London Lite Thursday, 8 October 2009 33 If you want a measure of the man they call Le Donk (real name, Nicholas, played by Paddy Considine) heres his view of his ex-girlfriends pregnancy. I wasnt happy with it but she wouldnt have an abortion, he says in his nails-on-the-blackboard Midlands accent. So, we went to Blackpool and I said just have one last glass of vino with your man. So I got her pi**ed and took her on The Big one. Le Donk, a barely capable roadie and utterly failed human being, is the focus of this mockumentary filmed by Shane Meadows (This Is England) in just five days. Le Donk has one aim -- to get his portly protg rapper Scor- Zay-Zee (best line -- I dont give a damn, Im like a big fat trucker with sweaty armpits/ Pamela Anderson is my girlfriend) a slot at a big show being headlined by a band Le Donk calls the Artical Monkeys. Considines Le Donk is essentially a younger version of Steve Coogans Saxondale but without the vulnerability. His nasty streak is too pronounced to ever elicit sympathy, even when he returns home to see his newborn son (The Big one ruse didnt work). flawed but very funny. PC winpremieretickets:p36 Rockdocscoresbadly Being in a rock band now is like being a hippy in 1984, points out one of the subjects of eileen Yaghoobians documentary about the creators of rock posters. its an interesting character study, but one that would have worked better accompanied by the music the posters promoted rather than Mark greenbergs weird score, and as a half-hour TV documentary rather than an abruptly edited, full-length feature film. Lauren Paxman Died Young, Stayed Pretty No cert, 94 mins HHHII REVIEWSCINEMA reVIeWS notmuchofacomedyeither... High hopes: Scor-Zay-Zee Guiltypleasures withfunnyfailure Fare attempt: Red West and Souleymane Sy Savane in Goodbye Solo Taxi!Finaljourney ofanoldno-hoper RAMIN BAHRANIS latest film is a low-budget, art house study of the friendship between an ebullient Senegalese cabbie and a bad- tempered old man. William (Red West) offers his regular driver Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) the job of taking him to a notorious suicide spot in return for a wad of cash. Hell leave in two weeks, which Solo decides is time to change Williams mind. Solo ditches his wife and stepdaughter and moves into Williams motel, where he tries to lift his spirits with mindless chit-chat, but the old man just treats him as a free ride. Bahrani achieves a startling naturalism with this talkie, and you can almost smell the cigarette smoke and Magic Tree in the cab. But as you dont really feel sympathy for either character, you dont end up feeling much of anything at all -- apart from grateful that Smell-o-Vision never took off. aC Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee Cert 15, 71 mins HHHHI Goodbye Solo Cert 15, 91 mins HHHII This is the new Jennifer Aniston flick and no prizes for guessing that she plays a girl who dates guys that just arent that into her. But it isnt a cheery romcom -- in fact, in the first 10 minutes you would be forgiven for thinking that youd stumbled into the wrong film. instead, its about a smarmy psychologist, Burke (Aaron eckhart), who has channelled his grief over the death of his wife into a motivational bestseller, A-Okay! The twist is that hes not a-okay. hes sleepless in seattle, where hes hosting a sort of boot camp for the recently bereaved. Then he meets florist eloise (Aniston) and they share a twinkly moment. Love doesnt magically happen though. eloise isnt like other girls: shes smart, which we know because she says ergo a lot. Burke is also complicated. his chiselled good looks suggest hed be better suited to advertising razors than being a professional widow. Their courtship takes in every major landmark in seattle -- the space needle, the football stadium, Bruce Lees grave. But the relationships not really the point. instead, this is about Burke coming to terms with his grief, which he does with the help of his father-in-law (Martin sheen) and a talking parrot. Yes, a parrot. And the lack of comedy isnt even the biggest problem with this film. its the lack of romance, which means it could probably be sued under the Trade Descriptions Act. in the unlikely event of this ever being nominated for a major award, Aniston would barely make the supporting actress category. still, it was probably only called Love happens because they couldnt have s**t happens on the poster. amBer COWan Love Happens Cert 12A, 109 mins HHIII at On top of the world: Russell and Carl head for Paradise Falls a stupendously moving first 10 min- utes, which tells of the courtship and marriage of Carl and his wife Ellie, who were brought together by their love of the prospect of adventure and, in particular, an obsession with the exploits of explorer Charles Muntz, an adventurer long lost in the Venezuelan jungle. They vow to each other that one day theyll set off to see Paradise falls but real life, and its tragedies, encroach on their dreams, and although they have a mostly happy life together Ellie dies, leaving a heartbroken Carl to sit and fester in their old house. So far so glum but the first act is so tenderly constructed that you wont care -- somehow this animated tale gets right to the heart of what it is to be human. Me, I misted up under the 3D specs. The second act is brilliant, too. Accompanied by chubby Russell, (Jordan Nagai), grouchy Carl sets off, his house borne aloft by balloons, for South America. C ARL is not particularly pleased by Russells com- pany as Russell is not blessed with the ability to be quiet. But they finally reach Paradise falls (com- pletely by accident but, hey, a 78-year- olds house is being carried at 35,000 feet by helium balloons -- what do you expect? Reality?) There they meet a very large bird called Kevin, a pack of talking dogs and, finally, the long-vanished Muntz (Christopher Plummer) himself, who, seeing as he was at least 35 when eight-year-old Carl worshipped him, is very spright- ly for a chap in his 100s. The last third of the film goes a little Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, and Muntz is a bland villain but there are enough good jokes and action sequences (although far too few broken hips for reality fans) to see up through to its predictably feel-good finale. one word of warning -- dont go to see this in 3D if youre scared of heights because its a long way down from a floating house. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html