Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 13/11/08

Dostana - An Indian and American co-production that, one presumes, was aimed at finding a larger audience for Bollywood films (it's partly in English, too). Stars Shilpa Shetty and John Abraham (Water).

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts - Scott Hicks' (Shine) documentary about Philip Glass, the Oscar-nominated composer of films such as The Thin Blue Line, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal and Koyaanisqatsi.

Sex Drive - No.

The Wackness - It's all a bit "wait for DVD", isn't it?

DVD Releases for the Week 13/11/08

Fred Claus - I had forgotten this movie even existed until just now. Now I'm sad.

Get Smart - I did want to see this after all so I guess now I can!

Pathology - Ugh, how frustrating is it that Channel 7 has moved Heroes to 10.30 on Thursday nights. And replaced it's original spot an hour earlier with freakin' BONES! How is it that Bones rates higher than Heroes?

TV Screenings for the Week 13/11/08

13/11/08, Beuna Vista Social Club (1999), ABC1, 11.25PM - A newspaper content editor's dream movie. Who can guess why?!?

14/11/08, The Informant (2008), C10, 8.30PM - A while ago the "word on the street" was that channel ten had this amazing new prospect called The Informant, which starred William McInnes and Colin Friels and was going to lead into a new TV series for the network. Cut to a while later and here it is premiering on a Friday night. Ouch.

15/11/08, O (2001), C9, 1.00AM - Brushed aside in the aftermath of Julia-Stiles-Does-Shakespeare fatigue and school shooting hysteria, this version of Othello is actually quite a great brave little movie that is twice as fascinating, challenging and teen-conscious as I imagine Sex Drive to be. Although I blame Josh Hartnett because why not?!

15/11/08, Ben-Hur (1959), C9, 12.30PM - I've always put off watching this movie because, like Lawrence of Arabia, I'd only be interested in seeing it on the big screen.

15/11/08, The Perfect Man (2005), C10, 6.30PM - Me and my best friend will get together every now and then watch bad movies. They tend to star the likes of Hilary Duff and Amanda Bynes. They're all awful, but we enjoy them anyway. The Perfect Man on the other hand made us so ANGRY! I can't even remember why, but it's terrible.

15/11/08, Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), SBS, 10.00PM - I loved this movie so very very much.

16/11/08, Tigerland (2000), C9, 2.10AM - I've never actually watched this Joel Schumacher movie, which is strange considering I'm such a fan of Colin Farrell and people routinely say this is his strongest work.

16/11/08, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), SBS, 9.35PM - The first of four Stanley Kubrick titles to air this week. This movie is very very excellent, but you know that already, don't you? Just don't watch when you're sleepy like I did the first time. I fell asleep and woke up during the hallucination sequence and had no idea what was going on. It freaked me out (surely, the point).

18/11/08, Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), ABC1, 1.55AM - Joan Fontaine stars.

18/11/08, Lolita (1962), SBS, 11.40 - I'm not a fan of this Kubrick film.

19/11/08, Barry Lyndon (1975), SBS, 10.30PM - One of only two Kubrick films I have not seen, the other being Spartacus.

20/11/08, The Day of the Triffids (1962), ABC1, 12.25AM - I really liked this sci-fi horror tale involving killer plants, the obvious inspiration for M Night Shyamalan's bizarro The Happening.

20/11/08, The Shining (1980), SBS, 10.00PM - Stanley Kubrick was nominated for a Razzie Award for directing this. A RAZZIE! They really botched that one up, didn't they?


FranklinBluth said...

OK, two things:

1. sex drive gets an outright no despite the fact that James Marsden is in it?

2. the shining was nominated for a razzie... a razzie!? WTF!?!?!?

Joel said...

The Wackness is pretty great actually. But it will lose nothing on the small screen, so DVDs probably a good idea.