Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This Week on Australian Screens

Cinema Releases for the Week 12/11/09

2012 - Don't get me wrong, I want to see this, but dear god it looks sorta terrible. Doesn't it?

Amelia - This is a very bad movie.

The Boys are Back - I've attempted to sit down and write a review for Scott Hicks' latest film - and his second Aussie production in a row after Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts - a few times now, but nothing comes. It's very odd though because I genuinely liked the movie. Clive Owen and Julia Blake was wonderful, the cinematography by Greig Fraser (who is having a helluva 2009 by the way) is superb, the film is just generally very well done. So there ya go. If I don't end up writing something all proper like then that's all you'll have.

The Brothers Bloom - Sure, I could theoretically see this movie from Rian Johnson (Brick) that's been on the studio shelf for a year now or I could wait a couple of months and see an actual Wes Anderson movie.

Prime Mover - Expands this week. It's still not a good movie in the slightest.

DVD Releases for the Week 12/11/09

BrĂ¼no - Being released in its original R18+ form (it was cut down to a much more teen-friendly MA15+ for cinemas), which is very good news.

Crank: High Voltage - I never saw the original so I won't be seeing this one. Although it is another pleasant surprise to see more R18+ ratings. It's about time that useless ratings board actually realised some movies aren't meant to be seen by 12-year-olds with their mother three rows back and out of sight.

The Fox and the Child - French nature docu-drama about a fox and a child (who knew?)

Night at the Museum 2 - If you had to choose between getting your Amelia Earhart fix through Amelia at the cinema or Night at the Museum 2 on DVD, I know what I would choose: A book.

Revolver - Guy Ritchie's fourth film after Lock Stock, Snatch and Swept Away (oh yes) is finally being released here on DVD (direct-to, by the way) after initially being released in the UK in 2005. A good four years have passed, but I'm sure that hasn't wiped away the stench. I am looking forward to Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes though.


Guy Lodge said...

You're right that "Brothers Bloom" is an Anderson clone, except Johnson does Anderson better than Anderson does Anderson these days.

Ugh, that's a lumpy sentence.

Anyway, that's not a whole-hearted endorsement of the film, which is still pretty grating, but it's more bearable than you think. (Award-calibre costumes, too.)

richardwatts said...

'2012' is actually surprisingly fun - and nowhere near as bad as I expected it to be...