The Place Beyond the Pines comes after Derek Cianfrance‘s last outing, 2011’s heart-breaking anti-romance Blue Valentine that breaks people. The story of a couple at the beginning and end of their relationship with no coverage of the seven year gap. It was intimate, it fixated on them as a couple at their birth and their death. It’s one of the most real films that one can experience especially if you’ve had a similar experience that it can leave you completely harrowed for days and days. The Place Beyond the Pines is a much bigger film, scope and budget wise, considering it follows in an episodic fashion of three different stories that are linked as it passes from one to the other. This episodic direction makes it much harder to advertise it correctly and it hasn’t really; it seems like another cops and robbers but it’s far from it.
“Jack the Giant Slayer,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects,” “Superman Returns”) and starring Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) gets its UK release this Friday, 22nd of March with six exclusive clips just released to whet our appetites.
In today’s new cinema release, we chat to Hayley-Marie Axe who plays Val in new British black-comedy ‘May I Kill U?’ Although you may not have seen her on the screen that much as she’s mostly been in theatre, keep watching an actress who has tipped to be an up-and-comer with an insatiable love of acting. Hayley-Marie is also a virally successful actress in a few online web shows that have proven to be quite successful in America which is a clever way to globalise herself.
No matter how much you see Kevin Bishop around, it’s hard to get the memory of him in The Muppets’ Treasure Island out of your mind. This film does try quite hard to distance him from the childhood film that birthed the comedic actor, going from a Muppet helper to a murdering cycling policeman who gains notoriety and fame for his vigilantism. Where it’s a bit heavy-handed with the social commentary with characters all seemingly agreeing with his ways and few, if any, questioning them until the third act, it’s a bit weak with challenging the vigilante. It could be a comment on how extreme it has now become; it comes off more as a bit shallow in the writing.
This follows the life of very successful cyclist Mark Cavendish who represents Britain and the Isle of Man with this DVD documenting his journey from a small child BMXing in the park up until the London 2012 Olympic Games. The film more than helps you get up close and personal with the man who handles and controls races with his team. The family man from the Isle of Man who worked as hard as he could to get where he is now as one of the greatest cyclists around. Over the course of its duration, you get an insight into the training, the workload, the problems, the teamwork, the family and then the man that PR has now created to promote cycling and boost its profile. It’s nice to see that the people say he wasn’t naturally gifted – obviously that is a bit of a factor – but to see that all of his hard work is truly appreciated and necessary to become the best in the world. And to see he has the same problem controlling his eating habits as we all suffer.
As it delves into the years of him becoming a professional cyclist, we see him competing against the best, relatively unknown and completing feats that were monumental for him at the time. He started to dominate the world of cycling in and out of the Velodrome, rapidly becoming one of the greatest and a world champion at points. His dominance became expected and he had to continue to live up to these expectations that he carried around with him and he did live up to them for the most part. He turned into something more than a cyclist becoming a sports icon who won Sports Personality of the Year, earned an MBE and many other accolades to add to his trophies. Unfortunately, the documentary ends on what could be the defining year of his versatility as 2012 was a blemished year in which he had disappointing performances; can we see Mark Cavendish bounce back from it?
If you’re into cycling and like Mark Cavendish then this is a must have. If you’re not that into cycling then it is still a little interesting and a nice overview. It could roue your interests in a sport you never paid attention to before although it’s not for everyone. Born To Race was released on the 5th of November on DVD and is available to buy from Amazon.