Tuesday, 14 September 2010

BFI London Film Festival.

Booking opens tomorrow for this year's BFI London Film Festival (for members, public booking opens the 27th September). I love how this always comes around just in time for cosy cinema weather. I'm really looking forward to seeing Blue Valentine, with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams (pictured, from the film), mainly because it's got Ryan Gosling in it it looks like a mix between the schmaltz of The Notebook (guilty pleasure) and the grittier Half Nelson. But the catalogue says its intensity 'brings Cassavetes to mind', so obviously there's a lot more to it than that.

My other immediate picks are Howl, about the young Allen Ginsberg and also featuring Jon Hamm (will he be forever cast to that era, now?); and James Cagney in The Mayor of Hell. The selection of British, European, World and classic cinema is fantastic as always, browse here. (The festival runs between the 13 - 28 October.)

7 comments:

  1. What a perfectly timed post! I'm going to be in England the second half of October and am just now looking around to see what's on then. Very tempted by Blue Valentine.

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  2. Howl is how most audience members have apparently responded to that film.

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  3. Sorry - that wasn't so helpful, was it? I have only seen Another Year, the Mike Leigh film, from the programme; very good, but very depressing. Made me less keen to interview Mike Leigh.

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  4. I like the sound of all of those! Thanks so much for the lovely comments on my blog. Apologies for being so slow in replying. We must have that bottle of wine soon! xx

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  5. We do indeed, Christina. Let's sort it out.

    Santa - if you need a cinema to hide in there'll certainly be a lot on!

    Phil - I read mixed reviews of it, so I'm interested to see it for myself. I usually avoid watching Mike Leigh films, they're too depressing.

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  6. I wish I was still living there so I could go to this :(

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  7. I secured some tickets after quite a lot of trying! going to little white lies and never let me go so far

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