13.4.10

I'M TALKING TO A
PLASTIC PLANT

WARNING: CONTAINS
PLOT SPOILERS

"I'm still doing it."

I had a bit of DVD marathon at the weekend
whilst waiting all my paint jobs
round the house to dry.

As a fan of the late Heath Ledger and the Madness
Meister Terry Gilliam, The Imaginarium of
Doctor Parnassus was a must. The plot is
secondary to the visual feast, every
detail beautifully executed.

The sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises
the audiences a journey to the "Imaginarium",
an imaginary world through a mirror
where dreams come true.

The most pleasant surprise of the whole film is
model turned actress
Lily Cole as the Doctors
daughter Valentina. She can actually act!

Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell
famously stepped in to fill the bits Ledger
didn't finish before his death and all three of
them have got his mannerisms down to a tee.
They even look exactly like him!


The Happening, starring Mark Wahlberg, is a
spooky tale of a mysterious neurotoxin that
causes any person coming into contact with
it to commit suicide. Almost Hitchcockian in
places, not the best film I've ever seen

but not the worst either.


Zooey Deschanel, who plays the main
character's wife, ruins it somewhat

though with her soppy
wooden acting.


Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis looking
as rough as a badgers ass, is a weird
story of
physically perfect mechanical
representations of humans or
"operators"
who own them.

Set in the future, people stay at home, plug
themselves into a machine and interact
through the surrogates. Only a few people
live in reservations the traditional
way of life without the use
of substitutes.

Tom Greer (Willis) and his partner are FBI agents
assigned to investigate the destruction of two
surrogates that caused the unthinkable:
the human hosts were also killed.

Strange and bit short
but
watchable.


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