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BEST SELLERS: NOT QUITE THE WRITE STUFF

 

Michael Caine raises Cain as a cranky, cantankerous reclusive writer in BEST SELLERS, a patchy, uneven film about the vagaries of publishing.

Aubrey Plaza plays Lucy, who has inherited her father’s boutique publishing house. Things are not going well and a rival house run by an ex boyfriend is circling.

Desperate to keep her father’s legacy afloat, she discovers the company is owed a book by Harris Shaw, a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map. And her timing, it appears, couldn’t be more perfect as Harris owes money and he happens to have a new book.

Lucy’s ecstatic until she finds out Harris’s old contract stipulates that no one edit his work. However, in exchange, he must tour the book. And so is born the book tour from hell – where fame doesn’t equal fortune, tweets don’t add up to sheet, and nobody seems to read anymore.

Not exactly up there with the cream of the Caine canon, BEST SELLERS is an amiable tale with Sir Michael relishing flexing his curmudgeon credentials as the grumpy old man of letters, a Pynchon Sallinger hybrid. Or maybe an homage to his old mate, the late Sir Sean Connery, and his portrayal of a reclusive writer in Finding Forrester, arguably his last best role and performance.

Written by Anthony Greico, BEST SELLERS has all the writerly complaints that run the gamut of grievances from acerbic critics, fickle public, publicity fixated publishers and meddlesome editors. The character of Harris Shaw wouldn’t trust any of them to be able to spell the word bullshit and contrives to call his new book bullshite during his author tour.

He further takes the piss by urinating on his book, giving new meaning to the term fly leaf. Gratefully, he doesn’t stoop to redefine end papers!

Co writer/Director Lina Roessler helms with a rather pedestrian pace presumably to mirror the glacial relationship between Lucy and Harris.

BEST SELLERS is unlikely to set the box office on fire but hats off to Sir Michael Caine for continuing to work at 88 and not be embarrassing.

BEST SELLERS : MICHAEL CAINE’S LATEST : TEN DOUBLE PASSES

 

In BEST SELLERS Lucy Skinner (Audrey Plaza) has inherited her father’s boutique publishing house, and the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing YA titles and bad reviews.  When she discovers the company is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map, she looks to him for one last stab at salvation, both commercial and critical.

And her timing couldn’t be more perfect. Harris owes money and he happens to have a new book – which he hates. Lucy’s ecstatic until she finds out Harris’s old contract stipulates that no one edit his work. However, in exchange, he must tour the book.  And so is born the book tour from hell – where fame doesn’t equal fortune, twitter followers don’t add up to shit, and the legacy  you’re trying to uphold might be born out of lies the past can’t contain.

BEST SELLERS stars Michael Caine, Audrey Plaza and Scott Speedman. The movie has been directed by Lina Roessler from a script by Anthony Grieco.

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Sydney Arts Guide haas ten double passes to give away to see BEST SELLERS  which opens in cinemas on Thursday 25th November, 2021. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with  BEST SELLERS   PROMOTION in the subject heading and your postal address in the body of your email. The winners will be advised by email.

 

 

KING OF THIEVES: THE AGELESS VILLAINS OF THE HATTON GARDEN HEIST. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

KING OF THIEVES is based on an incredible true story.

A famous thief in his younger years, 77 year old widower Brian Reader pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit.

The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, employ their old-school thieving skills to plan the heist over the Easter holiday weekend. Posing as servicemen, they enter the deposit, neutralise the alarms, and proceed to drill a hole into the wall of the safe. Two days later, they manage to escape with allegedly over £200 million worth of stolen jewels and money. Continue reading KING OF THIEVES: THE AGELESS VILLAINS OF THE HATTON GARDEN HEIST. PREVIEW GIVEAWAY

YOUTH

Two of the greats, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in Paolo Sorrentino's new film YOUTH
Two of the greats, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in Paolo Sorrentino’s new film YOUTH

YOUTH will probably be wasted on the young. No CGI, witless banter, jejune and juvenile jesting. Just a couple of old geezers, a composer and a film maker, reminiscing and grappling with the here and now, which includes a relationship breakup between their children – the composer’s daughter and the director’s son- the weight of memory and the responsibility of the present.

With YOUTH, Paolo Sorrentino has chosen to tell the story of a man of eighty who is trying to come to terms with the realisation that his time is rapidly running out. But the film is, above all, the story of the friendship between two old men who are trying to look together towards the future, at their relationship with their children and with those who are younger than they are, and deal with life from a different perspective. Continue reading YOUTH

INTERSTELLAR

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Director Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, INCEPTION) again creatively builds upon his experimental cinematography with his use of anamorphic 35mm and 15perf/70 IMAX cameras attached to aeroplanes, to provide the audience with stunningly visuals and has successfully re-imagined the science fiction blockbuster genre on a grand scale.

If you are looking for a comparison to go by, INTERSTELLAR  is a deep space thriller and odyssey that is reminiscent of selective parts of the premise in the source material for several science fiction films, including THE PLANET OF THE APES, 2001 and GRAVITY.

The film is set in the not-too-distant future. INTERSTELLAR shows a global crisis where planet earth’s crops are being ravaged and destroyed by an uncontrollable blight. A space journey is undertaken to save humanity from its destructive excesses, and to find a new planet like earth to re-locate all seven billion human inhabitants of Earth, or to start again on a new earth utilising the thousands of fertilised human eggs carried on-board the spacecraft.

  Continue reading INTERSTELLAR