Wednesday, November 5, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 06/11/08

Dying Breed - Aussie horror flick set in the Tasmanian wilderness (wait, where's Tassie again?) as a bunch of teenagers investigating the Tasmanian Tiger myth become involved with the cannibalistic relatives of Alexander Pearce. Naturally.

Grow Your Own - British film featuring Eddie Marsan who a lot of people are loving in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. I wasn't quite as taken with him though.

Hunger - Steve McQueen's highly acclaimed debut film about Bobby Sands who went on a hunger strike while imprisoned. Considering how good this variety of British cinema has been lately I'm going to try and catch this one even if it is a hard slog to get through (apparently).

Men's Group - This fantastic Aussie drama is out in limited release. You could do far worse than seeking it out.

Mirrors - Alexandra Aja... who knows what's going on with that career. In the meantime he wastes everybody's time with this Keifer Sutherland-starring remake of a South Korean film.

Newcastle - Another Australian release, this one sort of sounds like a bigger-budget version of Tan Lines that bad queer-surfer flick from a couple of years ago. But, sshhhh, don't tell the intended audience of this flick that there's "gay shit" in it because it already has enough homo-eroticism flowing through it's veins (and key art design) to turn off plenty of straight teen boys. Amongst the fine cast are Xavier Samuel, Lachlan Buchanan, Shane Jacobson, Anthony Hayes, Gigi Edgley and Barry Otto.

Nights in Rodanthe - Why would anybody pay to see this movie when they can watch the trailer and know every single possible thing that happens?

Roman de Gare - Fanny Ardent and Dominique Pinon.

Traitor - The trailer for this movie, which I saw at... something, makes no sense.

DVD Releases for the Week 06/11/08

Anaconda 3: The Offspring - Before you get too excited about David Hasselhoff starring in another Anaconda sequel, bare in mind that he doesn't get eaten and promptly regurgitated. And, let's face it, if you're going to watch an Anaconda movie starring David Hasselhoff you sorta want to watch him be swallowed and then regurgitated, no?

Everyone's Hero - Is this movie really about a talking baseball bat? I mean, it has a face and everything! That's freaky.

Felon - Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer. LOL!

Mamma Mia! - We just got rid of the movie and the soundtrack from the top 20 box office and album charts and now watch it hang around until Christmas.

Shine a Light - Martin Scorsese's concert documentary about the Rolling Stones. How exciting. /sarcasm

Timber Falls - I saw the trailer for this on the DVD for Doomsday and it looked pretty decent. Oh well. It stars Josh Randall who is all sorts of adorable (I always liked him more than Tom Cavanagh Ed, didn't you?) and here's a random behind the scenes shot from the movie, because, well, why not?

You Don't Mess with the Zohan - Yawn.

TV Screenings for the Week 06/11/08

07/11/08, Evil (2003), SBS, 12.25AM - Swedish film that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, whatever that means anymore.

07/11/08, Chicago (2002), C7, 12.00PM - Great movie, but don't watch it on the tele.

07/11/08, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), C9, 7.30PM - Still my favourite of the Harry Potter flicks, and the only one I would considering "great". I miss Alfonso Cuaron in this franchise, but at least he went on to make Children of Men.

07/11/08, Martha Behind Bars (2005), 10HD, 10.40PM - Because who wouldn't want to watch Cybill Shepherd as Martha Stewart in jail? And, also, randomly Gale Harold!

08/11/08, Bamboozled (2000), C9, 12.50AM - I've been wanting to rewatch this Spike Lee film since I first saw a few years ago. I liked it then, but didn't love it, yet whenever the topic of Lee comes up this film always bubbles towards the top of my mind.

08/11/08, The Green Berets (1968), C9, 1.30PM - John Wayne war action flick.

08/11/08, Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), C7, 6.30PM - You could do much worse on a Sunday evening than this Oscar-winning flick, still one of the very best films of 2005.

09/11/08, Days of Being Wild, SBS, 11.15PM - Wong Kar-Wai movie starring Maggie Cheung and Andy Lau.

10/11/08, Consenting Adults (1992), 7HD, 1.00PM - Haha, god this movie is trashy. Stars Kevin Kline, Kevin Spacey, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Rebecca Miller and Forest Whitaker.

12/11/08, The Magician (2005), SBS, 10.30PM - Aussie "mockumentary" that follows a hired assassin. Never seen it, but it's quite popular in certain circles.


FranklinBluth said...

When you say that you weren't quite taken with Eddie Marsan, do you mean that you didn't like his performance, or that you didn't like his character? I thought he was really good, I was completely amused by/terrified of that mental driving instructer!

Kamikaze Camel said...

Marsan is fine, but there were more interesting things in the film - particularly Sally Hawkins.

Dame James Henry said...

Martha Behind Bars is brilliant! I haven't seen it in years, when it first premiered on TV here, but I still absolutely adore that scene when the ladies of Martha's cell block participate in a Christmas decorating contest and they all unite under Martha's guiding hand. So funny!

Joel said...

Considered Dying Breed has the star of Saw and the star of Wolf Creek, you would think they would be promoting the shit outta it. All I've seen is some posters on a construction site fence... Might try to catch it next week before it disappears altogether.

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