I’ve always kind of believed that Woody Harrelson can save just about any movie but Cool Blue has proved me wrong. Woody plays, Dustin, a down-on-his-luck 27-year old artist, desperate for success. When Dustin spends a night with a mysterious woman (Ely Pouget), he is suddenly filled with inspiration, but his muse vanishes without a trace, leaving him desperately combing the streets of California trying to find her. Possibly our experience of this film was marred by the horrendous dialogue but it might also have been because Jen and I were convinced that Ely Pouget was actually a man. We genuinely thought that the plot twist was going to be that she was a pre-op transsexual until she actually took off her top. Please don’t bother.
Successful director, Enrique (Fele Martinez) is surprised when his erstwhile schoolmate and first love, Ignacio (Gael García Bernal), turns up on his doorstep with a script he claims is based on their childhood. Despite his initial misgivings, Enrique is intrigued by both Ignacio and the story he has written. He soon realises that not everything is as it seems, uncovering a web of deceit, destruction and sadness. I absolutely loved this Almodovar gem and found myself sucked into the concurrently running stories of Enrique and Ignacio’s real past, their present and Ignacio’s fictionalised account. Brilliant!
In a modern take on Beauty And The Beast, arrogant but gorgeous teen, Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is cursed by a witch (Mary-Kate Olsen) after he rejects her. Doomed to make someone fall in love with him within a year or spend the rest of his life disfigured, Kyle must activate his dormant personality and win the heart of school charity case, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens). Maybe this film would have been vaguely more believable if Kyle had actually been turned into a hideous beast, but instead (probably for Disney purposes), he just looks a bit like one of the blokes who hands out fliers at Camden Station. If I weren’t married, I’d probably snog him after a couple of ciders. Added to that, the whole thing is hopelessly contrived. Might be good if you’re twelve, but otherwise avoid at all costs.
The universe is at risk of being overtaken by an evil empire of half-dead, half-alive creatures called the Necromongers and only reluctant criminal, Riddick (Vin Diesel), can stop them. Despite this being made in 2004, the CGI is pretty good, which is impressive considering that 8 years in CGI years is like 200 years in human years. In terms of storyline, acting and dialogue, there’s not that much going right but it’s certainly action packed and the Necromongers are a bit like a lame version of the Borg, since they convert the races they conquer to their own. It wasn’t really for me but I can see why you might enjoy it if you’re interested in this kind of thing… and I mean Judi Dench is in it so that must say something.