Saturday, 12 February 2011

The clue's in the eyepatch (Out this week - 11/02/11)

I can't quite believe it's happening, but after two and a half years of previewing the weekly releases I'm coming to a major milestone - it's the first movie to get a perfect score. The reviews have been cracking, it's from a director(s) and cast that I truly admire, it's picked up awards and nominations from major organisations - whilst I have had my doubts frankly it's hard to ignore it even if it didn't actually make my countdown for most anticipated film for 2010! So later today I will go to see , this weeks film of the week True Grit.

True Grit

Without doubt this is the most exciting Western proposition in nearly 20 years. The Coen brothers returning to Charles Portis' novel for this exciting tale about redemption and loyalty all seen through the eyes of a 13 year old girl. By the way the talk that this is not a remake of the earlier movie is slightly undermined by the eyepatch, which was an invention of the first film.

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●●●●●●●●

Gnomeo and Juliet

Smart looking children's adaptation of Shakespeare most famous romantic tragedy set to the music of Elton John. The changing of the characters to Gnome's is odd but is at least understandable for the kids. The eclectic cast backing James McAvoy and Emily Blunt in the leads ranges from the highbrow Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters to the bizarre trilogy of Ozzy Osbourne, Jason Statham and Hulk Hogan!

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●●●○○○○○

Never Let me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro's subtly sci-fi love triangle set in an alternative 1970's UK somehow never managed to capture the pre-screening buzz it elicited. Nevertheless the melancholic style and triumphant central performances by Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield makes this an interesing proposition.

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●●●○○○○○

Just Go with It

Dreadful looking Adam Sandler vehicle where he somehow manages to drag Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman into the mess with him. Plot seems to revolve around Sandler pretending Aniston is his wife in order to attract another (younger) woman.

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●○○○○○○○

Nothing to Declare

French Buddy Cop Comedy (be warned) about the closing of the French-Belgian border in the ninety's. Plenty of national stereotypes abound. Should appeal to the Top Gear crowd - if it weren't actually in French.

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●○○○○○○○

Patiala House

Akshay Kumar headlines this UK set Bollywood movie about a second generation Sikh, the central question is whether supporting your family or following your dreams is more important or whether you should have to choose.

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●○○○○○○○

Son of Babylon

Iraqi drama about a 12 year-old boy Ahmed and his Grandmother crossing the country to find Ahmed's missing father who might have been released after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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Yogi Bear

The questionable regurgitation of 1960's cartoons reaches a new low with Hanna-Barbera's most famous Bear, most famous for it's "Best things come in Bears" first poster. You can understand why Dan Aykroyd desperately needs the work but Justin Timberlake has no excuse fr this boo boo.

Runs like a Gay Excitometer: ●●●○○○○○○○

Bizarrely missed from 04/02/11

New York, I Love You

Not sure how I missed the release of this themed collection of shorts in the same vein as Paris Je t'aime. I've already got the DVD and will review - as part of my normal film reviews - in a few weeks.

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Alex in Movieland said...

hmmmm... I don't think you'll enjoy the ending of True Grit.
but the first half an hour is really catchy. interesting to see ur so excited about it.

and do check ur e-mail :))

TomS said...

As you know, I loved "Never Let Me Go"...I'm anxious to get your thoughts on it.

Runs Like A Gay said...


True Grit was interesting - will reviewlater in week.


I'm not sure if I'm going to get a chance to catch Never Let Me Go as it's release window will probably be very short. If it's still on next weekend (nothing worthwhile is opening next weekend) then I'll try and see it then. I remember your review so I am keen to see it too.