ARTS DESK **** “In a just world, Papadopoulos & Sons should join Bend it Like Beckham, East is East and The Full Monty in the micro-genre of thoughtfully entertaining, low-budget British feel-good hits… Stephen Dillane’s Harry is the heart and soul of why Papadopoulos & Sons feels genuine, not mass-produced and manipulative…”
WHATS ON LIVE **** “A low-key, sweet and strangely life-affirming comedy… the film is a winning take on contemporary, minority Britain…”
TOTAL FILM *** “There’s a warmth and charm about Marcus Markou’s feature debut that makes it hard to resist…”
CELLULOID HEROES **** “Most protagonists undergo major changes through experience and character interaction, but rarely is it achieved with such spirited passion and in a believable way. Dillane shows a thorough understanding of and commitment to the role, which is unusual in today’s fast paced industry…”
SCREEN JABBER **** “A gentle, warm-hearted comic drama from first-time filmmaker Markou. The plot is perfect for our cash-strapped times, and the solution rings true too… it’s so well crafted, and the performances so engaging, that you cannot help but enjoy the ride.”
BEST FOR FILM ***** “Markou was repeatedly told that Papadopoulos & Sons just wouldn’t sell. I’ve seen the film five times and I see something different and amusing with each sitting.”
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If you don’t already know - Movie Talk On Sunday involves everyone in the wonderful Twitter film community (including you) in a debate about film topics. I have the honour of hosting this week (June 3rd at 8pm BST), on a subject very close to my heart - the romantic comedy. I’ve pretty much seen all of them - although there’s always an undiscovered gem somewhere.
MTOS means the host asks ten questions (see below) on the chosen subject, inviting everyone who follow me or types in the hashtag #MTOS to answer them. Anyone can answer but it’s easiest if you put the question number that you are answering and the hashtag #MTOS in your tweets.
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I worry about the romantic comedy. In a sea of blockbusters, sequels and superhero movies, these type of films aren’t being made in the numbers that they used to.
So I want to know what you all think about this movie genre. Here are my ten questions for us to ponder and discuss:
1) What are your favourite romantic comedies?
2) Are romcoms just for girls? Discuss.
3) What is the recipe for the perfect romcom?
4) Which directors utilise this genre most effectively? How?
5) Which romcoms should be wiped from existence? Why were they so bad?
6) What’s the best screen chemistry you’ve seen between romcom leads? Is there a dream pairing?
7) Were the screwball days, the Eighties excess, the alternative Noughties or another decade the best for romcoms?
8) What’s your romcom guilty pleasure (I won’t tell)?
9) Who does romcoms the best? UK, US, Europe or elsewhere, and why?
10) Is romcom a dying genre? Can it be revived? If so, how?
Looking forward to debating with you on Sunday!
(photo - the RomCom Disease - from ommster.com)
First published for liveforfilms.com
Oh reviewing. It’s like fighting an uphill battle. Sometimes I feel like I am hitting myself over the head with a hammer, typing through the haze of pretty birdies flying around me.
When I announced on Twitter that Indie director Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress was one of the funniest, most delightful films that I had seen in years I was met with one of two responses.
The first and usual response I call ‘set-to-automatic’, with people looking blankly at me saying ‘Que?’ In the cartoon that is my life, these viewers are the tomcats from Tom & Jerry. They run around smashing themselves in the face with a tray of nachos, mindless repeating ‘I can’t wait for Transformers 4 ‘.
The second kind – the viewers who know film but find themselves constantly disappointed, reacted along the lines of ‘That film was terrible – I prefer The Last Days of Disco – who does this aging Indie hipster Stillman think he is?’ This group remind me of the housekeeper in Tom & Jerry, the one who shouts ‘THOMAS!” They try to sweep away the mayhem while intoning ‘It’s all about Prometheus darlings’.
I have nothing against the high-brow or the low-brow of cinema. We need both. But we also need voices proclaiming more than just what we’re fed by advertising campaigns blinding us with repetitive TV spots and free posters.
You might have already guessed it – I see myself as little Jerry. I’m a small mouse with my own separate mission to introduce viewers to films that they would never consider before, but might, just might, if I squeak loudly enough: consider, view and even enjoy.
And boy do I pick the films to champion. Damsels in Distress has not been advertised at all and is currently being shown at precisely one cinema in London. It’s a hard sell. But… IT IS BRILLIANT – FUNNY, HEART WARMING, APPEALING TO BOTH SEXES AND A FEEL-GOOD MOVIE FOR 2012.
(Did anyone hear me? Squeak up if you did)http://youtu.be/5yJfVnmd6BI
Along the way Lily and Violet meet Adam Brody’s Charlie who might be the path to their salvation – or he might just be a trying to get them drunk.
This film, like Brick and Clueless before it, has a language all of its own, a clever pastiche on all the college stereotypes. Paying as much homage to Animal House as it does American Pie – Stillman’s witty knack for dialogue and surrealism casts a spell over keg parties and stoner chic, all with a pastel sheen and a cartoonish style.
To say more would be the spoil the experience. Damsels in Distress is random. It might seem girly, but it was the males in my audience who were laughing the loudest, and the male characters are great at the slapstick.
Naysayers will say it’s arch, that some of the humour might be a touch too clever for its own good, but this little mouse is going to paraphrase Jed Bartlet from the West Wing – it’s not my job to appeal tothe lowest common denominator (of film-goer), it’s my job to raise it.
Damsels in Distress is unique and funny. Go and see it. A little mouse told you to.