From Iceland — Pick of March

Pick of March

Pick of March

Published March 11, 2005

Thumbs Up
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
New film from Wes Anderson, about bloody time! Stars Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett and Owen Wilson. Original music by Mark Mothersbaugh (Rugrats theme tune among others) and Iceland’s own Sigur Rós. Freaky pirates, submarines, very dry humour and a genuine emotional core.
Sex, sex and more sex. Biology, scandal and conservative Americans. No it’s not Fox or CNN, it’s Kinsey. A doctor who fought to publish literature and educate the 1940s and 1950s world on male and female sexuality. Great performances from all, not at all sappy.
Be Cool
The sequel to Get Shorty. That was a take on the film industry; this one goes after the music business. John Travolta and Uma Thurman are re-teamed for the first time since Pulp Fiction; Vince Vaughn thinks he is black and The Rock is gay. Russian mobsters and gangster rappers go head to head. It’s all good.
Thumbs Down
All the best bits of this film are shown in the trailer and everyone knows the ending before the opening credits. Is it too much to ask for a Hollywood film where the characters actually go on an emotional journey. Charlie Kaufman where are you? 
Hide and Seek
Big house in the country surrounded by woods. Creepy things start to happen. Not at all unnerving and very anti-climactic. Dakota Fanning is a standout while Robert De Niro and the rest of cast are going through the motions.

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