WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 9.30PM, ONE ★★★★
This modern-day military classic from Steven Spielberg is so forcefully brilliant, any number of repeats will never become too much of a good thing. Whatever you do, don’t miss that stunning opening barrage – a sobering, saddening restaging of the D-Day landing.
ROMPER STOMPER 8.30PM, SBS 2 ★★★★
The most intense blast of realism ever fired by an Australian filmmaker (firsttime writer-director Geoffrey Wright) is a chilling study of gang violence. Though it had many detractors upon release – David Stratton famously called for all prints to be burnt – no one can deny the ferocity with which it assaults the viewer.
THE ORPHANAGE 1.25AM, SBS 2 ★★★★
Set the recorder for this superb Spanish thriller about a distraught mother’s search for her missing child. A simple hybrid of oldfashioned ghost story and modern psychological horror that plays its audience’s fears like a grand piano.
SUCKER PUNCH 8.30PM, GO! ★
Imagine an unnecessary mash-up of Inception, Sin City and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Performed by the Schoolgirls In Uniform division of the Pussycat Dolls. Emily Browning stars as Baby Doll, a young woman dragged to an asylum by her sleazy stepdad for a lobotomy. While awaiting the removal of her brain, Baby Doll falls in with the shrink-tank’s resident hot chicks (led by Abbie Cornish), each wearing Victoria’s Secret’s latest line of lingerie for the mentally unstable. What the heck does it all mean? You will never, ever know. Some of it is undeniably dazzling to the eye. But all of it is flamboyantly defiant of logic. Consider yourself punched, sucker.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB 9PM, ELEVEN ★★★★
Five testy high-school kids trapped in weekend detention learn more in a day than most of us ever do in a lifetime in this beautifully crafted ensemble piece from writer-director John Hughes. The key to the immense dramatic grip Hughes has on these characters is how he continually shifts the alliances between them. The universal appeal of Hughes’ script will have you believing you went to school with everybody seen here. Stars Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.
CANDY 11.05PM, SBS ★★★
A tentative, inconclusive take on what it’s like to be young, in love and on heroin. Abbie Cornish and the late Heath Ledger do the his ’n’ hers habit thing, hitting an early high before plummeting to a series of shocking lows. Performances are excellent, but won’t mean much unless you, too, are both hopelessly romantic and hopelessly addicted. Co-stars Geoffrey Rush.
AMELIE 9PM, SBS ★★★★
For the type of viewers who long to lose themselves completely in a movie – a stunning French comedy-fantasy about a mischievous young woman (Audrey Tautou) who uses her love of practical jokes, white lies and crackpot schemes to improve the lives of others. Impossibly infectious. An instant classic.
Whimsical: Audrey Tautou.
Double trouble: Abbie Cornish and Heath Ledger play heroin addicts in director Neil Armfield’s Candy.
Heroic: Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.