Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (5/13/12 - 5/19/12)

Naked (Mike Leigh) *** - This is unlike any film of Mike Leigh's I've seen so far. It's dark and gritty. It's about a man whose botched sexual encounter has him fleeing to his old girlfriend's house. There are some darkly humorous moments. What makes this film well-worth seeing though is the simply outstanding performance by David Thewlis. It truly is incredible.

Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh) *** - This is a rather sweet (pun intended) film. A wonderful ensemble of actors (aren't Mike Leigh films inhabited by great ensembles?) bring to life a tale of a working-class family who have their own unique problems. There are funny moments, sad moments and sometimes funny-sad moments but they're endlessly fascinating. Not my favorite Mike Leigh film though.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Peter Lord) *** - An amusing stop-motion animated feature about a pirate who wants to get a huge booty so to speak. It's still a far-cry from Aardman Studios' best works, namely the Wallace & Gromit but this one has enough going for it to merit a recommendation. It also features great voice work especially by Hugh Grant whose voice I barely recognized as the Pirate Captain. There are quite a few good laughs and the animation's fun to watch but what makes this movie is Mr. Bobo the Chimp who is running a close second to Gromit as Aardman's best animated character.


YeamieWaffles said...

Naked sounds like a seriously intriguing film to me, I've really never heard of a plot like it before, sounds good. Thanks for the round-up as usual man.

Mark said...

I actually didn't know The Pirates was an Aardman flick. It's nice to see actual animation is still going.