WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
unknown folk singer named Bob Dylan will soon make sure of that. However, scruffy, unknown folk singers are a dime a dozen in the dingy cafes and bars of Greenwich Village. In this film from the great Coen brothers ( No Country for Old Men, Fargo), we will be spending a week in the company of one such B-list balladeer. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) just might have what it takes to make it. There’s just one problem. If there is a line that separates temperamental artists from precious painsin-the-butt, Llewyn just can’t see it. As this is a Coen movie, the protagonist’s many misplaced delusions of grandeur will be mined for much dark comedy. Co-stars Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
GALLIPOLI 8.30PM, ONE We should be forever grateful that the task of filming one of the defining moments in Australian history went to Peter Weir, one of our greatest directors. An unusual entry in the annals of anti-war films, in that it
doesn’t discredit the blind patriotism that sent so many young Australians to an unnecessary demise. Stars Mel Gibson and Mark Lee.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 12.55PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE
From the great American filmmaker Wes Anderson ( Moonrise Kingdom), a lavish and highly enjoyable escape from reality. The year is 1932, and the setting is a fictional five-star crash pad in an equally fictional corner of eastern Europe. It is here we find the mysterious M. Gustave (a hilarious Ralph Fiennes) at the peak of his powers as the Grand Budapest’s celebrated chief concierge. What follows is a majestically madcap adventure, with Gustave and his loyal offsider fighting tooth and nail to keep some formidable enemies at bay.
THE HUNGER GAMES 8.30PM, NINE Jennifer Lawrence fronts a compelling action tale depicting a future where
poverty-stricken youth must battle to the death as televised entertainment for the rich. Does it stick to the best-selling book? You bet. Hardcore Hunger Gamers will not be disappointed. Lawrence’s portrayal of renegade teen heroine Katniss Everdeen is a cracker. You will follow her every hurried, hunted and haunted step of the way. A solid effort that promises even better things to come.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 8.30PM, SBS The Coen brothers ( Fargo) return to brilliant form with a haunting, hard-bitten and incongruously affecting chase flick based on the Cormac McCarthy novel. Josh Brolin stars as a Texan hunter who happens across $2 million in a briefcase, and a frightening Javier Bardem plays a merciless killer out to retrieve the cash. Though several scenes are extremely violent and unapologetically amoral, there is a chilling composure to the film as a whole that will not be denied. Highly recommended.
Man on a mission: Javier Bardem plays a merciless killer out to retrieve a suitcase of cash in NoCountryforOldMen.