One of 2007’s most popular comedies arrives on DVD this week, starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl as a mismatched couple preparing for a baby after a drunken one-night stand. The film was written, directed and produced by long-time TV and film producer Judd Apatow, who also wrote The 40 Year Old Virgin, and his results with Knocked Up offer the same mixed comic and light-dramatic style.
Irish pop group The Corrs performed in Toronto last night for an enthusiastic crowd that couldn’t get enough of the band’s celtic-inspired sound. As part of a tour to support of their new CD Borrowed Heaven, the band had only made one other stop in Canada, and after not touring for some time many fans were more than eager to see where the band was today.
One thing that always undermines the seriousness of movie reviewing is the presumption that some critics assume when they pontificate about movies in a way that suggests that if they don’t like a film then it can’t really be all that good. Some movies, and such is the case with 13 Going On 30, should be looked at with a critical eye that takes into account the audience that the film was made for and whether or not that particular audience will find it enjoyable.
When The Alamo is good, it is very good. The battle scenes are terrifically and terrifyingly stages. The characters are well drawn and memorable, and the storytelling is smart and interesting (for a change we have a film that doesn’t venture to insult the intelligence of the average twelve year). When it isn’t quite so good, it is still okay, it just feels a bit slow and uneven.
Elvis Presley fans may not be so happy when they see Bubba Ho-Tep, a film that stars the incredible Bruce Campbell as the supposedly late, but great King of Rock n’ Roll. The twist is that he’s alive today and living in an old-folks home in Texas after he gave up his life to an impersonator, one Sebastian Haff (who is also played by Campbell). Once Haff dies though, Elvis is left to live Haff’s life – too bad for him that while he’s impersonating himself, he throws out his hip and ends up in a coma.
When I read about this film, it sounded so cool… a bike courier meets his favorite action director and tries to convince him that he can be the next big movie star in the film that he’s casting for. It sounds great, right? Well, it certainly has the essence of greatness, especially thanks to very compelling performances by both Johnny Gooltz, as “The Kid”, and Carlo Rota, as director Bruce Donato.
Greg Kinnear has done some great things in his few short years as a star, but he’s also done some awful films too. His role in As Good As It Gets propelled the story, and he was both fun and tragic. Then, in The Gift, he was the charicature of a real character and seemed like he might have been trying way too hard to be something he wasn’t. Now, in the film Auto Focus, he’s taken on the like of Bob Crane without really capturing the heart or soul of a man who was both a star and a sexual ravenous playboy.
In Mulholland Drive, David Lynch weaves a fantastic spectacle that dazzles with acting, imagery, cinematography and an intricately simple story that is deserving of at least a couple of Academy awards. This is Lynch at his best with one of the most wonderous, mind-warping escapades I can think of in recent years and it’s done as a two-part story that could almost be two seperate stories. Except you would have a hard time excavating the first part from the second. It is also almost impossible to realise, as your sitting there in the theatre, where one part ends and the next begins.
When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite romantic-comedies, and yet, in ways it drives me nuts because it’s the kind of film where every awful event that you’d never want to live through happens to the main characters and their friends. In The Last Kiss, a similar story ensues where a host of Italian couples try to figure out what kind of romantic life they want to lead, and end up creating all sorts of havoc along the way.
War movies usually aren’t my thing. Even movies like Born On The Fourth of July or Patton didn’t really do anything for me, but when I saw that Buffalo Soldiers had Ed Harris, Anna Paquin, and the very talented Joaquin Phoenix (who always looks strung out to me), I had to see what the movie was all about.