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Music director Floria Sigismondi is the perfect
choice to helm this bio pic on the original grrrl
power rock act e Runaways. Based on the
autobiography of Runaways' lead singer Cherie
Currie, e Runaways follows the rise to power
of an all girl rock act in a time when rock was
dominated by testosterone and fuelled by sex,
drugs and booze.
With its focus on the friendship between
Currie (Dakota Fanning) and Joan Jett (Kristen
Stewart), this is as much a coming of age lm as
it is an homage to a group of legendary musos
that paved the way for a future generation of girl
Fanning and Stewart are perfectly cast as Jett
and Currie. e duo shares a great on screen
chemistry and don their characters seamlessly.
Fanning is superb as the ethereal sex kitten
Cherie and Stewart puts her reputed moodiness
to good use to deliver a star turn as the leather
britches wearing Jett, serving up a ferociously
sexually ambiguous cock rock icon whose heart
only bleeds for rock 'n' roll.
Hats o to Michael Shannon as well for his
spell bindingly OTT performance as rock Sven-
gali Kim Fowley who shaped the girls into the
rock n roll monster known as e Runaways.
Director Sigismondi - who also cra ed the
screenplay for the movie - has delivered a lm
that is a rebel cry for young women everywhere,
whether you're a young girl in Sydney or down-
town LA, whether you're 15 or going on 50,
you'll nd much that appeals in Sigismondi's
tale of teen liberation.
20th Century Fox
Young screenwriter Diablo Cody raised
such a ruckus when she penned the cult
indie hit Juno that it seemed inevitable
that her follow up lm, the horror comedy
Jennifer's Body, would suffer a little from
sophomore blues. Nonetheless Cody has still managed to
deliver a ick that serves up plenty of orginal one-liners
amidst the schlock.
The premise for Jennifer's Body is simple enough: Jennifer
(Megan Fox), a hot young cheerleader, is the unlikely best
pal of the town nerd, Needy (Amanda Seyfried). The duo has
been friends since sandbox days and it looks like they will
be BFFs forever, that is until Jennifer becomes possessed
by a succubus and develops a taste for teenage esh.
It's up to Needy to save her boyfriend and the rest of the
town's stud muf ns from Jennifer's predilections. Will
Needy have the balls to kill her best friend or will Jennifer
develop a taste for girls as well and make a meal out of
is compelling drama from director Rodrigo
García (Nine Lives) and producer Alejandro
González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), centres on
the lives of three women whose paths will cross
and change them forever. It features standout
performances from Annette Bening and Naomi
Watts and o ers up an intricate tale that hinges
upon the power of individual choice and how a
single moment can change us forever.
Bening plays Karen, a reser ved 50-year old
nurse, coping with the death of her mother and
reeling from a life of regret over a single decision
made as a pregnant teen to give up her baby
daughter for adoption. Watts plays Elizabeth,
the daughter, now all grown up, a single-minded
career woman whose main joy in life is power
broking deals and court room trysts. Enter the
third woman, Lucy (Kerry Washington), an
infertile wife who dreams of having a child of her
own and sees adoption as her best chance...
García carefully layers the stories on top of each
other until the inevitable moment when the trios'
lives intersect -- yet there is nothing clichéd or
sentimental in his storytelling. Mother and Child
is a heartrending tale, painfully realised, etched in
your memory by quality characterisations from a
superb cast and a masterful lmmaker.
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart
Mother and Child
Director: Rodrigo García
Starring: Annette Bening, Naomi Watts,
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