A critical guide to the week's videos
White Man's Burden (15) Fox, rental, 25 Aug. The elementary twist to Desmond Nakano's tale is that blacks hold the power and the underdogs are white in his imaginary America. John Travolta plays Louis, a loyal factory hand who, after a series of misunderstandings, loses his job and subsequently his house and family. He ends up taking his boss (Harry Belafonte) hostage in an attempt at recompense. An interesting and potentially powerful storyline which is handled naively, fails to sustain a sense of drama, and comes to a clumsy and abrupt end.
Normal Life (18) First Independent, rental, 25 Aug. Directed by John McNaughton, responsible for the controversial Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, this depressing film is unlikely to attract the same sort of kudos. Luke Perry - of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame - sports a grim moustache in this equally grim tale of Chris (Perry), a well-intentioned but dim policeman and his deranged wife, Pam (Ashley Judd). An astronomy enthusiast, Pam's daily routine is listening to deafening heavy metal and smoking innumerable joints while reading Stephen Hawking. After running up enormous credit- card bills in astronomical accessories, Pam refuses to take responsibility, so Chris is forced to grow yet more facial hair and become an armed-robber. A warning to women who refuse to do housework.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
'Phallic symbols' found hidden in famous Pre-Raphaelite painting 'Isabella' by John Everett Millais
Top Gear Burma episode breached Ofcom rules over Jeremy Clarkson's racial slur
Freddie Prinze Jr on 24: 'Kiefer Sutherland was the most unprofessional dude in the world – I hated every moment of it'
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer unveiled at Comic-Con
How did our legends really begin?
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
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