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Movies Wednesday 9th September 2009

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Michael will be reviewing:
Launch of Afternoon Show Movie Club
Julie and Julia
Dorian Gray
The September Issue
DVD of the Week - State of Play

The Afternoon Show Movie Club

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Dorian Gray

Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall
Running Time: 122' 39"
Rating: ***
Classification: 16
Courtesy: Momentum Pictures

Summary: A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. Adapted from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Michael's verdict: Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the great novels and was successfully filmed in 1945 (with Hurd Hatfield and a fresh-faced Angela Lansbury). Oliver Parker's latest version is passable but it suffers from a crisis of identity. On the one hand, the film is clearly aimed at the Twilight audience (you'd assume it was a vampire yarn from the posters) yet it still has Colin Firth spouting Wilde's marvellous aphorisms.

Julie and Julia

Director: Nora Ephron
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci
Running Time: 123' 01"
Rating: ****
Classification: 12A
Courtesy: Sony Pictures Ireland

Summary: Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Michael's verdict: In this hugely enjoyable comedy drama, Julie is Julie Powell (Adams), a modern blogger who sets herself the task of cooking recipes made famous by the famous TV chef of the 1950s, Julia Childs (Streep). The movie cuts back and forth between the two eras and shows how a dedication to all things culinary has a profound effect on the lives (and marriages) of the two protagonists. It's a good role for Adams and further consolidates her rise up the A-List, but the film is stolen by Meryl's strident, Fanny Craddock-like cook.

The September Issue

Director: R.J. Cutler
Starring: Anna Wintour
Running Time: 89' 48"
Rating: ***
Classification: PG
Courtesy: Momentum Pictures

Summary: The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, this film tells the story of legendary Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion

Michael's verdict: Fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary about the life and times of fashion's most powerful woman (the devil who wears Prada), Anna Wintour as she gets ready for the launch of Vogue's most important fashion issue. As you would expect, Ms Wintour is too controlling and too powerful to let her slip show on film but there's plenty of fun to be had in watching this force of nature work her magic. Fans of Ugly Betty and Devil Wears Prada will lap up every frame.

*DVD of the Week*
State of Play

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman
Running Time: 126' 50"
Classification: 12A
Courtesy: Universal Pictures

Summary: A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story.