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Film Releases - Step Up
Contracorriente - (Undertow) - Peruvian film maker Javier Fuentes-Leon brings us an award-winning tale of small town repression and forbidden love. Winner of a Grand Jury prize at the 2010 Sundance film festival, Contracorriente tells the story of Miguel, a young fisherman in Cabo Blanco, a beautiful fishing town in Peru. Born and brought up in the town he is married and expecting his first child but he holds a secret - he's in love with Santiago, a young painter who recently moved to the town and is open about his sexuality. This sumputously filmed movie explores the problems that arise when Santiago asks Miguel to be open about their passionate love affair. With touches of magical realism that don't necessarily work, the real beauty of this film lies in the visual metaphor of the natural, wild and stunning sea and the rigorously adhered to small-town traditions.
El Americano - (The American) - George Clooney stars as an assassin on one last job, which takes him to a sleepy Italian town - so far, so what? What makes this film stand out is the classy, minimalist handling of the story that Dutch director Anton Corbijn undertakes; the long shot camera imagery and the beautifully realised scenes. Corbijn, who received huge acclaim for Control, his 2007 biopic of Ian Curtis, is a photographer and music video-director by trade and this is obvious in his eye for a nice shot, however at nearly two hours long and with complaints of its derivative ideas, (many critics have likened it to Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control, seen by many as a successful pastiche of the European thrillers of the Sixties and Seventies), this film could turn off many a cinema-goer. On the other hand, it took the highest box office take on Labour day in America and has some calling it the sleeper hit of the year.
Step-Up (3-D) - Just reading the Wikipedia entry for this film made me feel old. The third in the trilogy of Step Up this one is filmed in 3-D and centres on the story of two dancers who move to New York and stumble upon the House of Pirates dance crew, who compete against their arch rivals, the House of Samurai. There is some love interest between two of the crew members, some kind of subterfuge, insider mole subplot and the World Jam Dance Contest finale. If you ever managed to sit through an episode of Fama, a bailar! then this might be for you. If you are over the age of 18 then forget it.