James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office, with Spiderman still reigning supreme; its £87.4m take makes it the 7th highest-grossing UK film ever. Kenneth Branagh's memoir Belfast opens at #2, though James was less than impressed. Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley (a remake) w. Bradley Cooper is at #4 but also disappointed James. He was more impressed with My Son on Amazon Prime with James McAvoy and Claire Foy and with a new version of the 1953 John Ford film The Sun Shines Bright on Blu-Ray.
In April 2020 Vicky Sayers was joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to explore the complex world of the documentary film. James shared his top ten picks of what he felt is a neglected genre, offering them up as a challenge to anyone who might think of documentaries as “boring”.
In this episode: 'Man With a Movie Camera' (1929), 'Triumph of the Will' (1935), 'Shoah' (1985), 'Fahrenheit 9/11' (2004), 'Man on Wire' (2008), 'Senna' (2010), 'Searching for Sugar Man' (2012), 'Citizenfour' (2014), 'They Shall Not Grow Old' (2018), 'The Cave' (2019).
James Cameron-Wilson on the UK box office, where the new Spiderman film has become the 9th biggest UK grosser. James discusses Liquorice Pizza at #3 ("left me cold"), spy thriller The 355 at #7 ("complete mess") and Palme D'Or winner Titane ("extraordinary") at #14. He also recommends Amazon's The Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney and looks at the results of The Golden Globes.
James Cameron-Wilson discusses the latest box office numbers with Simon Rose with Spiderman soaring ahead. The King's Man is at #2, West Side Story is up 87% and House of Gucci rises 191%. James also reviews two Netflix titles, Adam McKay's satire Don't Look Up with a stellar cast and awards-hopeful The Lost Daughter with Olivia Colman directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
James Cameron-Wilson looks back at the cinema year, giving us his top ten of 2021, with Tick Tick Boom! taking top spot. He sums up the current thinking on those films that could win the top awards, with a surprising contender a favourite for Best Film Oscar. He also looks ahead to 2022, giving us a run-down of the big blockbuster films heading to cinema screens in the new year.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the latest state of UK cinema where Spider-Man: No Way Home is shattering box office records, with a US take of $253m. It's Tom Holland's 6th outing as the webslinger. He was engaged rather than stirred but loved The Electrical Life of Louis Wain w. Benedict Cumberbatch, out on New Year's Day. He found Swan Song, a futuristic domestic drama wonderful and very intelligent.
James Cameron-Wilson on UK film box office, impacted by the Omicron variant, with box office down 15%. West Side Story is #1 but with a disappointing £1.3m. Snapping at its heels is Clifford The Big Red Dog. Although feeling it could have been better, James found The Unforgiveable, with Sandra Bullock, to be gripping. It's a Netflix film, as are the two films garnering most nominations in the London Film Critics Awards, announced just before the recording, The Power Of The Dog and The Lost Daughter.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, where Boxing Day arrives at #7 and the unimpressive Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City at #8. Joaquin Phoenix stars in the charming C'mon, C'mon which debuts at #15. James found much to admire in the 2-versions-for-one Blu-Ray release of the 1927 silent film The Love of Jeanne Ney, by Pandora Box director G W Pabst and also the 1949 Kirk Douglas film Champion.
James Cameron-Wilson on the latest UK box office numbers. Opening at #1 is House of Gucci with Lady Gaga, directed by Ridley Scott, pushing Ghostbusters: Afterlife into second place. Disney's 60th animated feature, Encanto, opens at #3 while a special screening of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes was #7 ("like the best seat in the theatre"). James's pick of the week is Jane Campion's The Power Of The Dog on Netflix. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, James reckons it will pick up many Oscar nominations.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman, storming into the #1 slot with £4.3m. King Richard, with Will Smith in a possible Oscar-winning role, enters at #5 taking only £570,000. On Netflix, James much admires Tick, Tick… Boom! with Andrew Garfield another possible Oscar nominee. He also looks at sports drama Bruised, starring and directed by Halle Berry.