ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
9.00-10.55pm Movie Mix
One of the more generic entries on the eminent Julianne Moore’s CV, this is one of those “how far would you go?” contemporary thrillers, rooted in the age-old milieu of infidelity. Directed by Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan, who brings a certain crisp style to proceedings, it’s based on a French film, and feels more like a job of work than a work of art. Moore is the icily suspicious wife of Liam Neeson’s professorial husband who hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to lure him into adultery and test his loyalty. It’s a little coy about the sex, but goes in one or two original directions, and is actually quite refreshing after the sort of explicit stuff you see on cable television these days.
Bell, Book and Candle ★★★
Supernatural romantic comedy in which James Stewart abandons his bride-to-be in favour of a mysterious shopkeeper. Adapted from the same play as TV’s Bewitched, this 1958 movie stars Kim Novak as the witch with the twitch.
The Fast and the Furious ★★★★
In the first of the revved-up series, Paul Walker plays the cop trying to find out if Vin Diesel and his car-racing crew are behind a series of highway thefts. Your inner petrolhead (and we all have one) will love it.
One of the more obvious sources of Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western is a bloody, grungily stylish highlight of the genre.
War of the Worlds ★★★★
Alien invasion shenanigans as Martian hordes come a-calling in Steven Spielberg’s epic take on the HG Wells classic.
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