Mimi’s Pick of the Flicks

Mimi ON Mar 25, 2010 AT 2:17 pm

The Blind Side

This weekend is jam-packed with dramas, so if you’re in search of a good story, take a look at these new flicks. Opening in the cinemas this weekend is Academy Award winning The Blind Side and a smaller French film called Lourdes. If you would rather stay indoors, 2012 hits DVD shelves and would be perfect for a Friday night in.

Cinema: 

The Blind Side
Michael Oher grew up in the inner city housing projects of Memphis with a drug-addicted mother and without a father. After living in several foster homes, he ends up homeless and sleeping near the school gym. The Tuohys, a white, well-to-do family, know Michael as the quiet football player who befriended their son at school. Once they find out he has been sleeping in the streets, they take him home to live with them. This movie shows what struggles Oher has to overcome, eventually becoming an All-American offensive left tackle that is drafted to the Baltimore Ravens.

Sandra Bullock was named best actress on several occasions this past awards seasons, including at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, and the most coveted of all, the Academy Awards. The Blind Side was also nominated for best movie at the Academy Awards, but, unfortunately, it was beat by The Hurt Locker. This film is a must-see this weekend, but make sure you bring a pack of tissues with you. It is sure to be a tearjerker!

Loudres

Lourdes
After being confined to a wheelchair for several years, Christina, along with thousands of others, makes the pilgrimage to Lourdes is search of a cure. Although it has a religious undertone, this film is more about the frailness of human life, asking audiences to think about how different things would be if they were severely disabled. Or if the miracle they had been hoping for came true, but for somebody else.

Sylvie Testud, who plays Christine, has been called the greatest French actress of her generation, and she proves it by effortlessly playing this role. The French film with English subtitles has already won six awards at the Venice Film Festival, the Viennale in Vienna, and the Warsaw International Film Festival.

Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

The film sees the return of Nanny McPhee (Emma Thomspon) as she knocks at the door of Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal). She arrives in time to help out, as her two children have gone to war against and their spoilt city cousins, who have moved into their farm whilst their father is at war, and refuse to leave. The storyline revolves around Nanny McPhee using every trick in the book (and some) to teach the children five new important lessons in her quest to tame the unruly bunch. Definitely a fun film with some lessons to be learnt for the little ones too. It hits cinemas Friday 26th March.

DVD:

2012
If you fancy an end-of-the-world film, this will be right up your alley. Roland Emmerich, director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, offers another look at world destruction, this time based on the Mayan prediction that the world will end in December 2012. With a deadline fast approaching, the world leaders decide to build arks to save those people necessary for rebuilding civilization. Somehow, Curtis Jackson, a writer, finds out about the world ended and decides to do everything in his power to save his family. This film is full of buildings blowing up and great visual effects.

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