Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 13/08/09

Balibo - Aussie film from Robert Connolly that follows the events that lead up to and that directly followed the Balibo 5 murders in East Timor over 30 years ago. It's a great film that I reviewed a few weeks back. Great stuff and you should definitely go and see it.

Bandslam - Looks like one of those Disney/Nick movies that are cast according what is considered "cute" these days (the mop top still, apparently) and targeted as teens. Apparently it's not that bad though, but not the sort of the thing I'll worry about at the cinema. Somehow it's got Lisa Kudrow in it. Poor Lisa Kudrow.

District 9 - I was surprised to see this was opening here this week, same as the United States. I figured this would be a situation where we get it, like, five months later when all the hype has worn off. Fancy that!

Orphan - Horror film that sounds wildly absurd so it's, at least, a DVD movie for sure. Really, have you heard the twist ending of this flick? It's hilariously bonkers. Cult status awaits. Stars Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard.

Trade - A film from 2007 starring Kevin Kline finally gets a local release. Sounds like an American version of The Jammed, that great Aussie flick from a couple of years back that surprised everyone and became a box office hit.

DVD Releases for the Week 13/08/09

12 Rounds - Silly action movie starring some former wrestler. Boring.

The Boat that Rocked - Can you believe they're editing this and renaming it to Pirate Radio for the US release because it sorta floundered when it was released in places like the UK and Australia earlier in the year. I think the soundtrack was a far bigger success. Our DVD is the 130minute version that was released theatrically though.

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations - No, seriously, a THIRD one of these!

Married Life - What if Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan (sure, why not?) made a movie and nobody cared? You'd have Married Life.

New in Town - I saw the poster for this movie ever day with Renee Zellweger's squinty face sitting on her Louis Vuitton suitcase. I wanted to smash through the plexiglass and tear it up. TEAR IT UP!

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