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If you’re going to rehash an old argument, at least pick good examples

Hadley Freeman, writing in the Guardian today, tries out a variation on the classic “Isn’t Hollywood misogynistic for pairing older men with younger women?” routine, although she steers clear of the ‘mismatched love interest’ angle – at least for the first two-thirds of the piece. 

This time, she targets onscreen mothers who are in reality only a few years older than the actors playing their sons.  The classic example is Alexander; Angelina Jolie, playing the mother, is just one year older than Colin Farrell, her ‘son’, but others include The Graduate (OK, not his mother exactly) and North by Northwest (strangely overlooked in the article).

However, sadly Hadley sticks a pin in her argument when she cites Back to the Future (Lea Thompson/Michael J Fox) and Forrest Gump (Sally Field/Tom Hanks); two terrible examples.  In both films, the actresses are required to play younger women for a period, during which time their sons (if they have any) are played by children.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Film Club 2 Comments

Film Club – 09 December 2008: Die Hard

Last month we watched Superbad, which the writers first began writing in the early 90s, when they were just 13.  At that time, cinema was ruled by the Planet Hollywood triumverate of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, and what better film to usher in the festive season than Willis’ seminal Die Hard?

Prior to this film, Bruce Willis was known primarily for his role in Moonlighting, which cast him as a loudmouthed detective (no change there then).  He was, in fact, shooting Moonlighting during the day, and Die Hard at night – tough work, but Die Hard alone was worth a then-astronomical $5million paycheck.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 Film Club 1 Comment

Film Club – 18 November 2008: Superbad

James Bond has a lot to answer for.  Last month, he inspired our screening of Layer Cake, but way before that, back when I was a wee lad, he had me convinced that the only way a girl would ever find me attractive was if I saved her from mortal peril.  Quite honestly, I thought I was never going to get a girlfriend, because Newport Pagnell has to be one of the safest places on earth.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 Film Club 3 Comments

Film Club – 28 October 2008: Layer Cake

Just in time to whet your appetite for A Quantum of Solace (released in the UK on 31st October) we are showing Layer Cake; one of Daniel Craig’s first leading roles. 

When the film was released in 2004, rumours were circulating that Pierce Brosnan was not going to be hired to play Bond for a fifth time; pushing 50, and never one to obsess over his physique, Brosnan was in danger of heading into late-Roger-Moore territory.  That led to the inevitable speculation over who would be next in the chair, with Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman and even Ewan McGregor among the bookie’s favourites. My money was on Clive Owen until I watched Daniel Craig in this.

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Friday, October 17th, 2008 Film Club 1 Comment