WEEK IN MOVIES
BLADES OF GLORY
8.30PM, ELEVEN When it comes to playing it dumb, the smartest operator around is Will Ferrell. He’s in cracking form in this comedy set in the weird, wild world of competition ice- skating. Ferrell’s hopelessly absurd odd- couple repartee with co- star Jon Heder is priceless. The pair play disgraced Olympic fi gure- skaters who join forces to beat a lifetime ban from competition.
8.30PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE A very likeable light comedy. Jon Favreau plays Carl Casper, a once- acclaimed cook whose cutting edge has been blunted by too many career compromises. The many scenes of fi nessed food- prep under pressure – particularly once Carl rediscovers his love of Cuban street cuisine – are executed to perfection. The banter between those turning up the heat on Carl and those chowing down on his creations is loose, lively and unforced. Co- stars Scarlett Johansson, Sofi a Vergara, Dustin Hoff man, Robert Downey Jr.
A Girls’ Own One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest, featuring a mis- cast Winona Ryder as a troubled teenage mental patient. Only a blistering one- woman- stand by Angelina Jolie ( for which she won an Oscar) saves this turgid psychodrama from getting even worse.
8.30PM, GO! Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon- Levitt, this convoluted tale of dreams within dreams and burglary of the subconscious is a glorious mess of contradictions. Both a mustsee and a go- fi gure from writer- director Christopher Nolan ( The Dark Knight). You ( and your brain) have been warned.
6.40PM, FOXTEL THRILLER The widowed mother of two children allergic to natural light battles to keep her off spring in the dark when she learns of the presence of ghost spirits in her mansion home. Although The Sixth Sense has raised the bar for this type of fare, The Others fi nds its own way to explore a select wavelength of eerie chills and sudden scares with an attention to detail that makes it one of the best psychological horror fi lms of recent times. Boasts a fi ne performance from Nicole Kidman and a shockingly delightful trapdoor ending.
10.10AM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE Edward Norton stars as a gifted magician who takes Vienna by storm at the turn of the last century. Unlike
The Prestige, it refuses to give away any of the conjurers’ tricks of the trade, allowing the mystery to keep building on several levels. Stars Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel.
Icecapade: Will Ferrell and John Heder go for gold in Blades of Glory.