Thursday, November 8, 2007

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the week 08/11/07

30 Days of Night - It's sort of like Pitch Black, but set on Earth. It's from the director of Hard Candy and is all about vampires. Looks interesting, perhaps a DVD viewing is called for.

Conversations with My Gardener - A French film revolving around two old friends reconnecting.

Lions for Lambs - Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise do some liberal harping for easy consumption - it's only 88minutes long!

Rogue - From director Greg McLean (you may have heard of his last film). You may have heard of this movie too. I kinda liked it. There's been television commercials everywhere (which ruin the sort of surprise that is great if you're unaware of it) and I hope it's a success.

Saawariya - A controversial new Indian film. Apparently it revolves around this guy (below) dropping his towel on camera. That's... unfortunate.


Tell No One - A big hit in France, this thriller adaptation is where Kristen Scott Thomas has been hiding.

DVD Releases for the week 08/11/07

Deck the Halls - Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick enact out an old episode of Home Improvement and stretch it over an hour and a half, which begs the question... WHY???

Desert of Blood - There's vampires in the arctic circle in 50 Days of Night and now vampires in the desert. SYMMETRY!!!!

Farce of the Penguins - This March of the Penguins spoof went direct-to-dvd in America, yet Australia was lucky enough to have it grace our cinemas screens. Samuel L Jackson narrates a penguin documentary, featuring the voices of Jason Alexander, Jason Biggs, Christina Applegate, James Belushi, Dane Cook, Drea de Matteo, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Feirstein, Alyson Hannigan, Jamie Kennedy, Jon Lovitz, Mo'Nique, Bon Saget, John Stamos, Damon Wayans... need I go on?

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - This was released theatrically just over a month ago. Obviously it didn't hang around long because it's already on DVD! Which is actually good, because I've wanted to see this for over a year. Note - Fur will be eligible for next year's UMA awards, due to it's post-July release date.

Knocked Up - I quite liked this Apatow-directed comedy about a dysfunctional hook up, and now it's out on DVD in an "unrated" versions, which means there is four minutes of extra footage inserted into the movie, but most people won't remember what was there before and what wasn't. But it does mean that it's four minutes longer... hmmm...

However, am I weird for having a small kind of crush on Seth Rogan? Maybe it was that police uniform in Superbad?

Priceless - Audrey Tattou stars in this French romantic comedy about a golddiger who doesn't realise the man she's seducing is actually poor.

Romulus, My Father - This Australian film directed by Richard "The Duke" Roxburgh recently scored a whole tonne of AFI nominations - at the expense of better films like Rogue just fyi - stars Eric Bana as an immigrant father and Franka Potente as his mentally ill wife.

There's also the sixth season of Oz.

9 comments:

Dave said...

Lions for Lambs is only 88 minutes long?! Wow. I saw the trailer yesterday and it looked like it'd be a boring, dragging, self-important marathon. Instead, maybe it's just a boring, dragging, self-important sprint. And I could sit through a sprint, if only it didn't have Tom Cruise in it...

Tell No One is really, really good- kinda like Bourne, except French. And he's not a trained killing machine, but a doctor. You should see it. I liked Fur, too.

Kamikaze Camel said...

It still looks like it's the longest 88 minutes of the year.

Adem IAR said...

Your crush on Seth can surely not be as bad as having a crush on the dumb, balding brother from My Name Is Earl. WTF indeed.

Rural Juror said...

I saw Priceless on an airplane. It's the kind of movie I enjoyed, but I had to admit I would never see if it was in English and starred Jessica Alba

sora said...

Towel-guy's body is HAWT, but his face is, to quote you, "unfortunate". :(

And OMG RJ!!! Don't give them ideas!!! [slaps forehead]

Kamikaze Camel said...

Yeah, seriously, RJ, that's not nice. If it happens I am blaming you!

Yaseen Ali said...

Glenn, as much as I love you, you know I take issue with that Saawariya plot description (even if it was made in jest.) Ugh, I hate having to be representative of Bollywood in the blogosphere, but no one else seems to be doing it.

I'm actually excited for the film; it's an adaptation of Dostoevsky's "White Nights", which Visconti adapted to make his famous Le Notti bianche.

NATHANIEL R said...

the unfortunate part is that he DOESN'T drop the towel...

Kamikaze Camel said...

Oh, people have confused my words. I meant to imply that the CONTROVERSY revolves around the guy dropping his towel and that the scene has been cut.

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