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mun—n if‘ai‘ii muc—n it"ui‘ii unu— offensive material that they are saying governments need to legislate. this is like saying we are doing really, really, really bad stuff but it's up to you to stop us. excuse me? how did you get to think like this? but that is how they are thinking, that is the message. it is up thinking, that is the message. it is up to you to stop us doing these things. is it a case, and i don't know this, if the laws are changed, it is easier for them to police the laws than to try to police themselves because some will say you are impinging on our rights as an individual so if the laws about what is acceptable on social media are more stringently devised and drawn, i'm not saying i agree with this argument, but it's more possible for the tech giants to then say, well, to the critics, what can we do, this is the law? but if all of the social media
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companies are having to work to the same national laws, there is no commercial disadvantage to a platform that is trying to take more responsibility than others because they are all having to do the same. well, the thing is that with the press and the media, the mainstream press and the media, the mainstream press and the media, the mainstream press and media, there are so many obligations on all of us, right? we have to watch what we, and their whole spiel was it is freedom, it is the ultimate freedom. platforms, not publishers. and now i think this is another way of doing nothing, actually. i am another way of doing nothing, actually. iam not another way of doing nothing, actually. i am not impressed. we mentioned operation stuck earlier, look how far martin has reached. i knew you could go further. that is operation stack, as named by someone on twitter. —— operation stack.
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that's it for the papers tonight. how does he do it? his arms must be very long. don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online on the bbc news website. it's all there for you seven days a week at if you miss the programme any evening, you can watch it on the bbc iplayer. yasmin alibhai—brown, with your neat pile of papers, martin with your far—reaching ones, good to have you here. thank you. goodbye. hello there. welcome to the film review here on bbc news, and taking us through this week's cinema releases,
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we have dr mark kermode. what have you got for us? a very interesting week. we have the new version of dumbo, directed by tim burton, which is kind of live action — kind of. we have out of blue, the new film by carol morley, who made the falling. and at eternity‘s gate, the story of vincent van gogh. so starting off with tim burton's dumbo. yes, so there is now a huge financial market for taking the disney animations and remaking them in live action, because obviously using animation, if you think for example ofjungle book, i mena, the only thing that was live action about that was the young boy, everything else was created through cg, but they've scored great successes with beauty and the beast and, of course, tim burton directed the alice in wonderland movie. so now we have a revisiting of dumbo. colin farrell is the horseman who returns from the war and is consigned to looking after the elephants. it's his kid who realises that young baby dumbo, originally called jumbo,
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who has these huge ears, actually can fly, then later on, audiences discover it and it transforms the fortunes of the medici circus. here's a clip. fly little one. dramatic music magic dust. dramatic music
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so you can see that it doesn't skimp on visual spectacle. the cast includes danny devito, eva green, michael keaton, and it's a tim burton movie, so in every corner of the frame there is stuff going on. there is curlicued details. here's the strange thing about it, although it is fairly impressive to see, you know, a flying elephant brought to life through the miracle of cg, what the film doesn't have is the simplicity that the cartoon had, and it also doesn't have the emotional clout of it. i spent a lot of it watching it thinking, well, this is very visually impressive, a whole section of the film plays out in this kind of future land fun fair, which everything's been moved to and you're looking at the design and thinking, wow, that's really designed to within an inch of its life. and yet what i didn't get was the thing which you usually get with dumbo, which is the fact that it grabs
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your heart strings. the cartoon is quite dark, it is about separation and anxious issues, and it makes you cry, every time you watch it, it makes you cry. i watched the whole of the new dumbo — i don't doubt for one minute that it will find an audience and it will be perfectly fine holiday fare, but it doesn't have anything like the classic quality of the original. and the reason is it weirdly lacks that emotional engagement. there was something about the original cartoon that just, you know, you watch it, it's like et, you watch it and you immediately start crying, you can't resist it. in the case of this, i found it oddly unengaging, for all the things that were ok and impressive about it, it never gets off the ground in the way that it should do. do you think that's a trend then, that the original animation actually has more heart and soul? notjust in this film but other things that have been remade? i thought that the jungle book, the new version of thejungle book was extraordinary, but the fact of the matter is that was, to all intents and purposes, an animated film because so much of it was to do with cg and motion capture. i don't think, there's no reason why you can't take anything and redo it in a different format and add to it. thisjust doesn't add. out of blue...
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yes. ..which is quite an unconventional kind of investigation of a murder of a renowned astro physicist. it sounds rather intriguing. i loved it. so it's made by carol morley, who made the falling. it's based on a novel by martin amis but it's a radical reinvention of the novel. carol morley said that she set out to rescue the characters from the pages of the novel. the setup is there is a murder of an astrophysicist. it's being investigated by patricia clarkson‘s detective, mike hoolihan, and because it's an astrophysicist, she starts interviewing people who are interested in parallel universes, who are interested in the conundrum of schrodinger‘s cat, that something can be alive and dead at the same time. and what begins as a murder mystery becomes something far more cosmic and far meore existential. and the film starts in outer space, and you know that powell and pressburger film, a matter of life and death, which i love — such a great movie — it begins with what looks like an homage to powell and pressburger. and then it kind of turns into this kaleidoscopic meditation upon dual realities. i've seen the film now three times and every time i see it,
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i see more in it. there's this central tension between two characters, between two colours, between two realities, and it's one of those films that the more you look at it, the more you see. do you need to see it three times to understand it? no, i loved it the first time round. and the first time round i thought oh, this works as a murder mystery. the second time round i thought there's much more going on, stuff that was going on in the background seemed to be in the foreground. by the third time, i had like gone down the rabbit hole. and i was starting to obsess about all the details. it has a fantastic score by clint mansell. i think carol morley is a genuinely visionary film—maker. i know it's not for everybody and i know this is one of the things — itjust, it struck me in a particular way. but if you get it, it's just brilliant, and i would really advise you to give it a go because it's so great to see a film—maker with such ambition. the whole film was shot in 28 days, and yet every frame is filled with clues and details
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and i thought it was great. out of blue, not out of the blue, out of blue and you correctly said the title... why is that? because, because, you have to see the film to understand why. 0k. laughs it is out of blue and out of red, it is about the tension between those two colours and between reality and fake, between separate universes and i have to stop talking about it because i could go on about it all night. kind of confused already. i loved it. it sounds really intriguing. looking forward to that one. and at eternity‘s gate, which is another film about the life of vincent van gogh. of which there have been many. most recently we had that brilliant animation, loving vincent, which was described as the first oil painted animated film, which was absolutely breathtaking. so this is willem dafoe, oscar—nominated willem dafoe — as we discovered recently, pronounces name with dutch g van gogh, towards the later period of his life... is that how it... i went to the museum in amsterdam,
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i said to somebody van gogh or van gogh and they said neither, pronounces name with dutch g, van gogh? in the film, they mispronounce it. laughs so we get his real life and his tussles with madness and with incarceration but also julian schnabel is attempting to show us the world that he saw through his paintings visually represented. here's a clip. i'm telling you, you have to look inside. you keep saying look inside, i get it, i do. you keep repeating yourself. what do you think i'm doing? i don't invent the picture. i don't need to invent the picture. i find it already in nature. ijust have to free it. alright. i'm just saying first think about your surface and how the paint will sit on it. get control over what you're doing. maybe you should work inside more. i spent all my life alone in a room. i need to go out and work, to forget myself. i want to be out of control. i need to be in a feverish state. it's called the act of painting for a reason. alright, calm down. i don't want to calm down. the faster i paint,
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the better i feel. i can't stay here, vincent. what are you saying? so that line when he says "it's called the act of painting for a reason" — that's kind of central. this is like the act of the act of painting and you could see from that clip that whatjulian schnabel is trying to do is to put you within the mind of van gogh and to see the world through his eyes. i think willem dafoe's central performance is terrific. there were moments that i really did believe that he was the artist. schnabel is very interesting because what he's done before is things like the diving bell and the butterfly. schnabel‘s first film was basquiat, so he's done biographies because he is an artist who turned to film—making. i think there are occasions when the drama meanders a bit, when it becomes a series of conversations that kind of attempt to explain how it is that the artist
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is seeing the world. but at its best, it's, you know, it if a film, it's a cinematic experience and i think you saw from that clip schnabel is definitely trying to put you in the mind of the artist and say this is how he saw the world. not entirely successful but it's a good try. a good try. there you go, that's the verdict. best out? i love us. the new film from jordan peele, who made get out. it's like a chiller, a horrorfilm. there are moments that are very scary, it's also very funny. it's a modern day parody about a family terrorized by a family of doppelgangers. i should also point out that we reviewed white crow, and you really liked white crow. you really liked white crow. i loved white crow. really good. highly recommend it. very interesting film about nureyev‘s defection to the west and very well directed by ralph fiennes. us for me. are you a horror film fan? yes, and i love get out. white crow is a very fine film.
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i agree, we're in complete agreement on white crow. best dvd? shoplifters. this was the palme d'or winner from hirokazu kore—ada, who made things like like father, like son, our little sister. it's a story about a family on the margins of society. it may be a thriller, it may be a crime thriller, it may be a family drama, it's lots of different things all mashed together. it's touching, moving and very mysterious, i really liked it. don't need to see it three times to understand it? no, i got it the first time. that's a relief. that's it from us. thank you for watching. goodbye from both of us. hello again. not much snow over the scottish mountains over the next few days but get the sense that is going to be changing as we take the plunge into cold air. things quite chilly for northern england the northern scotla nd northern england the northern scotland with a frost in place. cloud across northern ireland, bringing rain here by the end of the
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night into monday ‘s forecast, we have wet weather for northern ireland. it drifts into western scotland, the rain turning heavier here as it goes onto the day. dry and write with spells of sunshine, the best of it across the southern counties. temperatures coming up a little bit, highs of 60 degrees in cardiff but that changes to slightly less cool them, it will be slightly short lived because from then onwards, it is going to be rain showers abound, unsettled and some hill snow around as well, some frost. some really cold air arrives on tuesday with the plunge of air coming all the way down from the arctic, will notice that change the sure. that is your weather.
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