DENIAL (2016)

Denial

film by Mick Jackson

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), a noted historian and author, fiercely defends the memory of the Holocaust. She is confronted with an academic extremist, advocate of controversial theses on the Nazi regime, David Irving (Timothy Spall) , who challenges her to prove the existence of the Holocaust.

The thing about Mick Jackson’s film is the unexpected strategy the lawyers take to counter the claim the Holocaust never occurred. The film may be a little dry, but the topic is not. I did not know there was people who denied that the holocaust has never happened and to top it all off they have lawyer that will counter-claim that the holocaust never occurred due to lack of evidence. You have got to be kidding. David Hare’s screenplay focuses on the topic, immersing us in the protagonist’s life and beliefs. It is an intellectually interesting  film that raises not only questions about the Holocaust, but about the issues of  proving any historical event has occurred. It will take a large team of lawyer here to combat this imbecile David Irving and Deborah Lipstadt who is a fighter here can not be on the stand to testify which she struggled with it. Richard Rampton (Wilkinson) took upon this strategy never make eye contact which aggravated Irving big time. The court drama how ever has been done a la traditional a flaw here but the performances of the actors are A+ thank god for that. It is still watchable but not the great film that it should be been.

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MR. TURNER (2014)

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A film by Mike Leigh

Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson

It is the life towards the end of the controversial and eccentric British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Turner traveled extensively all over Europe before returning to England to be with his housekeeper and his wife. After the death of his father who is was proudly marked he find companionship with a woman in Chelsea where he died.

Here is a masterfully directed film By Leigh. It is a master piece. Tim Spall was nominated for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Turner had this grunt, he was blunt, selfish, sometimes cold-hearted, but he was a sensitive artist. He was obsessed with creating the greatest art. He was generous giving money to artist who needed it. He has a sexual relationship with his house keeper. He didn’t know how to relate to women. He was a head of  his time, moving from a classical style to visionary, impressionistic marine landscapes and sunsets which were ridiculed at first by conventional critics and the public. They even made a play of him and ridiculed his arts, unfortunately he was there to see it. Spall incarnated Turner with his creative energy, the obsession that turner had, recreating the canvas right in front of his eyes, color is the most important thing.Turner had an estranged mistress, daughters and granddaughter whom he ignores, they demanded money but he would have it. He had other interest in a woman who did not know his real name. This is an extraordinary film that brings alive the artist, and Spall has done a terrific job at it. The cinematography is magnificent, Breath-taking. An other genius that came alive on-screen.

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UPSIDE DOWN (2012)

A film by Juan Solanas.
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall.
Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.
Remember how the sci-fi masterpiece “Metropolis” (1927) one side is the rich living in luxury city, and the poor gets exploit by the rich. Well in upside down Solanas rewrote the story but one o the world is upside down. Basically a love story between 2 people from different world. Adam (Jim Sturgess) and upper world Eden (Kirsten Dunst) — as they spot each other from their respective mountain peaks and fall instantly in love. The Romance continues for month until the guards finds out from the upper world and while trying to get Eden back to her planet, there is an accident and it appears as though she has been killed.
Ten years pass and Adam is now working in a dingy Transworld factory while attempting to devise a revolutionary beauty cream that harvests the rejuvenating power of pollen taken from pink bees. when he watched TV sees her and his stunt that she is still alive and that she works in Transworld. Adam plans is to work for Transworld using his beauty cream formula as a way of getting a job in Transworld headquarters and making requests for samples of the anti-gravity mineral that he will hide on his person in order to sneak up to the upper world and sweep Eden off her feet. But there is a little problem It last only an hour or he burn up and burst into flame. not too bad for a story but there is flaws into it. But the visual effect is superbly well done. It was a difficult task to film this movie but it was done well.