Harry Dean (Colin Firth) is a seemingly dithering art expert working for the cold, abusive Lionel Shahbandar (Alan Rickman). He has a plan to get back at his boss, which involves a lost Monet masterpiece. He gets the Major (Tom Courtney) to paint a duplicate, and schemes to get Lionel to believe that it’s real, but was taken to the US after World War II and since then has been in the possession of a Texan family. [Read more…]
The Sapphires was a major hit in Australia and recently swept the Australian Film Institute’s AACTA Awards, picking up 11 gongs. However it’s struggled to find a huge audience outside its home country, despite the presence of Chris O’Dowd. It’s a bit of a shame, as while it’s not amazing, it’s a sweet, entertaining movie that tells an interesting true story.
From their youth, Gail, Julie and Cynthia have sung together, although due to the fact they’re aborigines, they’ve had difficulty getting anyone outside their own community to take any notice. In 1968 they meet the slightly schlubby Dave (O’Dowd), a man who’s down on his luck but who knows music. The girls have found an advert asking for acts to audition to play for US troops in Vietnam. They think that perhaps with Dave as their manager, they might have a chance of being taken seriously as a singing group. [Read more…]
Alex Kurtzman is best known for writing (alongside Roberto Orci) Mission: Impossible III, the Transformers movies, Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens. You might expect then that for his first directorial outing he’d go for something bombastic and action-packed, but instead he’s dusted off an old screenplay he wrote with Orci and Jody Lambert, which is far more character drama than action spectacular. [Read more…]
Love Bite was probably hoping for big things by mixing Inbetweeners style teen comedy with a dash of Brit horror, but the results are underwhelming and sometimes rather nasty – and not because of the gore (of which there isn’t that much, to be honest).
Jamie (Ed Speleers) is a young guy living in the dead-end town of Rainmouth, a place where nothing happens and the only thing to do is hang around with his sex obsessed mates. Their only desire in life seems to be to get laid, while Jamie has bigger ideas and remains a virgin (no matter what he’s told his friends). [Read more…]
Although it’s not too unusual for the winner of the Best Picture Oscar not to also pick up the Best Director gong, it’s very rare for the winner of the biggest prize not to even get a nomination for its helmer. However that’s what happened with Argo, marking the first time it’s occurred since Driving Miss Daisy in 1989. (Incidentally it’s also now tied with Gigi as the Best Picture winner with the shortest title).
It was a real oversight on the part of the Academy, because it’s not like Ben Affleck’s direction is irrelevant to the movie’s success. Indeed it’s him probably more than anyone else who makes the film work. [Read more…]
When Body Of Proof started it had a bit of a problem. It wanted to be a little edgy, with a no-nonsense lead character who had the innate ability to annoy just about everyone she met, but her aggravating personality meant she got results. When the series was being developed it probably sounded interesting and a way to make it stand out, but the result was a character who often came across as pretty unlikeable and whiny. [Read more…]
Stitches is a very silly film, which may not come as a surprise seeing as it’s manic comedian Ross Noble’s movie debut, but thankfully it’s also a surprisingly entertaining. Noble plays Stitches, a pretty rubbish children’s party clown who we first meet shagging a woman while in full makeup.
He heads off to young Tom’s party, where his lacklustre act is met with scorn by the bratty kids, who decide to play a trick on him. Tying his shoelaces together results in a terrible accident and the clown’s death. [Read more…]