Don Jon is the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was an actor I never thought would make it, but that’s mostly because he started life in a sit-com (yes, 3rd rock from the sun was a bit rubbish). He actually wrote the film also, and no doubt had something to do with casting Scarlett Johansson as the love interest. The reviews are decent enough, but maybe he bit off more than he could chew in writing and directing? The story is about unrealistic expectations due to over porning (is that a word?).
Dom Hemingway on the other hand is a lot less ambitious. It stars Jude Law and Richard E Grant and is the story of a notorious safe cracker getting out of prison and getting even. The critics were nonplussed, so poor Jude’s career path continues downwards.
Broken Song is an Irish Documentary about the Ballymun Hip Hop scene, and could quite possible be the pick of the week? Our interview with the director is here.
The Butler has good performances but is not a good movie, according to just about every review in existence. I think maybe just one person writes these things, and the rest just cog. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and many other big names are involved in the story of the U.S. President’s Butler.
What happens when you get one of the best directors, writers and pretty much all the top stars in Hollywood in the one movie? Well, a bit of a mess, if this is anything to go by. The Counsellor has gangsters spouting large blocks of text and a plot that you’d need foot notes to follow. The critics pretty much hated it, but it will be interesting to see how it does with the general public.