Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – The 6th installment of the Harry Potter franchise is not as action packed as any of the previous films, and focuses more on character development, which is why I think that people who have read the books will like this installment more compared to the people who have just watched the films. Harry continues his battle with Voldemort as well as dealing with hormones, as he finds himself attracted to a girl, and Ron and Hermione have ups and downs in their relationship. Alan Rickman is his stellar self as Professor Snape, and Jim Broadbent joins the cast as a new teacher.
Julie and Julia – This is a film about Julie Powell – a blogger who decided to make a recipe a day from Julia Child’s cookbook for an entire year. Amy Adams has been consistently good in each film that she is in, but not surprisingly most of the kudos are going to Meryl Streep, and if some of the critics are to be believed, she will receive an Oscar nomination. For anyone who loves food, this is the perfect film for you.
Public Enemies – Michael Mann’s latest film is the story about notorious bank robber John Dillinger and his counterpart FBI agent Melvin Purvis. It’s basically Heat set in the 1930’s. Purvis hunts Dillinger – that is the plot. The performances are solid, especially that of Marion Cotillard, who I really think should get a Best Supporting Actress nomination (even though I know she won’t). Unfortunately, I just did not find the film to be as good as the performances. I can’t put my finger on what I didn’t like about, but I never got engaged in the story of the film for long periods, even though I was intrigued by the characters. Mann has done better work, but Public Enemies is still better than a lot of films you will see this year.
World’s Greatest Dad – This film stars Robin Williams and is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and is about a man who has learned to settle for what life has to offer, and now knows he will never be the great writer he thought he would be. His son treats him like dirt, and there is nothing that can be done to repair their relationship. Then a freak accident happens which gives Robin Williams character the opportunity to achieve everything that he ever wanted. This is another case of me not doing justice to the plot of the film, but critics loved the film as it has an 85% rating of approval at Rotten Tomatoes. If you believe the critics, then check this film out.
The Cove – This film is a documentary, but from what I have heard, it feels more like a drama. The film revolves around dolphins that live in the waters of Japan, and are secretly hunted and captured by Japanese fishermen who either kill them for food, or sell them to sea parks. The documentarians are monitored by the local chief of police as well as the Japanese fisherman, as they do not want anyone to photograph and learn about what happens in the cove. This leads the documentarians to bring in an elite group of specialists who will all stop at nothing to film the secret happenings of the cove. This was a critics favourite from the past year.
TV on DVD
Lost: Season Five – Believe it or not, I do not watch this show either (It’s an ongoing theme for TV shows I know). The main focus of this season is the people who were left behind on the island and what happened after Ben turned the frozen wheel. That means nothing to me, but if you’re a fan of Lost, it means something to you I’m sure.
Rescue Me: Season 5 Volume 2 – The second half of the season deals with Denis Leary’s character continuing to be haunted by ghosts of his past, and his drinking problem continues to escalate. In fact, his entirely families drinking problem escalates. A new woman is intrigued by the men of the firehouse, and takes a liking to Denis Leary’s character in particular, which does not sit will with his ex-wife as well as Leary’s lover. The season ends on a cliffhanger, which only makes people want to see Season Six arrive faster. This is a show I actually watch, and I highly recommend it.
Until Next Tuesday!