Clint's foxy nonsense
IT may be a load of old reds-under-the-bed rubbish, but Firefox (Pearl, 9.30pm) does star Clint Eastwood and it does feature some gripping flying scenes. Presuming, of course, you happen to like that sort of thing.
It was based on the novel by Craig Thomas and directed by Eastwood himself, although Eastwood the director and Eastwood the actor stumble through it apparently without ever taking the time to consult each other.
The story is typical Thomas. It is incredible, it is simplistic.
Do not waste your time looking for a script or character development.
The Russians (and we all know what a bunch of vodka-drinking proletariats they are) have built a supersonic jet fighter capable of doing some serious damage to anything that gets in its way. Eastwood is duly disguised as a businessman and sent to Moscow to steal it.
Skilful execution may have rendered some of these gaping implausibilities insignificant. But Eastwood (the director) lets Firefox run away with him and Eastwood (the actor) is generally doleful. Freddie Jones wins the Charles Laughton award for eccentric performances.
CZECH supermodel Paulina Porizkova made her feature film acting debut in Anna (World, 9.30pm) in 1987. In 1989 she played opposite Tom Selleck in the comedy Her Alibi, but in between, and since then, has not done a great deal of note. Anna sees her as an impoverished immigrant to New York City who dreams of acting stardom. Fading Czech actress Sally Kirkland (who is not Czech, but does a passable impersonation) takes her under her wing and duly sees her attain the kind of stardom she has only dreamed of.
THE new film from director David Frankel is Miami Rhapsody and stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Mia Farrow and Antonio Banderas, the Latino stud who first caught the world's eye in House of the Spirits before hamming it up opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire. The film is featured in Pearl Movie Watch (7.15pm), which is hosted by Geoff Wong and Gloria Wu.
The modus operandi of City Focus (Pearl, 12.35am) is that if you pack enough into a television current affairs programme, there might just be something that interests someone. Take your pick from the man in Shanghai who is homeless by choice, emergency services for the elderly in Hong Kong, skiing at night and the latest culinary fad in Macau, eating bones.
STAR Plus seems to be holding some sort of unofficial Australian week, with films like Breaker Morant, The Plumber and The Club (STAR Plus, 2.00am). All of them star Jack Thompson, which shows either that Jack Thompson is an exceptional actor, or that in Australia they don't have much choice.
The message we are meant to take from The Club is that the team must come before the individual. Nothing earth-shattering about that, but it is all done in entertaining and whimsical fashion, with Thompson as manager of a football team that splashes out a record sum on a wunderkind. Friction develops, the captain realises his own playing days are numbered and game after game is lost.
Films on Cable Movie Channel: Camelot (1.00pm). Fairly dire film version of the Lerner-Loewe musical features a cast that can act well only sporadically and can sing well never, among them Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. It did, however, win Oscars for Costume, Musical Score and Art Direction.
The Music of Chance (7.00pm). An insufferable yuppie who has nothing to do but drive around in his BMW picks up a stranger who talks him into putting up US$10,000 for a sure-win card game against two eccentric millionaires.
The Sniping (9.00pm). Typically violent Hong Kong chop-chop adventure, with three prisoners escaping from prison to recover the bank robbery proceeds they stashed away in a building. In the course of their escape they kill a warden and kidnap another prisoner.