Friday, 12 February 2010

Out This Week (12/02/10)

It's an extremely busy week with 12 different titles competing for audiences, including 2 animations, 2 big budget action adventures, an all-star romantic hyperlink picture and this weeks film of the week: A Single Man

Anonyma: A Woman in Berlin

Hailed as a major turning point in World War 2 cinema, Anonyma looks at the occupation of Berlin following it's fall to the Russian Army, and the sacrifices and concessions a group of women had to make.

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Battle for Terra

Looking suspiciously similar in plot to James Cameron's Avatar (humans conquering defenceless peace loving planet) this computer generated animation plays to a much younger audience and probably is less defensive about it's parallels to modern society. Cast includes supporting turns from Brian Cox and James Garner.

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Beyond the Pole

Big screen adaptation of the cult British radio serial about the first organic, carbon-neutral expedition to the North Pole. The trailer looks hilarious, with some high class UK comic actors in the main roles. Worth going beyond the multiplex for.

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My Name is Khan

Bollywood superstar Sharukh Khan has been going all out to publicise his latest project, including interviews with Empire Magazine and on the massively popular Jonathan Ross show. Whether this will translate to a bigger audience will yet to be seen, but the trailer which highlights the personal journey a Muslim man makes to speak with the President following 9/11 looks like it has potential.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The lightning Thief

The first of 2 Greek themed adventure movies for 2010 (Clash of the Titans is coming in April) this one transplants the Greek legends to a 21st century setting with the teenage son of Poseidon rescuing the lightning bolt stolen from Sean Bean's Zeus. All very silly. Catherine Keener (Who should know better) and Uma Thurman take on supporting roles.

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Ponyo on the cliff by the sea (to give it the full title) may not be getting the raves that director Hayao Miyazaki is used to but the animation is still divine and the story will entrance everyone who sees it. The English language cast includes a galaxy of big names such as Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman.

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A Single Man

Finally bringing Colin Firth the awards attention he has deserved since his harrowing turn in the BBC film "Tumbledown" back in 1988. Firth excels as the gay university professor who has resolved to commit suicide but calmly lives his last day as normally as possible. Julianne Moore also has a plum role as his boozy neighbour.

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Finding anything about this Bollywood drama is really difficult. It was filmed in the Sabathu Army camp and concerns a family dealing with everyday issues against a backdrop of army life. The only trailers I've seen are song listing which doesn't sell it to me.

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It's taken nearly 5 years for Takeshi Kitano's surreal neo-noir to hit UK cinemas, which is odd as he's pretty much a known entity with a serious committed following. The film starts with a meeting between actor Beat Takeshi (himself) and his doppelganger (also Takeshi) and then slowly segues into masses of violence. Business as usual, then.

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Valentine's Day

Big confession here. I know I have A Single Man as my film of the week, and I suspect Ponyo will be a much better second choice, but this is the film that I plan to see over the weekend. It's got an all star cast who all fall in love. What could be more wonderful than that?

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Winter in Wartime

The second World War 2 film of the week - it never ceases to produce new storylines - revolves around a small boy in the Netherlands finding out his family are involved in the resistance and assisting an injured British soldier. Similar to a reverse Whistle Down the Wind.

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The Wolfman

There was a point when there were very high hopes for this Universal monster remake, but with Joe Johnston in the director's chair we should have known better. Still it should be the number one box office hit of this weekend. Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro play the world's least likely father son pairing and Emily Blunt gets to wear period dresses again.

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Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

As I said in my review A Single Man is quite good, although it's Julianne Moore who stands out for me. PS. Did you ever see Precious?

Runs Like A Gay said...

I've got a really tough decision to make this weekend.

Off to the cinema tomorrow, and at the local big town I have the following options for watching:

Single Man
Valentine's Day

In theory I could get 3 in, but 2 is probably a more likely bet. But which two.

Life is really difficult.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

A Single Man and Precious. I realise I gave these two the same grade which is weird because I think the former is waaaaaaaaaaay better. But Invictus did nothing for me...and Valentine's Day... eh.

TomS said...

A Single Man was my personal favorite this year... On many levels.

Precious is a tough road...well worth it for the emotional payoff...but you wll be drained.

Runs Like A Gay said...

The thing is, I know I will almost certainly be buying Precious and A Single Man on DVD later in the year, so will the cinema experience be worth the extra?

Valentine's Day in particular is less likely to be purchased, so should I therefore support it as it will be the only chance I get...

Right now I'm thinking Valentine's and A Single Man.

Alex in Movieland said...

I need A Single Man.

and I would go with Precious? U should've let Mo'Nique wait. Such brilliance needs to be seen immediately

Runs Like A Gay said...

You and me both Alex - although frankly I settle for one who isn't single it's been so long!

Anyway, I eventually decided (or at least the cinema scheduling Gods decided for me) to watch Valentine's Day followed by A Single Man. I expect Mo'Nique will be coming to get me but she'll need to have words with The Little Theatre in Bath who are only showing it at times that make it impossible to watch if you live out of town...

Reviews will come later in the week, but I will tell you I regret my choices...