Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November 2017 – Harvey Weinstein, Paddington 2, Justice League, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Star

Hi Everyone,

No film blog, however non-political, could fail to mention the Weinstein affair. It seems that (long known about in Hollywood circles and even the subject of quips at Oscar Ceremonies) alleged sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein is finally being openly talked about. Dozens of women – including some of the film industry's most successful actresses – have come forward accusing the former Miramax producer of sexually assaulting them; abusing his power by offering roles in return for sexual favours.

Above: Harvey Weinstein pictured with Gwyneth Paltrow (one of the actresses to have spoken out)

You will need to look elsewhere for a history of Hollywood's notorious “casting couch”. Here, I just want to agree with those who assert that thankfully a “tipping point” has been reached. It is now easier for victims to come forward and tell their stories - whether their complaints be against Weinstein, Bill Cosby, or others in the film and TV world. Furthermore, it seems that victims (both male and female) are now speaking out in greater numbers about abuse and harassment in all walks of life – not just the media world. Of course, we don't want a “witch-hunt”, and each case must be looked at on its own merits. But, a tipping point has definitely been reached, and more and more victims are bravely speaking out. May the fight for equality and justice continue.

Finally, here is the url of a recent video on the subject:-

The big films released in the UK in November 2017 include Justice League, Paddington 2, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Star. Here's a picture from each of those movies to whet your appetite:-

Justice League. © 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. Inc. & Ratpac-Dune Ent LLC. All Rights Reserved. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ TM & © DC Comics

Paddington 2. © 2017 Image courtesy of Studiocanal. All Rights Reserved.

Murder on the Orient Express. Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

The Star. © 2017 Image courtesy of CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a comprehensive run down of the November 2017 new releases:-

The major films are: A Bad Moms Christmas, Battle of the Sexes, Daddy's Home 2, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Fireworks, Ingrid Goes West, Justice League, Murder on the Orient Express, Only the Brave, Paddington 2, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Suburbicon, The Florida Project, The Son of Bigfoot, and The Star.

Limited or “key cities” releases include: A Caribbean Dream, Beach Rats, De Plus Belle, Félicité, Heartstone, Ittefaq, Lost in Paris, Strangled, Thelma, Trophy, and Wet Women in the Wind.

Other limited releases given their “own spot” in the newsletter are: 78/52, Brakes, Ferrari: Race to Immortality, Good Time, Jane, Kaleidoscope, Manifesto, Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge, and Marjorie Prime.

In addition to all of the above, the classic movies In a Lonely Place (1950), Predator: 30th Anniversary Release (1987), Sorcerer: 40th Anniversary Release (1977), The Big Heat (1953), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) all get an airing in one or more venues in November 2017.

A number of other movies which haven't been noted in the November magazine (or appear only in the Stop Press section) are: Antiporno, Conor McGregor: Notorious, Gaugin, Hi-Lo Joe, Kenny, Mudbound, No Stone Unturned, Problemos, The Pat Tate Story: Rise of the Footsoldier 3, Starvecrow, The School of Life, The Stolen, and Villain.

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” entertainmentsmost of which are listed below. As usual, information sometimes differs when comparing various sources, so please take the details below with a large pinch of salt and do some further investigation if you are interested in attending any of these events:-

  • 8th November 2017 – Bill Viola: The Road to St. Paul's (Picturehouse Docs)

  • 10th November 2017 – Follies - NT Live 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 10th November 2017 – Taming of the Shrew – Bolshoi 2018 (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 15th November 2017 – Manifesto: Special Screening from Tate Modern (More2Screen)
  • 18th November 2017 – Exterminating Angel – Met Opera 2017 
    (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 21st November 2017 – Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney at the 
     Royal Academy of Arts (Seventh Art Distribution)

(In addition, don't forget to look out for “Secret Cinema” presentations if these are of interest to you).

Here is the link to my latest newsletter (which is a download of approximately 84MB):-

Well, it was great fun seeing Thor: Ragnarok last week. Not a perfect movie, but a very enjoyable one. For me, even more anticipated than Ragnarok, is the long awaited Justice League; which opens on 17th November in the UK. Before that, we have Murder on the Orient Express (on 3rd Nov) and Paddington 2 (on 10th Nov). Whatever type of film is your bag – I wish you a great time at the movies this month. Happy viewing!

Trailers for most of the major films mentioned above appear below:-

 A Bad Moms Christmas

Battle of the Sexes

Daddy's Home 2

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool


Good Time

In a Lonely Place

Ingrid Goes West

Justice League

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge

Marjorie Prime

Murder on the orient Express

Only the Brave

Paddington 2

Predator (30th Anniversary)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Sorcerer (40th Anniversary)


The Big Heat

The Florida Project

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Silence of the Lambs

The Son of Bigfoot

The Star