March 29th, 2009

beach

movies of 2009

Siu lam juk kau, or Shaolin Soccer

One of the guys at work loaned me the DVD of this, after a discussion of martial arts movies, and me telling him how bonkersly wondeful Kung Fu Hustle is. Both films star Steven Chow, who is ace!

IMDb's summary of Shaolin Soccer:
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

They're forgetting the laughs, the singing and the love story.

And Team Evil!

BWAAAHAHAHAHA.

This film is a riot. If you like daft martial arts movies, check it out. Then get Kung Fu Hustle.
beach

movies of 2009

change of pace with the next one:

Michael Clayton

This one has been on my wishlist for quite some time. I've got a huge amount of time for George Clooney, ever since O Brother Where Art Thou and the Ocean's films (note to self, pick up Thirteen at some point)


Again, IMDb has this to say:
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit

Also starring Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack, all of whom I rate very highly. Tilda Swinton won best supporting acress Oscar for this, iirc.

Really enjoyed this - it's a slow-burner, nicely played and with a great story.