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Movies Wednesday 11th November 2009

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Michael Doherty: RTE Guide

Michael will be reviewing:

Interview with John Cusack and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor


Taking Woodstock.

DVD of the Week - Star Trek and The Snapper

The Snapper was just released on the 30th October for sale on DVD.

Junket with John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor and director Roland Emmerich

Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton
Release Date: 13th Nov 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Duration: 157' 39"
Classification: 12A
Courtesy: Sony Pictures


"The Mayan calendar predicts that the world as we know it will end in 2012, so, really, this is sort of like a pre-emptive documentary. An eclectic mix of characters are introduced, including Chiwetel Ejiofor's scruple-ridden scientist, Danny Glover's scruple-ridden president, and Oliver Platt's scrupleless politician. But our protagonist is John Cusack's failed writer, who discovers, through some mind-numbing coincidences, just what the US government is planning to do. Desperate to save his estranged family, as all hell breaks loose around the world, it's a race against time to find a way to some safe land, and the "spaceships" the government has built to save a select few in order to reboot humanity."


Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor
Release Date: 13th Nov 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Classification: PG
Duration: 112' 00"
Courtesy of: 20th Century Fox


"Takes a look at the life of legendary female American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a solo flight around the world."

Taking Woodstock

Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
Cast: Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Liev Schreiber, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano
Release Date: 6th Nov 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Classification: 16
Duration: 120' 32"
Courtesy of: Universal


"It's 1969 and Martin is Elliot Tiber, one of the men who would be instrumental in bringing Woodstock to his small town of Bethel, New York, after the organisers were banned from hosting it in other areas. He and his family run the struggling El Monaco Motel, while the enterprising Elliot also serves as President of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, and commutes between his modern apartment in the city and his parents place to help out. When Woodstock comes to town, it brings with it an eclectic mix of hippies and hipsters, as well as those just looking for a good time. Despite this, the town's people are not happy with what having hundreds of thousands of people around will do to their municipality, and lash out at Elliot, who learns as much about himself as he does about those he previously saw as friends."

DVD of The Week

Star Trek
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine
Release Date: 13 Nov 09
Duration: 126' 45"
Classification: 12A


"After numerous failed attempts to reignite the franchise, first with the original cast, then with the popular crew of The Next Generation, it's taken a man with no connection to the Star Trek universe to breathe life into this sleeping beast - JJ Abrams. The numerous films and TV shows always held a cult following, but this reboot should achieve the seemingly unobtainable feat of appeasing the fanboys, and playing like gangbusters to audiences unfamiliar with the world of these characters. This is a hugely entertaining two hours at the cinema, whatever your Sci-Fi persuasion."
By Mike Sheridan

The plot, surprisingly, links wonderfully from the old Trek universe, as it opens with the heroic demise of James T Kirk's father, as he sacrifices his own life to save that of hundreds of others - including his wife and newborn son. Years later, and Kirk Jr. has grown up to a bit of a charismatic rogue, with a liking of the broads - regardless of their planet of origin. Soon his potential for greatness is spotted by Captain Pike, a gung-ho leader of his own ship, The Starship Enterprise. Spock meanwhile, is a man torn between two worlds; that of his Earth born mother, and Vulcan father - this, naturally, causes him to carry a bit of a chip on his shoulder as he wows the hierarchy of Starfleet. Very much a two-hander, with the origins of Kirk and Spock nicely explored, the action kicks in when Eric Bana's Romulan wrong sort carries a grudge through a worm hole.

The Snapper - Released on DVD to buy on the 30th October

Screenwriter: Roddy Doyle
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe
Release Date: 30th October
Duration: 95mins
Courtesy: Miramax
Classification: 15

Summary: "Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of the town."

Movie Poll - Favourite John Cusack Film

3. Pushing Tin - 1999 (with still of John Cusack with, Cate Blanchett, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie and John Cusack)

2. Gross Point Blank - 1997 (still of Cusack and Minnie Driver)

1. High Fidelity - 2000 (still John and Joan Cusack)