Thursday, July 15, 2004

Deceptive weekend viewing

[Film & TV] The weekend viewing was full of deception; fabrication, lies, and concealment with not one politician in sight...

Shattered Glass tells the story of the fall of Stephen Glass. Glass was a writer for US magazine The New Republic whose writing career ended when it was discovered that he had fabricated a bunch of his stories. Hayden Christensen plays the title role. The film also features Steve Zahn in a performance that's unusually watchable (he usually shits me), Chloë Sevigny and Hank Azaria. See it if you liked All The President's Men.

Spooks is a BBC series about the UK's domestic security intelligence service MI5. It played here on the ABC and, like pretty much every TV series these days, is available a season at a time on DVD. Series one opens with a car exploding that sends the team racing against time to put the pieces together and sort out who has what and how they intend to use it. There's gadgets, tradecraft, multiple identities and interagency and international competing interests. Just another day at the office really.

In 50 First Dates Adam Sandler's Henry falls for Drew Barrymore's Lucy, whose family deceives her on a daily basis. Lucy lost her short-term memory as a result of a car accident, so every day her father and brother recreate the same day over & over again so that she doesn't freak out. The supporting cast outdo the leads, with Rob Schneider, Sean Astin and Dan Aykroyd getting more laughs than Sandler.

Posted by Dean @ 7/15/2004 10:33:00 pm

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