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tv   The Film Review  BBC News  February 6, 2021 7:30pm-7:46pm GMT

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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... a leaked document appears to reveal plans to reverse reforms made to nhs england and it would mean the health secretary would have more direct control. the chairman of the vaccines task force says he's confident the uk will be able to offer coronavirus jabs to everyone over 50 by may. police say a 24—year—old man in croydon has been taken to hospital after being stabbed. there have a spate of stabbing attacks in south london in the past 2a hours, with one man dying from his injuries. hundreds of people have been detained during a nationwide road blockade in india by farmers protesting against new agricultural laws.
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and in the six nations, scotland stun england to earn a historic win at twickenham for the first time since 1983. more on the rugby and the sports news in around ten minutes. before that, here is the film review. hello and welcome to the film review with me mark kermode, reminding you that while cinemas may be closed, there is still plenty of new movies to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your own home. in grimur hakonarson�*s
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deadpan 2015 gem rams, two feuding sheep farming brothers in a secluded icelandic valley are forced into common enterprise when scrapie threatens their ancestral stock. look at you, my dearies, you are beautiful. you are beautiful. but you're the best. now in directorjeremy sims' remake of ram which is available on a range of digital platforms, the chilly vistas of iceland are replaced by the sunshine of western australia with sam neil and michael caton playing colin and les, neighbouring sibling rivals who haven't exchanged much more than a grunt in years. clicks tongue. when a cull of their prize stock is ordered to prevent infection, colin decides to bend the rules and hide a few of his sheep in his house. sheep bleating. but when the authorities come calling, can the estranged brothers bury their differences? bring her in... get behind, get behind! dog barks.
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good dog. there you go... bring her in, yeah, good, good dog. oh, come on, stop mucking around! this is a much warmer, jollier and ultimately frothier film than its predecessor, replacing the sometimes piercing truthfulness of the sublimely morose with a more amiable but less memorable feel—good factor. dog whines. miranda richardson and wayne blair make the most of broadly written supporting roles while neil and caton last of the challenge of characters whose beardy silence often speaks louder than words. it's all entertaining enough, but if you want the real deal, check out hakonarson�*s original along with his follow—up, the county, both of which are available on disk and streaming services. now, for viewers of a certain vintage, the name robert lloyd holds special significance. the front man ofjohn peel favourites the prefect and the nightingales, lloyd is something of a folk hero. a musician whose lengthy career has
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been untroubled by fame and fortune but still touched by greatness. so this pub, the eagle, in balsall heath, that was the offices of vindaloo records... it was, yeah. so you had an office above it or in the back? no, it wasjust — the back bar was where... you mean, you were in there a lot? in director michael cummings' affectionate and insightful documentary king rocker, comedian and fan stewart lee draws a parallel between lloyd and nicholas monro�*s giant statue of king kong, both of which were rejected and then later reclaimed by the city of birmingham and the wider world. i thought, "right, i'll make a song out of that," which i did... capturing lloyd in his natural surroundings, be it a pub, a curry house, ora gig, king rocker does a brilliantjob of exploring what makes lloyd so special and why his music is beloved by die—hard fans while still remaining unknown to so many. but i begin to worry that what if i peg it and they still don't buy the record! now, i have said many times
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that the true test of a documentary is whether it engages you in a subject in which you had no previous interest. but for me, the idea of a documentary about rob lloyd presented by stewart lee was always going to be a slam dunk. but the real triumph of cummings' anti—rockumentary is that even if you've never heard of lloyd, i guarantee you'll come out of this wanting to track down his back catalogue. eschewing the talking heads clips and interviews format, king rocker is closer to an andrew cotting—style collage, finding moments of truth and apparently chaotic happenstance making connections that are more intuitive and emotional than factual and historical. then you go, "no, that's not true! "who told you that?" you did at an earlier date. it helps that both lloyd and lee are masters of witheringly self—deprecating humour. neither seem set on winning any popularity contests. a quality that simply makes the stock all the more likeable. like the real—life tragi—comedy anvil: the story of anvil, king rocker has its spinal tap moments, not least when lee takes
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the subject to visit some standing stones with which lloyd is impressively unimpressed. you seem to want the nightingales to be remembered in some way, maybe not unlike this! i hope they're remembered more fondly than this! like that statue of a giant cinema ape, king rockerfinds beauty, heroism, and even a whiff of transcendence in the most unlikely places. i loved it. king rocker premieres on sky arts on saturday at 9pm with subsequent screenings and catch—up options and even hopes for a cinema release later in the year. they speak french laetitia dosch was the mesmerising star ofjeune femme, aka montparnasse bienvenue, a portrait of a young parisian struggling with the fractured shards of her personality.
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dosch is equally impressive, although dramatically less well served, in simple passion, aka passion simple. she plays helene, a literary scholar and single mother involved in an obsessive and somewhat self—destructive affair with a married russian embassy official played by ballet bad boy sergei polunin. what are you doing? i'm just filming you so i can remember you when you're gone. their relationship is almost entirely physical, with aleksandr, who has a wife and family in moscow, giving little of himself other than his heavily—tattooed body, while helene wants more, even travelling to moscowjust to be able to breathe the same air as the object of her obsession. adapted from an early �*90s novel by annie ernaux and directed by french—lebanese film—maker danielle arbid, this is heartfelt but also rather hackneyed fare.
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a film that requires us to care about a doomed relationship between two people who have apparently nothing in common and neither of whom does anything of interest other than behave badly, to themselves, to each other, to their families, and ultimately to us the audience. while dosch, who carries the movie, can breathe inventive life into any character she takes on, polunin just seems to be playing himself as a boringly mono—dimensional heavily—tattooed macho putin fan. what helene sees in him, other than his pert backside, is a mystery. add to this a soundtrack full of perky pop covers that might be ironic but mayjust be plain bad, and simple passion, or passion simple, left me longing for this dreary relationship to be over. music: only you by the flying picketts you canjudge it for yourself on curzon home cinema. for something altogether more invigorating, let me point you in the direction of greenland.
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no, not the country, but the apocalyptic disaster movie which pits gerard butler against an approaching comet that threatens to wipe out life on earth. on radio: this is | an emergency alert. small molten debris expected to fall in upstate new york... _ isn't that where we are? yeah. — seek shelter immediately. do not stand in the open. explosion. oh, my god! butler isjohn garrity, an atlanta—based structural engineer attempting to rebuild his broken marriage to estranged wife allison, played by deadpool�*s morena baccarin. the couple's young son nathan is thrilled by news stories of clark, a cluster comet due to make the closest flyby in history. but whenjohn receives a presidential alert on his phone announcing that his family have been chosen for shelter, it becomes clear that bits of clark are headed straight for earth. while fans of butler's action movies may be expecting him to just punch the comet out of existence, greenland instead casts him asjust another ordinaryjoe caught up in the same chaos as everybody else,
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trying to save his family whilst facing trafficjams, angry neighbours, and failing phone signals with surprisingly nail—biting results. despite the spectacular scenes of destruction you'd expect from a film that looks like a relative of deep impact or armageddon, what makes greenland special is the degree to which it trades on tension, anxiety, and a really palpable sense of rising panic. yes, the fire falling from the sky is scary, but not as scary as the sight of terrified crowds running riot, or ofjohn getting separated from his wife and child, leaving them to fend for themselves in a hostile world. i'm going to get my family into that bunker. based on a sharp script by chris sparling, who wrote the stripped down horrorfilm buried, and directed by angel has fallen helmer ric roman waugh, greenland is a real treat. a grippingly—executed genre pic that punches well above its mid—budget weight to deliver top drawer popcorn thrills. it's available now on amazon prime.
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i'll leave you with news of a glitch in the matrix, the new documentary from director rodney ascher, whose room 237 took a deep dive into the mysteries of stanley kubrick's the shining. there are fundamental metaphors about reality waking up from a dream. we have this cognitive experience of shifting between realities. there's another world behind this world. ok, so, this is going to set the tenor for everything. investigating simulation theory and its relationship to the wachowskis' hit movie franchise, ascher�*s latest asks whether we are all living in a computer—generated reality, with clips of writer philip k dick, who asserted that reality was an illusion back in the �*70s, and elon musk, who argues that the speed of technological progress makes simulation theory much more than a fantasy. if you assume any rate
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of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality. we also hear from professor nick bostrom, author of the 2003 essay are you living in a computer simulation?, along with a collection of gamers and internet philosophers, who appear as 3d fantasy avatars. for the most part, this is breezily conceptual fare, an engaging riff on modern what—if theories, illustrated with clips from movies and minecraft. but there's a darker side, too, asjoshua cook recounts how his own obsession with simulation theories played into his ongoing mental health problems, with fatal consequences. at the heart of a glitch in the matrix is a simple question. even if you do believe that reality is simulated, which i don't, would that actually change the way that you behave? and if so, how and why? you can ponder the answers to those philosophical questions at dogwoof.com
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and on other streaming platforms. that's it for this week. thanks for watching the film review. stay safe, and i'll see you next week. whistling. fine ram, all right. he's going to be a busy boy, i reckon! what do you mean? hello and welcome to sportsday. scotland outplay england to win the calcutta cup at twickenham for the first time in 38 years. this year's six nations is under way. and nine—man newcastle hang on to beat saints. chaos at st james's park. we'll round up the premier league action so far. the first player in history to score a double century in his 100th test. joe root leads from the front as england take control in india.
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hello, good evening. for scotland fans, a brilliant start to this year's six nation. they beat the reigning champions england at twickenham for the first time in 38 years, austin halewood reports. the austin halewood reports. latest stage for rugby's c fixture. the latest stage for rugby's oldest fixture. but in all 150 years, there has never quite been a calcutta cup like this. none of the fans, none of the atmosphere, but the rivalry neverin the atmosphere, but the rivalry never in doubt. it was scotland that burst the game into life. van der merwe are inches away from an opening try. an international start, inches like that can often make all the difference. but he wasn't made
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to pay. moments later, he was in again and this time he made sure. scotland off to a flyer, but off on the stroke of half—time, playmaker finn russell sin binned for this trip. 0wen farrell kicking his side back into contention. england could not make the man advantage count. scotland took back control. russell back on the field and kicking his side even further ahead. for all of england's endeavours they could not break through the scottish blue wall. mistakes costing them as they were outplayed on their own patch. a historic win for scotland. their first twickenham for 30 years. —— 38 years. well, let's get over to twickenham now and speak to our sports correspondentjoe wilson. joe, its scotland's day, but they've been building to a win like this for some time now. i think that's absolutely right. the word. before the tournament was that
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