January 2005

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#Fly Guy

In the The Aviator Martin Scorsese pays tribute to Howard Hughes and Hollywood's golden age. Ian Christie visits the set and watches Leonardo DiCaprio walking on glass.

#So Many Moustaches!

A cache of films by Edwardian company Mitchell & Kenyon brings to life the ghosts of a lost world. Nick James watches in wonder.

Backstreet Revisited

Mike Leigh's new film tackles the issue of abortion in a lovingly recreated 1950. Edward Lawrenson talks to the director of Vera Drake about family values, trusting the audience and escaping the arthouse. Plus Robert Murphy on celluloid depictions of 1950s Britain.

The Long Goodbye

Wong Kar-Wai's 2046 is a set of meditations on the theme of unfulfilled love that takes its lead and atmosphere from In the Mood for Love. Tony Rayns follows the production from 1998, when Wong invited him to work on the script.

Smooth As Old Cognac

Claude Rains had a voice like honey mixed with gravel and an intelligent presence that stole every scene. Philip Kemp salutes Casablanca's slippery Captain Renault.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Team America World Police

Team America World Police uses singing puppets to spoof the action genre. But is it gunning for the doves or the hawks, asks Leslie Felperin.

Reviews in this issue:

  • Aalta
  • After the Sunset
  • Alfie
  • Anatomy of Hell
  • Bad Santa
  • Beautiful Dream Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE
  • Beyond the Sea
  • Callas Forever
  • Chaos
  • Dear Frankie
  • The Forgotten
  • Garden State
  • A Home at the End of the World
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Hukkle
  • I Am David
  • Koktebel
  • Little Black Book
  • Man about Dog
  • Mondovino
  • Napolean Dynamite
  • Nobody Knows
  • The Polar Express
  • Riding Giants
  • Shark Tale
  • Surviving Christmas
  • Film of the Month: Team America World Police
  • Incredibles, The
  • Toolbox Murders
  • Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
  • Undead
  • Vera Drake
  • When the Last Sword is Drawn
  • Would I Lie to You?
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