Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 23/04/09

A Film with Me In It - A black comedy from debut filmmakers Ian Fitzgibbon.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - WWII drama with Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis as the parents of a boy who doesn't realise he's living next door to a concentration camp. Fun times, for sure.

Closed for Winter - Don't you just hate it when you're looking forward to a movie and then BOOM it gets released and apparently it's not any good? Such a disappointment. Such is the story of James Bogle's Closed for Winter (nee Elise), which I even included on my 50 Most Anticipated list for the year. It got a shellacking in the Herald Sun and other reviews have been mixed. Oh well.

Fired Up - Or not. The star of this cheerleaders movie, Eric Christian Olsen, is 32. THIRTY-TWO! I'd feel sorry for him if, ya know, I liked him at all.

Paris 36 - A French dancehall musical from the director of Oscar-nominated The Chorus (remember when Beyonce inexplicably sang one of the nominated original songs from that film?) set in the 1930s.

Tulpan - Kazakhstan is on a role lately. An Oscar-nominated movie and several other high profile entrants. While this one didn't make it, it's gotten rave reviews.

DVD Releases for the Week 23/04/09

Autumn Hearts - A movie from 2007 that goes by the name "Emotional Arithmetic" in it's home nation of Canada (no wonder they changed it). Stars Christopher Plummer, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne and Max Von Sydow.

Twilight - I recently watched this on my flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. The only 30 minutes of sleep I managed to get on that longhaul flight was during this execrable waste of time. What a terrible terrible movie this is. Inept filmmaking (and acting - let's not forget the "acting") at its finest.

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