The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - EVAN WIL­LIAMS

IT’S hard to go past My Fair Lady ( Sun­day, 1.10pm, Seven). In cin­e­mas it was shown in two parts, with a break be­fore the em­bassy ball, in­ter­mis­sions be­ing a mark of big- stu­dio pre­ten­sions in those days. When Ge­orge Cukor turned the ball scene into a full- scale sus­pense se­quence, with a speak­ing part for the sin­is­ter Zoltan Karpa­thy, the whole thing felt a bit un­bal­anced, showy and overblown, but the movie re­mains the great­est filmed mu­si­cal, even with Rex Har­ri­son looking a shade too old as Henry Hig­gins. Ce­cil Beaton’s As­cot hats are mir­a­cles of grav­ity- de­fy­ing op­u­lence and the songs, of course, are luvverly. Hav­ing given one of my cau­tious raves to the new Pixar an­i­mated fea­ture WALL- E, I should warn view­ers that Cars ( Satur­day, 6.30pm, Seven) is prob­a­bly the weak­est thing the stu­dio has done. The idea of a lit­tle hot- rod racer ven­tur­ing into a time­warped 1960s town and dis­cov­er­ing life’s sim­pler plea­sures will ap­peal to sen­ti­men­tal­ists, but there’s too much point­less revving and roar­ing, and the vi­su­als are sur­pris­ingly mud­died and repet­i­tive. One of the char­ac­ters in WALL- E is EVE. In Stealth ( Satur­day, 9.45pm, Nine, NSW, Queens­land only), the main char­ac­ter is EDI, who hap­pens to be a UCAV. In other words, we have an un­manned com­bat aerial ve­hi­cle called Ex­treme Deep In­vader, a US navy plane pi­loted by a com­puter. Stealth was the first Hol­ly­wood action thriller about the war on ter­ror, and the hu­man cast in­cluded Jamie Foxx and Jes­sica Biel. The North Korean se­quences were shot in the Blue Moun­tains near Syd­ney. I’m sur­prised they’re still stand­ing. If fires and ex­plo­sions could make a good film, Stealth would be a mas­ter­piece. Fox boasted that for one scene di­rec­tor Rob Co­hen det­o­nated Aus­tralia’s big­gest petrol blast, a fire­ball vis­i­ble from space. For­tu­nately, NASA was tipped off in case any­one re­tal­i­ated with strikes against New Zealand. In 2006 the Os­car for best for­eign film went to Tsotsi ( Sun­day, 9.05pm, SBS), writ­ten and di­rected by Gavin Hood from a novel by play­wright Athol Fu­gard. Tsotsi ( Pres­ley Ch­weneya­gae) is a teenage thug liv­ing in a South African town­ship on the fringes of Jo­han­nes­burg. One night he steals a car from a woman in an af­flu­ent white sub­urb and dis­cov­ers, driv­ing off, a three- month- old baby on the back seat. Re­strained by some ten­der im­pulse from aban­don­ing the child, he de­cides to care for it him­self, im­pro­vis­ing nap­pies from old news­pa­pers, feed­ing it con­densed milk and car­ry­ing it around in a pa­per shop­ping bag,

where it oblig­ingly sleeps for most of the film. As Tsotsi’s an­gry, bru­talised na­ture yields grad­u­ally to the pres­ence of the child, only the hard­est heart could re­sist such a story, and you may soon find your­self over­look­ing its fre­quent ex­cesses and im­prob­a­bil­i­ties. Crack­er­jack ( Satur­day, 8.30pm, Ten) is an ami­able Aussie com­edy writ­ten by Mick Mol­loy and his brother Richard. Mick plays a brash scal­ly­wag who joins a Mel­bourne bowl­ing club to gain ac­cess to the mem­bers’ car park and finds him­self roped in at short no­tice to com­pete ( hi­lar­i­ously) in a tour­na­ment. On the usual as­sump­tion that bowls is a se­date and bor­ing game for ge­ri­atrics, old- fogy jokes oc­cur fre­quently. But there’s plenty of good fun.

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