Sunday, July 31, 2011

POM Wonderful Presents:The greatest movie ever sold

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Ralph Nader

Amusing documentary about product placement in television and movies. Entertaining expose about the insidious way corporations push their products into the creative process but Spurlock avoids exploring the more interesting elements which lurks behind. The irony of the film is it was funded by product placement sponsorship. The film not only exposes the level of corporate control in creative endeavors, but also broadens its scope to explore a wide swath of marketing tactics and the psychology that underlies them. Brief appearances by Noam Chomsky and Ralph Nader lend it a frisson of cultural and intellectual weight. If you enjoyed Michael Moore’s “Super size me ,” then this is bound to appeal.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pina

Director: Wim Wenders

A feature length documentary tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch using the testimony of her collaborators, filmed in 3 D. Pina's work is vividly brought to life with some wonderful dance vignettes and surreal pieces. Will definitely suit dance enthusiast but not the best of documentaries..

Friday, July 22, 2011

Submarine

Director: Richard Ayoade

Starring: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Yasmin Paige.

Based on Joe Dunthorne’s coming-of-age novel and set in the Welsh seaside town of Swansea, Submarine tells the tale of precocious teenager Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), who is determined to lose his virginity and save his parents' marriage before his next birthday. Oliver imagines his mother (Sally Hawkins) may be having an affair with an old flame, Graham (Paddy Considine) and the 15 year old is determined to do something about it. Meanwhile the youth keeps a journal which is scrupulously monitored by Jordana (Yasmin Paige), his domineering school class paramour. Starts off quite funny but the longer the movie the more melancholic it becomes, but the music is not bad.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Guard

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong.

Simple plot here. After a body turns up in rural Ireland (County Galway)it appears to be the handy work of organized crime. American FBI agent, Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) is called in to work with the local constabulary. Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) and his young Garda, colleague, Aidan McBride (Rory Keenan) are drawn into a larger “international drug smuggling” investigation. A host of amusing Irish characters including Boyle’s angelic mum (Fionnula Flanagan) makes for an amusing wheeze.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Conspirator

Director: Robert Redford

Stars: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson

An intriguing story about the aftermath of the assassination of President Lincoln. James McAvoy stars as Frederick Aitkin, a Union war hero and young lawyer, who reluctantly defends a woman, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), accused of conspiring in the assassination. Based on real events the courtroom drama reveals John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbel), was no lone wolf, but part of a wider conspiracy to topple the government. The movie is directed by Robert Redford and features a strong cast but turns out not quite as dynamic as it could have been. Despite this it may be one to watch more than once.


Friday, July 15, 2011

The Beaver

Director: Jodie Foster

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

A quirky drama about an emotionally unstable man, who can communicate with others only with the help of a beaver puppet. Walter (Mel Gibson) struggles with depression but finds using a hand puppet (the Beaver) he can cope with his deep melancholy. When his wife, Meredith (Jodie Foster), walks out with their two sons Walter hits the bottle and he struggles with suicidal impulses. Then when all is black he discovers a tatty old hand puppet that becomes his redemption. The story wavers rather but the parts are well acted as the movie steers towards a powerful and surprisingly moving end. Not the greatest movie of all time but certainly worth a watch.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Big Mama's Boy

Director: Franco di Chiera

Starring: Frank Lotito, Carmelina Di Gugliemo, Holly Valance.

An Australian comedy which relies on ethnic stereotypes for its humour. Set in Melbourne’s suburbs, 30 some-thing real estate agent, Rocco Pileggi (Frank Lotito) struggles to choose between the love of his life, Katie (Holly Valance) and his doting, over-protective Italian mother, Teresa (Carmelina Di Guglielmo). This movie lacks wit, charm and intelligence.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Director: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger

A horror movie with a difference. Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two country bumpkins who decide to renovate an old holiday cottage in the hills. There they run into a bunch of vacationing teenagers but all attempts to make friends is hampered because the kids are scared off by Dale's nervous demeanor and his unfortunate choice of a sickle as a fashion accessory. When Allison (Katrina Bowden) falls into the lake where Tucker and Dale are fishing, the duo nobly rescue her but her friends wrongly assume foul deeds are afoot. The situation escalates and a series of grisly murders follows but are the two bumpkins to blame. Well you need to see the movie to discover all. All the normal conventions of the horror genre are here in this entertaining tongue in cheek comedy.