Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 05/02/09

Changeling - I swear I've seen the trailer for this movie in front of everything I've seen at the cinema for the past month. It's driving me insane!

Pride and Glory - The appeal of Colin Farrell is (at least somewhat) reduced by the appearance of Ed Norton. I think I'll pass on this cop thriller.

Repo! The Genetic Opera - Perhaps the best reason to watch this bizarro horror musical is to witness Paul Sorvino give one of the worst performances of the decade. Christ he was terrible. And, well, the less said about Sarah Brightman the better, okay? Other than that it's all a bit flat and uninteresting although some of the songs - particularly "At the Opera" - are fine.

Transporter 3 - Oh look, Jason Statham is in another one of these movies.

DVD Releases for the Week 05/02/09

88 Minutes - Al Pacino's illustrious career has sunk so low that he's starring in direct-to-DVD movies. How sad. I have Dog Day Afternoon on my DVR... maybe I should watch that instead.

Breakfast with Scot - Queer Canadian film about a profession hockey player who adopts a child with his partner. I think. Looks really bad so I'm not going to delve further.

The Duchess - The first of two Keira Knightly films out on DVD this week (see below). Was recently nominated for two Oscars, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Both of which are very well deserved if I say so. I reckon it's a good bet to take the staute for the former, too. The DVD says this version is "uncut". I guess all those scenes of Charlotte Rampling sitting on chairs and waiting in empty rooms that made the cutting room floor are back in show.

The Edge of Love - This movie just never took at all at all, did it? Stars Keira Knightly and Sienna Miller. It hasn't even received an American release yet, which is stranger still.

The Eternity Man - Julian Temple's operatic musical short (it's only 50 minutes long) gets a DVD release. I accidentally missed this when it aired on TV a couple of weeks back so I'm glad it's made a speedy turn to DVD.

The House Bunny - I don't think there will ever come a time when I don't think Anna Faris gave one of the finest performances of 2009. Never.

Man on Wire - Classy Oscar-nominated documentary from James Marsh about Philippe Petit who traversed a tightrope between the World Trade Center in New York City during the 1970s.

TV Screenings for the Week 05/02/09

er... there's really nothing of any interest on this week.


Dave said...

You only just getting Changeling? Jesus Christ. I moved on from being annoyed by that months ago.

I'm not sure what it is with me and Keira Knightley films, but I like both of those ones. Although the latter for Sienna Miller who I appear to be the world's only champion of.

Glenn said...

I've been known to like Sienna. She just doesn't pick good scripts, really.

Runs Like A Gay said...

I can heartily recommend Pride & Glory. Sure, it's only a cop movie with no real stretch in the writing and an odd ending, but Colin Farrell and Noah Emmerich make it worth the watch.

Noah particularly rises above the material.