Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 30/10/08

Centre Stage: Turn it Up - Perhaps the only country in the world where this sequel will got theatrical is Australia. The original was a huge hit and I guess they thought "why not?" when even stuff like Make it Happen can make a cool few million at the box office. And now instead of the ballet of the the original, they've decided to make this movie about hip-hop dancing. Ugh. So there goes any chance of this being "unique" in any way shape or form, right?

Choke - What's Joel Grey doing here?

Death Race - Starring Jason Statham and, naturally, Joan Allen, this remake of Death Race 2000 is sorta crap but also sort of silly fun. Meh. I don't remember much of it, but I remember not hating it with every fibre of my being, so that's a plus!

RocknRolla - Did anybody else experience the trailer for this movie at a cinema? I did and I didn't understand a single second of it. Directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson and Toby Kebbell who was impressive last year in the Ian Curtis biopic Control.

Spirit of the Marathon - Documentary following the participants of the Chicago Marathon.

DVD Releases for the Week 30/10/08

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - I don't quite understand the level of vitriol that this movie has elicited from people. As South Park recently joked, this movie (and anyone in it for that matter) did not rape your childhood. Idiots.

er... that's it.

TV Screenings for the Week 30/10/08

31/10/08, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), C10, 8.30PM - Why are you watching this on TV? WHY?!

01/11/08, Freaky Friday (2003), C7, 6.30PM - My friends didn't believe me when I told them this Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan body swap comedy was actually good. Then we watched it on DVD and they were shocked. The point of this story: I am always right.

01/11/08, Spider-Man 2 (2004), C9, 7.30PM - Still the best superhero/comic book movie. Yes, not The Dark Knight, ya hear?!

01/11/08, The Interpreter (2004), C10, 8.30PM - Not quite sure what this movie did to make so many people hate it so much, but this Sydney Pollack-directed politico-thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn is actually quite good. The bus sequence, especially, is a great moment that recalls Hitchcock's Sabotage.

03/11/08, Stage Door (1937), ABC1, 1.10AM - Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers film that was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Andrea Leeds) and Best Writing (Screenplay).

03/11/08, Sylvia (2003), 7HD, 1.00PM - Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig "before he was a star!" as they say in a movie about Sylvia Plath.

03/11/08, Swing High, Swing Low (1937), C31, 10.00AM - Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray.


J.D. said...

Wait, Tom Wilkinson's in RocknRolla?! I didn't know that.

Hm... nope, still not seeing it.

FranklinBluth said...

Oh my god, freaky friday is awesome! Lohan is good, but Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic!!

"I'm like the Cryptkeeper!!!"

As a side, why does Mark Harmon always have the worst hair?


watch STAGE DOOR. it's so fun! and just a cavalcade of actresses within