Thursday, 29 June 2006

Shallow week

Shallow Hal (Fri 7 830P) is a Farrelly brothers rom. com. (There’s Something About Mary, Stuck On You) which probably tells you everything you need to know. An impossibly large Gwyneth Paltrow, an un-PC Jack Black, a main-star’s-best-friend Jason Alexander and a nice cameo from TV positive-power Tony Robbins makes this an acceptable date movie of the week.
Shaft (Fri 7 11P) starring Samuel L Jackson and Vanessa Williams. When are they going to show the 1971 original instead of this poor imitation ?
What does this tell you about Saturday nights these days : High School Musical (7 630P), Grease (7 830P), Prince Charming (9 730P) ? As none of us fit the gender or the target age range we can happily leave well enough alone. As to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (7 1045P), it’s a cult classic and to maintain an informed movie perspective then you should watch it at least once but its not a good movie. Tim Curry hams it up the most, almost as much as Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s Beetle Juice (9 930P).
Pen Cruz’s decision to come to America to make it rich has worked a treat but it is turns like Woman On Top (Sun 7 11P) that make you wish she hadn’t. Her resume up to that point was a very fine collection of films in her native Spanish too. As a side note, isn’t it interesting that films have to justify why their main actor have a non-American accent. In this film, they show PC being tossed out of her Brazilian home has her raison d’etre for coming to America. In the past, Australian actors have had to include some passing comment in their films as to how they “studied in Australia” or “their mother was from Sydney” or whatever.

1 comment:

lach said...

Rocky Horror is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Granted I only watched about ten minutes of it, but it was horrible. Do not waste your valuable seconds. Clip your toenails or something.

Beetle Juice was quite enjoyable - I don't remember it all that well but I remember enjoying it a lot.

Most of the time you don't get to hear an Australian accent in hollywood movies (except for Rusty, of course) - normally they make the actor put on an american accent. See Rachel Griffiths in Six Feet Under to see what I mean. Boo hiss.