Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 15/01/09

Bride Wars - The sad thing is that I will be probably end up seeing this at some point. Hmmm.

Chandni Chowk to China - I... don't know what this is.

Doubt - For one reason or another, John Patrick Shanley's Doubt is one of this year's crop of Oscar floggers that I was/am most anticipating. Far more than Frost/Nixon, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and so on. Glad it's finally here!

Hotel for Dogs - No.

Role Models - I gave a shoutout to Seann William Scott's immense hotness earlier this week so how about I do the same for Paul Rudd with an incredibly gratuitous hot shot? I have a feeling you people won't object.

The Wrestler - If it weren't for all the Bride Wars and dogs in hotels going on this weekend would be a great one for new releases. Mickey Rourke will be an Oscar-nominee next week for his role in the new Darren Aronofsky film The Wrestler and I am quaking with anticipation.

DVD Releases for the Week 15/01/09

The Rocker - If there is in fact anywhere in the acting universe that Rainn Wilson belongs (there isn't, but play along) it is in direct-to-DVD crap like this.

Son of Rambow - I won a free pass to go see this movie in cinemas and didn't use it. That kind of shows how much it enthused me. I'm sure it's lovely and charming and all that stuff, but... meh.

WALL·E - Maybe you've heard of this delightful Pixar flick? I am hoping that it scores at the Academy Awards in the form of a Best Picture nomination. Wouldn't that be special? Oh yes, it would.

Wild Child - A hit down here earlier in the year yet as far as I'm aware it hasn't been released in America. Stars Emma Roberts.

TV Screenings for the Week 15/01/09

15/01/09, 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004), SBS, 10.00PM - French thriller that got good reviews. Strangely goes by it's French title here.

16/01/09, The Curse of the Jade Scorpian (2001), C9, 12.00AM - I've heard nothing but bad things about this Woody Allen movie.

16/01/09, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), 7HD, 9.30PM - George Clooney's directorial debut, starring Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore and written by Charlie Kaufman.

16/01/09, Cowboys & Angels (2003), SBS, 11.05AM - Queer dramady. You know how it goes... Not sure if it deliberately takes it's title from a wonderful George Michael song, but it's nice if they did.

17/01/09, The Big Sleep (1946), C9, 2.00PM - Classic Howard Hawks movie starring Bogart and Bacall.

18/01/09, The Eternity Man (2008), ABC1, 9.45PM - A 50-minute opera about the man who wrote "ETERNITY" all across Sydney after the end of WWII. Directed by Julian Temple and it screened at MIFF. Should be interesting.

18/01/09, Matchstick Men (2003), C9, 11.30PM - Criminally underrated Ridley Scott heist movie.

20/01/09, Cape Fear (1962), ABC1, 11.30PM - The original starring Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck.

21/01/09, Operation Valkyrie (2004), SBS, 10.00PM - Just in time to take viewers away from the Tom Cruise version in cinemas a day later is this German TV production of the same story.

21/01/09, Silent Running (1972), ABC1, 11.55PM - Absolutely mindboggling sci-fi movie starring Bruce Dern and a stupid robot.


Dame James Henry said...

Ugh, I feel sorry for you if you have to sit through Bride Wars. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular but it was ATROCIOUS, even for a rom-com of this nature. Thank God my friend and I just snuck in instead of paying for it- I would have been even more pissed.

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