Thursday, 27 April 2006
Movie highlight for the week is Hong Kong director Kar Wai Wong’s In the Mood for Love (Wed SBS 10P). This movie is effectively the prequel (or at least companion piece) to last year’s 2046 which received some air time. Not surprisingly Margaret and David loved it (and by inference In the Mood for Love – read some of Margaret’s gushing and you’ll see why). Both films have the same male character, played by Tony Leung, who falls for Maggie Cheung in the first and Zhang Ziyi in the second (and quite frankly, who wouldn’t?). In the Mood for Love is beautifully shot, Cheung’s “early 1960s dresses utterly stunning” and the musical theme “striking”. Take the chance to watch this otherwise relatively hard to get film before venturing down to the local library to watch 2046.
Whale Rider (Sun 7 830P) stars an impressive Keisha Castle-Hughes (nominated for an Oscar for her performance) in what effectively is a coming of age story within an indigenous community (in this case the New Zealand Maoris) and challenging long held traditions and beliefs.
Try to avoid View from the Top, Beverly Hills Cop III, Cats & Dogs and Mission Impossible II. Ocean’s Eleven (Sat 9 930P) is a good fun heist movie starring George and Brad (yes, you know who they are) but that is as far as you are allowed to go.