|An Ideal Husband
Oscar Wilde's 19th Century comedy of social manners strikes a strangely topical
note, as sleaze threatens to bring down a government minister. All the period
niceties are otherwise observed in Oliver Parker's very straight handling of
the material, while a fine cast including Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett and
Minnie Driver revel in some delicious dialogue.
Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller are the
dandy highwaymen that polite society is too scared to mention, robbing from the
rich and keeping the loot for themselves. A cheerful mix of sharp observation
and deliberate anachronism, it's a British Butch 'n' Sundance for the 18th
Although compared to other recent Cronenberg
efforts this stylish and absorbing tale is closer than ever to familiar genre
conventions. Yet the detail is typical: eye-poppingly original but with a high
'yuk' factor. Still, the story holds everything together, as futuristic games
designer Jennifer Jason Leigh seeks protection from Jude Law as hi-tech
Luddites stalk her every move.
Blast From The
A neat idea neatly played out, this
comedy-romance supposes that one paranoid family sealed themselves underground
when nuclear war seemed imminent in 1962. Emerging 35 years later they note,
with distaste, that the world has changed. But for son Adam - Brendan Fraser -
this is his thrilling first sight of the world, a thrill matched only by his
meeting with '90s sexpot Alicia Silverstone.
Peter Mullan scored a personal triumph with
his Best Actor award at Cannes last year, for his role in My Name is
Joe. He follows that up with a similarly powerful tale, this time directing
and not acting in his story of a family falling apart comically, dramatically
and violently - all at once, over one night - on the death of their mother.
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