• Susan May

What's on at the movies Sept 15 2016?

This week on the podcast I'm not talking to Jenny. This week I'm on air with Ted Bull, whom I've never met until I walked into the studio. So I was ill-prepared. This would have to be the most hilarious radio interview I've ever done. These questions arise.

Will Ted stop talking and let me get through all the films?

Will the CIA arrive in the studio and pull us off air?

Will Ron Howard ever talk to us again?

Who hasn't Ted interviewed in his radio career?

Can I convince him to go see Sully?

And why does he keep saying 'Dead!' every time I mention certain actors?

The answers and many laughs are had in this interview. I adore Jenny Seaton but every now and then you need a sprinkle of Ted Bull.


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SULLY ✪✪✪✪ Opens September 8

We all know the story of Sully and his miraculous landing of the American Airlines A320 Airbus on the Hudson River around 3:20pm on a freezing winter day. What we didn't know about was that for the days after Sullenberger had landed the plane, he was investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration suggesting that the pilot and co-pilot could have made it back to La Guardia without loss of the plane. This film tells that story.

The scenes of the actual crash are gut-wrenching. When the hostesses shout "Brace, brace, brace," and continue to shout the words, I very nearly burst into tears imagining the terror experienced by the passengers.

Tom Hanks is, as usual, masterful and his sympathetic portrayal of a quiet, unassuming hero is always note-perfect. Aaron Eckhart as the co-pilot Jeff Skiles also delivers. For most of Clint Eastwood films, I'm usually a fan. Here I think this film is the perfect marriage of great director, great actors, and a good script. Definitely a film to see on the big screen. I'm still thinking about it.

Interesting fact:

The passengers on the aircraft each received a letter of apology, $5,000 in compensation for lost baggage, or $5,000 more if passengers can demonstrate more than $5,000 in losses, and a refund of the ticket price. Beginning in May 2009, passengers received their baggage and other belongings. In addition, passengers reported they were offered $10,000 each not to sue US Airways for damages by American International Group (AIG), the airline's insurance carrier.

Film Blurb

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career

Bridget Jones's Baby ✪✪✪½ Opens September 15

This series has never been a favourite of mine. The last film the 2004 Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason was certainly rather weak against the original passable comedy. Of course, Renée Zellweger is the charm in all the movies. She is the embodiment of Bridget, despite the original controversy with an American cast in the very British roll in the original 2001 feature, which was adapted from a very popular English novel by Helen Fielding.

This film has definitely brought the series to a good place to conclude Bridget's story (I hope it's over, please don't go back ... this is good). It is charming, funny, relatable in a weird way, and nearly everything you would want in a romantic comedy. Romantic comedies are not my thing and it takes a lot to win me over and Bridget has done that. Maybe it's the baby. Or the addition of Patrick Dempsey, still gorgeous, as the alternate suitor that also helps. Colin Firth is his usual tight-lipped but vulnerable, somehow, Darcy, and Emma Thompson is fantastic in her role as the hilarious take-no-silliness obstetrician.

It's a chick flick, although I do think the boys wouldn't be totally bored with it. There really are some great laughs. Bridge Jones has delivered a good looking baby this time.

Film Blurb

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

SPIN OUT ½ Opens September 15

We have enjoyed some fantastic Australian films over the past couple of years. Nearly two years ago, there was much talk about the poor quality of Australian films and their woeful box office showings. Then suddenly we had a run of brilliant films like Paper Planes, Mad Max Thunder Road, The Babadook, Predestination, The Infinite Man, That Sugar Film, Embrace, Chasing Asylum, to name a few.

Outside of these and more, we've also had some duds. However, I think we now need a lower ranking than 'Dud' to describe Spin Out from directors and screen writers Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars) and Marc Gracie.