8:00 PM, 2nd June, 2007
"Living in Holly wood can make you famous. Dying in Hollywood can make you a legend" is the tag line for this movie that focuses on the life of George Reeves. On June 16, 1959, actor George Reeves (Affleck) who played the Man of Steel on the TV classic The Adventures of Superman died in his Holloywood home after a single gunshot. In his death, he left behind a fiancee, Leonore Lemmon (Tunney), mother Helen Bessolo (Smith) and fans galore! This film focuses on the investigation into Georges mysterious death. In the film, George's mother is seeking answers about his death, and when the LAPD closes the case, Helen pays private detective Louis Simo (Brody) to investigate what happened. The case turns personal, and Simo discovers a great deal about both Reeves's personality and lifestyle. Meanwhile, Simo sees parallels between his life and that of the deceased. Now, this movie had not been released in Australia at the time of writing, so I haven't seen it yet... but it seems promising. With reported solid performances, and an interesting look at Hollywood of days past, I think it's worth checking out.'
10:06 PM, 2nd June, 2007
Minghella captures the complexities of relationships in his latest film, showing no simple answers for the characters as they work through the shades of grey to find the least hurtful solutions. Jude Law plays Will, boyfriend to Liv (Wright Penn) for ten years, and stepfather to their troubled daughter. Juliette Binoche plays Amira, a Bosnian immigrant and single mother who works odd jobs to make ends meet. Her son Miro is an athletic young teen who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and ends up breaking into businesses for a cut from his employers.After Wills business is broken into, he starts spying on his office and when the culprits attempt a second break in Will secretly follows Miro back to his home. Will quickly becomes infatuated with Amira and is then conflicted with how to handle the situation. Meanwhile, Liv is desperately trying to cope with her daughter, all the while feeling more and more distant from Will.Breaking and Entering is consistently realistic and intelligently poignant. The camera moves in and out of these people's lives and affairs in interesting and unconventional ways. The film is very understated and at times drags a little, but it is worth watching for some terrific performances and some intricate situations that demand thought and compromise.'