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A RIP for Two Soul Men and Dubya's Film Debut

Posted by: Matthew Turner 15/08/2008 @ 11:25
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Films seen so far this year: 288
Films seen this week: Chocolate, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, The Duchess, The Banishment, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Hunger, High Plains Drifter

RIP: Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes
Last week saw one of those weird coincidences where two Hollywood stars die within a day of each other. It's slightly weirder this time round because Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes had just finished work on an upcoming movie called Soul Men, ironically about a rhythm 'n' blues band reuniting after the death of their lead singer. I hope for his sake that Samuel L Jackson doesn't believe in movie curses such as the ones listed here. The deaths of Mac and Hayes are also shocking because both men died suddenly at a relatively young age (Mac was 50, Hayes was 65). I shall be watching my Bad Santa DVD (my favourite Mac performance), repeatedly listening to The Theme From Shaft and maybe watching South Park as tribute.

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Oliver Stone's W
Like most of the western world, I'm no fan of George W Bush, but that doesn't mean I'm not excited about seeing Oliver Stone's 'Dubya' biopic, especially after seeing the trailer. Josh Brolin (rapidly becoming one of my favourite actors) looks perfectly cast as George Jnr and the supporting cast looks superb too, particularly Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney and James Cromwell as George Bush Snr. Stone has a great track record with movies about Presidents (Nixon is hugely underrated, in my opinion) and I'm confident W will deliver the goods, while hopefully sticking the knife in at the same time. I also love the way the trailer makes it look as if the politicians are actually in the movie (“Starring: Karl Rove! Condoleeza Rice! Donald Rumsfeld!”) There's also a strong possibility of some Oscar nominations, providing the movie does well. Can't wait.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Only two new entries this week and only because both Donkey Punch and The Visitor are rapidly disappearing from cinemas.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Man On Wire
4. Mamma Mia
5. Wanted
6. Death Defying Acts
7. Baby Mama
8. The X-Files: I Want to Believe
9. Jimmy Carter Man From Plains
10. Elite Squad

DVD of the Week: In Bruges (out now, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is In Bruges, the frequently hilarious comedy-thriller starring Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell as two Irish hitmen who are ordered to hide out in Bruges after a job in London goes badly wrong. Gleeson and Farrell make a terrific double-act, while writer-director Martin McDonagh's script crackles with great dialogue and the film is both suspenseful and surprisingly moving. Extras include: several deleted scenes, some of which are excellent; a moderately amusing gag reel; three decent featurettes (including a boat trip around Bruges) and an amusing swearing reel, which cuts together all the swearing in the film. No commentary though, which is a shame, as you get the impression that McDonagh would have a lot to say.


by  Anonymous  15/08/2008 @ 16:06
Ohmygod. I was so upset about Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes... Scary stuff about the film curses... who'd be an actor eh?
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