BAFTA 2012

This year I didn’t post any predictions as to who would win at the BAFTAs because my taste is so idiosyncratic. I was tempted to miss it because I want this blog to focus on Japanese films and there was no Japanese film presence at the BAFTA’s but I ended up watching anyway because I love cinema.

So, armed with Chinese food and a degree of hope that some interesting films would win I watched as beautiful actors and actresses strolled up the red carpet.

I hoped to see the following win awards: Drive for Best Picture, Richard Aoyade (Submarine) for Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Michael Fassbender (Shame) or Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor) for Leading Actor. Best Animation is always a waste of time because nothing interesting (read: Japanese) gets nominated but I expected Tintin to win. I hoped The Skin I Live In would take the foreign language award but A Separation offered stiff competition.

I had the suspicion that The Artist would sweep the awards because it has become the juggernaut title of the year like and that suspicion proved correct.

Anyway congratulations to all involved and thanks to the BBC and Stephen Fry for making it watchable. Thanks also to BAFTA for putting up most of the acceptance speeches.

Best Film:

The Artist


Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Leading Actor:

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Leading Actress:

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Supporting Actress:

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Adapted Screenplay:

Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Screenplay:

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Animated Film:

Rango – Gore Verbinski

Film Not in the English Language:

The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar

Outstanding British Film:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson,

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:

Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine (Director),


Senna – Asif Kapadia,

Animated Film:

Rango – Gore Verbinski

It was great to see John Hurt pick up an award but my highlight was Scorcese’s speech after winning the BAFTA fellowship. It was full of love for cinema and he name-checked Powell & Pressburger who made awesome films.

For a full list of the results please visit the BAFTA website.

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.

2011 A Year of Promise at the Movies (with trailers)

I wanted to do a proper post saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011 but a combination of flu and a hang-over laid me out for a few days and all I could manage was a half-hearted adieu to a year that had been good.

2010 was a pretty good year for film (from what I saw, at least). 2011 looks like it is shaping up to have some interesting releases as well. Here’s what has interested me from the trailers and information on the web.

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