Lastnight I watched a couple of movies… saw The Proposition – an Aussie movie (written by Nick Cave) which was set at the end of the bush-ranger era in colonial Australia. Three brothers and their gang attack and rape the wife of one of the wealthier families. The police catch two of the brothers and offer a proposition to one of them to find and kill the eldest brother who was the master-mind of the attack – if he achieves the task within 9 days, him and his younger brother will be pardoned, if he fails, the younger brother will be hung.
It was a little slow in parts and the period and location the piece was set in (outback Australia in the 1800’s) didn’t really grab me, but the story was still told well and I believed it achieved what it was trying to accomplish.
The highlight of the evening was a short claymation piece (also by an Australian) called Harvie Krumpet. It won the best animated short film Oscar in 2004, is narrated by Geoffrey Rush and I personally believe the movie is a MUST SEE!
The blurb on the back of the DVD cover says:
Harvie Krumpet is the biography of an ordinary man seemingly cursed with perpetual bad luck. From being born with tourette’s syndrome, to getting struck by lightening; from having his testicle removed to developing alzheimer’s disease; Harvie’s troubles seem unending! Yet Harvie learns many lessons in life and enjoys its many fruits. He finds love, freedom, nudity and ultimately the true meaning of what it is to be human…
I won’t say anymore other than GO RENT IT OUT!