Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are possibly the coldest on-screen Hollywood couple since Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters, may they rest in peace. Cruise has always been a little distant, giving that looking into the Sun gaze to the point that it’s become more of a glaze. What’s more, he’s embarrassed himself in the media so many times over the last few years that he’s literally become the village idiot of Tinseltown.
Cameron Diaz is just as “fridge-ed”, last starring alongside Cruise in Vanilla Sky. You can count her list of romantic comedies on one hand if you exclude movies like: There’s Something About Mary and Feeling Minnesota. She’s Hollywood’s Miss Unattainable and that’s reflected in her pay cheque as one of the most sought after actresses. Luckily, she’s got the looks and charm to melt away that Ice, Ice, Baby exterior. Strip away their looks and they’ve got nothing on the chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner when it comes to high action-adventure and romance in Knight and Day.
What they do have is plenty of charisma, something that basically fuels this all-or-nothing espionage action-adventure. It’s seriously superficial when it comes to romance and Cruise and Diaz are more like buddies than potential lovers in this high stakes game of cat-and-mouse. Knight and Day feels a lot like Mission: Impossible meets The Italian Job as the co-leads don...continued.
New cinema releases this week... Goal! III, Hello Goodbye and Knight and Day.
GOAL! III (2009)
Director: Andrew Morahan
Starring: JJ Feild, Leo Gregory, Kuno Becker
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Age Restriction: 13 MS
The Goal! franchise ends on a bitter note in this half-baked football b-movie letdown. Goal! III went straight-to-DVD in some countries and its not difficult to see why. The third installment is tacky and features poor CGI action shots punctuated by loads of football stock footage. The story focuses on two new players instead of Santiago Munez and is almost completely independent of the original two Goal! movies in terms of plot, quality and purpose - making it a big disappointment for Goal! and football fans alike.
HELLO GOODBYE (2008)
Director: Graham Guit
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Sasson Gabai, Fanny Ardant
Age Restriction: TBA
This cross-cultural "romantic" comedy takes the proverbial fish-out-of-water and throws it amongst the pigeons as a French couple relocate to Israel after an idyllic holiday and test the true mettle of their marriage as everything that can go wrong does. Overall, a strangely compelling middle-age couple love story, an interesting study in cultural immersion and a somewhat funny exercise in French subtitle comedy.
KNIGHT AND DAY (2010)
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Age Restriction: 13 LV
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz may not have the same chemistry as the Douglas-Turner pairing from Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile, but help boost this light-hearted, low-flying action adventure into a fresh, summery popcorn blockbuster with their charming performances. Imagine Mission: Impossible meets The Italian Job, throw in some hot pursuit car chases, gun-fights, foreign locales and a couple of good laughs and you've got Knight and Day. Full Review...
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New DVD rental releases at DVBee this week:
Shutter Island, Spread and Leap Year!
SHUTTER ISLAND (2010)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Age Restriction: 16LV
Leonardo DiCaprio is on the hunt for that elusive Oscar, working alongside big shot directors and delivering some truly great lead performances. Shutter Island is no different as DiCaprio turns in yet another absorbing performance, supported by Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo. This mystery thriller has the trappings of a classic with Scorsese behind camera in an uncharacteristic blend of genres. Shutter Island is gripping, well-acted, beautifully composed and based on a mystery novel by Dennis LeHane, although slightly subdued by parallels with The Shining and a sluggish conclusion. Full Review...
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Age Restriction: 16LNS
Kutcher gears up his acting in this sleazy, LA story. Imagine John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever with sex substituting for dancing. It's a pity that David Duchovny already took the title for Californication, because Spread seems more fit for the title with Kutcher prostituting himself out to any wealthy 35-45 woman willing to take him on as a live-in toy boy. Its superficial slant on the Los Angeles lifestyle is quite becoming and there's very little heart at the core of living the high life, whether you're a successful attorney or a charming, unemployed loafer. Gratuitous sex scenes, cars, apartments and money all roll into one in this coming-of-age drama.
LEAP YEAR (2009)
Director: Anand Tucker
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Age Restriction: PG
This sweet, affable romantic comedy is charming and backed by two likable up-and-coming Hollywood starlets. The Irish backdrop is beautiful, the Claddagh ring meets Leap Year tradition of women proposing to men premise is quite original. However, Leap Year doesn't give you the heartwarming feeling of a truly classic romantic comedy. The laughs are a little scarce, making this a light, watchable and middling "romcom" for those who enjoyed Maid of Honour.
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