Friday, 8 April 2011

Bird in Paradise (Out this week - 08/04/11)

It certainly isn't a classic week, with the box office clash between 2 animated behemoths, neither of which are in any way aimed at me, and a selection of horror, low-rent sci-fi and Bollywood entries packing them in. Personally I doubt I'll be bothering with the cinema this weekend - far too busy - however because it's tradition the film of the week will be Rio.


It's unlikely to turn many heads or to be remembered as we draw to the years close, but this colourful CGI creation could provide adequate laughs for the small ones. Jesse Eisenberg is a nervy Maccaw unable to fly, Anne Hathaway the only female of the same sub-species - sounds like justification for arranged marriages. The supporting cast includes Jamie Foxx.

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Silent House

Haunted house picture from Uruguay, supposedly based on a true story, and filmed in one continuous take. I would question from the trailer whether the title is accurate, as the house in question seems to be harbouring a vast amount of noise.

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Mars needs Moms

The Robert Zemeckis produced mo-cap 3D comedy which may end up being most predominantly remember for crashing at the US box office bring down Zemeckis' plan to remake Yellow Submarine and providing the tipping point for the collapse of 3D predominance. Joan Cusack is the Mom the Martians want.

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Inventive horror which gives sentient life to an abandoned car tyre out for revenge. Oddly I saw a similar short several years ago which had a romance storyline and I do wonder if these are related? I also wonder if the surreal starting point can be maintained for over 20 minutes?

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Thank You

Moralistic romantic Hindi comedy about a group of lads serial womanizing behind their wives backs ho suddenly get a dose of reality from the independent women. I expect the pathos and laughs will be evenly dolled out and that everyone will be happy when the credits roll.

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Tomorrow, When the War Began

Aussie invasion movie, with a group of teens returning from a camping/wild drinking party to find their neighbourhood turned into a guerilla-type war zone and they form a resistance army to protect the home town. Probably not realistic in the slightest, apparently this is the first in an intended trilogy.

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Tamil remake of Vedam - no I hadn't heard of it either - which follows five different narratives until they merge into one terrifying climax. The trailer implies plenty of action, and lots of characters crying.

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Or Single White Female for the college crowd, only not as inventive or interesting. This house share horror someone topped the US charts for a week earlier in the year, but do not expect similar returns in to UK, it's actually been screened to critics hear and they're making their opinions heard.

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TomS said...

I heard that Sergio Mendes is doing some music for "Rio"...have you heard that too? If so, that might be enough to get me to the theaters...

Runs Like A Gay said...

From the soundtrack CD see link below, Sergio has contributed to at least three of the tracks, and all the reviews this side of the pond have highlighted the quality of the music. That said I'm afraid I haven't a clue who he is...


TomS said...

He is a musician who scored big in the 1960's with his group "Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66". They had a number of huge vocal covers of popular tunes, and an original song in Portugese called "Mais que Nada" which is sometimes still heard in backgrounds, etc. Please try to find some of these old tracks!

Runs Like A Gay said...

Did recognise it when I heard it, will definitely try to catch up on more over the coming months.