Jennifer Ellison wearing a tight top and howling swear-words, but in an altogether more gentle and intimate subject matter.
Arthur Harris is a crotchety old bastard who resembles nothing so much as Grumpy Cat's dad, in marked contrast to his vivacious wife, Marion. Nevertheless, Marion's health has been declining, and when her illness resurges, Arthur is all the more eager to protect her from such energetic pursuits as her local choir group. At his wife's insistence, Arthur reluctantly becomes more involved with the OAPz, led by perky music teacher, Elizabeth, and is forced to open up about himself a little more.
28 February 2013
25 February 2013
Toppling another of the reputedly "unadaptable" novels, Cloud Atlas is based on the epic six-pronged novel by David Mitchell (not that one), set over different time periods and locations. In the 19th century, a young notary falls sick on a voyage home to America. In the 1930s, a bisexual composer tries to make his name. In 1973, a journalist investigates a safety scandal at a nuclear power plant. In 2012, a publisher winds up committing himself to an old folks' home by accident. In the 22nd century, a woman who was bred to serve becomes the figurehead of revolution. And in the distant future, a primitive struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic land. All of these stories are linked, by either coincidence, recurrence or the endurance of the human spirit.
19 February 2013
|This is just one stupid scene from A Good Day To Die Hard. There are many, many more.|
This staggeringly inept fifth entry into the much-loved action franchise finds John McClane heading for Russia, where his son, Jack, has got into trouble with the authorities. He hasn't spoken to his son for a long time, and assumes he's gotten himself mixed up with the wrong crowd. In reality, Jack is working for the CIA, trying to extract a political prisoner, for reasons that, much like everything else in the film, remain unclear. Thus the elder McClane is reduced to following him around and teaming up with him, like a version of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but with our former hero as the funny dad character.
14 February 2013
As I said in my review, if you're attached and wondering what to do this Valentine's Day, I Give It A Year might not be your bag this Valentine's Day. Still, it's possible for a romcom to be somehow less cynical and yet more bite-y, as Warm Bodies proves in earnest. Rather than a (literally) fatal over-extension of the popular supernatural romance genre, here's a film that gently ribs the tropes of Twilight-style romances.
The zombie apocalypse has been and gone, and the new status quo finds humans holed up behind massive concrete walls, while the undead roam through what remains of America. One zombie, who only remembers that his first name began with R, staggers around with a surprisingly neurotic inner monologue, longing for a connection to another person, alive or undead. It's love at first sight when he runs into Julie, the live, armed and dangerous daughter of the colonel who leads the survivors, and his new-found affection starts to bring him out of his deathly state.
11 February 2013
Inverting the usual romcom structure, the wedding that would normally be a happy ending actually takes place at the beginning, as Nat and Josh tie the knot after just seven months of courting. As the title suggests, few people see the besotted, but mainly incompatible couple as a lasting thing. Within the first year alone, Josh tries to deal with an ex-girlfriend, with whom he never officially broke up, Nat is encouraged to flirt with a hunky American businessman at work, in order to secure a marketing deal, and the once happy couple struggle through marriage counselling sessions in an effort to save their relationship.
8 February 2013
The movie begins with Hitchcock premièring North By Northwest, and coming down with a general sense of inertia. Frustrated by those who want him to make the same picture over again, he actively looks for a more shocking and nasty piece of work to shake things up. He settles upon Psycho, a book based on the true crimes of Ed Gein, and meets immediate opposition from the studio. With the support of his wife and writing partner Alma Reville, he sets about producing the film himself, while the couple's marriage hits some choppy waters.
4 February 2013
Denzel Washington plays Captain Whip Whittaker, an alcoholic airline pilot who is shown consuming a heavy mix of beer, cocaine, coffee, aspirin and pure oxygen, right before taking the controls of a passenger jet. Despite his intoxicated state, it's actually a technical fault that causes difficulties while in the air. Miraculously, Whip pulls off an incredible crash landing in which only six lives are lost, and 96, including his own, are saved. However, someone has to take responsibility for the casualties, and Whip is forced to face up to his own dependency issues.