Movie of the Week 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC
M. 2009. James Cameron’s outer space blockbuster hits the small screen but, without the 3D. Crippled marine Sam Worthington journeys to a distant planet where his mind is transferred into the able body of an alien life form to help Earth conquer the aliens. Brilliant special effects make for a sci-fi masterpiece. 8.30pm, One
M. 2002. Terrific suspense thriller in which a traffic accident sends the lives of hotshot lawyer Ben Affleck and family man Samuel L. Jackson spiralling out of control. Good characterisations by the leads show how a simple twist of fate can lead to bad judgment and, eventually amoral acts. Guaranteed to make you drive more safely. 9.20pm, SBS ONE
M. 2007. Life was tough for legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Grim, unrelenting biopic covers her neglected childhood, working in a circus, growing up in a brothel, singing for pennies, not to mention booze, drugs and bad lovers. Marion Cotillard delivers a great Oscar-winning performance. 9.30pm, 7MATE
MA. 2008. Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd are placed on good behaviour bonds that involve mentoring young kids. Why anyone thinks it’s a good idea to expose kids to these dudes doesn’t bear thinking about. Suffice to say the kids – one a nerd, the other a street kid – do the teaching. Typical guy comedy with jokes. T’S a blind audition being staged for Channel 9’s new TV talent show The Voice and it’s far from the train wreck seen at many TV talent quests.
None have a voice so bad you feel embarrassed for them. Every one knows they have talent.
All can sing – and there’s a reason for that. They are chosen to audition for the series and receive an official invitation. Most are professional singers. The four coaches – Keith Urban, Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem – each get to pick 12 contestants they will advise.
All of the coaches sit and listen to a performance with their backs to the contestant. However, they can see the audience and their reaction.
Because of that, audience members are told to applaud, stand and generally express their approval loudly.
Perhaps because the talent level is high the coaches are also nicer than on some other talent show auditions. Singer Rebecca Jensen doesn’t get picked by the judges though all say she did a great job.
The same thing happens with the second contestant Shauna Jensen, who gets hugs from Delta and Urban when she explains Rebecca is her daughter.
‘‘I just didn’t know what I could do with your voice,’’ Madden explains why he had to pass.
Next contestant Kelsie Rimmer, a 20-year-old singer with a guitar, from the Sunshine Coast, performs Teenaged Dream. The audience is obviously engaged with her emotive voice.