Cincinnati World Cinema is back in action on the big screen this coming weekend with two different European visions of suspense. The first film is Sightseers, from British director Ben Wheatley. Coming from a background of commercials and short films, Wheatley has been earning points among the indie film crowd in his native country. In his latest feature film, he mixes genres, blending romance, road movie, suspense and pitch-black humor.
In this summer of sequels where titles are likely to have a number attached to their name, I have to admit the one sequel I anticipated was Despicable Me 2. In the original film, we are introduced to Gru, an ersatz villain, with baldpate and pointy-nosed visage, who has grand plans to steal the moon. Gru, as brilliantly voiced by Steve Carrell, is sidetracked from his villainy by finding himself involved with three young girls in need of a parent. The film had tons of charm and lots of laughs as Gru’s humanity is revealed bit by bit, despite his potential villainous proclivities.
Did you ever wonder where the faux famous come from? You know… the ones who are famous for just being famous. Perhaps you may get some insight from Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring. It’s based on true events in Los Angeles, with, as they say, only the names changed.