Hairspray (2007) US:
Now, I seldom recommend Hollywood films (cos i hardly watch them, i know, unbelievable in this day and age and living in Syd!!) but I would definitely recommend this nice meaningful film for those who missed it. I expected a light-hearted comedy but it was surprisingly meaningful and nice...and further, I have a personal bias in favour of 50s/60s fashion of frocks and gowns and musicals...haha...
Brothers and Sisters (2007/08) US:
I seldom watch Hollywood movies, much less American TV dramas such as Heroes or Desperate Housewives, which all do not catch my attention at all, but I watched Brothers and Sisters and really like it...love Sally Field, still as good as ever...people should watch it if u like family dramas..its also surprisingly progressive, anti-Iraq war, pro-gay...one son is gay and at the end of last season, it was revealed that Sally Field's brother and their uncle was possibly gay too...
CJ 7 (2008) HK:
I am really looking forward to the new film from HK all-time funny man Stephen Chow, CJ7. I am particularly keen on this film because it has a more sentimental and emotional theme of father-son relationship unlike his previous two films, Kungfu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, which were more masculine in nature. Further, there is an extra draw for me, being that the main female actress's uniform in the movie is a tight-fitting 1960's style cheongsam!! This was a pleasant surprise for me as clearly it shows a re-appreciation for the cheongsam (chinese dress) amongst chinese people and Stephen Chow(??) as it must have been a deliberate choice to make her uniform that of a cheongsam. This is as the cheongsam as either a uniform or daily wear has fell from fashion since 1949 with the communist takeover. Further, even if the story was set in HK (it isn't, its set in a city in modern day China) the cheongsam as a school teacher's uniform was only used in a handful of hong kong schools and only then until the 1970s when it was abolished as a rule.