Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 04/12/08

Animals in Love - A French documentary that, basically, is all about animals fornicating.

Four Holidays - In case you missed it, this Reese Witherspoon/Vince Vaughn Christmas "comedy" is going by a completely different marketing plan with a new name and altered advertising. Strange, but true.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year - I am usually a sucker for a high school movie involving either graduation or "The Prom" (or any other big high school dance, basically) where all the major characters convene and issues promptly arise, but I don't think I can handle this one. Watching the others free on TV was about the extent of my desire to see these movies.

It's a Free World - Ken Loach's latest.

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts - Receiving a special screening at ACMI in Melbourne as a part of a Spike Lee retrospective, it is free and runs for 256 minutes. I so hoped to catch it but I don't think I'll be in the city on Sunday (session start at 3pm). Hmmm, we'll see.

DVD Releases for the Week 04/12/08

Diary of the Dead - Aw, poor direct-to-DVD horror movie.

Earth - A mini cinema version of Planet Earth. Wouldn't you just watch the original?

The Forbidden Kingdom - Wow, I had totally forgotten that this movie existed.

Kung Fu Panda - I thought I had given up on Dreamworks animation, but it seems this one is actually good (and on its way to the Oscar nomination) so maybe I should buckle up and see it?

The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning - I wasn't even aware there was a Little Mermaid II, but now there's a prequel to the classic first film from 1989. This direct-to-DVD movie even features the voice of Sally Field. How odd.

Not Quite Hollywood - This excellent Australian documentary follows the path well-traveled by Australia genre filmmaking. My review here.

The Ruins - Aw, poor direct-to-DVD horror movie.

This Christmas - Apparently this is a... Christmas... movie? Never heard of it.

The Visitor - This charming and moving film by Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent) is definitely worth a view. McCarthy is already becoming a favourite so I can't wait to see what he does next. Here's hoping McCarthy's screenplay and the performances by Richard Jenkins and Hiam Abbas gather Oscar momentum.

Wanted - Nope, still not interested.

Wristcutters: A Love Story - I remember briefly hearing good things about this movie, but nothing overly substantial.

phew! That was a lot, wasn't it?

TV Screenings for the Week 04/12/08
Notable free-to-air screenings over the week!

04/12/08, Son of the Bride (2001), SBS, 10.00PM - Oscar-nominated film from Argentina.

05/12/08, 24: Redemption (2008), C7, 8.30PM - I don't watch 24 anymore, but I thought when they kept talking about making a 24 movie that it would be theatrical. Apparently this co-stars Jon Voight, Cherry Jones and Robert Carlyle alongside Keifer Sutherland.

05/12/08, The Vanishing (1993), C7, 10.30PM - A glowing example of what not to do when remaking a film from another country.

05/12/08, The Devil's Advocate (1997), C9, 11.45PM - I've always wanted to see this movie, despite nothing about it signifying that it's any good whatsoever.

06/12/08, Circus of Horrors (1960), C9, 2.25AM - I'm always wary of horror films set in circus' or carnivals because it means there is a high probability of their being a demonic clown. And I don't mean "demonic clown" as in a clown possessed by the devil, I just mean a clown in general. They're all demonic.

06/12/08, All That Heaven Allows (1955), ABC2, 8.30PM - It's Douglas Sirk, people! Stars Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson and Agnes Moorehead.

06/12/08, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), SBS, 10.00PM - Tommy Lee Jones-directed western starring Jones and Barry Pepper. Also has Melissa Leo who is slowly making her way into this year's Oscar awards season for her performance in Frozen River. Watch this to see "before she was a star" or somesuch.

06/12/08, Holiday Affair (1949), ABC2, 10.00PM - Robert Mitchem and Janet Leigh.

06/12/08, Lantana (2001), C9, 11.30PM - Clearly one of the greatest Australian films ever made. It's airing after the AFI Awards, which makes me suspect somebody at Channel 9 already knows the outcome of a certain viewers poll. That or they just don't have the screening rights to the other movies.

07/12/08, Heist (2001), C9, 8.30PM - Sometimes I wonder if TV networks even know what movies they're programming.

08/12/08, Graveyard Alive: A Zombie Nurse in Love (2003), SBS, 10.50PM - I'm sure it's terrible, but you gotta love that title!

10/12/08, King Kong (1933), ABC1, 11.40PM - There's a good bet you'll see the original King Kong pop up on ABC at least ever few months, but it's always a treat. So much better than the remake.


par3182 said...

thanks for the heads up on the spike lee doco - i'm going to try and make that

ed said...


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