Stay – a strange 2005 movie with Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and others. A psychiatrist tries to intervene to prevent a suicide. Pretentious, yet clever movie. Time warped story telling is a it of a currrent fad.
Greenfingers – based on a true story with Clive Owen and others. Prisoners find solace in gardening and enter a major garden show. Good story, well executed with Helen Mirren playing the grand dame of gardening. An outstanding performance by David Kelly (O'Reilly the builder from Fawlty Towers) as an aged Irish prisoner who is dying of cancer.
School Ties – Matt Damon, Ben Aflick, Chris O’Donnel in a 1992 (pre Good Will Hunting) movie about a posh school who admits a jewish boy because of his skills on the football field. Prejudice is the basis of the story. Good movie – interesting.
Bounce – Ben AflicK, Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Edwards in this 2002 movie – nicely written and filmed. A man switches his plane ticket with another man and the plane crashes. Aflick loses himself in self pity and connects to the dead man’s wife and children…the story follows.
Niagara Motel – an odd group of people living in and around a motel tell provide the basis for these interlinked stories. Interesting small Canadian film, made in 2005.
Angel of Death – set in
The American President – Anette Benning and Michael Douglas do a fine job of playing out a comedy with a message circa 1995 (pre Bush II). OK, its not a great movie, but its well done and both of these starts are at their best. Nice role for Michael J Fox (who now appears on political ads and gets the ire of Rush Limbaugh – he has also done a lot in Boston Legal and has a new film coming out in 2007).
Friends with Money – I had thought that Jennifer Aniston was become a skilled, quality actress after her appearance in Derailed. Sadly, she is in this pile of pants. Ego drivel, self centred shite from start to finish. Nothing redeemable about this film, other than the site of JA dressed in a sexy maid’s outfit. However, by the time this very short scene appeared, I was snoring… Poor writing, sloppy editing, no attempt at drama. Its pure
The Break Up – Ms Aniston slightly redeems herself in this much better written and acted movie, thanks to Vince Vaughn (who wrote some of the script and was producer on this film). It’s a clever idea, well executed and you get to see JA nude (ish).
The Devil Wears Prada – a fun film, with the ever wonderful Meryl Streep and the very beautiful Anne Hathaway (
The Da Vinci Code – a lot depends on whether you have read the book (I have). The book is far fetched, so is the film. The book is full of errors, so is the film. The plot line is basically silly in the book, so is the film. So get over these issues and see it as pure entertainment. Hanks is good as the lead character, but he is overshadowed by the acting strength of Audrey Tauto (Dirty Pretty Things, No Where to Go But Up and many French films) who plays Agent Sophie Neveu. The other strong performance here is from Paul Bettany (
Pirates of the
Kinky Boots – a great
The Prizewinner of