30 June-6 July 2008

July 6 2008 at 9:32 pm (The list)

I really need to get my skates on having only ticked one film off the list this week:

Rio Bravo (1959)
A decent Western with some good action sequences. Some of the dialogue is a little cheesy at times and it’s too long, but the finale is pretty exciting. A nice little quartet of goodies including Dean Martin as an alcoholic and John Wayne as a typically grizzled sheriff face off against a gang of baddies who want to break their boss’ brother out of jail. Varying between action and wry comedy, it makes for a light-hearted romp.
Rating: 4/5

Shame list total: 770

Penelope (2007)
Better than the sum of its parts and its parts are pretty good too. A lovely little modern day fairy tale complete with obvious plot and a moral about loving yourself for who you are. Still what makes it so good is the quality of the cast which includes cameos from the likes of Nick Frost, Russell Brand, Lenny Henry and Nigel Havers. Even Reese Witherspoon pops up as a sassy Vespa riding chick and the presence of Peter Dinklage is worth the watch alone. Penelope (Christina Ricci) is born to a wealthy family but a centuries-old curse means that she has the face of a pig. Her parents (a wonderfully manic Catherine O’Hara and a bizarrely cast Richard E. Grant with a wavering American accent) arrange a series of potential suitors for their daughter who they keep behind locked doors. They all scarper as soon as they see her… all but one: Max (the ever brilliant James McAvoy). Is he only after the substantial dowry or will he fall in love with the porcine princess? Well, the answer’s obvious but it’s a fun ride with some great visuals and some nice makeup, although a pig’s nose hardly turns Christina Ricci into a munter.
Rating: 4/5

Elizabeth (1998)
I wanted to watch Elizabeth: The Golden Age but hadn’t seen Cate Blanchett’s first foray into the crown of the Virgin Queen. It’s history as conspiracy thriller with great performances and direction. Cate Blanchett gives a stirring and defiant performance reminding us of the horrors of royalty.
Rating: 4/5


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