Wednesday, October 1, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 02/10/08

Babylon AD - I wouldn't have known this was released today if the internet wasn't telling me so.

Disaster Movie - Currently sits at #1 on IMDb's Bottom 100 list. How impressive. #2, for what it's worth, is something called Fat Slags.

The Duchess - Keira Knightley stars as Princess Diana the Duchess of Devonshire and Ralph Fiennes is her husband in this period film filled with big hats and extra-marital sex. Lovely.

The Grocer's Son - A French dramedy about a family with a past. I'm sure it'll be a hit.

Whatever Happened to Brenda Hean - Australian documentary about the disappearance of Brenda Hean, an activist from the 1950s who was opposed to a new hydroelectric dam in the state of Tasmania who vanished while flying to Canberra along with her pilot Max Price. Their plane has never been recovered. Would be interesting, but the clips on At the Movies last night - and David & Margaret reiterated it - shows a really annoying and frustrating documentary style. Why does the director need to show the interviewer and the lighting setups and the cameramen and the everything? UNNECESSARY!

Lemon Tree - Hiam Abbass, who was so good recently in the English-language The Visitor - stars in this Israeli film that's gotten some good write-ups.

DVD Releases for the Week 02/10/08

Alone in the Dark II - You know you're in trouble when even Uwe Boll doesn't return to a sequel of one of his movies. Australia is, delightfully, the first country in the world - it seems - to get this movie as direct-to-DVD. It's listed as a 2009 movie on IMDb, which implies nobody is even aware it's being released.

Doomsday - Neil Marshall's followup to the incredible Descent goes direct-to-DVD after failing to excite international audiences. It's R18+ rating probably didn't help matters. Still, after The Descent and Dog Soldiers (the only good werewolf movie in a good 20 years, right?) I'll still see it. It's apparently completely and utterly insane, which I dig from time to time.

Feel the Noise - I don't remember this dance flick being released in cinemas here, but it probably was. Being a dance movie I'm going to see it (I think it's in my blood, I have to see all these awful dance movies so that occasionally I come across one that's actually good) and like the recent (and bad) How She Move, Feel the Noise is based around one of those slightly underground dance movements. This time it's reggaeton. Or whatever.

Goal II: Living the Dream - This sequel goes direct-to-DVD after the original flopped in cinemas.

Leatherheads - Poor George Clooney. Not even he and John Krasinski can get me to watch a movie about freakin' American Football! Ugh.

Paris - Juliette Binoche and Romain Duris (aah, Romain Duris) star in this panorama of Paris.

Snow Angels - David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express is about to leave cinemas so if you want to know what he was up to before that... well... there's this. Screened at MIFF in '07 and now goes direct-to-DVD (there's a bit of that this week, isn't there?) Stars Michael Angorano, Olivia Thirlby, Sam Rockwell, Nicky Katt and even Amy Sedaris! Oh, and Kate Beckinsale. Not that you'd know judging by the Australian DVD cover, eh?

Silk - It's a rare thing when Keira Knightly straps herself into period garb and, quite literally, nobody notices. Such was the case with this flick. I blame Michael Pitt.

Whop the #$&% is Jackson Pollack - I feel like this has been out for a while already, but I'm not sure.

Lastly, I'd just like to point out that the director's cut edition of Alex Proyas' Dark City is now out. We can finally own it with the knowledge that it's not inferior is so many ways!!

No TV listings this week. No time. Moving along...


Joel said...

I actually think the best werewolf movie of the last 20 years was Ginger Snaps 2... An no I'm not joking...

Barry said...

Silk sucked balls.

Paul Martin said...

The Grocer's Son may be a hit, but there's nothing compelling about it to justify leaving the house to see it.

Pineapple Express got some pretty poor reviews, so I didn't bother with it. But Snow Angels is definitely worth seeing.

Kamikaze Camel said...

Paul, that's what I was going for with the "I'm sure it'll be a hit" thing. French? Quaint? HIT!