Dubby’s dvdiscussion : American dreams & American nightmares: Five fabulous flicks tell all

Dubby Bhagat

Kathmandu:

It’s raining movies and to keep you abreast here are some good ones. ‘In Good Company’ spotlights the very talented 26-year-old newcomer Topher Grace who plays a wannabe hard executive and who, as a result of a corporate takeover becomes the boss of a man old enough to be his father and then starts dating his daughter. Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson who play the beleaguered father and the daughter in love are excellent in a movie about relationships, the ruthlessness of corporate America and how old values have strength. Critics have called the movie, “honest and honourable with problems that aren’t resolved too neatly. Sometimes that’s worth watching.” ‘Lemony Snicket’s: A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ was nominated for three Oscars and won one for make-up most of which was applied on Jim Carrey who plays Count Olaf who subjects three resourceful orphans to horrible things like fire, rushing trains and other bizarre happenings in order to kill them to get their money. Based on the first three books in the Lemony Snicket’s series, the orphans meet a snake-loving uncle and an anxious aunt who is afraid of everything, played by Meryl Streep with Jude Law (whom we see only in shadows) making us laugh with a narration almost as hilarious as Carrey’s performance. Critics found the movie, “Witty throughout, fast paced and having occasional cliffhangers.” Grab it. See it. ‘The Woodsman’ wa-sn’t Oscar nominated but everyone thought it should have been. Kevin Bacon who co-produced the film acts as a child molester recently released from prison trying to build his life. He is helped by Kyra Sedjwick (Bacon’s real life wife) and we see him struggling to go straight keep a job, overcome temptation and deal with another molester.

First time director Nicole Kassell said, “For me it was about giving a character often seen as one dimensional, black and evil, a human perspective.” Based on a play, ‘The Woodsman’ despite being a movie about morality is extraordinarily speedy. It deserves all the honours heaped upon it and needs to be seen. ‘Beyond the Sea’ directed and acted by Kevin Spacey also was buzzed for prizes but got a four out of five star rating. The movie is about Bobby Darin the 1960’s singer who had hits like ‘Dream Lover’, ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Splish Splash’, and ‘Beyond The Sea’. Doctors said Bobby would not live to see his 16th birthday but lived to be 37 and crammed a fascinating life into those years. His marriage to actress Sandra Dee acted by Kate Borworth was tumultuous and as passionate as his love for singing. Supported by Bob Hoskins and John Goodman the film (like the life of Cole Porter, De-Lovely) is a flash back and a tearjerker with moments of sheer brilliance. Critics call it “sly and jazzy with a broad beat and a rousing story which is one of the best examples of show biz biography in recent memory.” ‘Hostage’ is Bruce Willis taking bestseller author Robert Craise’s fabulous novel and trying to make it come to life. Unfortunately director Florent Siri best known for his pop promotion movies borrows from ‘Home Alone’, ‘Panic Room’ and the television series ‘24’ and comes up with what reviewer Jonathan Barnes call a picture that’s “…ridiculously entertaining, Siri keeps things moving with such brainlessness that you are happy to be taken on this ride again.” Bruce Willis is, well, Bruce Willis.