The Shoe Thrower (G)

December 16, 2008

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The Shoe Thrower (G)

Genre: Artsy indie foreign film with “a shock ending that will blow your mind“.

Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s (Omid Djalili) ambition in life is to live in a society where shoe-throwing is deemed acceptable.

Throughout his troubled life, he is jailed on many occasions for throwing his shoes at a people in positions of authority (including a University professor with whom he had a disagreement about his falafel toppings).

After his release from prison (after the falafel incident), he is offered a chance at a local newspaper, which is run by his boyhood friend: “This is your last chance Muntadhar!” (during this scene, Muntadhar is visibly irritated and tempted to throw his shoes at his friend – but doesn’t).

Months go by and Muntadhar slowly adjusts to his new role. He saves up his money to buy a very special pair of shoes – ones which he would find very difficult to throw away (“I love these shoes more than I love my mother”).

One day he finds himself at a press conference with the Iraqi president… and, unexpectedly, the American president appears unannounced.

Muntadhar is torn between his desire to plonk Georgie Boy Jr (Michael Richards) with his size 10s and the reality that life, as he knows it, would end if he were to succumb to his inner demons.

Loop-de-Loop (PG-13)

December 7, 2008

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LOOP-DE-LOOP (PG-13)

Billy (Owen Wilson) & Jimmy Loop (Luke Wilson) are two cocksure former Air Force pilots who are still struggling with their discharge from the Armed Forces. Having drifted apart after their discharge, they are to be reunited for the anniversary of their father’s death.

On September 11th, 2011, Billy & Jimmy are flying home to San Francisco on separate flights. Just as they are about to land, the planes seemingly have a mind of their own. Unbeknownst to the passengers, the planes have been commandeered by a cyber-terrorist (Omid Djalili) who has implanted a chip into the planes’ computer systems. Using this chip, the terrorist is able to control the planes from a remote location.

While the rest of passengers are panicking, the Loops spring into action knowing that their piloting skills may be useful. Having discovered that the current airline pilots are incapable of handling the situation themselves, the Loops take over the jumbo planes.

It’s the first time they’ve piloted in several years. They are soon in communication with the head of air traffic control, James Preston (Dennis Hopper) who fills them in with the details of the day’s events. So far, 4 planes have crashed into famous landmarks throughout the US. After recognising each others voices over the radio, the brothers are astonished that they have found themselves in identical situations.

It becomes abundantly clear that the planes are heading toward the Golden Gate Bridge.  Fellow passenger, boy genius Skip Hipplemeyer (Hayley Joel Osment), manages to use his laptop to render the controlling device useless. Having been informed of the kids’ intervention, Billy Loop instructs Jimmy similarly over the radio. With moments to spare, the brothers are given control of the planes and are forced to rely on their piloting skills. Just as it appears that they have run out of time, the brothers pull off a stunning loop-de-loop to avoid disaster.

Status: Plug pulled after threat of lawsuit by makers of Cabin Pressure.

Blowhard (PG-13)

December 6, 2008

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BLOWHARD (PG-13)

A young Scottish lad, Ravi Sarna (played by unknown youthful Scottish-Indian actor), born to parents of Indian descent, loves nothing more than to play the bagpipes.

Whilst pursuing the dream of emulating his hero Angus Farquarson (Billy Connolly) – five time International Highland Games Bagpipping Champion – schoolmates constantly mock him. Furthermore, his father (Omid Djalili) constantly attempts to dissuade him from pursuing this dream, as it conflicts with the traditional Indian cultural beliefs.

Just when Ravi is about to quit, he has a chance encounter with Angus Farquarson, who was believed to be dead (Angus was previously in the Black Watch – known to have the best fingering in the bag piping world. Whilst on duty in Korea, his hands were blown off – thus ending his bagpiping career in his prime. He disappeared shortly after and was presumed dead.)

Angus helps the boy develop his skills and teaches him to ignore the negative influences in his life.

Over time, Ravi becomes the Scottish bagpiping champion – and enters the World Championships. At this point, his mentor (Angus) dies in a freak accident. Ravi questions his will to go on – especially after being beaten up outside a pub (sad scene where Ravi is being kicked whilst on the ground – the sound of his bagpipe losing its wind every time he’s kicked [e.g. sound of dying cat]).

The incident only re-inforces Ravi’s determination to continue his pursuit of bagpipping greatness… blah blah blah… goes onto become World Champ after beating posh Englishman (Hugh Laurie).

See sequel: Blowhard II: Blowharder