Having recently delivered middlebrow stodge like Invictus, Hereafter and J. Edgar from the director’s chair, it’s been a while since Clint Eastwood has had a chance to chew some scenery. With directing duties left to longtime collaborator Robert Lorenz, Eastwood steps in front of the camera once more, finding the same ardent growl that made Gran Torino such an enjoyable boilermaker of a film. Unfortunately, Trouble with the Curve is as toothless as the man himself, a catatonic baseball drama that suffers from the same mouldy traditionalism championed in Eastwood’s cranky talent scout.
Clint Eastwood is a man whose name you should know. Even if he occasionally has no name. He is a bona fide, genuine legend of the big screen. And he has 12 different Wikipedia pages. Trouble with the Curve, released on Friday, resurrects Eastwood’s now traditional persona of grizzly-pensioner-with-hidden-depths in his first acting role in a film he hasn’t directed since 1993. Growl.
Within 6 short months, Matt Damon has managed to appear in three films; True Grit, Hereafter and The Adjustment Bureau. Has Damon started to say “yes” to everything his agent throws at him? Is he the new Nicolas Cage? Before he goes and soils his quite astonishing career, we thought we’d have a look at the best of Damon.
Everyone loves to hate the sports movie. Oh it’s so predictable, oh it’s so dull, oh it’s so boyish. But now that the Oscars are routinely rewarding boxing films for being rather good, and Sandra Bullock walked away with a Best Actress nod for her part in a film about American Football, we decided it was high time to celebrate the great and good of sports movies. Because they do exist. Honest.
Matt Damon seems to have got the biog-bug; first he starred in the real-life tale of Mark Whitacre in The Informant!, then he went all Sauff-Africin as Francois Pienaar in Invictus, and now he’s revealed that in his next project he’ll be playing John F Kennedy’s younger brother Robert. Robert Kennedy overcame the shadow of his sibling’s assassination to forge his own political career, only to die by another assassin’s bullet in 1968.
On February 11, 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked free from Robben Island after more than a quarter of a century of incarceration in his eight feet by eight feet cell, he discovered a country divided by apartheid. How could he bring people together? By uniting team and supporters on the rugby pitch. Director Clint Eastwood has done it again with Invictus, a wonderfully uplifting film that follows the true story of Nelson Mandela’s quest to reuinte his fractured country through the peaceful bonds of of giant men bashing into each other.
Looking for a box office blast, or avoiding a bomb? We look forward to all the upcoming releases including Edge of Darkness, Invictus, Precious, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Adoration, Youth in Revolt and what looks like the utterly terrible Astro Boy. You can’t go wrong with our patented anticipation-o-meter!
The nominations for 2010’s Golden Globes award ceremony are in – and there are certainly some surprises.
Everyone’s favourite poor man’s Oscars will take place on January 17 next year, and to give us all adequate jeering and scoffing time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association today announced their illustrious potential award recipients.