Thursday, 28 July 2005

Walk it off...

I watched three movies recently in a "Being a Man" theme.

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" directed by Kerry Conran, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law: Very "classic" sci-fi film about a guy (the fighter pilot) and a gal (a reporter) and a lot of robots and flying things in a very 50s future world. The story's kind of interesting (a mad scientist has set into action a plan to save the best of the world, rocket it to another world and destroy the old, in one fell swoop) but it's really the style and cinematography that you want to see this movie for. Oh, you'll want to strangle Gwyneth Paltrow's stupid character and you get to see Angelina Jolie for about 5 minutes.
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"The Return" directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev: A Russian film (with subtitles... excellent!) about two boys who go on a "fishing trip" with their newly returned father (after about 12 years) and the relationships that change between them and form with their father (not very good). The father's a bit of a disciplinarian but it seems like he means well, but it's not really about him (as you'll find out near the end). It's about how these boys deal with loss and growing up.
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"Stage Beauty" directed by Richard Eyre, starring Billy Crudup and Claire Danes: For some time in England, women were not allowed on stage in a public performance and female roles were all played by men. Then one day, by decree of a certain King Charlie, not only were women allowed to act but it was made illegal for a man to play a woman on stage. This film is an entertaining and emotional look at how this change affecting the men and women involved, for good and for bad. Deals with issues of gender (duh), transvestitism, homosexuality, prejudice, politics, prostitution, love, and self-conception.
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