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Posted April 19, 2006
Breakfast On Pluto - The Crying Game writer-director Neil Jordan never really does get into why Patrick “Kitten”
Braden becomes a transvestite, but he does manage to save his film from being a rote and self-indulgent celebration of
uniqueness when he bobs and then weaves a political cry (for Irish independence) into it. The criminally attractive Cillian Murphy plays Kitten a little too much like Mrs. Doubtfire, though he
does sustain the character, and an incredible glam-packed soundtrack helps create an energetic sense of time and place.
Deep Blue - While not as
stunning as the likes of Winged Migration or March Of The Penguins, this BBC-produced nature film sure is pretty to
look at. With a calming, minimalist narration by Pierce Brosnan
(supplanting Michael Gambon's from the UK release) and a dreamy score by George Fenton, the underwater photography is stunning. The beast-on-beast
violence is a bit intense, with one hapless sea lion meeting his end when two orcas play hacky-sack with his mangled
corpse (in slow-motion, no less).