Thursday, July 9, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 09/07/09

Brüno - You know this movie by now. I think all the naked bull costumes and disco tanks made sure of that.

The Burning Season - I saw an edited version of this on television last year, but it's getting and update and a cinema release now. Narrated by Hugh Jackman, the documentary follows three different paths relating to global warming. It's better than An Inconvenient Truth, that's for sure (not that being better than An Inconvenient Truth is terribly hard.)

The Fox and the Child - A new docu-drama from the director of March of the Penguins about a young ranga kid and her affection for a fox. Make of that what you will, but I had the chance to see it for free and I passed.

Mother - Following on from last week's release of Thirst, Sydney's Chinatown district has been getting some some great titles lately! Both played at Cannes, but Mother - from the director of the wildly over-rated The Host - looks better than Chan-Wook Park's vampire tale.

Winged Creatures - Getting a theatrical release here in Australia on the back of director Rowan Woods' reputation. He directed The Boys (fantastic) and Little Fish (good, but not exceptional) and this is his first American film. I only just discovered, when getting an IMDb link for this entry, that the film has gone direct-to-DVD in America under the title of Fragments - an obviously cliched new title since the movie revolves around different people all affected by one tragedy. Stars Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Embeth Davidz, Jeanne Tripplehorne, Josh Hutcherson and Jackie Earle Haley.

"Like Crash but better."

DVD Releases for the Week 09/07/09

Charlie Bartlett - I don't know what this movie is.

Lakeview Terrace - The premise of this movie is fascinating, but apparently the movie itself is quite bad. Oh well.

Legally Blonde 3 - Changed from the US title of Legally Blondes. I imagine it's so people know instantly to just keep walking past it at the video store.

Rachel Getting Married - I've been wanting to rewatch this Oscar-nominated movie.

The Secret of Bees - I watched this on an airplane and despite finding the dialogue a tad hard to understand at times, it made for passable viewing experience. Stars Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys.

W. - Josh Brolin stars as George W Bush. Didn't see it at the cinemas (not many in Australia did) and don't particularly care to do so now that it's on DVD. Oh well.

1 comment:

Joel said...

Charlie Bartlett is worth your time... Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jnr and Kat Dennings make sure of that. Plus there are a heap of Harold and Maude references, which is never a bad thing.