Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 22/10/09

All About Steve - I am not kidding when I saw that this new Sandra Bullock/Bradley Cooper "romantic comedy" looks like it could be the worst movie of the year. Dreadful. Even worse than that dire-looking French movie about the two guys who move in together or whatever.

An Education - Talk about a change of pace! Lone Scherfig's film has been all but guaranteed a spot for Carey Mulligan in the Best Actress contest at the Oscars and is gunning for more. Definitely looking forward to seeing this, but with so many other movies out right now that I want to see (Moon, Whip It) it might take a couple of weeks.

Coffin Rock - Cocked up release for this new Aussie horror(?) flick. The only cinema in my state that's showing it is in freakin' EPPING! Huh? Cocked up indeed.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee - Screening only in NSW and Queensland (and only one cinema each), Rebecca Miller's latest has a bevy of big names (Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Maria Bello, Julianne Moore, Blake Lively, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder), but I'm still not sold on it. I liked Miller's last film, Personal Velocity, but not enough to really seek out the rest of her work (one of which stars her husband Daniel Day-Lewis, so I really have no excuse on that one). Winona Ryder looks gorgeous, by the way, in the clips I have seen.

Saw VI - Each time a new one of these comes along I think to myself "surely people are over this by now!" and that it will flop and they'll start going direct-to-DVD before, in a few years time, we get a series reboot that becomes the highest grossing film of all time. Hmmm.

TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure - This direct-to-DVD film is getting a limited cinema release for some reason.

DVD Releases for the Week 22/10/09

Disgrace - Steve Jacob's wonderful film stars John Malkovich, who sadly won't be in play during awards season since, unlike here in Australia, the film vanished after only a couple of weeks. If it had been picked up by a distributor who had more experience, then perhaps it might've worked. Alas...

Hannah Montana: The Movie - The title says it all.

Hardwired - It's a solid bet that if your sci-fi action flick stars Cuba Gooding Jr and Val Kilmer then it is going to be awful.

Land of the Lost - Oh man, I had forgotten this movie even existed. Damn.

Mary and Max - Adam Elliot's quite wonderful stop-motion animation features the voices of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Renee Geyer and Barry Humphries and the always-present narrator. Do see it if you haven't already and here's hoping Elliot gets a welcome surprise on Oscar nominations morning (although it will only happen if the category is extended to five, surely).


David O'Connell said...

Was looking forward to Coffin Rock but after David & Margaret's review last night I might just wait for the DVD.

The obvious standout is An Education which has the glowing Carey Mulligan and just a brilliant screenplay by Nick Hornby. The most perfect balance of light and shade I've seen in a film for ages.

Saw this at MIFF and it was a real highlight.

elgringo said...

An Education was wonderful. I fell in love with Carey Mulligan after watching this and The Greatest almost back to back.

My wife saw Mary & Max and can't stop singing its praises. I'm mad I missed it.