15th Dec 2017
The Star Wars saga continues in The Last Jedi, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange join forces for a Feud and Love Actually arrives on Netflix.
ON THE BIG SCREEN: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi builds upon Star Wars history sure to delight the hardcore fandom and delight any new ones if the mass of critical acclaim is to be believed. In Rian Johnson’s instalment, Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. Worth seeing for the visual spectacle and hype alone.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas nationwide now
ON TV: Feud
Finally airing on our side of the pond, Feud showcases the bitter battle between iconic movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, played superbly by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.The two cinematic icons apparently harboured a deep hatred of each other, duking it out over the same men and movies. Neither made a secret of their dislike for each other but they acted together in 1962’s Whatever happened to Baby Jane? to rapturous reviews, and their on-set antics are now legendary, and the basis of the series which went beyond to probe the tragedy behind the icons. But for all the outrageous antics depicted, the series is intended as a close study of two women constantly victimised – by men, by the media, by the studio system – and thus, it is a feminist story and a brilliant watch.
Feud starts at 9pm tomorrow (Saturday) night on BBC2
ON NETFLIX: Love Actually
So many love (there’s no way the pun was to be avoided) this movie but Love Actually didn’t sit well with all viewers when it was first aired 13 years ago because, for all its good intentions, it had some problems. All the men end basically up with “prizes” in the form of women by the end (spotted on a Reddit thread), and, as is the norm in a Richard Curtis film, it’s almost entirely about middle-class white people in North London – but it gets many things right and is hence, a beloved favourite. The women shine (Emma Thompson, always), it’s genuinely funny, and the dialogue is snappy, heartfelt and what we need to see and hear when the real world gets a bit much. And even though those place cards are still ever-so-slightly creepy, that particular scene pulls at the heartstrings every single time.
Love Actually is available to stream on Netflix now
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