Sunday, 18 April 2010

The Simon and Jo Film Show: 18/04/2010

The main review and focus this week is Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchants first feature-film 'Cemetery Junction'. This includes Simon's long-awaited opinion on 'Ghost Town'. We also cover this weeks film news and cover the London Top 5 films ... which is different to expectations. Jo reviews and discusses 'The Maltese Falcon' and, in celebration of Shakespeare, we recommend Baz Luhrman's 'Romeo + Juliet'.

Links discussed:
He Shot Cyrus naming his top 5 podcasts!
And the Duke of York's Picturehouse in Brighton - aka, Spendor Cinema

All music is taken from the soundtrack to Romeo + Juliet

The list of Films in Competition at Cannes:
• Tournee (Mathieu Amalric) – The James Bond baddie in Quantum of Solace now directing!
• Des Hommes et des Dieux (Xavier Beauvois)
• Hors la Loi (Rachid Bouchareb)
• Biutiful (Alejandro Gonalez Inarritu) – Previously directed Amores Perros
Un Homme Qui Crie (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
Housemaid (Im Sangsoo)
• Copie Conforme (Abbas Kiarostami)
Outage (Takeshi Kitano)
Poetry (Lee Chang-dong)
Another Year (Mike Leigh) – Previously directed Palme D'Or Winner Secrets and Lies in 1996
Fair Game (Doug Liman) – Previously directed Go, The Bourne Identity and Swingers
• You. My Joy (Sergei Loznitsa)
• La Nostra Vita (Daniele Luchetti)
• Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2 (Nikita Mikhalkov)
• La Princesse de Montpensier (Bertrand Tavernier)
Loong Boonmee Ralek Chaat (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) – Previously directed Syndromes and a Century


  1. Eh, no Serbian movies this year at Cannes :((((

  2. Well done gents - another fine episode. Listened to it while at the market on Saturday morning, and while thoroughly entertained I wasn't so distracted that I forgot to buy bread this time.

    Pity to hear that you weren't all that impressed by CEMETERY JUNCTION. Given how much I enjoy Office, extras, and their podcast, I was quite looking forward to this offering from Gervais & Merchant.

  3. @Dez - any Serbian movies you know that should have been recommended?

    @Hatter - there seems to be a lot of love elsewhere for Cemetery Junction so I don't know how much in the minority Jo and I - or whether we are, in fact, in the majority. I would assume the latter - and the people who 'like' it all work for the BBC.

  4. Another great episode. Glad to know other folks appreciate Luhrman's R+J; I fear it doesn't get the love and respect it deserves. Love that you picked Radiohead from the soundtrack to start off the episode.

  5. nya, Simon, it just seems that Cannes notices Serbian movies only when they are directed by two-time=GoldenPalm-winner Emir Kusturica.

  6. @Rachel - got to admit, always great when you can use a good song - hence my happiness when I discovered Prodigy was used twice in kick-ass!

    @Dez - Has Kusturica directed anything recently worthwhile? I have to tell you, I'm not exactly versed in Serbian cinema.

  7. he had LIFE IS A MIRACLE and PROMISE ME THIS in 2004 and 2007 and he is planning a movie about Pancho Villa with Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek called WILD ROSES, TENDER ROSES probably for 2012.

    You could check out TEARS FOR SALE ( and ST GEORGE SHOOTS THE DRAGON (, from the recent Serbian movies.


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