paul schrader. and eternals is directed by chloe zhao. chloe zhao, who won an oscarfor nomadland. she's a terrific film—maker. so, the story is... this follows a group of godlike eternals who came to earth many, many years ago to fight the deviants, and they've been fighting deviants throughout history. the deviants appear to have been laid to rest. now, they've kind of moved into civilian life. so, they're still here on earth, still awaiting the next phase of their mission. they don't know when they're going to be called upon to regroup and deal with yet another threat, but now the old threat has resurfaced. got that? i'm trying to keep up. good, here's a clip.
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so, you can see from there, a whole bunch of mcu action—adventure. so, here's the thing — directed by chloe zhao — you love nomadland and i'm a big fan of herfilms. the cast includes angelina jolie, barry keoghan, kumail nanjiani. it is an impressively diverse range of characters, more diverse and i think we've ever
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seen in a marvel cinematic superhero universe. all these things are plus points. sadly, the film itself doesn't work. it's a mess, and it's a mess for a number of reasons. one of them is that it has a kind of plodding narrative thatjumps across continents and through time periods in order to establish its backstory, and by the time we actually get to a new thing happening, we've kind of vaguely lost interest. secondly, it has too many characters, so you never end up investing in anybody in particular. for example, if the film concentrated on kumail nanjiani's character or barry keoghan's character or something like that, you think, "0k, fine, i can invest in this." as it is, itjust feels like there's a lot of moving parts. and the third thing is the special effects just look like that — they look like special effects. they don't feel like they've got heft or weight. so, you have this weird thing that, on the one hand, you've got a great film—maker who's known for making these intimate portraits of characters that are...
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they ring with truthfulness. and then, you have this, and you're watching the special effects and thinking, "well, i'm not sure how involved chloe zhao is in this." as it turns out, very involved, because she was given a great amount of creative freedom — not only in the script, but also in the whole development of the project. it is really disappointing to report that it is nothing like as good as one would want it to be. there is too much going on for too long, and weirdly, that means that the end result is it's like there's almost nothing happening. i mean, it's bizarre. for a film with this much stuff in it, it's oddly empty, and i wanted to like it. wow. sorry. well, you're very rarely that passionate on that regard, so, yeah. you try not to say bad things, so that's really striking and a shame. now, spencer. i am fascinated to know... i was really sad i couldn't get to the screening because i'm just fascinated by this. ok, so you'll remember 2013 and the film diana, which had naomi watts, which was a terrible, tatty soap opera
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that appeared to have a script that was lifted from the pages of hello magazine. this is directed by pablo larrain, who madejackie, which was fantastic. it's written by steven knight, a very respected writer, and it stars kristen stewart, who is diana. she is absolutely brilliant in the central role. this is described as a fable from a true tragedy. it plays out over three days, three christmas days at sandringham — so christmas eve, christmas day, boxing day. she just has to get through it. and the film is very much seen internally from her point of view. it's about her own troubled state of mind within a situation which robs her of agency, robs her of independence, robs her of identity. there are endless scenes of feasts in which she is being stared at by the royal family. obviously, it addresses things like eating disorders, but does so in a way that absolutely makes you understand the interior psychology of what's happening. it has ghost story inflections. there are moments of it that reminded me of the others. we have a vision of anne boleyn, who walks through the corridors,
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and yet somehow, it isn't ridiculous. it has the most brilliant score byjonny greenwood, and thejonny greenwood score is so clever because it sounds like a baroque string quartet slowly mutating into free—form mad jazz as a way of describing the interior life of its central character. i thought this was really great, and believe me, i went in sceptical, but i was knocked out. i love kristen stewart anyway, i think she's great. i've loved her ever since the days of the twilight movies. i mean, clouds of sils maria — fine, fabulous. personal shopper — fabulous. but i liked her way back then, but this is... if there is anyjustice, she should get awards for this �*cause it's really, really well done. wow. yes. fascinating. well, you've really, really made me want to see it. and your third choice this week? the card counter, new movie by paul schrader. so, oscar isaac is tell, who is the titular card player. travels from town to town, low stakes game, staying under the radar. that's how he likes it. tiffany haddish offers him the chance to join her syndicate, become one of her stable of gamblers, which he doesn't want to do until he meets
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a young man played by tye sheridan, who might give him a reason to want to win big. here's a clip. what happened? you get bored? played some slots. you should read some books. i'm going to buy you one. i've read books. what is it with her? name one. one what? book. poker for dummies. i believe you may have read it. she laughs. ilike him. oh, you made it to the second dinner break. i must've fired two dozen tournaments before i lasted that long. so, how many are left? four tables, so should be done tomorrow. . how much cards do you play? 40 hands an hour, 8—12 hours a day, 6—7 days a week. - do you do anything else? like what? like anything. go to a park, a concert, a museum.
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a museum? yeah, i'll buy you a book on it. it's called museums for dummies! ba—dum—bum! she laughs. no, but seriously, you should do something else. just for variety. i like playing cards. jane chuckles. and that is what he does. i love the way that shotjust closes in very, very slowly on his character. now, this is produced by martin scorsese, for whom, obviously, schrader wrote taxi driver. if you're a schrader fan, this is the riffs from american gigolo and light sleeper. he essentially makes a version of the same film over and over again — the lonely man, the man who is troubled by his past, the man resting with guilt, and there are flashbacks to horrors in the past. he likes to keep everything completely contact—free. we just saw that thing about him dressing all the stuff in a hotel in the sheets so there isn't any tactile contact with the world.
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at times, it feels a little bit like a greatest hits of paul schrader riffs — you know, the tortured, angsty man. but, it's very well played — oscar isaac is terrific. it's very well shot. i mean, it looks really, really beautiful. and there's a lot of talk about the philosophy of card—playing, which really isn't to do with the philosophy of card—playing, it's to do with the philosophy of masculine ritual and macho angst, and that. and i have to say, if you're not interested in that, there may not be much of a way in, although tiffany haddish's character is, i think, really, really welljudged. so, it feels a little bit like, ok, we have seen this before, but, if anyone is going to do this, schrader is the man. and also, considering how touch and go his most recent back catalogue has been. i mean, some really great films like first reformed, and then some things like the canyons, which was terrible! this is good. it's not innovative, but it is what paul schrader does well. ok, all right. and yourjudgement about best out this week? ok, last night in soho, now, i know you went to see last night in soho.
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you see, i loved last night in soho — edgar wright, you know, young woman comes to fitzrovia, technically, stays in a bedsit where she is transported back to the �*60s, but she's seeing a world in which terrible things start to play out. and so, it starts as a kind of, like, a �*60s glamorous fantasy and that turns into a nightmare. now, i know you're not a horrorfilm fan. but, i mean, visually, gosh, it's just fantastic. i love the look, the design, it's so creative, it's got such a strong sense. i know some regular viewers don't like me reminding them of the fact that i'm — i'm just not good with menace, and as the film progresses, the menace is against women, against women, and i really, really struggle with that, so, i was a bit of a nervous wreck. but we should say that it is not gratuitously against women, that is an underpinning theme of the film... it's a thread, yes. that somebody goes to london believing it to be something and then they are than preyed upon by men, so i think actually, the gender politics of the film are pretty solid. it is a horror film, so that element of threat, of course that's there because edgar wright knows how
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to direct, and he does threatening very well, it kind of becomes a giallo film. brilliantly made. i think it is, yeah, but it's true... i mean, i think it's super clever, but, but... yeah, if you don't like menace, you don't like threat, you are going to find it difficult. but i'm glad that you found stuff in there that you did like. i really did. you were there with me spiritually, there's no doubt about it. well, i've seen it twice and i want to see it again �*cause i love edgar�*s films, i really do. and the performances are terrific — really, really good. the performances are great! really good. quick thought about dvd, streaming? streaming, so, netflix. the harder they fall which was in cinemas, played at the lff, now has come to netflix. a western directed by james samuel featuring real life figures from the old west, in a fictional story that demonstrates that the version of the old west that we all have is very whitewashed. in fact, these are like characters we haven't seen on—screen many times before. great cast — idris elba, zazie beetz, regina king. and, very tarantino—esque, lots of action, lots of violence, but actually done in a way that i thought was kind of cinematic and fun, you know, a lot of leone, a lot of tarantino. i really enjoyed it. it doesn't have a lot of substance, but a lot of
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surface, and the surface is good. mark, great to see you. lovely, to see you, see you next week. thank you very much, and that's it, enjoy your cinema going. see you next time, bye—bye. hello. monday morning gets off to a chilly start, a touch of frost around parts of eastern scotland and down the eastern side of england. milder air poised to move back in with a set of atlantic weather fronts bringing in a rush of air. central and eastern and southern parts of england clouding up about saying loudly dry during daylight hours. about staying largely dry during daylight hours. a chilly feel in norwich but up to 15 degrees in belfast. the breeze picking up with the rain moving in as well. further outbreaks of rain across scotland, northern ireland overnight into tuesday and pushing into parts of northern england. to the south of that, largely dry and much milder on monday night.
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on tuesday, some patchy rain in northern england, especially to the west of the pennines for wales. pushing to the midlands and south—east england. sunny spells in scotland and northern ireland, a few showers moving their way southwards. milder as it will be for the rest of the week.
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