Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 10/09/09

Anvil! The Story of Anvil - Lots of people keep talking about this movie, but I just can't get any enthusiasm for it.

Blessed - Oh no! Somebody let Ana Kokkinos behind the camera again. My review appears at Onya Magazine. The movie isn't that good, but has some great performances so that saves it somewhat. Despite not liking Frances O'Connor early on in the film she has a scene that is, quite literally, one of the most powerful scenes of cinema I've seen in a very long time. Gut-wrenching stuff. Shame the rest of the movie isn't on that level.

Funny People - Not-so-funny story. If you click on the title there and get taken to the film's IMDb page you will notice the first images that appear are of David Spade. Is that irony? Not so sure about that. This, the latest from Judd Apatow, stars Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzmann. Yay Eric! That's about it though.

X-Men 4 Push - No seriously, isn't this just an X-Men spin off?

Sorority Row - It says a lot - or, conversely, it says nothing at all - about this movie that I was completely unaware it was even being released today. I have not seen a single shred of marketing for this horror remake. Although, I have just now discovered that the distributor or Hoyts, which helps explain a lot. It does feature Carrie Fisher carrying some sort of assault rifle though, so that's something. This should be just as hilariously bad as last year's Prom Night.

Up - Released in a few states last week and the rest of the country this week.

DVD Releases for the Week 10/09/09

The Baader-Meinhof Komplex - German Oscar-nominated film about the RAF bombings.

Cadillac Records - The first of two Beyonce-starring direct-to-DVD efforts this week. Ouch. Have you actually heard the song "Once in a Lifetime" that was nominated for a Golden Globe? It's lovely and superb and I'd like to hear Beyonce make an album of tracks in that vein instead of the angry r&b thing she usually does.

Fireflies in the Garden - Why have I never heard of this movie before? It's got a pretty decent cast - Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Julia Roberts, Carrie Anne Moss - and yet I feel like this is the first time I have ever seen it mentioned anywhere.

Killshot - What do you get when you put Oscar nominated comeback kids Mickey Rourke and Diane Lane in a movie together? This direct-to-DVD effort, apparently.

Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus - Starring '80s superstar (ahem) Debbie Gibson!

Obsessed - This was a hit in America, but because it was predominantly aimed at "urban" audiences it goes direct-to-DVD here. I can understand movies like Madea's Family Reunion doing so, but Obsessed? It stars Beyonce and Ali Larter having a cat fight! That stuff is universal, y'all. Oh well. I thought it was a hoot!

Tenderness - Russell Crowe appears in this thriller from John Polson that disappeared from cinemas while you were blinking.

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