Archived. Kill List is terrific if you don't mind some insanely gruesome scenes of violence and mayhem. Filed Under: Entertainment, Films Tagged With: ben wheatley, charles dance, comedy, drama, happy new year colin burstead, neil maskell. But at the same time, they're all completely different from each other, so you gotta at least give him props for variety. - amazing line and delivery by Reece Shearsmith. From beginning to end, it made me laugh and the high-energy family tension was brilliant to watch. Still, it was an enjoyable if unremarkable New Year's Eve watch with an excellent ensemble cast. Tolstoy be damned: every unhappy family may be unhappy in its own way, but that doesn't make them interesting. I love Field in England, so happy people are watching it, Free Fire and High Rise didn't really work for me, let's hope this one lands. See photos of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Leonardo DiCaprio before they hit the big-time, and revisit their earliest onscreen roles. Anyone know the name of artist for the poster? Some of the family members are never introduced, so we don't quite know who's who. One of those directors where even though I haven't loved a single movie of his so far, I'll always be down to see what he's doing next. I enjoyed this latest made for TV drama was well made and observed with great acting - but I was hoping to find something I really cared about. Others appear in the background, unrelated and unexplained, random people who have neither lines nor function in the unfolding tensions between the Bursteads. So Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is sort of familiar film in the context of British cinema but is a stand-out in the back catalogue of its creator. MA, 94 minutes. There is an Indian couple, friends of the family (Vincent Ibrahim and Sudha Buchar), whose presence adds nothing to the drama - except that their no-hoper son Sham (Asim Chaudhry) arrives uninvited, thinking of suicide. 2/5 stars Film Annie Junor 14 April 2020 2020 , 2020 films , Ben Wheatley Comment If we have to rely simply on the quality of the insults, all is lost. The Burstead women run in all directions, cursing and weeping in the servants' quarters. Ballard: the residents of a tower block, cut off from all services, start to kill each other. Close. That's really the nub of the problem: why should we care about this unhappy family when their unhappiness is neither distinctive nor memorable? It would be fair to say Wheatley's films do not throb with his love of his fellow man (or woman). save hide report. Also Neil is a legend of an actor. Down Terrace and Sightseers are both good for a bit of a laugh and maybe a cry, as long as you've got a few screws loose, that is. 21 comments. Take the Bursteads, a working-class English family. Wheatley appears to have hired a big house, filled it with friends and booze, giving each person a thin description of their character, then waited for the magic to happen. The writing credit confirmed my suspicions: Ben Wheatley wrote most of the script, but other cast members improvised dialogue during shooting. They mostly hate each other. I liked Free Fire a lot. Colin Burstead (Neil Maskell) hates some more than others, but he does his duty and organises a New Year's Eve reunion in a posh country house. But his best, imo, has got to be A Field in England, which is a completely one-of-a-kind movie. I love you for writing that last paragraph. The Bursteads are a diverse mob, to be sure. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead a party no one wants to be invited to. It's so ridiculously over the top that I was just laughing in disbelief through half of the movie. Colin hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. I can't say if Wheatley uses him as his alter-ego, but their physical resemblance is striking, and presumably, meant to be noticed. A time for reflection, reunions and resolutions. Colin looks on with derision as everyone makes her the centre of attention - again. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Unfortunately for Colin his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David. Down Terrace, his debut in 2009, was about the hunt for a grass within an East End crime family: the members tried to work out domestic tensions as they offed each other. The host is a bumbling aristocrat (Richard Glover) who's well out of his depth in hospitality. Dance, as Uncle Bertie, gives his character some soul, partly because he's the only one who exhibits any love for the rest of them. Wheatley is more Mike Leigh than Ken Loach, but he hasn't got Leigh's forgiving heart or Loach's political instincts. The name rhymes with bastards. Maskell has appeared in two of Wheatley's earlier films. Poster for Ben Wheatley’s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead. Drama. Ah, New Year’s Eve. Poster for Ben Wheatley’s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead. Neil Maskell is the not-so-happy Colin Burstead in Happy New Year, Colin Burstead. Great writeup! It seems to be a British take on the brilliant Danish dogma film Festen - but not in the same league. He's in the long British television tradition of humour based on close observation of character, with a strong instinct for class. | I shall chew up all the selfish scheming and ill intentions that men like you force upon men like me, and bury it in the stomach of this place!" For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. Posted by. u/Bennett1984. Uncle Bertie (Charles Dance) wears make-up and twin-set, but stops short of the full wig. Ben Wheatley has made a brilliant career out of bending genres, while taking the piss out of the British family. Ben Wheatley is one of my very favorites, but I understand that pretty much every one of his movies are extremely polarizing. 95 min There are exceptions: Maskell gives a withering performance as Colin, who's an explosion waiting to happen. share. With its realist focus on kinship, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead probably comes closest to Wheatley’s feature debut Down Terrace (2009) or perhaps to its follow-up Kill List (2011) – the latter also starring Maskell as a deeply flawed patriarch. 1 year ago. For more information and session times click here. It's quite slow and in B&W, and has a real 70's art house feel to it, but the setting (the English Civil War in the 1600's), the hallucinatory cinematography, the iconic psychedelic trip scene, and that goddamn insane scene with the rope and the tent (gives me goosebumps just thinking about it) all make it one of the most unique movies I've ever seen. " Directed by Ben Wheatley. Tolstoy be damned: every unhappy family may be unhappy in its own way, but that doesn't make them interesting. Take my money, Wheatley has yet to disappoint me. His dad, Gordon (Bill Paterson), bites him for a loan even before everyone has arrived, then starts drinking when Colin says no. I loved Kill List and Sightseers, thought a Field in England was utterly dull, as was High Rise. That gives a hint of David's priors. The movie is half over before we find out why her brother David (Sam Riley) is a pariah. I don't like everything Wheatley makes but he's such an original, risk-taking filmmaker that I'll give anything he makes a watch. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead., 2018. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, News & Discussion about Major Motion Pictures, Press J to jump to the feed. The country manor featured in the film is Pennsylvania Castle on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, which was built in 1797-1800 for John Penn, Governor of Portland and grandson of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. Paul Byrnes is a film critic for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Wheatley's comedies aren't crafted to be thigh-slappers, anyway. Flip. Using Reddit. Colin's mother, Sandy (Doon Makichan), falls at the doorstep and acts like her leg is broken. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is perhaps an experimental indulgence by a filmmaker who has reached a point where success has given him the scope to quickly make an ensemble character study on the fly, designed to reverse-engineer an inverse look at the stock hero’s journey. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is one of his smallest scale projects but I loved it. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (MA15+) is screening as part of this year’s MINI British Film Festival (Brisbane October 30th – November 24th 2019). I shall consume all the ill fortune which you are set to unleash. It’s also a time for arguments, bust ups and chaos. 6 out of ten, View production, box office, & company info. Bile by itself is not that funny. Pin. HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEAD ★★½. Sightseers was a blacker-than-black comedy about a loving couple who kill people on their caravan tour of Britain. No-one bats an eyelid, nor do they notice that he is not looking well. High-Rise was a startling departure, a dystopian nightmare based on a story by J.G. That instinct makes his comedy sharp, but it has to be tempered. His last film Free Fire I hated - I know it was a parody on shoot em ups but didn't work for me. That's partly because there are too many to develop. What results is a disjointed mess with little trajectory or precision, and very little added width in the characters. Colin's sister Gini (Hayley Squires) has secretly invited the black sheep to return after five years in exile. Down Terrace and Kill List are two movies I absolutely adore. I recommended this one to my brother, but I guess I didn't adequately describe how fucked up it is, so he watched it with his girlfriend (who abhors violent movies in general), and she's still mad at us for subjecting her to that, haha. That explains why some scenes are slack and seemingly pointless.
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