Wednesday, February 6, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 07/02/08

Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who - The first of two music documentaries released this week (don't ask me why) is this film about seminal UK act The Who. Will they ask the hard-hitting questions like "Why does the CSI franchise use your songs so much?" I think not.

Blindsight - A doco by Lucy Walker about a blind mountain climber.

Fool's Gold - Kate Hudson and Matthew Maconaughy run around Queensland trying to find treasure or something to that effect. It looks like mindless entertainment for a night of DVDs, but I ain't paying $14 for this at the cinema.

Joy Division - A documentary accompaniment to 2007's biopic Control. Directed by Grant Gee, who has made video clips for artists such as Blur and Radiohead.

The Mist - I almost want to see this to see the terrible ending that everyone's being harping on about. Alas, yet again, this is a movie I will skip until DVD.

Night - Night is an Australian documentary in the vein of Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka (my personal fave of that variety of film) directed by Lawrence Johnston (Life), with cinematography by Laurie McInnes and music by famed Aussie composer Cezary Skubiszewski. It's apparently quite a treat and something unlike anything the Australian film industry has ever seen before. I know I'll definitely try and seek it out. You can view the great trailer here.

There Will Be Blood - For whatever reason (I got no idea) they're releasing Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-nominated "epic" on Saturday the 9th and not on the regular Thursday, like every other movie. Again, I don't know why, but there you have it. EDIT - Check the comments for an explanation from Melbourne Film Blog writer Paul Martin. Thanks!

DVD Releases for the Week 07/02/08

Hot Rod - Umm... er... It has Isla Fisher! That's about all I know of this movie. Oh and it's got the "dick in a box" guy. Right? Oy.

Into Great Silence - An epic near-silent documentary about a monestary in France. It won many awards and was acclaimed up the wazoo.

The Kingdom - An action movie set in the middle east starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven, Jeremy Piven's Hairpiece and Chris Cooper. I'm not quite sure what to make of that.

The Nanny Diaries - Failed Attempt by Scarlett Johansson for Super-Stardom #1034.

La Vie en Rose and Once - Two critically acclaimed movies about music that I didn't like too much. Both come in standard editions and a special edition that include their respective soundtracks (the best things about each movie, if you ask me).

Rise: Blood Hunter - Lucy Liu is a vampire, apparently.

Sicko - Michael Moore's Oscar-nominated documentary on the American health care system. I, for some reason, didn't see this at the cinema despite having done so with his last few movies. Hmm. Oh well, DVD it is!


Paul Martin said...

There Will Be Blood is having its first official screening outside of North America tomorrow at the Berlin International Film Festival. The local distributor is holding it until the following day so that Berlin can have that distinction. It gets a cinema release in Germany next week. So outside of North America, it has its first cinematic release here.

Kamikaze Camel said...

Ooh. Thanks for the tip!