Though far from his best work, Almodovar indulging himself has been earned and this, despite occasionally leaning close to self-parody, is him toying with his own form. Hitchcockian in plotting but completely Almodovar in execution, the film does include some great acting performances from its men and, in Penelope Cruz, an actress entirely in sync with her director and shot as if she is the quintessence of beauty. Not close to his finest (for me, Talk to Her) but undoubtedly worth watching and, coming in the wake of the difficult Bad Education, extremely fun.
In Treatment: Season One
HBO’s first half-hour drama series ran five nights per week for nine weeks. I’ve only sampled it, but I’m very interested to get stuck into this one.
Intense documentary filmmaking on an entirely required subject.
The Invention of Lying
Slight misfire but reasonably enjoyable Ricky Gervais vehicle. Major atheist overtones.
Not seen, but reportedly a tough but tender love story.
Away We Go
Only-okay Sam Mendes quarter-life crisis movie which strays too close to cuteness but is saved by great performances by Maya Rudolph.
Pointless and witless sci-fi action starring Bruce Willis. Only beaten by Gamer as last year’s worst avatar-based film.
Also Out: The Firm, Aliens in the Attic, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, The Soloist, Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 3