Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 18/02/09

Frozen River - Courtney Hunt's two time Oscar-nominated movie is screening exclusively at Nova here in Melbourne and, surely, some other places around the country. Do yourself a favour and please please please go and see it! It's excellent. It's the most organic and original thriller I've seen in a while and, smartly, you barely even realise it's a "thriller" until it's all over and you notice your pulse has skyrocketed. Seriously, it's the best film of 2008 that I have seen.

The International - I didn't even know this Clive Owen/Naomi Watts thriller (ahem, read above) was being released this week. How odd.

Passengers - Poor Anne Hathaway! Just a week after her triumphant (apparently, I have yet to see it) Rachel Getting Married gets released so too does this borderline direct-to-DVD affair get a release. The one with the really bad poster designs.

The Reader - I am a Stephen Daldry fan. I am also a Kate Winslet fan. I am going to see this later today. I probably could have held off until later, but since it got nominated for Best Picture and since I really really wanted to see it beforehand I'm going to get to it ASAP.

Zach and Miri Make a Porno - I saw this a few months ago and like a lot of Kevin Smith movies it was going alright until the weird sentimentality kicked in and it all turned to shite. Nevertheless, my affection for Seth Rogan continues on it's merry way. Why is that, I wonder? Elizabeth Banks is kind of wonderful too, but she's let down by the atrocious final act.

DVD Releases for the Week 18/02/09

Babylon AD - Hilariously being released as a "Harder Cut" on DVD, whatever that is, despite being listed as three minutes SHORTER. This now infamous movie stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh (for some reason). Poor Mathieu Kassovitz. Maybe this'll make him go back to France and make another La Haine instead of crap like this or Gothika. Just maybe... Although if they ever release the 160 MINUTE VERSION I could perhaps feign interest.

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay - More high-larious (see what I did there?) antics from the pot smoking fellas.

My Best Friend's Girl - Dane Cook. Kate Hudson. The dude from American Pie. That's all you need to know. No wonder Hudson is taking a year off from making movies. She probably just realised how bad they have all been (except the upcoming Nine, hopefully).

The Tender Hook - Oh man, how bad is this movie? Answer: Very. I was initially merely nonplussed by the whole affair, but things have changed. Like discovering it was made for $7mil+. Which, since nobody will ever see this movie who doesn't live in Australia, is like Titanic looking like The Blair Witch Project as a comparative.

TV Screenings for the Week 18/02/09

19/02/09, L'Idole (2002), SBS, 11.10PM - I wanted to see this way back when it was released, but then I forgot all about it and never kept up with what was being released on DVD when. Stars Leelee Sobieski and is directed by Samantha Lang who made the stunning Aussie film The Well.

21/02/09, The Last Picture Show (1971), ABC2, 8.30PM - Fantastic Peter Dogdanovich movie starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn and, in their Oscar winning performances, Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson.

22/12/09, Twin Sisters (2002), SBS, 9.30PM - Dutch movie that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, set during WWII (naturally).

24/02/09, The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), SBS, 10.00PM - If you watch only one movie this week then make it this one! It is so very very good!

1 comment:

Joel said...

You forgot the best of this weeks dvd releases - Burn After Reading! Also worth a mention is Private Valentine: Blonde and Dangerous starring Jessica Simpson.