Be Kind Rewind

February 21, 2008

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OUT: February 22nd 

The madcap absurdity of Jack Black, the whimsical imagination of director Michel Gondry and a contrived-yet-intriguing premise are the delectable ingredients in this bizarre recipe. The flavours may not complement each other perfectly and the aftertaste may be a little too sweet, but the chewy centre is just tasty enough. This film has nothing whatsoever to do with cooking, i’m just experimenting with metaphors. So, this movie then… Read the rest of this entry »

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OUT: Now

Bauby is played by Mathieu Amalric, an actor with a face so beguiling it makes his transformation to paraplegic all the more believable. The first scene in which we see him before the stroke he turns up at a photo shoot, looking dishevelled and unshaven but comfortable and confident. Director Julian Schnabel introduces more of these slightly hallucinatory flashbacks throughout the film, whether it is Bauby as an innocent child or an adult on a fabulously ironic trip to Lourdes with a lover, or helping his disgruntled, invalid father, played sensitively by Max Von Sydow. Read the rest of this entry »

Jumper

February 12, 2008

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OUT: February 14th

The ‘real’ superhero comes to town on Friday, blessed with the ultimate travelling power we can only dream about. No traffic jams, no baggage check and no trees on the line. This is the story of a boy who discovers the gift of teleportation, and proceeds to bore us to the grave with it for the next 90 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Juno

February 7, 2008

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OUT: NOW 

A murky paddle through the swampish underbelly of life on the streets. Shameless L.A cops finding their filthy pleasures on the beat. STI-ridden, bulimic transvestites throwing up in a scummy public toilet. That’s perhaps the kind of brutal and revealing debut screenplay you’d expect from a stripper-turned phone sex girl-turned blogger- turned writer. Yet Diablo Cody eschews the obvious in favour of a snappy teen comedy that turns out to be more than the sum of its parts. Read the rest of this entry »