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A Week In Film #102: Catching up

Skeleton Coast
Seriously one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. Ernest Borgnine (oh Ernest!) is an ageing military man who pulls together a crack team of mercenaries to help him extricate his CIA son from rebel capitivity in Angola. To help him there’s that priest from The Mummy plus a bunch of B movie journeymen (and woman). Oh, and Herbert Lom (oh, Herbert!) briefly appears at the start as a shady arms dealer-cum-fixer. And Oliver Reed (okay, so Oliver needed the beer money) appears in the middle, apparently from an entirely different movie, as a diamond mine security chief. And Robert Vaughn as an East German colonel. Seriously.

You may not have liked Ted Kotcheff’s somewhat similarly-plotted Uncommon Valor, or shared its sentiment, but you surely could appreciate the quality of the craftsmanship.

Little Miss Sunshine
I bloody loved this – odd, dysfunctional family goes on road trip to beauty pageant for little girls. Hilarity ensues. Husband-and-wife directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris ace it. Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin take a bow!

A comfort film – familiar like an old sweater. Not even Val Kilmer can spoil it.