Here’s one last look back at the year in movies, in a tradition begun years ago by Moira Macdonald’s honored Seattle Times predecessor, John Hartl…
Best noggin: Helena Bonham Carter’s head, digitally swollen to several times its normal size as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. Extra points to Bonham Carter for her crisp delivery, to a giant Alice, of the line “Anyone with a head that large is welcome in my court.”
Best villains: Jacki Weaver as the terrifyingly amoral grandmother in Animal Kingdom; Ralph Fiennes, still rocking that noseless face, and the wonderfully snarly Bonham Carter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part I. (Bonham Carter, come to think of it, had a pretty great year — and we haven’t even mentioned The King’s Speech.)
Helena’s latest TV movie, Toast aired in the UK last night, and has just been added to BBC’s iPlayer to watch. It will be available to watch on iPlayer until 10:29pm on January 6th, 2011. Watch it via the link below!
The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what’s rocking their world this week.
1. Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech: Colin Firth has the showier role as the stammering King George VI, but Bonham Carter is just as good — maybe better — as Elizabeth, who would go on to become England’s Queen Mother. Bonham Carter portrays her with a regality befitting a future queen, but also with a directness and common-sense wit that shines through amid flashier acting by Firth and Geoffrey Rush, who plays the king’s unconventional speech therapist. — Robert Philpot
2. Johnny Cash, God’s Gonna Cut You Down and Iris DeMent, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Among the many reasons to love the new True Grit is that it brings these songs deeper into the public consciousness. The first, a Cash classic released after his death, only appears in previews for the movie, but it’s a must-hear — and a must-see, with its great original video available on YouTube. The second is DeMent’s rootsy, plaintive version of a 19th-century hymn that would’ve been a contemporary song for the movie’s characters. It plays over the closing credits, and it’s worth staying in your seat for a whole extra four minutes to hear it. — Robert Philpot
3. Dead Snow on DVD: Though this campy Norwegian horror flick was released in early 2010 on DVD, it bears spotlighting now because it’s going to be a long wait until the second season of The Walking Dead. So the new legions of zombie fans just might want to check out this blood-spattered tale about a group of med students who decide to vacation in an isolated mountain cabin — haven’t these kids seen The Evil Dead? — only to discover WWII Nazi zombies on the loose. In Norwegian with English subtitles. It’s unrated, but not for the squeamish. — Cary Darling
The results have just been announced for this year’s Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards in which Helena was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and the Best Acting Ensemble award – alongside her co-stars, for her performance in The King’s Speech. Unfortunately she lost out in both categories, losing the first award to Melissa Leo for her performance in The Fighter and the second to the cast of The Social Network.
However, the film did win the Best Film award, and her co-star Colin Firth won the award for Best Actor. Congratulations to all the winners!
Helena Bonham Carter said she no longer needs to pay for therapy sessions because she has discovered the power of housework.
The actress, recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, also said acting allowed her to “dream every day, scream, and get lots of tensions out”.
She told the Radio Times: “I’ve discovered the therapy of cleaning. I used to be retarded domestically, but now I understand that if you put your house in order it gets your head in order as well.”
The star, who does not like watching herself in films, admitted she had managed to sit through her latest movie. She said: “I don’t normally watch myself, but I’m only a supporting actor in this, so it wasn’t that painful.”
With their own separate houses next door to each other, the living arrangements of Helena Bonham Carter and her partner Tim Burton have often raised eyebrows. But the actress has finally revealed the reason for their twin properties – she cannot stand Burton’s snoring at night.
Rather than undergo an operation to his nose which might cure the condition, the pair instead opted for two homes side by side in Belsize Park, north London, to ensure no sleepless nights.
Bonham Carter has insisted there is nothing unusual about the arrangement and that her relationship with the award-winning director is “enhanced” by having their own personal space.
The 44-year-old divides her time between the two properties which she shares with Burton, 52, their two children Billy Ray and Nell and a nanny.
In an interview with Radio Times, the Alice In Wonderland star said: “A lot written about me is wrong.”
The brand new trailer has been released for Helena’s upcoming BBC One TV movie, Toast. A big thank you goes to Alison for posting the trailer on the tagboard, it looks wonderful! View the trailer below, and watch it on BBC One at 9pm on December 30th, 2010.