Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 01/11/07

An amazing week of releases!!!

Across the Universe - "Visionary" director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, Broadway's "The Lion King" and upcoming "Spiderman" productions) points her lens at the hippie Vietnam era with this Beatles-inspired musical. I've been anticipating this flick for a long time - I adore Taymor's visuals if not much else - and I'll hopefully be seeing it very soon.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - It's been seven years since Andrew Dominik's debut film Chopper and in that time Eric Bana has gone on to become "a star" as they say while Dominik has been trying to make this film that stars Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. I'm seeing this tomorrow (which is why I'm posting this entry on Wednesday night - I'll be in Melbourne all day) so I obviously can't wait.

Death Proof - grrrr Y'all know how I feel about this movie and the whole Grindhouse shenanigans.

Delirious - Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt (christ, does he ever stop making movies?), Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon star in the new film by Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion).

The Game Plan - Over at The Hot Blog there has been a bit of discussion about this movie and it's international prospects. I and many others said it didn't stand a chance because it was about American football (gross) and a quick look at the international box office of movies like Invincible, Remember the Titans, The Longest Yard and Friday Night Lights all failing dismally. The former and the latter of that group actually went direct-to-DVD here and many others places. But the television commercials for this flick starring Dwayne Johnson and Kyra Sedgwick (LOVE) don't mention American football, nor is anybody even seen wearing a football uniform and a quick side-by-side of the American and international posters shows they're not taking any chances there, either.

Outsourced - A comedy about Indian call centres. Cause, ya know, they're a natural source of hilarity.

Sweet Land - This Ali Selim film - an Independent Film Spirit Award winner - is apparently getting a release today although other than the IMDb there doesn't seem to be any proof of this whatsoever. I really wanted to see this a while back, it apparently is similar to Days of Heaven, a personal favourite, but... I dunno.

DVD Releases for the Week of 01/11/07

The Hills Have Eyes 2 - This sequel released in March in the USA is finally receiving a direct-to-DVD release down here - there were still posters up at cinemas as recently as this past month - is a sequel to Alexandra Aja's 2005 remake apparently has no similarity to the Wes Craven-directed The Hills Have Eyes Part II from 1987, which was a sequel to Craven's 1977 original. Make sense? Last year's remake was indeed a remake of the original, but this sequel to the remake isn't a remake of the sequel to the original... which is a shame because the 1987 sequel has A DOG HAVING A FLASHBACK!!! So, naturally, this sequel is already inferior by default.

Merlin's Apprentice - For some reason Sam Neill is starring in a sequel to the made-for-TV flick Merlin.

Transformers - This Michael Bay flick was reviled by a few, but the majority seem to actually like it so I don't feel so bad about have that loud geek-out earlier in the year. It is ridiculous and loud, but that's what I wanted from a movie in which cars turn into robots. Why have giant destructive robots battle in the desert when they can drive down the highway (because they're cars as well) and do battle in a big massive highly-populated city??? That movie was a hoot!

Plus the first season of Ugly Betty, third seasons of Entourage and Grey's Anatomy (aka the season it jumped the shark. it's amazing how quickly I went from loving that show to hating it) plus the sixth, seventh and eighth (and final) seasons of Will & Grace - the very seasons where the show started to go to the shitter.

Box Office

1. Saw IV (1)
2. Death at a Funeral (3)
3. Good Luck Chuck (1)
4. Michael Clayton (2)
5. Hairspray (7)
6. Rush Hour 3 (5)
7. Eastern Promises (1)
8. Rogue Assassin (2)
9. Resident Evil: Extinction (3)
10. A Mighty Heart (2)
11. The Kingdom (4)
12. The Brave One (3)
13. Waitress (1)
14. The Bourne Ultimatum (9)
15. Evan Almighty (6)
16. Superbad (6)
17. Control (1)
18. Ratatouille (8)
19. The Nanny Diaries (4)
20. Stardust (6)


J.D. said...

Across the Universe is, if you love visual mindf@#king and can take a weak plot, INCREDIBLE. God, I loved it.

God, I wish Warner would realize that maybe, some people outside major metro areas want to see TAoJJbtCRF! Jeez!

Kamikaze Camel said...

I'd rank The Cell amongst the best of 2000 so...

People outside of metro areas wanting to see a Brad Pitt movie? I DOUBT IT!!!