our film reviews: from armchair viewing to the festival front row

26 February 2007

[Reel-Comments] From Oscar, With Love...

Told you so. Well, sorta.

Best picture - Babel
(someone else said it was too like last year's winner, Crash. Point taken.)
Actual winner - The Departed

Best director - Martin Scorsese, The Departed (yeah!)

Best actor - Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland (yeah!)

Best actress - Helen Mirren, The Queen (yeah!)

Best supporting actress - Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
(shoulda - who wouldn't want her to win over Jennifer Hudson in a Motown schmuck-up?)
Actual winner - Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Best supporting actor - Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
(shoulda - one of the finest performances and one of the best character actors of hie generation. Think Kevin Spacey circa The Usual Suspects... but I think the Academy honouring a man playing a paedo is a little too liberal even for Californians...)
Actual winner - Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

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[Reel-Previews] House of Flying Daggers - Reel Spirituality, this Sunday

House of Flying Daggers (15)
The second in our Heroes and Villains series

This Sunday, 4th March
Doors: 6.30pm Film starts: 7pm prompt

VENUE CHANGE ** please note that we’ve moved venues (email for location details) **

If you want to explore the film’s themes and issues:
Post-film discussion: 9.15pm onwards Evening ends: no later than 10pm

Feel free to bring your own food, drinks and snacks – I think there might be free popcorn!

Continuing the series of Heroes and Villains:
1st April - Leon (18)
6th May - 15 Minutes (18)

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07 February 2007

[Reel-Reviews] The Princess Bride (3 stars)

Rob Reiner made his name directing This is Spinal Tap. Three years later, he was directing what should be a TVM kids film. Somehow, in the intervening 20 years, The Princess Bride has become something of a cult classic – designated such by drunk students and those harking back to a bygone (80s) era.

A bit of a mystery to me but a harmless and fun way to kill 90 mins on a cold, dark Saturday afternoon.

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[Reel-Reviews] My Little Eye (1 star)

In a word – miserable.

(I wanted to give it no stars, but M says that’s not a rating…)

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