Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Review HeaderBased on John le Carré’s classic novel, the film is a glorious failure of an adaptation that manages to fit in a lot in its two-hour running time but sacrifices key details and, as a result, a lot of power. 

London, 1973, MI6 is in turmoil as its head, Control (John Hurt), is forced to resign after a botched operation to uncover a Soviet mole in the Circus, MI6’s headquarters in London. Also forced into retirement is Smiley (Gary Oldman) as a change in command begins to pursue a new vein of intelligence named “Witchcraft” which Control and Smiley felt too good to be true but the new men running the Circus, lead by Percy Alleline (Toby Jones) and Bill Haydon (Colin Firth) find priceless in buying American cooperation. Smiley is called back into action when Ricky Tarr (Tom Hardy), an agent thought to have gone over to the Soviets contacts a government minister confirming Control’s suspicions that there is a double agent at the top of The Circus. With the help of Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley investigates his former colleagues and the events surrounding the operation.

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Trailers for Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Nanagami

This week has been interesting. I stumbled upon the filming of Sherlock Holmes. No, not the movie but the BBC One adaptation. As in the one starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and MArtin Freeman as Watson

The one written by Steven (Doctor Who show-runner) Moffat.

I actually talked to Martin Freeman, who broke from shooting The Hobbit and flew in from New Zealand to film the shows. I acted out of sorts, not so much the cool and calm saturnine chap and more the fan-boy. Whether he thought me rude or just strange I can’t say but I’m still excited that I talked to him in real life. I will not divulge any more information for fear of spoilers and Steven Moffat destroying me (he hates spoilers).

Anyway, here are the trailers and they are pretty exciting. Everything from spies to Ghibli and some Cumberbatch.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Release date: Friday 16th of September (UK)
Running time: N/A
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch

From the director of Let the Right One In comes a classic of British, nay World literature. A story about British spies based on John Le Carré’s classic and with a stellar cast, I’m excited by the prospect because the book is just that awesome. Here’s the trailer:

Set in the 1970s, George Smiley is a MI6 agent who has retired from the Circus under something of a cloud. He finds himself trying to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, the appearance of a rogue agent with information about a mole at the heart of the Circus, means that his Smiley’s old colleagues need him back in the espionage game in order to root the mole out.

Release date: 20th of August (Japan)
Running time: N/A
Director: Ryuta Miyake

From the director of Ju-On: White Ghost (see my review) comes a horror thriller about the disappearance of a young girl in some haunted woods. Considering Ju-On: White Ghost was a film with some long moments of spooky atmosphere I’m intrigued. My Japanese is okay… just not okay enough to get a cast list. Sorry. Here’s the trailer:

Kokuriko-Zaka Kara
Release date: 16th of July 2012 (Japan)
Running time: N/A
Director: Goro Miyazaki
Starring:Nagasawa Masami, Okada Junichi
Based on Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama’s 1980’s shoujo manga, Studio Ghibli’s next film, after Arrietty, is directed by Goro Miyzaki. Goro’s debut, Tales from Earthsea was nothing like his illustrious father’s work. This appears to take a different tack as well.

Set in 1963 this coming of age tale takes place in Yokohama and follows the life of a high school girl named Komatsuzaki. Her father, a sailor is missing, her mother is a photographer who travels frequently and she helps run a lodging house with the rest of her family. The film follows her life as well as her friendship with two boys, Shun Kazama, a school newspaper member and Mizunuma, student council president.

Studio Ghibli has announced its voice cast as Nagasawa Masami (Crying Out Love, In the Centre of the World), who plays the main character, and Okada Junichi (from the idol group V6 and actor in Hana) has been cast as the main male character.

The 83rd Academy Awards – Results

(If you just want the results, scroll down past the wittering to the last section – oh, and my predictions were totally off)

The 2011 Oscars

So the awards season has peaked with the Oscars and the results are in – The King’s Speech was the big winner. It took home Best Film, Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Natalie Portman picked up an Oscar for Black Swan, Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor, Aaron Sorkin deservedly picked up Best Adapted Script and evil witch Melissa Leo stole the Best Supporting Actress from Hailee Steinfeld who was in the wrong category anyway.

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Genkina hito predicts the 2011 BAFTA Awards

With the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) due to take place on the 13th February, the British film industry gets a chance to wave the flag for British talent and reward films from the rest of the world. The issue of what is or isn’t a British film depends upon the amount of British involvement but it is safe to say that Britain had a good year (apart from the UK Film Council getting axed).

Anyway, here’s what I think should win. When the results are read out on BBC One I’ll be able to compare and contrast. In the meantime I’ll probably change my mind after watching a few more films but first… 

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Genkinahito Decides the 2011 Academy Awards

Here are the results

The Academy Awards or Oscars are on the 27th of February, the nominations were released on the 25th of January. I’ll list them here. It may change because I’m going to watch True Grit and Black Swan but this is the list and what I think should win. If you want to read what I thought about the films then check the reviews section.

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