Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 26/03/09

Bottle Shock - Nobody seems to like this wine comedy very much so I think it's safe to say that I'll skip it.

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures - Festival hit finally gets a release. Looks as appealing as roadkill.

Knowing - Alex Proyas' Dark City is one of the finest movies ever made in this country. It's nice to see him returning here to make his American action movies (although IMDb seems to think it is solely an Australian movie?), but Knowing doesn't exactly look that great, does it? The "disaster porn" moments looks well done (especially the plane sequence - although since I'll be on one in less than a week maybe I shouldn't think about it) but Nicolas Cage is such an insufferable bore these days. Get him another Leaving Las Vegas pronto.

The Uninvited - This movie brings up three questions: What is Emily Browning doing here? What is David Strathairn doing here? And what is Elizabeth Banks doing here? I admit to having an affection for these b-grade Stepfather rip offs, but... really? I didn't think they made them anymore.

Wendy and Lucy - Kelly Reichardt's followup to Old Joy is this movie starring Michelle Williams. I've heard very polar reaction to this movie, but it seems like the sort of thing I would like. I won't get the chance to see it, unfortunately.

DVD Releases for the Week 26/03/09

Dance of the Dead - *yawn*

Phantom Punch - Never heard of it.

Redbelt - David Mamet writes and directs this movie about... kickboxing? Or some variation on it. Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Sex Drive - Why would I want to watch this movie? And, no, James Marsden is not a good enough reason.

Talk to Me - Apparently this movie from 2007 is only just getting a DVD release here. I had forgotten that it even exists. It stars Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor.


Dame James Henry said...

I hope you get the chance to see Talk to Me one day. It's a refreshing biopic that avoids clich├ęs for the most part and Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji P. Henson (much more deserving of an Oscar nom here than in Benjamin Button) are all fantastic.

Joel said...

Dance Of The Dead is actually a fun comedy horror film, worth checking out.

And I had the same feelings towards Sex Drive as you, but its actually quite a smart teen comedy.