WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
story of Frenchman JeanDominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke that paralysed his whole body at the age of 43. Left with one eye still functioning, Bauby (played by Mathieu Amalric) went on to compose a bestselling book by dictating the words with a series of blinks. An unforgettable tribute to the survival instinct in its rawest form.
MR WOODCOCK 1PM, NINE Billy Bob Thornton switches to Bad Santa mode yet again, telling American kids what time it is and then hitting them over the head with a metaphorical clock. In this moderately effective no-brow comedy, Thornton plays a stone-hearted gym teacher who becomes engaged to the mother of one of his least favourite students. Co-stars Seann William Scott.
IN TIME 8.30PM, NINE A fascinating if flawed sci-fi thriller from unconventional writer-director Andrew
Niccol ( Gattaca). In a future where time has replaced money as mankind’s currency of choice, a struggling young man (Justin Timberlake) comes into a sudden windfall that may allow him to live forever. What truly impresses here is the brave new world which has sprung fully formed from Niccol’s wild imagination. Bit of a shame the plotting is not so brave, nor new. Co-stars Amanda Seyfried.
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD 5.30PM, 7MATE An insanely creative, exhilarating and funny movie fired directly from the world of comic books with genresmashing panache. Michael Cera stars as a Toronto bass player who must defeat the evil ex-boyfriends of his new girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to remain at her side. Aside from clever writing and the razor-sharp performances of a young ensemble cast, Scott Pilgrim vs The World also trumps all-comers as a complete technical triumph.
Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead take a comic turn in ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld.