Friday, 4 May 2007

This Movie Needs No Review. (Bad language)

I felt sick watching this; how dare countries such as Great Britain and the USA label themselves as civilised democracies when these kind of things happen.

The LAPD were heard laughing, shouting:
"Double time, it's tussle time"

Maybe its time someone took these children's toys away from them?

Monday, 30 April 2007

The Devil Wears Prada - Review

I'm trying to watch a film a day; so far I'm two-for-two, which I'm sure you'll agree is pretty impressive. Today, I chose the somewhat girly-looking "The Devil Wears Prada."

From the offset, the cover art made me wince. As someone who often is impaled on dancefloors by dangerously sharp high-heels; just looking at that shoe (to the left) brings a tear to my eye.

In a nutshell, it's about Andrea (Anne Hathaway) who gets a job with an unbelievably horrible boss (Meryl Streep). Over the course of a few months, she is bullied by her machiavellian mentor (and the rest of her colleagues), and yet refuses to quit.

On the surface, the plot would appear a bit vapid and shallow, but after a while the characters grew on me. Stanley Tucci (one of my heroes) plays a brilliant role as a camp art director who "pretended to go to football practice when [he] was really at sewing club". He steals the show in my book, and while Anne Hathaway plays her role convincingly, Tucci and Meryl Streep make the film.

It's not exactly a mind-bender, and after an hour and a half, I can only be thankful I don't work with anyone as nasty as Andrea's co-workers (I don't have a job..whatever..) Despite the slightly weak plot (and a slightly irritating boyfriend), TDWP made me smile and ultimately left a lasting impression on me:

Never work in fashion.

Sunday, 29 April 2007

Rear Window - Review

I've had this film in my collection for a little while now, but I'd never got around to watching it...perhaps the premise (an invalided James Stewart looks out of his window for 6 weeks) left me a little cold, but the Sunday boredom hit, and I whacked it on.

The film starts slowly, introducing charming character after charming character; Stewart is one of my favourite actors, he appears in "To Kill a Mockingbird" which is well worth a watch. Grace Kelly plays the love interest, and does it stunningly, both in looks and performance.

While the acting is impeccable, the plot seems to revolve around the fact that nobody in L.B Jefferies' (James Stewart) neighbourhood EVER seems to close their curtains. Even if they're murdering their wife.

That said, if you train yourself to suspend reality for about two hours; this film is a stunning piece of work.

Jefferies, in his wheelchair due to a broken leg, can do nothing but spy on his neighbours through his abnormally large rear window.

The first half an hour burns slowly, but it gradually climbs to a peak which is well worth the wait. Suspense is what this movie is about; my interest was kept by the increasing sense of foreboding (and Grace Kelly's hotness) and I could feel my heart beating faster on a number of occasions (probably something to do with Miss Kelly again...)

The combination of drama and sex appeal made this film an instant favourite for me; and having Raymond Burr (Detective know, the detective in the wheelchair) plays a great baddie.

And he'd have gotten away with it if he'd just closed his FREAKING CURTAINS!