Thursday, March 20, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 20/03/08

Be Kind Rewind - I've seemingly had it in for Michel Gondry's (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) latest ever since it was conceived. I thought that they'd be able to explain it, but apparently they do not. Hmmph. Although, every time I think of "Be Kind Rewind" I think of that bit from Notorious C.H.O. where Margaret Cho describes the incident where her boyfriend forgot to return Beaver Fever and now everyone at her video store knows her as a Beaver Fever Lady. And, well, that makes me smile.

Brick Lane - A British film about Bangladeshi imigrants. Received a bunch of nominations from various British award bodies.

Drillbit Taylor - Yeah, whatever.

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 3D - What an unweildly title, huh? I'm not sure how many Australian cinemas have the ability to screen 3D, but I had to go all the way to Melbourne just to see last year's Beowulf. Something needs to be done about that, considering there are more and more 3D specific films (ie, not like Beowulf which are 2D and 3D) coming out.

Hey Hey it's Esther Blueburger - An Australian comedy about a young jewish girl who doesn't tell her parents she has dropped out of her private school and is attenting a public school where she quickly becomes friends with (of all people) Keisha Castle-Hughes. Toni Collette plays Hughes' mother. It's obviously going for Looking for Alibrandi sized box office numbers, we'll see if they get it.

Horton Hears a Who! - Animated Suess flick with Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Seth Rogan. Apatow's gang are even taking over animation!

DVD Releases for the Week 20/03/08

Across the Universe - Julie Taymor's (Titus, Frida) Beatles musical. I may or may not have words to say about it, I watched it yesterday.

Beowulf and Grendel - The other Beowulf movie. The Canadian one. The one with Gerard Butler, Academy Award-Nominee Sarah Polley and Stellan Skarsgaard.

Eastern Promises - Viggo Mortensen got an Oscar nomination for his role in this Russian mob film by David Cronenberg also starring Naomi Watts. I wasn't incredibly impressed, but it was good enough.

Gabriel - A silly Australian action flick about angels battling demons... or something. I watched it this morning and I couldn't understand what was going on most of the time, so I feel sorry for international audiences who may pick this up from their local DVD store. Was Dwaine Stevenson's "Sammael" not the most '80s retro villain you've ever seen outside of a film made in the 1980s?

Hallam Foe - All you need to know is that it stars Jamie Bell. And he gets nekkid, oh yes.

The Heartbreak Kid - A Farrelly Bros. remake of an Elaine May flick. With Ben Stiller. Yikes.

Michael Clayton - Starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and recent Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton. That last bit makes me so freakin' happy!!

Rescue Dawn - Wender Hertzog adapts his own documentary - Little Deiter Needs to Fly - into this drama starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. Yet another in a long line of Bale performances that got great press and then nada comes award season.

Saw IV - I... got nothing.

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising - I... got nothing.

Skinwalkers - I... got nothing.

1 comment:

Joel said...

A quick note about Rescue Dawn - apparently Hopscotch sent out a whole lot of dvds with a manufacture fault. So most places had to send them back...
Would have liked Bale and Stave Zahn to get a nom for their work in it.