Only Terry Gilliam could come of with such a film. Only Terry Gilliam could come up with such visuals. Only Terry could have such a luck with actors – whether you think it’s good or bad luck. I don’t want to bring up any bad memories to anyone and we all miss Heath and we all think he was absolutely brilliant. But somehow The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus also works with the help of his friends, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell.
Something about this film is really absurd, maybe it’s the way it looks, or maybe it is the way the characters behave and look, maybe it’s the whole setting and story of the film. But there’s some unforgettable things about it. Heath, and his friends are great, and so is Lily Cole who is absolutely Breathtaking as Valentina, Dr Parnassus’ daughter. See for yourself, Judge for yourself. I’m not going to bet you’ll like it, but I’m not a betting man like Dr Parnassus. Watch out for the magnificent portrayal of an immortal character by Tom Waits.
I’ve seen a few 3D movies in Cinemas since they started coming out. What I’ve unfortunately noticed that while concentrating on making the films look good in 3D, the film makers seem to have forgotten the story lines completely. In my opinion, that is. If you agree, then you’ll agree that is very sad. The beginning of Up is also very sad, but purely in a good way. When I first heard about Up, it was being shown in Cannes film festival, and what they said about it was that nevermind Quentin’s Basterds, Up had the whole audience in tears in the first five minutes. And I have to say the beginning of Up is amazing.
The whole film is good, even if the beginning has a particular style of a section that appealed to me more than the rest, and it’s absolutely amazing looking film with such a good feel to it that you shouldn’t miss it for the world. Of course 3D is great. But this one is great with or without 3D. So don’t worry, be happy. And watch it. Pixar and Disney know how it’s done.
Where do these people come from? I don’t know if I’d be writing about Fish Tank, if Katie Jarvis had not had a row with her boyfriend one day at Tilbury station. Because according to Times Online that’s how she was spotted for her role in Fish Tank. A small gem from London, this surprisingly 1.33 aspect ratio film offers some fresh performances and a little bit of a story as well, although the emphasis appears to be on emotions, performances, feelings and between the lines. And it might also not be the most attractive portrayal of London. But it might give you an idea what it’s like just outside west end. Katie is not the only one responsible of making Fish Tank watchable, but she’s the newcomer which makes her worth the extra mention. You might be interested to hear that Michael Fassbender is also playing a major role. And why would you be interested? Because Michael Fassbender’s also in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Surely you’ve heard of Quentin Tarantino? And of Inglorious Basterds? The two films may not be very similar but both worth seeing. And both should make you realise that American English is not the only language in the world.
Hallam Foe is different. And I mean both the character and the film itself. It is beautiful and strange story. Brilliant performance by Jamie Bell. Billy Elliot, anyone? Now, don’t be expecting men in tights though. And it’s nothing like Billie Elliot, apart from just as, or even more, worth watching. And while we’re still talking about Jamie Bell, have you heard of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn? And who do you think might be one director that always seems to get the box office hit right? Steven Spielberg. And it would of course be Steven Spielberg that has directed the Tintin film. I’m not saying it’s any good, I’ve not even seen the trailer. But Hallam Foe and Jamie Bell’s performance as Hallam Foe and Billy Elliot were great.
On top of Jamie, there’s a fairly touching supporting role by Ciarán Hinds and a few others. This is a nice little indie gem. Quirky and disturbing, I read somewhere. I’d say so. From the word go.