Ten 2 Ten – It’s cowboy time.
A variety of different films out this week kids. The main event probably being Iron Man 2, but if Old Shell Face isn’t your cup of tea there are some equally interesting cinematic treats out there for you to smash your popcorn to. Get on your horse right about…now.
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
On a suburban street, two masked men seize a young woman. They bind and gag her and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Alice Creed, daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic and his younger accomplice Danny, have worked out a meticulous plan. But Alice is not going to play the perfect victim – she’s not giving in without a fight. In a tense power-play of greed, duplicity and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive…
This super intense thriller looks like the film I will be indulging in this weekend as I try and relax for my new jobbie next week. Perhaps a contradiction in terms, but I like Arterton and think that she needs some meaty films to balance out all her recent blockbuster work like Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia.
Benjamin (Michael Angarano), home-schooled by his eccentric mother (Jennifer Coolidge), is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement) and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town’s most prolific homespun filmmaker.
I think I may have been the only person out there to really enjoy this film. Perhaps it was because it was last thing on a Friday, perhaps it was because I was the only one to like Nacho Libre, perhaps it was because Napoleon Dynamite still rings heavy in my mind, who knows. I also really like Jared Hess, but I think my compadre Lewis Bazley’s thoughts are fair enough. You can check out his review here. If I liked it I’m not sure what that says about me other than the fact I think snake diarrhoea is actually quite funny. I really should grow up.
Iron Man 2
In Iron Man 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
You may have heard some mixed reviews on this film this week. I still stand by my convictions and will say that it’s a top action movie and super funny throughout. I would recommend this if the weather takes a nose dive over the bank holiday weekend. For the full review please see here.
Valhalla Rising tells the story of One-Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, who has been held prisoner by the chieftain Barde for many years. Aided by a boy, Are, he kills his captor and together they escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One-Eye and Are board a Viking vessel but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that first disintegrates as they sight an unknown land. As the new land reveals its secrets and the Vikings meet a ghastly fate, One-Eye discovers his true self. Referencing masters like Akira Kurosawa Sergio Leone, and Andrei Tarkovsky, Valhalla Rising shows how carnage, once invoked, has no fealty but to itself.
This looks dark, mysterious and probably one that I’ll save for a lonely night in at Orme Towers. If you’d like to join me let me know. The bad guy from Casino Royale rolls in another gammy eye performance, so he’s pretty much got the strangest type-cast in the movie biz.
That’s your round-up taken care of this week kids. Have a great bank holiday and please let me know if you see something great or you see something so whack it makes you want to break down in the road and curse the heavens.