WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
MARGARET TEN, 11.30PM A flawed masterpiece, but a classic nonetheless from reclusive writer-director Kenneth Lonergan ( You Can Count on Me). The maze-like path forged by the narrative does not lead towards an easy synopsis, but what cannot be understood of Margaret can still be effortlessly felt. Courtesy of Lonergan’s highly emotive writing and Anna Paquin’s brave performance, the film locks into a singular state of mind that will be familiar to all. To be young, impressionable and figuring out the hell the world has in store amounts to so much more than merely a phase in our lives that must be endured. Margaret achieves this seemingly uncinematic goal, perfectly and powerfully. Co-stars Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo and Alison Janney. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME GO!, 9.30PM A rare, better-than-bearable outing from Roger Moore as James Bond. The plot’s nuclear subs churn up plenty of action and tension, and the metal-mouthed Jaws (Richard Kiel) is a bad dude par excellence. PRIEST GO!, 9.30PM In a battle between vicars against vampires, Paul Bettany – sporting a whopping crucifix tattoo right between the eyes – plays a kick-ass cleric fighting an underground nation of bloodsuckers. RIO TEN, 6.30PM Flavoursome visuals and a bland storyline all but cancel one another out in the passable animated adventure Rio. Kids under 12 won’t mind watching it, but will be hard pushed to remember much
of it once the school holidays are over. Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) is a nervy, nerdy North American, a pampered pet who cannot fly. Jewel (Anne Hathaway) is a swingin’, sophisticated South American, a feathered femme fatale who can fly. The pair are brought together in Brazil to go forth and procreate to save their sub-species, only to be bird-napped at the height of Carnival in a hypercolourful Rio de Janeiro.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC TEN, 6.30PM Hum a few bars of the title song and try not to picture Julie Andrews spinning with joy on top of a hill. In fact, hum a few bars from any song in this delightful biopic of the Von Trapp family singers and the scene will immediately
come to mind with crystal clarity. A family picture that continues to stand the test of time. Almost 50 years later, special singalong sessions still play to packed cinemas around the globe.
MOUSEHUNT TEN, 11AM Imagine Home Alone with a crafty cheese-eater stepping in for Macaulay Culkin. You can’t? Doesn’t matter. However you look at it, this is a visually lush, morally bent exercise in grand-scale chaos about two idiotic burglars (Nathan Lane and Lee Evans) pitting their wits against a mischievous rodent. The camerawork and production design gives the great Tim Burton a run for his money, the storyline is unhealthily disrespectful in
every department and the pesky mouse is a bona fide star. Stuart Little, eat your heart out.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES ELEVEN, 7.30PM While this sequel barely deviates from the formula for the first film, it is a slight improvement. The focus shifts almost exclusively to the war of wills between genial 12-year-old Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) and his older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick). Though the filmmakers know they are largely servicing a captive fan base, their work is creative enough (particularly when the visuals are switched to author Jeff Kinney’s famous stick-figure illustrations) to win over newcomers.
Christmas classic: Julie Andrews stars in the timeless musical delight TheSoundofMusic.