We Can Be Heroes
Anyone who loves imitations will be in stitches with this hilarious comedy. We Can Be Heroes is an ABC series that has recently been released on DVD. It is in mock-umentary style ? we learn about the lives of 5 contestants who have made the shortlist for the title of Australian of the Year. What makes this series interesting (and uniquely Australian) is that each character is played by the very talented Chris Lilley. He portrays 17-year-old Daniel Sims who is donating his ear drum to his deaf brother; 16-year-old school girl Ja’mie King who holds the national record for sponsoring 85 Sudanese children and does the 40-hour famine each week to earn money; 47-year-old housewife Pat Mullins who is pioneering the sport of rolling on her side and will be attempting to roll from Fremantle to Uluru; 37-year-old Phil Olivetti who thinks himself something of a hero when he rescued nine children from an unsecured jumping castle and 23-year-old Ricky Wong who is a physicist and keen actor in his university Chinese Musical Theatre group. Lilley plays all these characters with such attention to detail, you forget it?s all the same actor.
James Dean DVD
For anyone who has wondered what James Dean was really like, this film may just provide an answer. Centering mostly on Dean’s time in Los Angeles, his mother?s death and father?s deep emotional distance gives an inside to his erratic behaviour. However, this film doesn?t explore other factors which shaped his life like being raised by his aunt and uncle on a Midwest American farm. Beyond his strange behaviour, studios clamored to sign him up and while trying to have him conform to studio principles, Dean succeeded in pushing boundaries with the studio bosses. James Franco?s portrail of Dean is surperb and he completely makes it his own. Other leading Hollywood actors were considered for the role, but the casting director made an excellent choice in Franco.
Well worth watching for the Dean factor but also to witness ways that actors were manipulated by directors in the 50?s era.
Amanda (Kelly Lynch) is a sexy gal on roller blades and trips when former cop and security expert Jim (Joe Mantegna) runs into her. His efforts to assist her end up in a one night stand. This coupling turns out to be a well thought out plan by Amanda and her sister Molly (Naomi Watts), to obtain security codes to office of a client. The girls and their cohorts rob his client and stash the loot. All the while, Jim has been following them and he grabs the money for himself. His conscience gets the best of him and he falls in love with Molly. His client turns out to be drug dealers and he’s forced to risk his life to protect Molly and Amanda from a ruthless drug dealer who is hell-bent on killing the sisters.
Fans of thriller movies will enjoy the twists and turns, although it?s not the best movie ever produced.
ABC Classic Drama – Lucinda Brayford
Starring Wendy Hughes and Sam Neil
All Lucinda Brayford wanted was to marry for love and live a happy life. In this bitter sweet drama, she finds happiness in between far too much heartbreak and loss. Having spurned the love of a close family friend, she finds that her chosen lover is no more interested in her beauty than her money. After discovering from her lover that her husband is having an affair, the tone is set for a troubling yet fascinating WWI drama.
ABC Classic Drama – Edens Lost
Three stories from 1930s Australia, Edens Lost follows the St James family. The first tale is of young Angus Weekes. With the passing of his mother, he is invited to stay with the St James? at their hotel in the Blue Mountains. Finding it difficult to fit into the fabric of life at the hotel, the stories conclusion is a sobering reminder of the darker side of the human condition. This can be said for all the episodes included on this disc. Having lighter moments in the second episode which is primarily about daughter Bea St James and her finding her feet, romantically speaking, and the third episode about mother Eve, which is a collection of experiences, drama is truly the word to describe this trilogy based on the novel by Sumner Locke Elliot.