Friday, October 26, 2012

The Intouchables

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

After millionaire Philippe (Francois Cluzet), is left a quadriplegic from a para-gliding accident and hires Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese parolee, as his carer. Despite their obvious differences the odd couple gels to hilarious effect. Driss is a free spirit and wastes no time in getting his employer out of the stuffy atmosphere in which he's been closeted, taking him out and about, getting him to smoke pot, introducing him to rock and roll. Based on a true story, this is a feel-good, odd couple comedy with terrific performances from Cluzet and Sy. See the movie before it gets an Oscar.

2 Days in New York

Director: Julie Delpy

Starring Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon, Kate Burton, Dylan Baker, Talen Ruth Riley, Owen Shipman, Malinda Williams.

The sequel to Two Days in Paris, Marion (Julie Delpy) is now raising the child of her ex-boyfriend while living with her new love Mingus (Chris Rock), and his death-obsessed daughter Willow (Talen Ruth Riley). Busy prepping a new gallery show (photographs of her ex lovers) her mischievous and recently widowed father (Albert Delpy) along with her exhibitionist sister (Alexia Landeau) descends on the couple's two-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Rose's current boyfriend, Manu (Alex Nahon), is Marion's former amour and becomes obsessed with Mingus. In the middle of this mayhem and just to underpin the farce the neurotic Marion decides to auction her soul "as a conceptual piece." at the show. Chaotic and caperish the movie is not unfunny but neither is it particularly memorable. Good performance from Chris Rock.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dead Europe

Director: Tony Krawitz

Starring: Leslie’s Isaac , Kodi Smit-McPhee, William Zappa, Marton Csokas

Based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas this is a tense and engaging account of uncovering family history laced with guilt and dark secrets. Isaac (Ewen Leslie) is an Australian photographer heading to Athens to exhibit his photography when his father (William Zappa ) dies in a car accident. Against his family’s wishes Isaac uses the trip to deliver his father’s ashes to his ancestral home. Trouble is when he arrives the locals think his family is cursed. On his travels Issac meets the mysterious teenager, Josef (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who asks him for help before disappearing. The tension of the film lies in Isaac’s internal journey from complacent observer to active participant. Deep tribal bigotry and religious prejudice ensues in this movie of contrast as narratives of past and present interweave. Not for the faint hearted.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bachelorette

Director: Leslye Headland
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer

Bachelorette is about three high school chums, Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher) who reunite for the wedding of Becky (Rebel Wilson). When Becky was at school she was overweight and was tagged Pig Face. The trio of biatches are superficial, bigoted and cruel and intent on painting the Big Apple red the night before Becky’s nuptials. The usual mishmash of groomsmen versus bridesmaids slapstick comedy with bullying overtones and a hint of the ribald. Seen it all before.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Master

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Patty McCormack

After the Second World War ex sailor and drifter Freddie ‘The Master’ Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a rough bundle of nerves who meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as a stowaway. The mysterious Dodd is a charismatic founder of The Cause cult and quickly makes Freddie a convert. Slowly Freddie begins to question the cult which angers his mentor and loyal spouse, Peggy (Amy Adams). The story does rambles on but there are great performances from the cast with some powerful scenes. The audience is however often left to flounder at the meaning of it all. This odd movie is bold, challenging, and unique but not quite my cup of tea.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils)

Director: Gilles Legrand
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Emmanuelle Béart, Patrick Chesnais, Nicolas Bridet

Ageing vintner Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is obsessed with passing his hard work onto posterity. Unfortunately a previous family history prevents Martin (Lorant Deutsch) his son, from being the likely recipient. Paul’s right-hand man François (a brilliant performance by Patrick Chesnais) who has been the mainstay of the vineyard’s success is dying of cancer and Martin believes he will take over. All portents future disaster. Paul dismisses Martin and sees Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of François, as a better prospect to manage the vineyard on his father’s demise. What follows includes bitter disputes, revelations of family secrets, legal machinations, and even self-mutilation. This is a movie which lurches from drama to grim melodrama.