Archive for December 11th, 2009

11th December
2009
written by Adam

17 year old Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) is high school student with a silver tongue and the ability to act. Given his natural talents, Richard smooth talks his way into a production of Julius Caesar shifting his life into the fast lane. This is after all no ordinary theatre production, this is an Orson Welles (Christian McKay) production and, the creative genius, arrogance, and idiosyncratic behaviour of a young Welles is in top form. Helping Richard stay afloat is Sonja Jones (Claire Danes), a young actress with dreams of success of her own. When a love triangle is set between Orson, Sonja and Richard tensions rise and the play is put in jeopardy. Will the production go on, what about the budding romances, and how will the careers of all involved pan out?Me-and-Orson-Welles-poster Hauntingly accurate acting by all accounts from McKay adds an extra fine shine to this already polished gem. Meanwhile, fine acting from all others in the ensemble really make this a delight to watch and prompt the viewer to wonder what might be truth or fiction. Visually interesting directing from Richard Linklater, just the right amount of humor and fun nods to other film from the period add to the experience. Fun for a date and worth seeing. Me and Orson Welles is rated PG-13.

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11th December
2009
written by Adam

When George (Colin Firth), a college English professor, loses his partner Jim (Matthew Goode) in a tragic car accident, his will to carry on begins to slip. Fortunately, Charley (Julianne Moore), a wry 40 something beauty who knows George inside and out is able to lend an ear and be of help during the grieving process. But when Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), a young attractive student steps into the picture, salt is inadvertently poured into the wound of lost love.a-single-man-poster Set in the 1960’s, A Single Man examines the social taboos and structure of gay relationships in the era. Top notch acting from Firth and Moore offers incredibly honest and believable chemistry. And, the creative eye of director Tom Ford brings interesting perspective and insight to the characters motivations through a blending of flashback and reality as well as color and black and white. Strong drama and worth seeing, A Single Man is rated PG-13.

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11th December
2009
written by Adam

In 1995 Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) was serving his first term as president for post apartheid South Africa. With a country torn and what appeared to be insurmountable problems on his shoulders, Mandela saw Rugby as a way to tie the nation together, in particular the rugby World Cup. On several occasions with gentle guidance and compassion Mandela would meet with the team captain for South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), in an effort to support the team and unite the nation in what was a politically exciting and difficult time.invictus
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film takes on a classic approach to cinematography without fancy moves and edits and focuses more on drama and humanities rather than action and what could be misconstrued as a sports film. Also a heavy hitter in the acting department this weekend, both Freeman and Damon do justice to the individuals they are portraying, although perhaps a little more time could have been spent in the accent coaching. And, in at least one point perhaps Eastwood could have chosen better music to underscore a fairly dramatic point instead of a mediocre pop song that stands out like a sore thumb in what would otherwise be a decent film. All this aside, the film serves as a well produced an interesting recent history lesson. Perhaps good as a matinee, Invictus is rated PG-13.

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