Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Invasion (2007)

The Invasion, previously known as Invasion and The Visiting, is a 2007 science fiction film based on a screenplay by Dave Kajganich, originally intended as a remake of the 1956 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Initially directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig as leads, Warner Bros. Pictures later hired James McTeigue to shoot scenes rewritten by the Wachowski brothers. The story follows a Washington psychiatrist (Nicole Kidman) who unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, and also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped. Also Starring Jeffrey Wright.

Atonement (2007)

Ian McEwan, one of Britain's most accomplished novelists, has been in the habit of showing his books to his wife as soon as they're completed. When she finished reading Atonement, she did something unprecedented: She cried. That, McEwan has said, is when he knew he'd written something special. Which he had. An assured and deeply moving work, Atonement, is at once one of the most affecting of contemporary love stories and a potent meditation on the power of fiction to destroy and create, to divide and possibly heal. It is the kind of novel that doesn't get written very often or, if it does, rarely gets transferred to the screen with the kind of intensity and fidelity we find here. For, as directed by Joe Wright from Christopher Hampton's adroit script and acted with fervor by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, this is one of the few adaptations that gives a splendid novel the film it deserves…... ~Kenneth Turan

Tripping (2006)

Tripping is a time travel action fantasy film directed by Taiwanese director Chen Yi Wen. It is a cross-cultural collaboration, combining talent from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. It tells the story of a rebellious Japanese-Taiwanese girl (played by Rena Tanaka from “Kitaro”) who gets transported back to ancient times and embarks on an adventure with a Taoist priest and a thief. On the road, the group encounters numerous dangers, stumbling upon a conspiracy involving a powerhungry sorcerer and the corrupt court.

Le Cinque Giornate (1973) by Dario Argento

This bloody and comical look at the 1848 Italian revolution was director Dario Argento's only foray outside the horror-thriller genres. Adriano Celentano wanders Milan with a goofy baker and witnesses the growing corruption and horror that turns a just cause into senseless violence, rape, and mayhem. Fans of Dario Argento will find it worthwhile, but the script is so insular that non-Italians are likely to find most of it uninvolving.