Thursday, 6 July 2006

Capt'n Jack Sparrow arghhhh

Firstly, apologies for not corresponding with you via our usual electronic means, particular family events have prevented my attendance at that particular computer terminal. Any communications or comments to me will be updated on the morrow.
Sunday is the only day to create any cinematic interest on the TV screen in this otherwise barren week [the absolute highlight of the week if truth be told is the MIFF {Melbourne International Film Festival} program guide, free in tomorrow's Age. My ticket to the festival arrived in the mail this week.]
Pirates of the Caribbean : The Curse of the Black Pearl (7 830P) is a fun enough romp and while it does get a bit boring towards the end, Johnny Depp’s performance as Capt’n Jack Sparrow is the main reason to watch. Orlando Bloom continues to raise questions about his talent to act and Keira Knightley has her moments. Sitting through countless advertisements of POTC 2 (released shortly) will be almost as painful as actually sitting through POTC 2 itself I expect.
Conan the Barbarian (7 1130P) stars the Governator in his earliest role. If you ever (ever) thought that Arnie could act then this should sort you out.
Kramer Vs Kramer (10 midday) on the one hand a schmaltzy fish out of water tele-drama and on the other a finely acted drama exploring the impact on a child as his parents separate and then fight for custody. This won Oscars for best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actor (Dustin Hoffman) and best actress in a supporting role (Meryl Streep).
As a Sunday exception, The Deep End (Tue 7 midday) has good reviews for the often excellent Tilda Swinton even though I have not seen this myself; RT has it listed at 82%.
In World Cup action, we’re down to the final weekend. And while I have suffered from World Cup fatigue and been grateful for the rest days of the past couple of weeks, the final two games are between teams that are well matched and should continue to produce excellent football. Sunday morning (5A) is the third place play-off between Germany and Portugal. Monday morning (4A) is the final between Italy and France. You would be game to pick a winner but enjoy !

1 comment:

The artist formerly known as the artist said...

You forgot to mention that Pirates of the Caribbean features Keira Knightley in a wet corset, which is well worth the time invested in watching the rest of the movie.

Managed to catch a glimpse of Conan and enjoyed watching Arnie trying to fit his mouth around those difficult to pronounce english words. Still, I have to give him credit, how many other musclemen do you see acting in classics like Terminator 2 or Total Recall? Or to a lesser extent Running Man? ("That Hit the Spot".. one of the best/worst one liners in any movie, ever)