Monday, October 8, 2007

Films of the Weekend

Movie name: Eastern Promises
Year of release: 2007
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Muehler Stahl, Sinead Cusack
Genre: Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8

"Eastern Promises" marks the returns of David Cronenber after the wonderful ""A History of Violence". Working from a script by Steven Knight (who also penned "Dirty Pretty Things"), Cronenberg once again plumbs the depth of a microcosms, in this case the Russian Mafia in London. The film follows Naomi Watt's character, Anna a midwife that unveils a lot more than the thinks when she helps a young woman have her baby. Boasting terrific performances from all the cast, this is a solid and exquisitely accomplished film. Don't miss it!

Movie name: The Heartbreak Kid
Year of release: 2007
Director: Bobby and Peter Farrely
Stars: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Danny McBride
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 3

The creators of There's Something About Mary are back with another R rated comedy, starring Ben Stiller. This update of the Neil Simon comedy ends up being poor on the laughs, with the radiant Michelle Monaghan being the highlight of the whole film. Running almost 2 hours, this is a comedy that after a while you're just wondering how come the fun factor is so non-existent.
A sad waste of talent for everyone involved.