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Movies 14th October 2009

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Michael Doherty, RTE Guide

This week we will be reviewing:
. Couples Retreat
. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
. Triangle
. DVD of the week - 32A

TAS Movie Club: - We count down our movie club's favourite Irish Flicks.

Couples Retreat

Director: Peter BillingsleyCast: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis (Charlotte- Sex and the City)
Release Date: 16th Oct 2009 (subject to change)
Rating: *
Duration: 113' 00"
Classification: 15A
Courtesy of: Universal

"Written by and starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau? We don't need to know anything about the plot here, we're going to see this no matter what. Film centres on a group of pals who all go to a beautiful island to partake in some couples therapy."

Michael's Review: Ho-hum romantic comedy about four couples heading off on an island holiday in an attempt to strengthen their respective relationships. It's not funny enough to fulfil the com part; nor romantic enough to be a decent rom.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law
Release Date: 16th Oct 2009 (subject to change)
Rating: ***
Duration: 123' 30"
Classification: 16
Courtesy of: Lionsgate UK

Summary: "Doctor Parnassus (Plummer) is the host of a travelling show where punters are invited to indulge in whatever their imagination can handle by passing through a magic mirror. As part of his deal for immortality he made with the devil (Waits) centuries ago, the devil will take Parnassus' daughter Valentina (Cole) on her sixteenth birthday (in three days time) and this weighs heavily on his mind. Into this mix comes Tony (Ledger), whom the troupe save from an attempted suicide, and he joins in the travelling show - but Tony has dark secrets of his own..."Ref

Michael's Verdict: The story of a travelling troupe of players and their mysterious magic mirror; this is typical Terry Gilliam: at times wonderfully inventive, at times bonkers. The trick of using Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp and Jude Law to portray the Ledger character (after he died during filming) works very well and Lily Cole is always a luminous presence.


Director: Christopher Smith
Cast: Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Michael Dorman
Release Date: 30th Oct 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Rating: *
Duration: 98' 00"
Classification: 16
Courtesy: Icon

Summary: "Single mother Jess is struggling to raise her troubled son, so grasps the opportunity to go sailing when an attractive frequenter of the diner she works in invites her along with some friends. Once aboard, however, she is overcome with a strange feeling of déjà-vu and unease. When their small yaught is hit by a freak electrical storm, Jess's worst fears become a reality. Stranded on an overturned boat, the surviving members of the storm think they're luck has changed when an old cruise liner shuffles on by. But their nightmare is just beginning, as the deserted ship is of the supernatural variety, and causes things to happen in a perpetual loop once on board." REF:-

Michael's Verdict: Routine horror yarn, set aboard a ship. Yawn.

DVD of the Week

(Irish Film)
Marian Quinn
Starring: Ailish McCarthy, Orla Brady
Rating: ***

Summary: "This story is set in the "in-between" time of a girl's life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow white bra, and stepping out into the world as a young woman. She has an obsession with breasts and bras and can't help but stare at other girls and women, even the head nun doesn't escape her gaze. Otherwise, her world revolves around her three friends, Ruth, Claire and Orla, who are more experienced in the ways of the world. They wear bras already (except Claire the feminist) and they've all had boyfriends. The new bra is a start but they really hope Maeve can find a fella, even offering kissing lessons to prepare her. What no one expects, least of all Maeve, is that she should snare the local sixteen-year old heartthrob. Maeve is so smitten with him that she lets her friends down when they need her the most. In trouble with her friends and in school, she gets dumped by the heartthrob when she sneaks into the local dance with him and he leaves with another girl. Her parents find out and she ends up in trouble at home, where she takes on extra domestic duties. She does the laundry and even her bra has lost its former brilliance. Maeve realizes what she has lost. Her friends rally round for her 14th birthday, Maeve returns to the fold a little older and a little wiser. Winner of the Tiernan McBride Award for Scriptwriting in 2002."

Michael's Review: This charming, rites-of-passage tale concerns a young girl (young McCarthy, in a fine performance) growing up in Dublin's northside in 1979 and faced with the usual problems of boys, bras and acne. Many of our viewers will have fond memories of the Grove nightclub at the heart of the story.

The RTE Guide are doing a mammoth poll for the nation to vote for their favourite films, to ascertain the top 100 films of all time.
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So we decided, inspired by the DVD of the week, to ask our Movie Club members what their favourite Irish Film of all time is.

TAS Movie Club Poll: We asked what is your favourite Irish Film

3. Veronica Guerin:- Based on a true story, this film starring Cate Blanchett tells of the tragic story of journalist Veronica Guerin who was murdered when investigating the Irish drug trade.

2. The Snapper: Golden Globe nominated Comedy based on Roddy Doyle's film of the same name. Colm Meaney plays Dessie Curley, the father of an expectant single mother Sharon Curly who is on a mission to find out who is the father of her baby.

1. The Commitments:- Roddy Doyle again! No surprises that the iconic tale of Jimmy Rabitte who tries to form a band to bring soul music to the people of Dublin would be our favourite flick. Nominated for an Oscar for best editing in 92', The Commitments is also the first time we see Oscar winner Glen Hansard on screen, and we also see a debut appearance from pop star Andrea Corr.

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Michael Doherty