Still alive, still kicking and still watching films…

Well, it’s been a while since Mike or I have posted any film reviews or even film related news. But there has been plenty of news, and we’ve seen a few films – not even close to enough, but some.

Currently we’re working our way through Band of Brothers -a long neglected DVD set on our new tetris shaped DVD shelf – in anticipation of the ‘sequel'(?) HBO’s The Pacific. Before that we finished of season one of The Big Bang Theory and Pushing Daisies (which if you haven’t seen it, you must!). So more TV-show-DVD-set watching than movies, really.
But with awards season behind us, there’s actually quite a few good Oscar and non-Oscar nominated films hitting screens here soon. So all I need to do now, is work out how the hell to find the time to see them all! Here’s a brief summary, hopefully we’ll have some reviews up soon.
Showing now:
Shutter Island – Scorcese. Dicaprio.

Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island

Looks bloody scary.

Alice in Wonderland (3D) – Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter – I’d be more surprised not to see one of their names there. Also stars Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat and Matt Lucas as the Tweedle twins. It’s an adaptation based on the novels. Should look amazing in 3D. Has had mixed reviews.
Crazy Heart – Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. Not sure if I’ll make it to this one, to be honest. Not the kind of film which usually appeals, but might be pleasantly surprised.

The harder the life, the sweeter the song.
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him

Boy – Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi’s second feature. Looks pretty darn good. Inspired by his short Two Cars, One Night, it’s a coming of age story set in 1984. Nice website too. Not sure how it’ll do overseas, but check out the trailer:
The Road – Based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel, which I can’t bear to read, and starring Viggo Mortenson. Does bleak really well, I’ve heard. “A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.”
This Way of Life – The NZ doco which made it to the Berlin Film Festival, and even won the jury prize, has critics raving. Follows the life of a family in Hawkes Bay trying to “build a happy, stable life for their six children and 50 horses while engaging as little as possible with a consumer capitalist world they see as soul-sapping.”
Phew, getting there. It’s a long list. Apologies for having been so slack lately.
Righto. My picks of the World Cinema Showcase 2010:
The Hurt Locker – needs no introduction, I hope. If it does, why are you even reading a film blog? (Mum, go back to your gardening site!)
Gentlemen Broncos – Jermaine ‘Flight of the Conchords’ Clement. Sci-fi comedy. Brilliant.
Winter in Wartime – Dutch film about war. In winter. Could be the low-profile pick of the festival.
A Single Man – Tom Ford’s directorial debut, starring Colin Firth. Raises the question of what a director actually does?
The Box – based on/inspired by a Twilight Zone episode. Looks freaky. Moral dilemas etc. Stars Cameron Diaz. From Richard Kelly, director of the brilliant Donnie Darko and the atrocious The Southland Tales.
Soundtrack for a Revolution – tells the story of the American Civil Rights movement through music. “…pairs modern renditions of freedom songs by Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Joss Stone, The Roots, and others with a retelling of this important moment in history.”

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