Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os)

Whales and fighting and other weird things – ★★★½

Rust and Bone is the latest offering from A Prophet director Jacques Audiard and deals with amongst other things – performing killer whales, bare-knuckle street fighting, worker surveillance practices, France’s custody and welfare policies and the emotional and physical issues encountered when you lose both legs. Crikey.

Everyone’s favourite mumbling soft-spoken Frenchie Marion Cotillard plays Stéphanie, an Antibes-based whale trainer who loses both legs in a tragic accident. She encounters Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) a drifting 25-year-old boxer who arrives in town to get his sister to help look after his young son while he searches for work. Their union is an unlikely one, but thanks to terrific performances from both leads we buy into the idea quite quickly with each of them giving the other what he or she needs most in life – Stéphanie to feel wanted and not treated like a cripple, with Ali looking for stability and structure.

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The Dark Knight Rises

As sometimes happens, the two of us had differing opinions on something, in this instance the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Rather than argue about who gets to publish their review over email (it has happened before!), we will just post the two reviews.

We’d put them side by side if layout constraints didn’t exist but as Nigel’s name comes first alphabetically (?!), his kicks things off and looks mainly at the pros while Páraic’s deals with some more of the cons of the summer’s biggest film. The combined Spooool score is ★★★½.

While we’ve both done our best to ensure there are no major spoilers in either review, you may still be better served to go and see the film before we go on…

Review #1 – Nigel’s take

A job well done – ★★★★

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A five-point plan to prepare for The Dark Knight Rises spoiler-free

Image from Roger Cruz tumblr bestbats.tumblr.com/day/2012/06/22

You may have heard that there is a new Batman film coming out next week. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will hit cinemas both sides of the Atlantic at midnight on July 19th/20th.

In this day and age it’s incredibly easy to ruin the impact of a blockbuster by drowning yourself in trailers, posters, TV spots, fan reactions and reviews. Case in point was the 25-minute “super-cut” of The Amazing Spider-Man which presented all of the various promotional material into one straight narrative which will have rendered the final product pointless for anyone who watched it. (read all our Spider-Man coverage here)

So in order to make sure everyone gets the most out of their TDKR experience we’ve put together this five point plan to make sure you make it through the next 10 days.

And needless to say, more important than these, just have a little bit of common sense in the next 10 days – if you see an article or review of The Dark Knight Rises, don’t read it!  Read More

Midnight in Paris

Retour vers le futur - ★★★½

Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s love letter to “La Ville Lumiere” in the roaring twenties.

We have Owen Wilson playing Gil a Hollywood screenwriter who is tired of the constant hackneyed scripts and wants to try his hand at that elusive first novel. He and his fiance Inez played by Rachel McAdams are holidaying in Paris with her parents and they soon realise that they both have very different views about what they want from life. Their predicament is further tested when Michael Sheen turns up, an old friend of Inez who is the embodiment of a pedantic know it all. Oh and every night at midnight Gil travels back in time to the twenties where he hangs out with everyone from Ernest Heminway to Salvador Dali. Read More