A Dangerous Method
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Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Kiera Knightley
David Cronenberg has had magnificent career with classics like Shivers (1975) and The Dead Zone (1983) to his recent renaissance with his last few films – A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007) and now we see his latest film – A Dangerous Method. It is an adaptation of a Christopher Hampton stage play and is about the rivalry between Freud (Mortensen) and Jung (Fassbender). Although the two men will be poking around the head of a patient (Knightley) I suspect no heads will be blown up like they were in Scanners. Where’s Michael Ironside when you need him?
Release date: July 2011 (South Korea)
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Director: Jo Beom-Gu
Starring: Lee Min-Ki, Kang Ye-won
Despite watching South Korean movies since at least 2002, I have not heard of any of the people involved in this film therefore I cannot make any comparisons and must rely on the trailer to do the talking which is no problem because it’s reminiscent of the high-concept stuff Hollywood used to do so well.
A former motorcycle gang member named Ki-su is now a bike messenger. After making a delivery at an office building, it blows up but he doesn’t suspect that the package he delivered was a bomb. His next job sees him escorting A-rom, a singer and ex-girlfriend. As soon as she puts on her helmet, a timer is initiated and a stranger calls Ki-su informing him Ki-su that the helmet will explode if he doesn’t complete the series of deliveries.
Release date: 19th of August 2011
Running time: 103 mins
Director: Gary McKendry
Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski
Jason Statham has deliberately built up a career doing the sort of unpretentious and exciting action thrillers some high-brow critics sniff at (The Transporter) and he continues with his latest film, Killer Elite.
Based on a novel by Sir Ranulph Fiennes (the explorer/adventurer who is always on television), it takes in a conflict surrounding a group of hit men called The Clinic went about murdering members of the SAS. Jason Statham is part of a group of special ops chaps who fight back against The Clinic.
The cast looks stellar and it even has Yvonne Strahovski, she of the unfunny spy TV show Chuck.
Also we got sad news with the passing of Peter Falk. Like most people I know him through the role Columbo but he has been in classic movies like The Princess Bride and Wings of Desire.