The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
A man (Christopher Plummer) makes a bet with the devil, gaining immortality and setting of a lifetime of wheeling and dealing against Mr Nick Tom Waits), while travelling with a show that allows people to access their imaginations. When he loses one of his wagers with the condition of handing over his daughter (Lily Cole) when she turns 16, things start to go wrong and the addition of an amnesiac called Tony (Heath Ledger/Colin Farrell/Johnny Depp/Jude Law) , doesn’t help… or something. Really, I had no idea what was going on but this film is visually absolutely stunning. The fact that Heath Ledger couldn’t finish the film, adds to its disjointed progression and it’s harrowing to see him looking so drawn and haggard.
Mou Gaan Dou II (Infernal Affairs II)
Despite being billed as a sequel, this film is in fact a prequel to Mou Gaan Dou, giving insight into Yan’s family background, how he became associated with Sam and his early years as a police mole. It also explains the relationship between Sam and SP Luk. Pretty cool… requires concentration…
Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan (Infernal Affairs III)
Ok… I think this instalment of the Mou Gaan Dou saga involves lau Kin Ming’s present after Yan’s death but at the same time Yan’s past. I’m not sure this needed a part three to be brutally honest, although my inability to fathom what the FUCK was going on in this film may have had something to do with the fact that I attempted to watch it with a massive hangover.
When reclusive, psychologically fragile Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) , takes a job as a secretary for lawyer, Mr Grey (James Spader, pulling off devilishly sexy for probably the last time in his career), she discovers that his methods of “punishment” for transgressions are not quite what one would expect in the workplace. Grey awakes something in Lee that will change her forever, but how far will they both go before one of them breaks. Weird, cool and very sexy, this film is likely to test your boundaries… I loved it… but then I have a little bit of a girl-crush on Maggie…