When Matt King’s (George Clooney) wife, Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie) is seriously injured, he is forced not only to take stock of his crumbling marriage but also to step into a much more hands-on parenting role with his daughters, Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (Shailene Woodley). At the same time he’s faced with the trying role of trustee of his family’s vast and valuable prime Hawaiian land. When I first saw the trailers for this I wasn’t sold. I got the impression that it would be a cheese-fest but in this challenging drama the emotions, relationship and the journey that Matt takes feel real and there is actual character development. I really enjoyed this, particularly Matt’s awkward conversations with Alexandra’s tag-along boyfriend, Sid (Nick Krause). Highly recommended.
Neurotic health shop owner, Miles Monroe (Woody Allen, playing Woody Allen) goes into a coma during a routine operation in 1973 and wakes up 200 years later after being cryogenically frozen without his knowledge. Finding himself in a world ruled by a mysterious autocratic leader, he bumbles his way into the home of socialite, Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton) and accidentally prompts her to join the rebellion. This is absolute, pure silliness with a focus on physical comedy. The “special effects” are disastrous and the premise beyond ridiculous but this adds to the humour.
I unexpectedly loved Mad Max 2 so I was quite looking forward to seeing Mad Max 3 but this time the bonkers quota has been stepped up to a level beyond cool and edgy, descending into WTF? With no preamble, Max finds himself in Bartertown, a city powered by pig shit… yes really. After getting on the wrong side of Bartertown “ruler”, Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), he is exiled in the desert where he is rescued by a community of feral children, who need him just as much as he needs them. It’s not that it’s terrible, it’s just nowhere near as good as Mad Max 2.
There’s nothing quite like a bit of bad Nicolas Cage and this definitely qualifies. This time Nic is playing Behmen von Bleibruck, a 14th century crusader, who along with his best mate, Felson (Ron Perlman) has had a crisis in conscious over killing so many wimmins and childrens in the name of god. Having deserted, it’s not long before the two get roped into escorting a girl (Claire Foy), who is has been accused of witchcraft to a remote abbey to stand trial. Accompanied by, convict guide, Hagamar (Stephen Graham) and knight-wannabe, Kay (Robert Sheehan) it’s not long before the party realises that witchcraft is the least of their worries. There’s no denying that this film has its faults. The accents are all over the shop. The dialogue is extremely wonky, bouncing between forsooths and fuck offs. And most of all the “historical” element of the story is woefully inaccurate. However all of that said, it’s still kind of good in a kind of ironic bad Nicolas Cage way, which is why you should watch it.