The last week of the year tends to get a big mix of prestige (usually Oscar-bound) fare and big blockbusters. Not so much of the latter this year, but the former is definitely on offer!
Bedtime Stories - I wasn't aware this movie was out here so soon. Adam Sandler's in it so I'm sure it'll be big. Reminds me of Night at the Museum, which I really didn't like at all.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Many film-obsessed cinema pilgrims will be out in force to see the latest film from David Fincher, this time starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. And it's nice that, for a change, we're getting a big Oscar touted film at the same time as America. Gee, golly, you mean we'll actually get to discuss the film with other people?! Wow. BTW, cinemas aren't the popular Christmas Day destination that they are in America, whereas Boxing Day is quite huge.
The Day the Earth Stood Still - I haven't heard one positive remark made about this Keanu Reeves remake of the '50s sci-fi classic. Jennifer Connolly strikes again!!
Frost/Nixon - Michael Sheen and Frank Langella go head-to-head in Ron Howard's film adaptation of the TONY-winning play.
I've Loved You So Long - French drama starring Kristen Scott Thomas. I really liked this movie, but it hasn't quite caught on with awards bodies the way I thought it might (especially in regards to Thomas' performance).
Let the Right One In - I saw this film at MIFF earlier in the year was liked it fine, but not anything overly dramatic, yet it has been getting out and out raves from critics upon release and it's winning tonnes of Best Foreign Film prizes. What exactly did I miss? Have I, as an Australian film viewer, becoming desensitised to "coming of age" stories?
Vicky Cristina Barcelona - Woody Allen's upteenth "comeback" has been in the Australian top 10 at the box office for two weeks now and it's only in previews! Shows how desperate we are for new films. I really liked this movie too and will smile when Penelope Cruz (hopefully) wins that Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Speed Racer - Actually out on the 24th. Just in case you wanted to buy it today for a Christmas present. Not that many people would, mind you, but if you wanted to you can.
Stop-Loss - I was originally so pumped for the latest Kimberley Pierce movie and then it was released and I kind of didn't care. DVD is assured though.
26/12/08, Teacher's Pet (2004), 7HD, 10.30AM - Is it wrong that I really liked this film version of the Disney television series? Like, incredibly so. I don't really know why. The songs sure were catchy though!
27/12/08, Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), C7, 1.15PM - Oscar-nominated movie.
27/12/08, Footy Legends (2006), C10, 8.35PM - I am only mentioning this movie because it is probably the second worst movie I've seen from this current decade. That takes effort, folks! Still, don't even consider watching it. It's atrocious.
27/12/08, All the President's Men (1976), C9, 11.40PM - If I remember correctly I liked this movie but didn't love it. Maybe I'll give it another go. The presence of Robert Redford helps me forget about how much I don't like Dustin Hoffman.
28/12/08, Ducktales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990), C7, 8.30AM - Why did I not know there was a Ducktales movie? And a theatrically-released one too! I was all about Ducktales as a kid so WHERE WAS I?!?
28/12/08, The Fantasticks (1995/2000), C7, 11.50AM - A feature film version of the long-running show that was filmed and only released in 2000. How strange. Stars Joel Grey.
28/12/08, Days of Glory (2006), SBS, 9.30PM - Oscar-nominated film that went by the title Indigenes in some circles.
28/12/08, Down by Law (1986), SBS, 11.35PM - See Roberto Benigni from before he was incredibly annoying! (psst, he's was just as annoying then.) Oh, but Tom Waits is excellent.
30/12/08, Mystery Train (1989), SBS, 1.05AM - Another Jim Jarmusch film to whet your appetite. I haven't seen this one so I'll try and check it out.
30/12/08, Quadrophenia (1979), ABC1, 11.15PM - Oh man, I've wanted to see this movie for so long!!! Excellent.
31/12/08, Same Time, Next Year (1978), ABC1, 11.35PM - I find it amusing that they're putting a movie with this title on at the strike of New Year. The film that finally won Ellen Burstyn an Academy Award, also starring Alan Alda with a terrible haircut!
New Years Day, Can't Stop the Music (1980), C9, 12.15AM - What better way to start the new year than with the Village People music Can't Stop the Music? WHAT BETTER WAY?!? It's "the musical event of the '80s" of course!!