Movies, Movies, Movies!
Friday, 12 October 2007
It's Friday, where the weekend begins, and Michael Doherty our Movie Master is in to tell us what's hot and what's not in the cinemas for this weekend!
Courtesy: Buena Vista International
Starring: The voices of Peter O'Toole, Ian Holm
Director: Brad Bird
Following the disappointment of Cars, practically the first film from the Pixar stable not to hit the mark, Brad Bird and his team have delivered another gem that deserves to be ranked right up there with The Incredibles and Monsters Inc. The story of Remy, a country rat who arrives in Paris with epicurean ambitions, this is Pixar at its technical and artistic best. The animation is first-rate; the script is sharp and humourous, the attention to detail is astounding (check out those Paris backdrops) and the voice talent is top-notch (listen out for Peter O'Toole as a particularly sniffy food critic). If Ratatouille was a culinary dish, it would be Michelin starred. And don't miss the wonderful aperitif, Gary Rydtrom's superb short, Lifted.
Every PIXAR film has had a reference to room A-113 from the California Institute of the Arts. A number of animators began their CalArts career in this room, including John Lasseter and Brad Bird. A-113 appears on a little tag clipped to the ear of a rat named Git. (Source imdb.com)
MR BROOKS (16)
Courtesy: Eclipse Pictures
Starring: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore
Director: Bruce Evans
Having forged a career out of playing the all-American hero, Kevin Costner travels to the dark side to play a murderer in this glossy, psychological thriller. Costner is good at playing against audience perceptions of his earlier screen personae and he is well supported by two other legends of the1980s, Demi Moore and William Hurt.
According to interviews with Kevin Costner, this is supposedly the first movie in a trilogy. (Source imdb.com)
THE INVASION (15A)
Courtesy: Warner Bros
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Soon Washington, DC psychiatrist Carol Bennell and her friend, Dr. Ben Driscoll, learn the shocking truth about the growing extraterrestrial epidemic: it attacks its victims while they sleep, leaving them physically unchanged but strangely unfeeling and inhuman.
As the infection spreads, more and more people are altered and it becomes impossible to know who can be trusted. Now Carol's only hope is to stay awake long enough to find her young son, who may hold the key to stopping the devastating invasion. (Source yahoo movies)
While filming in Baltimore, Daniel Craig got the call from 'Barbara Broccoli (I)' informing him he won the role of James Bond. He had to take a short period off shooting to fly back to London for the Casino Royale (2006) press release.
Originally wrapped in early 2006, the film underwent massive reshooting in 2007. The reason for this was the studio which didn't like the cut director Oliver Hirschbiegel delivered. To change that, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski were brought in for rewrites and James McTeigue to direct the new scenes.
BLACK SHEEP (15A)
Courtesy: Eclipse Pictures
Starring: Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis
Director: Jonathan King
Comedy horror from Down Under in which a bunch of sheep turn into man-eating monsters following some ill-advised generic modification. Or something. It's all fairly silly fare but good fun nonetheless. And you'll never look at your leg of lamb in quite the same way again.
Special effects were done by Weta Workshops, the same crew who did the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (Source imdb.com)
THE NANNY DIARIES (12A)
Courtesy: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney
Director: Robert Pulcini
Formulaic movie in which college graduate Johansson takes a job as a nanny with a rich New York family (mother, Laura Linney; father, Paul Giamatti) and finds herself observing the vacuous lifestyle of the rich and famous. Described as Nanny and the City, the movie is fairly predictable but some of the points drive home and the cast is very strong.
CORK FILM FESTIVAL
The 52nd Corona Cork Film Festival which takes place from October 14-21 has announced its bumper packed line up which includes world premieres, big budget films, innovative independent films, international documentaries, drive-ins, an Irish showcase and short films from all over the world. www.corkfilmfest.org