Sunday, 12 December 2010

You Can Check out any time you like (Out this week - 10/12/10)

But you can never leave, but more on that later. Late this weekend - and my excuses for this week are even more pathetic than usual. On Friday night it was our Christmas party and I must confess that yesterday I was horribly unwell, my head throbbing I couldn't focus on the screen for long. Today I'm feeling a little better so catching up.

Did anyone guess the link to this week's film in the title? Well it's from the classic Eagles track Hotel California and probably perfectly encapsulates this week's RLAG film of the Week: Somewhere.

Band Baaja Baaraat

There are a couple of Bollywood entries this week, the first of which looks like it's going to give it's target audience exactly what they suspected - it's a romatic comedy set at Delhi University she's organised and has her life planned and he's a slob (ish). Sit back and enjoy.

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The third Narnia movie, picking up from the financial disaster Prince Caspian is certainly picking up better reviews and at the moment looks highly likely to claim the box office crown. It's all ships and dragons in this installment and I suspect it wil go down well with the kids.

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For Colored Girls

Tyler Perry takes a break from dragging up for his films and translates the seminal 1970's performance poem by Ntozake Shange. Taking the monologues and threading the storylines together has led to some shock from critics but this looks like an interesting mix. Whoopi Goldberg is among the cast.

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In Our Name

This British Iraq drama may just break the mould on PTSD movies, unlike the majority of American looks at the issue it concentrates on the effect of war on a female soldier, played to perfection by Joanne Froggatt.

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No Problem

It's Bollywood film number 2. Poster has gorillas. No really there are gorillas. I no longer care about the plot the poster has gorillas.

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On Tour

The Burlesque film revival begins here and will carry on with Cher and Christina next week. For now it's a little lower key (although certainly more realistic) as Matthieu Almaric directs and stars as a tour manager moving his girls in the day and watching them perform in the night. Don't take a balloon to the screening.

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British/Irish movie that looks part drama part horror and mother and son on the run find themselves in a sleepy village which is then attacked by a beast.

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Sofia Coppola returns to dreamy hotel landscapes, but this time moves from Tokyo in Lost in Translation to the Chateau Marmont. With Stephen Dorff as a famous enough Hollywood actor wondering what to do next in his career.

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The Tourist

This might be OK, but I suspect it's going to be a miss with Johnny Depp and Anjelina Jolie looking incredibly sexy in Venice and trying to capture the breezy chemistry of the 50's spy caper templates that this most resembles.

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