Independence Day meets Transformers in this special effects laden new action drama about the US Navy fighting off an alien incursion. It is about as believable as Rihanna as a sailor on a battleship, fighting the good fight to save humanity. Liam Neeson dials in yet another performance as a stoic tough guy who does what needs to be done. Model Brooklyn Decker provides the eye candy for the boys, and Taylor Kitsch gets his second blockbuster outing following John Carter. Battleship has been built to impress, and if you like giant robots, collapsing cities, the possible (but not probable) destruction of the human race, and some of Hollywood’s hottest bodies, then this is for you.
That Summer (Un ete brulant)
Film from the veteran director Philippe Garrel that is a character sketch of two couples staying in Rome. There is plenty of art and beauty, but the central characters fail to convince. The director’s son Louis Garrel stars as Frederic, a painter, whose marriage with his Italian actress wife Angele (Monica Bellucci) heads south after they are joined by another couple. There is a shortage of chemistry, which in a film about sexual and emotional tensions is fatal, and Garrel has even managed to make Bellucci, one of the most beautiful women in French cinema, look frumpy.
Remember the Italian Auteurs — Antonioni
Mini film fest that brings together three films by the Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni. L’Avventura, Le Amiche and Il Deserto Rosso will be screened at Blossom Digital Cinema (梅花數位影院), 2F, 63, Heping E Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段23號2樓) until April 24. Detailed screening times can be found at the distributor’s Web site at flashforward.pixnet.net/blog.
The second installment in a projected trilogy about a porn star called Elektra (Carla Gugino). The first film, Women in Trouble, was released in 2009. In this iteration, Elektra falls pregnant. A second plot deals with Bert Rodriguez, a sex blogger who is obsessed with Elektra and teaches a How to Act Like a Porn Star in Bed class to Los Angeles housewives at a community center. There are also other subplots, all stitched together rather clumsily. The film is mildly sexy and considerable flesh is bared, but the aim is to tickle the funny bone.
I Wish (Kiseki)
Hirokazu Koreeda, who moved from documentary filmmaking into the indie scene, has now taken aim at the commercial market beyond the art house with I Wish, a cute film about two brothers separated by their parents’ divorce. The siblings come up with a hair-brained scheme to make their wish for a family reunion come true. The premise is ripe for teary melodrama, but Koreeda’s skill and the layering of close observation with fiction lift this film well clear of the melodramatic mainstream.
Director Kevin Smith has tried repeatedly to regain form since his success with Clerks and Chasing Amy. In Red State, he shifts his gaze from the slacker society of those early movies to the world of Christian fundamentalism. The film, in which a group of young kids looking for sex find themselves kidnapped by a cult led by Abin Cooper, played to mesmerizing effect by Michael Parks, riffs off the horror and torture porn genres. The mix of profanity, absurdity, and occasional moments of real terror give the film a rough charm, but it is too unfinished and shapeless to provide a satisfying film experience.