WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr.
GIRL, INTERRUPTED 9.30PM, ELEVEN A Girls’ Own One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest, featuring a mis-cast Winona Ryder as a troubled teenage mental patient. You’ve seen better versions of this same premise elsewhere. Only a blistering one-woman-stand by Angelina Jolie (for which she won an Oscar) saves this turgid psychodrama from getting even worse.
INCEPTION 8.30PM, GO! This convoluted tale of dreams within dreams, and burglary of the subconscious is a glorious mess of contradictions. In some scenes, the mind-bending brilliance on display suggests it is about to break open into a full-blown masterpiece. Other scenes are so mindnumbingly hard to follow that a collapse into grand folly seems imminent. Both a total must-see and a big fat go-figure from writer-director Christopher Nolan ( The
Dark Knight). You (and your brain) have been warned. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
THE OTHERS 5.40PM, FOXTEL THRILLER The widowed mother of two children allergic to natural light battles to keep her offspring in the dark when she learns of the uninvited presence of ghost spirits in her rambling mansion home. Although The Sixth Sense has raised the bar for this type of fare, this fine movie finds its own way to explore a select wavelength of eerie chills and sudden scares with an attention to detail that singles it out as one of the best psychological horror films of recent times. As added bonuses, The Others boasts both a pitch-perfect performance from Nicole Kidman and a trapdoor ending that is a shocking delight to step on. Highly recommended.
THE ILLUSIONIST 9.10AM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE Edward Norton stars as a gifted magician who takes Vienna by storm at the turn of the last century. Unlike The Prestige, this oldfashioned drama refuses to give away any of the conjurers’ tricks of the trade, allowing the mystery to keep building on several levels. Co-stars Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel.
THE WACKNESS 10.20PM, SBSONE A casually confronting coming-of-age flick with a difference, blending moments of (literally) high drama, bittersweet romance and uniquely touching dark comedy with impressive ease. The film’s subtle shifts in tone and intent are handled brilliantly by Josh Peck, who plays a troubled teen drug dealer with the damaged bravado and raw honesty of a young De Niro. Peck’s scenes with a gloriously unhinged Ben Kingsley (as a dopeaddicted psychiatrist) alone make it worth watching. Writer-director Jonathan Levine masterfully nails the vibe of New York City in the summer of 1994 with some wonderful soundtrack selections from hip hop music of the era.
Icecapade: Will Ferrell and John Heder
go for gold in BladesofGlory.