Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In Cinemas This Week

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World - Michael Cera is the titular character who must defeat the seven ex-boyfriends of the girl he has a crush on in order to win her heart. The latest from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), this has been winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, especially for its comic-book excess (indeed, it is based on a graphic novel), well executed action sequences and knock-out cast. I've been looking forward to this one for a while, because it just looks like pure fun that should be seen in a cinema with a crowd looking to enjoy themselves.

The Collector - I've always thought that the Home Alone storyline would lend itself quite nicely to a horror scenario. Turns out I was wrong. Having seen this recently, I'm going to chalk this one up as yet another entry in the "torture porn" genre of recent times. There are few jump scares and very little tension. Art direction is nice though, with great credit sequences and nice colour saturation to make it look all gloomy and gritty. For horror aficionados only.

Beauty & The Beast 3D -Back for a limited run, Disney's beautiful romantic musical returns in eye-popping 3D. Revisit all of the favourite characters and bask in what I am sure will be a stunning realisation of the animation as you've never seen it before.

Eden Is West - Greek refugee Elia pays to be smuggled on board a ship bound for France. He jumps ships when authorities board the vessel and he finds himself washed up at a nudist resort. From here the plot involves his desperate flee to Paris and the characters he meets along the way. Looks charming. And based on Homer's The Odyssey... apparently.

I, Don Giovanni - Sumptuous period drama about Lorenzo da Pont, composer, who collaborated with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on his opera Don Giovanni. This seems to cross over into material explored by Anthony Schaffer in Amadeus, as rival composer Salieri tricks Mozart into hiring da Pont thinking the you lyricist will screw it all up. Things work out differently however, as the two collaborate on one of the greatest Italian operas ever written.

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