Friday, July 21, 2006

The cooler option

With heat lethargy spreading like wildfire across London, we haven't 'bovvered' much with weekend plans. But surely what we all need is a few hours in a dark, air conditioned room to lift the week's caustic air. Temperature controlled entertainment to reinvigorate our sweat dripping, Tube trodden lives. Unless seeing your colleague swap his suit for a Friday dress down, 'crusty-goes-to-Goa' look, is enough for you. In which case, raise 'em standards.

Weekend film choices (with unofficial target markets):

Heading South. Haiti, 1970. Middle-aged American women on holiday find romance with young locals. Should appeal to single women over 30 hoping for their own summer holiday lovin'. Also, for single men under 30 curious about the global toy boy industry. Or whom still fancy their mum's friend.

The Break Up. Chicago, 2006. War of the Roses for the Friends generation. Vince Vaughn, spokesman for the 'Menaissance', and Jennifer Aniston in a relationship doomed by cohabitation. We hope their on screen fireworks leave Mr. and Mrs. Smith in a pyre. Just may prove a bit touchy for couples recently rowing in Foxtons.

Little Fish. Sydney, 2006. Cate Blanchett as a reformed druggie with a dysfunctional family. Should appeal to those drawn in by star reviews from the Venice, Cannes, Toronto festivals. That is not to say that review snobs are dysfunctional addicts themselves. I don't think.

Regular Lovers. Paris, 1968. Like The Dreamers but with self conscious intellectualism. Should appeal to anyone pining after poetry reading, opium smoking, revolutionary Frenchmen. And thankfully no GĂ©rard Depardieu.

Taxi Driver. New York, 1976. Re-released in celebration of its 30th birthday. Scorcese's take on urban alienation. A psychotic, insomniac fuelled portrayal of New York at the helm of De Niro's taxi. The film buff's riposte to Superman Returns. It doesn't get any better (but I may be biased).

Oh, and remember, to avoid the excructiating Orange Film Board ads arrive 15 minutes late.


Blogger Dark Loud said...

Taxi Driver - one of the most overrated movies ever. He messed it up with the ending.

12:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heading south is fantastic
saw it last weekend. a bit slow to start but great

3:22 pm  
Blogger ian said...

Taxi Driver: The ending was changed from the original script for the film.

5:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree Dark Loud. The ending is great. De Niro never fails.

5:32 pm  
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7:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Th Break Up was better than expected although Jennifer can't act.
Taxi Driver was not ruined by the ending, I beg your parden.

4:08 pm  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

Breaking up is 4/5 You can relate to the whole thing from where misunderstanding leads to angst, to alienation to fuck it to shit I didn't realise but I've moved on now. Personally I could never get that way over jenifer Anniston because I would be too busy lifting my jaw off the floor!

9:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw The Break Up at weekend. Aniston should have stuck with Telly. Vaughn awesome though. 3/5 me thinks. Taxi Driver 10/5.

10:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Break Up made me want to go to a Cubs match. That was my mens men take.

10:53 am  
Blogger City Slicker said...

The Break Up was much better than I expected and I saw it an un air conditioned cinema so my patience and fortitude were compromised. Not sure Aniston ever shrugs off the Rachel character, but many TV actors turn film have had similiar problems.
So I disagree with many of the critics.

12:42 pm  
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