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This week's Big Movies!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Its nearly time for New Moon mania, and the funniest film of the summer, The Hangover is our DVD of the week. Michael is here with his review on the new releases on the big and small screen this week.

Michael will be reviewing:

The Informant


A Serious Man

And is on his way after the show to the Irish premiere of New Moon: The Twilight Saga:-

DVD of the Week: The Hangover

The Informant
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey
Release Date: 20th Nov 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Duration: 109' 00"
Classification: 15A
Courtesy: Warner Bros

"Damon is Mark Whitacre, a high level employee at lysine developing company, ADM. Lysine, the narration informs us, is an ingredient in pretty much everything you eat - so the company is huge. Soon after we first meet Whitacre, he's informing his boss that there is a mole within ADM and a foreign competitor wants millions of dollars to give them up. But his boss then calls in the FBI, who begin an investigation, only to be told by Mark that there is a much bigger price-fixing scam at work. Before he knows it, he's in way over his head, lying like his life depended on it and becoming increasingly deluded with his position at the company and the FBI."

A Serious Man
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind
Release Date: 20th Nov 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Duration: 105' 30"
Classification: 16A
Courtesy: Universal

"Wimpy Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg) has always played by the rules. A physics professor in a 1967 high school, Larry is on the verge of tenure but the committee have been receiving anonymous letters arguing against his appointment and a disgruntled student is suing him for defamation of character. The bad news doesn't stop there: His wife Judith (Lennick) is leaving him for his friend and he's expected to accept it amicably and move out, leaving his pot-smoking son Danny (Wolff) and thieving teenage daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) behind. His aggressive redneck neighbour is encroaching on his property and his live-in brother (Kind) is of no use, spending most of his time hogging the bathroom draining his cyst. Larry wants answers - why is this happening to him? "I haven't done anything," is his typical childish protest - but none are forthcoming."

New Moon
Director: Chris Weitz
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Release Date: 20th Nov 2009 (as supplied by Distributor)
Classification: 12A
Duration: 130' 00"
Courtesy: E1 Entertainment

The Twilight Saga:- New Moon world premiere is in LA on the 16th November, so it's gong to open up roughly at the same time around the world. They've already shot the third part of the Twilight saga, Eclipse, while will be in cinemas next June. The first Twilight movie was shot for $37 million and made more than $400 million at the global box-office.
The Twilight phenomenon started last year in Ireland with the books reaching nearly €3 million to date. Last week, the DVD went the back to Number 1 in the charts after an incredible 27 weeks on release. This makes the DVD the best selling this year behind Bond's QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

Summary: This is the second chapter in Stephenie Meyer's successful series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) tests fate for a glimpse of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). As she plumbs deep into the mysteries of the supernatural world that she yearns to become part of, she discovers a pair of ancient secrets that put her at more peril than ever before.
"This time werewolves are involved, when Bella see's the love of her life bounce from town, as he and his family don't trust themselves around her (i.e. They may want to eat her)."

He'll be adding his review to the website and to our facebook Movie Club so log on to

TAS Movie Poll:
It's the question every Twihard has been debating: are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?

63.5% - Team Edward
37.5%- Team Jacob

DVD of the Week

The Hangover - Prop of DVD

Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley cooper, Heather Graham, Jeffery Tambor
Release Date on DVD: 20th November
Classification: 16
Duration: 99' 36"

"The plot sees three pals and one brother-in-law hit Las Vegas, for a night of booze-fuelled carnage a couple of days before one of them is due to be married. Just as the night kicks off, the film flashes forward to the next morning: the groom is missing, the expensive hotel room is totalled, and a tiger and baby are knocking around, for good measure. With no one able to recall the previous night's shenanigans, our heroes set about searching for their mate before his bride-to-be realises that he's missing. Cue various outrageous scenarios involving a naked crowbar-wielding Chinese man, a stripper with a heart of gold, and Mike Tyson."

Michael's Review:-
Not having been a huge fan of the first Twilight movie (in fairness, I'm not the target audience!), I wasn't expecting much from New Moon but I was quietly impressed. The story is more dramatic and the cast has certainly grown as actors since the first outing, notably Kirsten Stewart. Watching it with a cinema filled with Twihards was interesting, too. There were audible gasps when Edward first appeared, all pale and wistful with silvery threads on his face. Later when Jacob appeared, the gasps started again (though not as many). It's obvious that the film-makers know their audience and it's also obvious the costume designer wasn't terribly busy (they'll all catch their death if they keep taking off their shirts!). In terms of which Team I support, I think I'll be Team Michael Sheen; the guy brought real class to the role of Aro.