James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, still dominated by the Doctor Strange film, now with £30.4m. Downtown Abbey is #2 with a £10.4m total. At #3 is Everything Everywhere All At Once with Michelle Yeoh while Steve King's Firestarter w. Zac Efron opened at #9 and, was says James, utterly unbelievable. At #16 is true story Father Stu with Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg, a film James found deeply unpleasant.
James Cameron-Wilson explains that all existing films saw a box office collapse in the warm weather while new #1 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness steamrollered all before it with a £19.8m opening. The new Downton film saw a 50% collapse in box office and all other films suffered a worse fate.
With only one new film, James quizzed Simon on his knowledge of the film actresses in the top 20 inflation-adjusted winners at the UK box office. How would you fare in answering these?
James Cameron-Wilson marvels at Downton Abbey: A New Era, a British film with the second widest opening of all time in the UK. To his surprise, after the disappointment of the first film, he found it beautifully-crafted, funny, moving and even occasionally exciting and had the best time he can recall in the cinema for ages. However, it only managed £3m at the weekend, presumably as its target "grey pound" audience is fighting shy.
He also recommends an amazing documentary currently on BBC iPlayer called Navalny about the Russian opposition leader which includes extraordinary insights into Putin and those who tried to assassinate Navalny.
He finishes by giving us the top 5 inflation-adjusted movies in the UK of all time.
UK box office is weak, says James Cameron-Wilson, with only 1 new film in the top 10 ahead of the new Downton Abbey film. At #7 is the highly meta 'The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent' with Nicolas Cage playing himself. It is, says, James, a massive waste of time. He also looks at Judd Apatow's comedy 'The Bubble' on Netflix, with Karen Gillan and David Duchnovy the funniest and at the thriller 'All The Old Knives' on Amazon with Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton, which James found implausible.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the latest UK box office, with adventure-comedy 'The Lost City', starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum & Brad Pitt, the new #1. Highly-acclaimed 'The Northman' is #3 but, while visually impressive, James found it hard to digest and unintentionally funny at times. His film of the week is Operation Mincemeat, the WW2 true story, opening at #5, directed by John Madden and with a starry cast.
'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' enters the UK b.o. chart at #1, the 3rd highest opening of the year. James Cameron-Wilson found it long, slow and lacking magic, though he enjoyed Dreamworks' 'The Bad Guys' at #3. 'The Outfit' with Mark Rylance at #7 has been well reviewed but is not extensively released. James strongly recommends F.W. Murnau's massively influential 1922 vampire classic 'Nosferatu' out on an extras-laden Blu-Ray but also coming to cinemas and available online from Eureka.
James Cameron-Wilson celebrates a whopping 180% increase in UK box office. #1 is 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' ("a rushed job") while Marvel's 'Morbius' is #2. Dreamworks animation 'The Bad Guys' is #3. Norwegian Oscar- and BAFTA-nominee 'The Worst Person in the World' is the best holdover at #7. James also looks at 'Master' on Amazon Prime, intrigued by the young age of its woman director.
Vicky Sayers is joined by film critic and broadcaster, James Cameron-Wilson, to discuss some of the most influential romantic films to have hit the silver screen. Plus, what would James Cameron’s Titanic have been like if Matthew McConaughey and Gwyneth Paltrow had had the starring roles? In this episode: Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), Brief Encounter (1945), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), Un homme et une femme (1966), Love Story (1970), Pretty Woman (1990), Jerry Maguire (1996), Titanic (1997) - first broadcast November 2019.
Hit by better weather and worries about the cost of living, cinema takings are down by 40%, says James Cameron-Wilson. New British box office entries are Catherine Tate's 'Nan' and real-life sporting drama Phantom of the Open, with Mark Rylance, which James found less than believable. Away from the sparsely-attended cinemas however, he was impressed by Fresh on Disney+, a beautifully-made genre piece about the dating scene and by Deep Water, Adrian (Fatal Attraction) Lyne's first movie in 20 years, out on Amazon Prime.
Tim Price, director of Price Value Partners, has been warning for years about the inflation danger of central banks conjuring up so much money, including in previous interviews on Share Radio. Talking to Simon Rose, he points out that in 2020, a quarter of all dollars printed since the Fed set up in 1913 were printed in that year. With red lights flashing in the bond market, spelling danger for growth stocks, he explains why value and "real" assets are so important and points out that, just as investors are looking for protection from inflation, commodities are the cheapest they've been in his entire lifetime.
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