Evening Standard British Film Awards 2012: Nominations

Shame, Tyrannosaur and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy lead the nominations for the 39th London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Selected by a host of Britain’s leading film critics, the London Evening Standard British Film Awards recognise the skill and audacity of those involved with the British film industry.

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BIFA Awards 2011: Nominations

Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Steve McQueen’s Shame and Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy lead the nominations for the 14th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFA’s), which were announced at a ceremony in London earlier today.

Other nominees include Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, Richard Ayoade’s Subarmine, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin and John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard. 

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DVD Releases: October 31, 2011

X-Men: First Class (Review)

Director: Matthew Vaughn

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Review: Life In A Day (2011)

Synopsis: Shot by filmmakers all around the world, Life In A Day aims to show future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.

Co-directed by Kevin Macdonald, and produced by filmmaker brothers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, Life In A Day’s concept is a relatively austere one: invite millions of people from around the world to film their lives on July 24, 2010, submitting the results to YouTube with the possibility of being included in a new documentary. The response was overwhelming, with a total of 4,500 hours of footage being collected.

The resulting documentary is a neatly pieced together, surprisingly moving peek into a day into the life of Earth’s inhabitants. Director McDonald begins at midnight, and proceeds to take us through the entire day over the course of a tidy 90 minute running time. Moving from continent to continent, individual to individual, Life In A Day wonderfully documents ordinary people going about their ordinary lives, from the humdrum aspects of human life – such as eating, talking, love and laughter – to the more challenging – death, disease, war, discrimination and brutality.

Profoundly benevolent, marvellously captivating and pleasingly authentic, Life In A Day is a worldly, important documentary that offers a brief yet wholly authentic and revealing glimpse into humanity. A triumphant achievement in contemporary cinema.

Life in a Day is currently playing at DCA Dundee.

Cinema Releases: June 17, 2011

Green Lantern

Director: Martin Campbell

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard

Bad Teacher

Director: Jake Kasdan

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake

The Beaver

Director: Jodie Foster

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin

Life In A Day

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Cindy Baer, Moica and Caryn Waechter

Potiche

Director: François Ozon

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini

The Messenger

Director: Oren Moverman

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Samantha Morton

Stake Land

Director: Jim Mickle

Starring: Connor Paolo, Kerry McGillis and Nick Damici

Swinging With The Finkles

Director: Jonathan Newman

Starring: Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore and Melissa George

The Round Up

Director: Rose Bosch

Starring: Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent and Gad Elmaleh