Supernova: LFF Film Review

Prepare to have your heart broken by Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in Harry Macqueen‘s moving drama Supernova.

The film follows British pianist Sam (Firth) and American author Tusker (Tucci), who have been partners for more than 20 years, as they go on a trip in an RV to visit family, friends, and places meaningful to them before Tusker’s dementia battle progresses and he is unable to remember them.

I absolutely love Tucci and Firth as individuals and in this pairing. I loved their characters’ relationship and I thought they worked so well together. I enjoyed watching their playful bickering in the beginning and was deeply invested in their very serious conversations nearer the end. Some scenes were very well written and satisfying to watch, but with others, I wanted more.

Tucci and Firth both gave very emotionally-charged, moving performances and I was very impressed by their tender work, although it’s worth pointing out that Supernova can be quite funny too, with Tusker often using humour to deflect from the seriousness of his degenerative illness. Tucci has the more demanding role as he has to visibly manifest the physical symptoms of dementia but he does this in a subtle and convincing way.

Given the material, I’m surprised I didn’t bawl my eyes out watching Supernova. I was moved and felt sad about it but it didn’t get me real good. I think it’s because the ending was a bit too subtle and delicate.

Supernova, which is basically an LGBTQ+ and British spin on The Leisure Seeker (if we’re being reductive), is a poignant love story featuring strong performances and some beautiful cinematography. I actually want to see it again!

Seen as part of the London Film Festival. In cinemas 20th November

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I learned from being an extra in The Children Act

Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci‘s latest movie The Children Act comes out today and you may or may not have heard that I’m in it! It was my first and only (so far) experience of being a movie extra, but I can finally share what it was like.

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The Children Act: Film Review

I love Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci so I was very excited to see them together onscreen, and they both give impressive performances in The Children Act, which I didn’t really know what to make of. There were bits I loved and bits I didn’t, but I ultimately came away feeling pretty meh about the whole thing.

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Final Portrait: Film Review

As a fan of Stanley Tucci‘s acting work, I had to check Final Portrait which he wrote and directed, and it’s a delightful if forgettable study on the dark side of genius.

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Beauty and the Beast: Film Review

The live-action retelling of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast was under serious pressure to be good because the original meant a lot to my family growing up. Sure, we liked The Jungle Book and Cinderella but Beauty and the Beast is the first of the live-action reboots that I desperately wanted/needed to be good – and I thankfully wasn’t let down.

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See behind-the-scenes of the Transformers: The Last Knight car chase in London

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Anthony Hopkins

Today I learned that Michael Bay had shut down The Mall, a very famous (and expensive to close!) road in central London – on a Saturday no less – for the fifth instalment of Transformers, The Last Knight. So of course I went down to check it out. This was the first time I have ever watched on-location filming and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was – I saw multiple car chases, explosions, Anthony Hopkins and Bay himself – and you can see it all below!

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London Evening Standard British Film Awards: My experience

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Last night I managed to bag myself an invite to the London Evening Standard’s British Film Awards, which were making a comeback after a three-year absence at the BBC Television Centre. I was incredibly excited but nervous because I had only ever covered red carpet arrivals, I’ve never been allowed in and I had no idea what to expect. Here’s a run-down of my night:

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Spotlight: Film Review

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I had heard brilliant things about Spotlight and Oscar nominations are hard to ignore so my expectations were high, but this still manages to substantially exceed them. I was totally blown away but this unbelievably true story.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II: Picture Gallery

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Tonight all the stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II braved the cold and wet British weather to celebrate the franchise’s finale with fans in Leicester Square.

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A Little Chaos: Film Review

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The title A Little Chaos is very apt because the whole film is a damn mess. Even great performances from Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman cannot save this period drama from being all over the place.

In Rickman’s second directorial effort, Winslet stars as Sabine de Barra, a landscape gardener who is given the coveted job of creating an outdoor dance space in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles by architect De Notre (Shoenaerts) on behalf of King Louis XIV (Rickman).

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