A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

film and television
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

M-NET PREMIERS (article first published : 2008-05-18)

There are some good movies coming up in M-Netís various weekly Premier time slots.

Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean can be seen on May 24 at 20h00 with Dead Manís Chest and on May 25 at 20h00 with At Worldís End:

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Manís Chest , the pirate pals are once again thrown into the world of the supernatural. Captain Jack Sparrow finds out that he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, Captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. With time running out, Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation and servitude in the afterlife. And as if this weren't enough, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are arrested and sentenced to death unless Will can get Lord Beckett Jack's compass.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worldís End, the pirate pals set out to find Jack Sparrow, who is in limbo, to help them save pirates from around the world from the mighty British armada. In this third outing, Jack, who died in the last movie, is now stuck in limbo, with only his beached ship, the Black Pearl, and various mad versions of himself, to keep him company. Meanwhile, back in the land of the living, pirates around the world are worried. The British armada, under the leadership of nasty Lord Beckett, has gained control of Davy Jonesís unbeatable ship, the Flying Dutchman, and Beckett plans to rid the world of pirates once and for all. Jackís friends, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and Captain Barbosa, enlist the help of a Chinese pirate and a voodoo priestess to help them find the end of the world, rescue Jack and take on the mighty British fleet. Things donít go according to plan, with betrayals from within and without, but they do find Jack, which starts the rivalry between the two un-dead pirate captains all over again. Also starring Geoffrey Rush and Bill Nighy.

The History Boys appears in a Saturday Premier slot on May 26 at 20h30. Directed in 2006 by Nicholas Hytner, the movie stars Richard Griffiths, Stephen Campbell Moore and Frances de la Tour. Itís 1983, and eight A-level boys, hoping to gain entrance to prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, are preparing for their entrance exam in history at a public school in Yorkshire. Their favourite teacher is a rotund fellow they call Hector, who puts emphasis on learning. Hector gets a bit touchy feely with the boys, but itís something they tend to overlook. Enter Irwin, a shrewd young teacher who brings a different approach to history: creative spin. As the boys get ready for the daunting exam, they learn more about history, education, and what it means to be truly adult.

Man of the Year can be seen in the Wednesday Premier slot on May 28 at 21h00. Directed in 2006 by Barry Levinson, the movie stars Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black and Jeff Goldblum A comedian who decides to run for President as a bit of a joke, stops laughing when he discovers that the election results may be suspect. Politics is a funny business, or should be. Itís election time in America and the Republicans and the Democrats are doing the same boring old stuff. That is, until TV comedian Tom Dobbs decides to enter the Presidential race. He knows he doesnít stand a chance but - hey, his friends and millions of fans want him to. And, anyway, his debates are bound to be funnier than anyone elseís. Things are looking good for Tom, when he gets a visit from Eleanor, the software engineer of the company that makes Americaís electronic voting machines. She claims thereís a glitch in the system which means the results canít be trusted. Whatís more, her bosses are so determined to keep her quiet that they are prepared to poison her. Suddenly, trying out for Prez doesnít seem like a joke anymore Ö

American Gun is a compelling drama about the way guns in the hands of other people affect various unconnected people in far-reaching ways. It can be seen in the Thursday Premier slot on May 22 at 22h45. The movie was directed in 2005 by Aric Avelino and stars Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden. This series of interwoven vignettes by first-time director Aric Avelino looks at several characters whose lives are irrevocably changed by guns. There is Janet, a single mother whose son died in a Columbine-style school shooting and who is now being asked to talk about the events of that fateful day. There is Carter, a disillusioned teacher who has neglected his own son to mentor inner-city kids who feel a need to carry guns to school because itís so dangerous; and there is Mary Ann, a student who wants nothing to do with guns, until a fellow student is brutally attacked. As the camera follows these and other characters, we get a sense of the fear and paranoia triggered by gun violence, and are left to work out for ourselves just what society should do about it.

Guilty As Charged , directed in 1991 by Sam Irvin and starring Rod Steiger, Lauren Hutton, Heather Graham and Isaac Hayes can also be seen in the Thursday Premier slot, this time on May 29 at 22h45. Ben Kallin is sick and tired of killers getting away with murder. Where is the justice when a man confesses to murder on TV, only to get off scot-free because his lawyer wasnít present? So Kallin makes a plan. With the help of his assistant, he kidnaps escaped, pardoned or paroled killers and keeps them in his basement until they confess. He even has his own electric chair in the basement, just in case.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart