ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ★★★
If you caught the recent documentary For No Good Reason, you’ll have seen a warm reunion between Johnny Depp and wild British artist Ralph Steadman, who met while making Terry Gilliam’s cultish adaptation of “gonzo” journalist Hunter S Thompson’s account of a drug-fuelled odyssey to Las Vegas. (Steadman’s incredible drawings illustrated the original novel.) The film stars Depp as the bloated, bald Thompson surrogate, with Benicio Del Toro as his mysterious pharmacist companion. Both ingest stimulants and experience hallucinations — a moving lobby carpet pattern is pure Gilliam — and the film starts in chaos and doesn’t let up. It’s infuriating but gloriously mad, so you’ll need to be in the right mood.
Moonlight Mile ★★★
It may not sound like a hoot, but there’s plenty of sparkling wit in a story that finds Jake Gyllenhaal living with the parents of his recently deceased girlfriend, played by Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower ★★★
Logan Lerman is the shy guy who falls for misfit Emma Watson in a coming-of-age drama that manages not to get completely mired in schmaltz.
Beetle Juice ★★★★
Michael Keaton cuts loose as a “bio-exorcist” in Tim Burton’s wildly inventive supernatural comedy. Winona Ryder also shines despite the goth costume.
The Cabin in the Woods ★★★★
A weekend away becomes a living dead nightmare for five teenage friends, but that’s only the first twist in this sly, genre-mashing experiment from the writer of Lost.
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