Kermode & Mayo Film Reviews: Parasite, more

Film reviews including Robert Downey Junior in Dolittle, Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and Kristen Stewart in Underwater.

Mark and Simon chat through all the films worth seeing in UK cinemas in the UK Box Office Top Ten, we tell you the best and worst films on TV next week and recommend a home entertainment purchase in DVD of the Week.

00:27:55 Box Office Top 10
00:44:33 Bong Joon Ho Interview
00:59:51 Parasite Review
01:11:20 Dolittle Review
01:20:26 Underwater Review
01:25:19 Plus One Review
01:35:19 Daniel Isn’t Real Review
01:41:33 Birds of Prey Review
01:45:09 Mr Jones Review

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Olivia Colman – from British comedies to Oscar glory 

Olivia Colman first found fame as Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell’s neurotic Mark, in the British comedy Peep Show – and now she has won an Oscar.

Prior to landing the best actress Academy Award for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, she had a successful career on the small screen in Green Wing, That Mitchell And Webb Look and Twenty Twelve, and in British films including Hot Fuzz and Tyrannosaur before she played the role of Carol Thatcher opposite Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady.It was her part as the hotel manager in 2015’s The Lobster that paired her up with Greek film-maker Yorgos Lanthimos, who would go on to direct her to her Oscar win.

Read full story at THE INDEPENDENT: Olivia Colman – from British comedies to Oscar glory – Independent.ie

‘I’ll show the lot of you!’ Richard E Grant’s Oscar nomination

Richard E Grant has captivated the internet. The actor greeted the news of his nomination for an Academy Award by returning to his first rental when no one had heard of him. There he whooped with childlike delight, and then shared the whole thing in an utterly disarming Instagram post. He also phoned up his co-star and co-nominee Melissa McCarthy, and together they cried. Perhaps now Grant will finally be umbilically linked in the public mind to his performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (pictured below), for which he has been nominated as Best Supporting Actor, as well as his career-igniting turn in Withnail and I. Continue reading

BBC: The Favourite’s bold sexual politics are rewriting history

With 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director, The Favourite leads the trend for historical films that are reinventing the genre, writes Emma Jones.

Olivia Colman, an Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite, tells the BBC she believes that the historical film has “reinvented the genre. It’s messy and you can almost smell the period it’s set in.”

The reputed love affair between Queen Anne and Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough has become a hot favourite for awards season too – apart from the Globe win, the film has received 10 Oscar nominations and is up for 12 Baftas

The Favourite has triumphed over an unusually large number of historical films that have been released in recent months. Period pieces can be hard to get off the ground, as costumes, castles and Continue reading