Some ‘adult’ films to watch out for

Although the use of the word ‘adult’ may seem dubious, I struggle to find a better term. I’m not talking about R-rated films or the kind that come in red DVD cases. And these aren’t ‘mature’ necessarily. Not obviously comedies, although probably funny. Just unusual films, not designed for kids. Yes, I am trying to shake the idea that I, like my sister, have a penchant only for films with talking animals. I have diverse taste. Really.

The Coen Brothers. A Serious Man
A film the Coens quietly made after the glitzy (cast of) Burn After Reading. This film seems to have slipped under the radar of mainstream media. It looks like true Coen Brothers comedy.
To blatantly steal their own synopsis (I can’t make sense of the story let alone try to describe it):

A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary mans search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larrys unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job.

These really should have a paragraph each but were released so soon after each other, and by the same director, I can’t help but lump them together. One is a low budget film best-known for featuring the first ‘proper’ film performance of porn star, Sasha Grey. The other stars a chubby Matt Damon and Sam from Quantum Leap. One involves sex and politics. The other espionage and, well, an informant.
The Girlfriend Experience is a low-budget drama with mixed reviews, which should be out on DVD soon. I have my doubts, but I’m willing to give it a go as Steven Soderbergh directed. Don’t blame me if it’s no good!
The Informant! (exclamation mark included in title) looks hilarious. But it may be guilty of overuse of gratuitous punctuation. It should be out in cinemas now (in NZ, not until 20th November in UK).
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/ZR-YaikU_x4&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6&hd=1

Finally, this trailer needs to be watched. It can’t be explained really. Just watch it.
The Men who stare at Goats (or in glorious quicktime… on Apple).

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One response to “Some ‘adult’ films to watch out for

  1. “A Serious Man” just got a 5 star 'masterpiece' review from The Guardian. See more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/oct/28/a-serious-man-film-review

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