first_imgIn Her Shoes,dir. Curtis Hanson,out now: When Stupid Girl by Garbage announces the start of the film, alarm bells ring over the pretext of two sisters, polar opposites, supposedly united only by their shoe size. Unwitting boyfriends shuffle uneasily in their seats, the prospect of a soporific task of endurance glazing their eyes. Yet, thanks to the accomplished efforts of insightful director Curtis Hanson and an intelligent and witty screenplay, In Her Shoes will gently confound preconceptions.Cameron Ddiaz sensitively portrays a role that has suited her well in the past and suits her well once more. Ddiaz’s character Maggie has reached a dead end in her life, blessed with stunning looks, but a lack of faith in her intellectual ability that causes her to float from job to job and use her looks for soulless gratification. Rose, played admirably by Toni Collette, is a high-flying and diligent lawyer, yet struggles with her self-image, her self-esteem represented by her shoe collection – a lavish accumulation of beauty, kept locked away and never expressed. After relations hit rock bottom one traumatic evening, their paths diverge, and thus begins a journeyof reconciliation and personal growth.With this sibling dichotomy the story does well to avoid a predictableconvergence of the characters into bland, happily inane creatures. Maggie decamps to a retirement community in Florida after she discoversthe correspondence from their distanced grandmother Eella (Shirley MacLaine), hidden by their father. MacLaine is wonderfully regretful yet wryly compassionate, the dynamic between her character and Maggie having a profound effect on them both. A sentimental turning point is marked as Maggie reads Eelizabeth Bishop’s One Art, overcoming her dyslexia and articulating a valuable lesson. Rose’s self-discovery is no less revelatory; as she slowly finds the love of her life in Simon, who demonstrates great patience with her reticence, until she can finally embrace him without insecurity.Curtis Hanson’s measured and sensitiveapproach, obvious in previous works 8 Mile (2002) and LA Confidential(1997), has delivered a film far from mediocre, but which only subtly departs from the large body of works before it. The end result? Eeasily forgettable.ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

Planning: the delay in processing local plans has left districts in a quandry

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McIlroy facing uphill challenge

first_img “I got a really massive wind switch on four [his tee shot flew the green and almost hit Adam Scott on the fifth tee] and then hitting the sprinkler on 13 to go up into the azaleas. “I felt like I played well coming in. I gave myself looks at birdie almost every hole. I couldn’t get one to drop. “I didn’t know that putt on the last was to make the cut, but when I got into the scoring area and saw that I was in (joint) 46th place, it was a bit of a sigh of relief that I’m here for the weekend. “I just want to go out there and try to get off to a fast start. Eleven shots back (of leader Bubba Watson) with two rounds to play is going to be nearly impossible to make up so I’m trying to shoot two really low rounds and see where that puts me at the end of the week. “It will take something phenomenal to shoot something in the mid-60s and get myself back under par going into the last day. But I’m going to need to be two, three or four under par going into the last day to have any sort of chance.” Press Association McIlroy did not realise he had to par the last to make the cut on the mark of four over par, but held his nerve from four feet to complete a disappointing – and admittedly unfortunate – 77. “It was very frustrating. I just really couldn’t get anything to go my way,” McIlroy said. “I had a couple of really bad breaks on four and 13. center_img Rory McIlroy admitted it would be “nearly impossible” to win the Masters after scraping into the final two rounds at Augusta National.last_img read more