How time really flies bos and girls and another week is now on us so whats cooking this week? A couple straight out of the 70’s show just need to press a button and all there financial worries will be over, an animated role reversal when the big doppy human lands on a little green man’s planet and now we are the aliens! Learning his trade from Mr Welles after many years at the High School Musical then knicking his girlfriend, time to go cave rock climbing and fight off some scary beasties. In need of the Girlfriend experience or simply watch a period flick directed by Ridley Scott’s little girl but are you a very mery man or just and disgrace in southern Africa? Asian musical departures or see Robert Caryle dawn a mullet and moustache again.
So THE BOX is the movie of the week. Directed by Richard Kelly who brought us the excellent Donnie Darko but then gave us a turkey named Southland Tales which I havent seen yet. Richard Mathieson wrote the original story for the Twilight Zone away back when it was shown in black&White and his portfolio of stories are just as impressive with the Invisible Man and I Am Legend which was first released with Charlton Heston as Omega Man and recently with Wil Smith as I am Legend. I know the The Box has received mixed reviews but fortunately for me I have seen and read more positive, but it is nice to get a movie that question our morals during times of hardship, a dark and thought provoking movie which is full of suspense, twist plus a few crazy bits.
I cant really decide what I would see next probably Planet 51 animation which sees humans landing on the little greenmen’s planet (51) becoming the alien, with voices of Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman, Justin Long and Jessica Biel you cant wrong. Im sure the young teen girls who have seen Twilight New Moon will want to see Me and Orson Welles simply to see there pin-up boy Zac Efron, all Ill say girls he doesnt bare all and this is more a serious movie so you maybe dissappointed.
Anyway enjoy your movie whatever you watch and remember to comeback and share your views with us all here at the blog. If a miracle does happen and you send a review remember to include a score out of 5 with the review and where you watched the movie.
Thriller, Science Fiction (1hour 55minutes)
Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella
A suburban couple with a young child receive a simple wooden box as a gift. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box could offer its owner $1 million with the press of a single button, however pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another unknown human being somewhere in the world; a true test of morality.
Drama (1 hour 49 minutes)
Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay
Set in 1937, the story centers on a high school student who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles. The man lands a bit part in “Julius Caesar,” the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love.
Horror (1hour 33 minutes)
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Gavan O’Herlihy
Anxious, disorientated and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system. Fresh in the memory of the unspeakable terrors she encountered there. Sarah is unable to justify to the authorities what happened, or why she’s covered in her friends’ blood. As a result, she is forced to return to the subterranean depths in search of her five missing companions.
Animation (1 hour 31 minutes)
Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long
The inhabitants of Planet One have two antennae and eight fingers, live in a world strangely akin to American suburbia of the 1950s, with drive-in movies, picket fences and a persistent fear of alien invasion — which is fulfilled when a human astronaut lands in their midst.
Drama (1 hour 44 minutes)
Eva Green, Maria Valverde, Juno Temple
A clique of students at a British all girls boarding school participate on the swim team to be close to their swimming instructor, Miss G. Miss G encourages them in their belief that they have more potential than their schoolmates, and also encourages a crush held by one of them, Di. The group’s equilibrium is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious and beautiful Spanish pupil, Fiamma, who remains resolutely detached from the team, provoking both fascination and jealousy.
Drama (1 hour 37 minutes)
Michael Keaton, Kelly MacDonald, Mike Bradecich
Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald) is a woman new to the big city. Having left her abusive husband behind and now attempting to hold down an office job, she forms an unlikely and ironic relationship with suicidal hitman Frank Logan (Michael Keaton). As their relationship blossoms, the interference of a police detective and the threat of Frank’s secret being spilled puts a potential dampener on this fine romance.
Drama (1hour 17minutes)
Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Philip Eytan
A high-class escort tries to balance life, ambition and relationships in a verité-style study of life at the top end of the sex-industry.
Foreign, Drama, Music (2hours 11minutes)
Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue
“Departures” follows Daigo Kobayashi, a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a “Nokanshi” or “encoffineer,” a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of “Nokanshi,” acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.
John Malkovich, Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebouaney
David Lurie (John Malkovich), twice-divorced and dissatisfied with his job as an English professor in post-apartheid South Africa, finds his life falling apart. When he seduces one of his students, Melanie (Antoinette Engel) and does nothing to protect himself from the consequences, he is dismissed from his teaching position, and goes to live with his lesbian daughter Lucy (Jessica Haines), who shares a farm in the Eastern Cape with trusted black worker Petrus (Eric Ebouaney). For a time, his daughter’s influence and natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life but the balance of power in the country is shifting. In the aftermath of a vicious attack by three black youths, he is forced to come to terms with the changes in society – as well as his disgrace.
Robert Carlyle, Arron Fuller, David Bradley
A man living in Wales with his young son starts behaving strangely. He moves into a delapidated flat, keeps in regular contact with a man called Mr Fisher, lives in increasing fear of his life and, as his son discovers, he also owns a gun. The father reveals that once the mysterious job is over, they will be paid £2 million and emigrate to America but, when he goes to a bar to collect the money from Mr Fisher, he doesn’t show up and the father becomes increasingly paranoid and dangerous. Is the father a secretyt agent or is something darker happening to him?
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