Movies

Gallery: Top 10 big-screen bimbos

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Who says female leads have to be smart, sassy and sensible? It’s a PC world these days but luckily, Hollywood still has a sense of humour. With ditzy chicks, such as Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) and Cher Horowitz (Clueless) leading the way, the Hollywood bimbo is still alive and kicking in cinemas today.



Good fences make bad neighbors

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Neil LaBute’s “Lakeview Terrace” is a film about a black cop who makes life hell for an interracial couple who move in next door. It will inspire strong reactions among its viewers, including outrage. It is intended to. LaBute often creates painful situations that challenge a character’s sense of decency. This time he does it within the structure of a thriller, but the questions are there all the same.



Jude Law in talks for ‘Sherlock’

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Jude Law is negotiating to join Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes,” the drama that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. Law is expected to close a deal shortly to play Watson, the super-sleuth’s sidekick.



MovieFIX WALL-E special

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

This week at the cinemas, the animation masterminds from Pixar bring to life its newest hero, WALL-E - an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class. Before you see the film, check out our WALL-E special as we catch up with Pixar genius and WALL-E creator, Andrew Stanton and talk to the sound guru and voice of WALL-E the robot, Ben Burtt.



‘Wall-E’ immersive and one-of-a-kind

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

“Wall-E” was released in the States in June. So why have we had to wait almost three months for it to hit Australian cinemas? It’s an inexcusable delay for a film which is one of the finest - if not the finest - that the geniuses at Pixar have ever produced.



Interview with ‘Wild Child’ star Emma Roberts

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew, Aquamarine) stars in new comedy film ‘Wild Child’ as 16-year-old Poppy: a self-obsessed, incorrigible brat who lives a pampered life in her LA world. After an over-the-top prank pushes her father, Gerry (Aidan Quinn), over the edge of his patience, Poppy is shipped off to an English boarding school.



Can you spot the only male in this movie?

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

“The Women” isn’t a great movie, but how could it be? Too many characters and too much melodrama for that, and the comedy has to be somewhat muted to make the characters semi-believable. But as a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.



Foreign box office still sings for ‘Mia’

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

Universal’s feel-good musical ‘Mamma Mia’ has totaled an eye-popping $307 million outside the United States, dwarfing its $139 million domestic take. And with back-to-back first-place finishes, it has kept overall foreign business decent at a time when moviegoing often lags.



‘Burn After Reading’ plot goes around and around…

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

This is not a great Coen brothers’ film. Nor is it one of their bewildering excursions off the deep end. It’s funny, sometimes delightful, sometimes a little sad, with dialogue that sounds perfectly logical until you listen a little more carefully and realize all of these people are mad. The movie is only 96 minutes long. That’s long enough for a movie, but this time, I dunno, I thought the end felt like it arrived a little arbitrarily.



‘In Bruges’ brutally funny

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Movies

A cleverly written and humorous script by renowned playwright and director Martin McDonagh, together with outstanding performances by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, results in one very brilliant film.