Tuesday, April 12
13. The Rage In Placid Lake
The singer Ben Lee stars as confused teenager Placid Lake in this enjoyable and likeable Australian comedy. Bullied at school, he turns the tables on his tormentors by joining the mainstream and getting a job in insurance, much to the dismay of his hippie parents. It's pretty lightweight stuff all told and in many ways is similar to every American High School movie that has ever been released - except in reverse. It's all very knowing and postmodern with Lee and Miranda Richardson displaying impeccable comic timing throughout. There are several laugh out loud moments and it is definitely worth seeing, although it is almost entirely predictable.
14. Bullet Boy
This film could be classified as an English version of classic French film La Haine, it's La Hackney if you will. So Solid Crew's Asher D is cast as Ricky. Just released from jail, he wants to go straight, but is soon sucked back into violence after a minor car accident. Some have accused the film of being cliched, but I disagree. For the film to be cliched it would glamourise the violence, whereas this resolutely does not. Star of the film is Luke Fraser who is in his first ever film - playing Ricky's younger brother Curtis brilliantly. When I left the cinema, I felt dazed like i'd been hit around the head several times. This can only be a good thing.
Where do I start? This film cost $130 million to make and I think it was money that could better have been spent. Life for example, buying me a lifetimes supply of custard. Matthew McConaughey is one of the worst actors in Hollywood today. He really is crap at anything remotely outside the romantic comedy genre. He co-stars with Penelope Cruz who is given terrible dialogue and is badly mis-cast and Steve Zahn, who gets all of the funny lines. Plus Zahn has a strong attachment to his hats and he keeps losing them - I can empathise! The plot? Don't worry about it, it's not important... Sahara has been talked about as the start of a 'franchise' of films, but the only franchise that the scriptwriters should be operating is a branch of KFC.