Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 24/09/09

Accident - A fun-looking Hong Kong thriller from a protege of Johnny To.

Fame - Nothing about this movie had made me want to see it (except for the casting of Bebe Neuwirth and Megan Mullally) and it appeared as if they'd turned it into a hip-hop based version ala Step Up, removing all of the grit and edge that makes the original so good. An ad I saw on TV the other night actually piqued my interest, but DVD is where this will end up being seen if at all. Oh, and I just realised that Debbie Allen is in it!

Looking for Eric - Ken Loach directs this movie about a poor, miserable sod who starts imagining a famous soccer player appearing alongside him.

Paper Heart - A mildly diverting mockumentary starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera.

Seraphine - Was a big winner at this year's Cesar Awards in France, which won awards for Best Film, Actress and Screenplay.

Stone Bros. - An Aussie stoner road trip comedy starring Luke Carroll and Leon Burchill.

Surrogates - Jonathan Mostow is a good action director - his Breakdown is a classic, clear and simple - and the idea behind Surrogates is interesting, but the fact that it hasn't been screened for critics anywhere makes me very wary since, if it was good, critics could help turn audiences away from the sort of b-grade vibe that it gives off.

Van Diemen's Land - Aussie film that I didn't like, saying "it gets nowhere close to being a good movie. It starts out promisingly enough, but soon descends into a dull, tedious mess. Van Diemen's Land is pretentiousness of the highest order." Oh dear.

DVD Releases for the Week 24/09/09

Dragonball Evolution - I don't even know why this movie exists in 2009, truly. Isn't at least five years late?

Fired Up! - Cheerleader "comedy" starring a bunch of 30-year-olds as teenagers. :/ Available in an "Undressed and Uncut Edition". Because that's what we all need.

Gomorrah - Wasn't the City of God-esque hit that people expected.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Interesting that Paper Heart, a flop in American limited release, should receive an Aussie cinema release (albeit, limited) and yet this one that seemed like it could tap into some of the Juno / (500) Days of Summer crowd is going direct-to-DVD.

Paris 36 - French old-fashioned musical.

State of Play - Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren star in this quite decent thriller aimed more at adults that sugar high teenagers (so, naturally, it flopped).

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