Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 15/05/08

21 - Aussie director Robert Luketic directs this Vegas cheating drama with Jim Sturgess and Spaceworth (Kevin Spacey + Kate Bosworth) on their third go-around together. What's up with that?

Rats and Cats - An very indie Aussie flick made in '05 (apparently) finally getting a limited release (four screens in Vic and 1 in NSW and Qld). It comes from the team behind wacky cult man-dressed-as-a-dog TV series Wilfred and involves a former soap star living in a remote country town and the reporter who visits to write a "where are they now" story. The plot amuses me because, if you're Australian, you know Australian media love nothing more than a "where are they now" story. Am I right? I think I'm right! I mean, does anyone care about what happened to, for example, Stacy Lattisaw?

Un Secret - Cecile de France seemingly has a new movie out once every two or three weeks, doesn't she? She's become very prolific since I first noticed her in the ultra horror flick Haute Tension (ultra violence, ultra shit). This is a French flick about WWII and family secrets. It's apparently much better than "WWII and family secrets" would normally imply.

Sharkwater - A documentary by Rob Stewart about the horrific killing of sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Has a great message, but I wouldn't dare watch it. Just the images I've seen on TV are enough to bring me to tears.

Shutter - An American remake of a Thai film (poster to the right) now set in Japan ...right! Did the makers not think Americans knew where Thailand was? It stars Rachael Taylor and Joshua Jackson and it, just quietly, actually looks like one of the better examples of the genre. Not that that is particularly hard.

Then She Found Me - The At the Movies review for this Helen Hunt produced/written/directed/starring flick was hilarious. "you'd say it was a vanity project except that Hunt is rather cruel to herself. She’s unattractively photographed to the point where BETTE MIDLER looks almost like her sister rather then her mother."

DVD Releases for the Week 15/05/08

American Gangster - Meh.

The Bold, The Brave, The Best of Australian Animated Shorts - This compilation of, obviously, Australian animated shorts features Oscar-winner Leisure (dir. Bruce Pett) and Oscar-nominee Birthday Boy (dir. Seejong Park) as well as Slim Pickings, the first work by recent Oscar-nominee Anthony Lucas (he of the amazing Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello).

Day of the Dead - It amuses me that the tagline for this direct-to-DVD horror remake is "The darkest day of horror the world has ever known." Yup, sounds about right.

Kurt Cobain: About a Son - Doco about Kurt Cobain (duh).


JA said...

Day of the Dead is BAD but it does have a couple points of interest. I meant to post on it when I watched it last week, but it slipped away, and now I'm forgetting said points of interest except one - it has zombies shooting submachine guns. That's a bright spot. :)

Anonymous said...

haha your quote about Haute Tension is hilarious.