October 4, 2008


FLYMETOTHE MOON(U, 84 mins)Family/Comedy*

IT'S a sad day when Christopher Lloyd flying up Amelia Earhart's nose can't salvage a film, but that day, unlikely a sit seems, has come.

This is the story of three flies, Nat(Trevor Gagnon), IQ(Philip Bolden) and Scooter (David Gore) who stow away on the first moon landing.

They all have different character' traits', "brave", "clever" and "fat" respectively, but they don't have a lot of personality.

The high point of this film is the appearance of Buzz Aldrin, and that's only because, well, he's Buzz Aldrin.

With its clunky plot it only serves to prove that since we've had Ratatouille and Wall-E, animated films can't just trade on the technological wow factor any more.

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE (15,110mins)Comedy/ Romance **

BASED on journalist Toby Young's memoir, this is the tale of Sidney Young's(Simon Pegg) attempts to get a head in a New York society magazine.

Quite why they decided to change the character's name isn't obvious.

It's an OK film with quite a few laughs and enjoyable performances form Jeff Bridgesas the magazine's editor and Kirsten Dunst as the hapless Sidney's work mate.

Given I could watch Jeff Bridges and Kirsten Dunst putting up flat pack furniture for two hours and still enjoy it, this might not be the best recommendation.

But as Young blunders through a series of excruciating set piece sit's hard not to crack a smile - or at least wince with sympathetic embarrassment.

There's not as much spleen poured on the world of Manhattan socialites as in the book, so in making the film more palatable to a broader audience they may have lost its edge, but there's still enough there to sink your teeth into.

HEAVY LOAD(12A, 91 mins)Documentary **

THOROUGHLY engaging, this documentary follows an East Sussex punk band through two years of their career.

Naturally a lot of the film has to do with drummer Michael, who has Down's Syndrome, and the way the band and his support workers interact.

They're an interesting bunch, including singer Simon, who likes to add extra swearwords to cover versions, and Jim, who likes to goon long walks and surround himself with nature.

Michael, mean while, just wants to live independently and find a girlfriend.

It's one of the more worthwhile films out this week. Since it's a classic "portrait of a struggling rock band" and also a look at care workers in Britain today, you get two films for your money. That can't be bad.

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