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Movies Wednesday 30th September 2009

Wednesday, 30 September 2009


The Invention of Lying
Driving Aphrodite
Toy Story 3D + Godfather re-mastered
Best and Worst Irish accents

Who is the guest?

Michael Doherty, RTE Guide

The Invention of Lying

Director: Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson.
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Stewart, Rob Lowe.
Running Time: 99' 35"
Rating: ***
Classification: 15A
Courtesy: Universal Pictures Ireland

Summary: (Sourced from A man figures out how to lie in a parallel world where no one knows how.

Other Verdict: (Sourced from
High Concept comedies can be hit-and-miss affairs. For every Superbad (horny teens go on a quest to buy alcohol for a house party and chaos ensues) there's a Yes Man (a negative guy turns positive and chaos ensues); for every The Hangover (a Las Vegas stag goes badly awry and chaos ensues) there's a The Invention Of Lying (in a world where no one can lie, one guy can, and chaos ensues). This is the second time Gervais has starred in such a comedy (Ghost Town saw his misanthrope help people, and chaos ensues) but he's also pitched in with two Night at the Museum movies (museum models come alive, and chaos ensues). The problem with High Concept comedies is that, yes, they're great ideas but the ideas can run out of steam very quickly if there isn't enough heart to keep the movie ticking over. In The Invention of Lying, the gag is old by the twenty-minute mark and there's not a lot to engage the audience thereafter.

Driving Aphrodite

Director: Donald Petrie
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis, Harland Williams
Running Time: 94' 10"
Classification: 12A
Courtesy: Warner Brothers

Summary: (Sourced from My Life In Ruins starring Nia Vardalos (from My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Georgia, a college professor of Classical Greek studies who has lost her job at the university & has had to take the job as a tour guide to the most annoying of tourists. Feeling this job is beneath her & having a deep love for Greek history, she tends to bore most of her tour companions which tend to leave her less than stellar evaluations. Uptight & disillusioned Georgia has lost her "kefi," that joie de vivre, that spirit that Greeks seem to have. Will this group of stereo-typical tourists help her find her light or will she finally say "chairo" to Greece forever?

Other Verdict: (Sourced from Nia Vardalos has struggled to make an impact since My Big Fat Greek Wedding hit massive paydirt a few years back. This one, where she plays tour guide in Athens, hasn't really broken that curse at the box-office. Your Ma will probably love it, though.

Toy Story 3D

Director: John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Running Time: 90 mins
Classification: G
Courtesy: Disney Pixar

Summary: (Sourced from A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer

Other Verdict: (sourced from While the far superior Toy Story 2 more deeply explored the heartbreaking theme of childhood things left behind, John Lasseter's original Toy Story remains a groundbreaking work in the field of animation, and is still a wonderfully entertaining film today. Toy Story gets its power from re-imagining the magic of childhood toys and capturing some of the excitement behind receiving new ones. Lasseter effortlessly combines real toys (army men, Mr. Potato Head, Etch-a-Sketch, etc.) with the made-up Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen), but also wisely eschews more highly technological, modern-day games. Woody is in charge of "Andy's Room," and is responsible for the well being of all the toys. His position is challenged when Andy receives the amazing new Buzz doll (complete with blinking lights) for his birthday. Woody concocts a plan to get his position back, but in the process jeopardizes both himself and Buzz. Lasseter's 3D computer animation is remarkably smooth, and the comic timing woven throughout is impeccable (it must be quite difficult to figure out a comic "beat" while linking frames together on a computer screen). Additionally, Allen and Hanks have never been so well used; their cadences match the characters perfectly.

The Afternoon Show Movie Club

This week we discussed the best and worst Irish accents in film.

Best -

Cate Blanchett in Veronica Guerin

Paddy Considine in In America

The majority of people sided for Cate Blanchett for her wonderful performance as Veronica Guerin. Another notable mention would have to Paddy Considine, an English actor for his role in the film "In America"

Worst -

Sean Connery in The Untouchables

Tom Cruise in Far and Away and Gerard Butler in P.S I Love You

Gerard Butler got an awful lot of votes for PS I Love You, as did Tom Cruise in Far and Away, we even had one in for Jon Voight in the General. However, how could we forget Sean Connery, who won top spot in a survey on The Worst Ever Accent in Film with his role in The Untouchables, have a look!