More Films I have watched over the past few weeks

How to Get Ahead in Advertising
In which Richard E Grant plays an arrogant hotshot Advertising Executive named Dennis Bagley who thinks he can sell anything to anyone. Until he tries to come up with an advertising campaign for a new pimple cream.
He finds himself creatively blocked and becomes so stressed out that he himself develops a boil on the side of his neck, the boil gradually gets bigger as Dennis gets more stressed out and eventually develops a mind, eyes & voice of it’s own and starts to take over Dennis’s life completely.
There are some wonderfully surreal comic moments in this film & Richard E Grant is hillarious as he starts to act more and more bonkers. I really enjoyed this film.

Malice
The 1993 Psychological Thriller Malice  stars Nicole Kidman and Bill Pullman as a seemingly happily married couple named Tracy & Andy, who would like to have children. Tracy (Kidman) is a bit of a femme fatale, and manages to entice nice-but-dim Andy (Pullman), aswell as enticing a charismatic arrogant surgeon named Jed (Baldwin) into a decidedly dodgy scheme. However Things go a bit pear-shaped when Tracy is rushed to hospital and is operated on by Doctor Jed.
The film also stars Bebe Neuwirth, George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Peter Gallagher and Gwyneth Paltrow. It was directed by Harold Becker.

Spiderman 3

Spiderman 3 sees Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) hailed a hero after saving New York from Dr Octopus. However he is still having trouble with his girlfriend Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), and to make matters worse, his former friend Harry Osbourne blames him for the death of his father Norman A.K.A The Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), and is determined to clobber him.

Meanwhile an escaped convict named Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) finds himself caught up in a sinister experiment whilst on the run from the Police and ends up developing some rather interesting powers as a result, which he then puts to good use running amok in the city.

As if this weren’t bad enough Peter then finds himself being taken over by a sinister alien life form and starts to behave very oddly indeed, until events are brought to a head by a foolish act and the alien is dealt with, only to find another host with a grievance against Spiderman.

I think this film is  quite complicated, it is as if they threw every element at this film in order to make it entertaining, with loads of explosions, chases and exciting bits, that said I still enjoyed it, especially the cameo from Stan Lee – The creator of Spiderman. It’s not as good as Dark Night or Watchmen, but it’s still pretty exciting.

Heaven’s Fall
Heavens Fall is a powerful story set in 1933 which Stars Anthony Mckie, and  follows the difficulties of a New York Attorney named Sam Leibowitz (Timothy Hutton) who finds himself in the Deep South defending nine young black men charged with rape.
What first starts out as a Taut courtroom drama eventually sets in motion a legal battle which ultimately changes the course of American Justice forever.

Sleepy Hollow

This entertaining film stars Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lee, it is Set in 1799,  and  is based on Washington Irving’s classic tale The Legend of Sleep Hollow. (I wonder if I can get that on Kindle..hmmm)

In it Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, a man who is sent to investigate a number of beheadings, said to be the work of the legendary Headless Horseman, of course being a man of science Ichabod thinks it’s all a load of superstitious codswallop, until the horseman gets his chopper out & starts chasing him…..
The film also stars Christina Ricci, and her rather impressive heaving bosom , as Katrina Van Tassel

UP
I am a huge fan of all the Pixar animated films and this is no exception, So recently I thought I’d watch this film again. It is the inspiring story of an old chap named Carl Fredricksen, who, faced with the prospect of losing his house & ending up in a retirement home, decides he wants some excitement in his life (I don‘t blame him Go for it!).

So, Inspired by his childhood sweetheart & the daring exploits of his boyhood hero, he ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off for a lost world of adventure. Along the way Carl unwittingly manages to pick up an overeager eight year old Cub Scout named Russell who has never ventured beyond his backyard, he also meets a talking dog named Dug and a rare flightless bird named Kevin.

The Piano
This weekend the Sunday Times Newspaper is giving away a DVD of the 1993 film “The Piano” with the paper. You can also download 5 tracks from the movie as well. I think it’s a great film & the music is wonderful, so I would like to get it.
Directed by Jane Campion and taking place in the mid-nineteenth century. It stars Holly Hunter as Ada, a mute woman who has a young daughter, Flora. After an arranged marriage to Stewart (Sam Neill) she leaves her native Scotland accompanied by Flora and her beloved piano and travels to the rugged forests of New Zealand’s South Island
At first Life in New Zealand is hard for Ada and her new husband Stewart is not the saviour he first appears to be. She then suffers more torment and loss when Stewart sells her piano to a neighbour, George (Harvey Keitel). However Ada learns from George that she may earn back her piano by giving him piano lessons, but only with certain other conditions attached. At first Ada despises George but slowly their relationship develops and Ada finds a way out of her miserable predicament…

Watchmen

 Adapted from the comic books by Frank Miller & directed by Zack Snyder I think Watchmen is a, fast paced exciting and visually spectacular film, which takes place In An alternate 1980’s reality where Richard Nixon is still president of the United States of America, and America stands on the brink of Nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Superheroes are used for secret operations by The US Government, but after an unfortunate incident erupts into violence and innocent people are killed, it then decides to outlaw them. ( The Incredibles spoofed this to great effect)

Then After a former superhero named The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is murdered. his friend, another vigilante superhero named Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) approaches his former colleagues: Dr Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Silk Spectre (Malin Ackermann) Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) & Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) to find out the truth. Then when Rorshach is framed for murder, so Silk Spectre & Nite Owl decide to rescue him & investigate further. Their investigations lead them to where they least expect it and they uncover a sinister plot to turn the planet against Dr Manhattan by starting a nuclear war, killing millions, and blaming him, and they face a race against time to avert disaster…

The Odd Couple

Neil Simon’s hilarious film stars Jack Lemmon stars as a neurotic chap named Felix Unger,  who devastated by his recent divorce, decides to move in with his happily divorced friend Oscar (Walter Matthau). Unfortunately Felix likes everything spotlessly clean and Oscar is a total slob, the results are predictably hilarious and they find their friendship being severely tested…
Nobel Son
This really entertaining  thriller stars Alan Rickman Mary Steenbergen and Danny DeVito. It tells the story of Barkley Michaelson (Bryan Greenberg) , whose life is in a deep rut who is struggling to finish his PhD thesis.

Meanwhile his father, the learned Eli Michaelson (Rickman) , wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and now Barkley and his long suffering mother, Sarah (Steenburgen), now have the misfortune of living with an insufferable, arrogant chap whose philandering ways have become less and less discreet.

As if Barkley’s world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel Prize, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is $2 million – Exactly the same sum as the Nobel Prize money.  Eli’s selfish refusal to pay soon spurs on a venomous (and very entertaining)  tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and, ultimately, revenge…

Gran Torino
I’ve also recently watched Gran Torino again, In which Clint Eastwood stars as a grizzled bigoted old curmudgeon named Walt Kowalski, whose prize possession is his 1973 Ford Gran Torino, and is not best pleased when a family of Hmong refugees move in next door to him, especially when the youngest lad Thao (Bee Vang) tries to steal his prized car.

It becomes known that Thao was planning to do it it as part of an initiation into the local gang, but is prevented by Walt. To atone for his disgraceful behaviour Thao is made to do chores for Mr Kowalski  and gradually the two of them bond, Walt teaching him all sorts of useful Do-It-Yourself trade secrets for fixing up houses.

Eventually though things come to a head when Thao’s sister (Ahney Her) is attacked by the local gang in revenge and their house is attacked, Walt then finds himself drawn into a confrontation with the local Gang and decides to take action….

The Shawshank Redemption.

I’ve also recently watched this inspiring film Directed by Frank Darabont & Based on a novel by Stephen King. It is Set in the 1940’s, and stars Tim Robbins as a chap named Andy Dufresne, a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover and sent to Shawshank Prison.

At first he is lonely & isolated but despite the grim conditions Andy adapts to prison, and realizes there is something deep inside you, that people can’t touch and get to….’HOPE’. He eventually gains the respect of his fellow inmates, especially longtime convict “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), a black marketeer, and becomes influential within the prison and epitomizes why it is crucial to have courage, spirit and determination to fulfill your dreams.