6 items from 2011
The 6th annual Austin Polish Film Festival is underway as of last night and continues through next Saturday. Tonight it includes two films at the Texas Spirit Theater (Texas State History Museum), Stone Silence and Joanna, which include Q&A with the directors. Check out the Apff website for the full schedule and locations.
Cine Las Americas is showing The Colors of the Mountain at Alamo Village on Sunday. And in keeping in the international theme of the week, the always-free Austin Cinematheque is showing Andrey Tarkovskiy's The Sacrifice on Monday. Tarkovskiy was described by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of all time," which is about as strong an endorsement any director can get.
Movies We've Seen:
Martha Marcy May Marlene -- Elizabeth saw this taut, simmering thriller and says in her review, "With his debut full-length feature Martha Marcy May Marlene, director Sean Durkin has created a truly original work. »
- Jenn Brown
★★☆☆☆ Spandeux Ballet star Martin Kemp's debut feature Stalker (2010) (not to be confused with the 1979 Andrey Tarkovskiy film of the same name) struggles to hide the inexperience of its director, yet his psychological thriller also demonstrates an understanding of his chosen genre by frequently doffing it's hat to Hammer horror and trademark Hitchcockian camera angles and shots selections.
Kemp's Stalker is touted as a thriller in the tradition of Single White Female (1992) and Misery (1990), and tells the tale of famous novelist Paula (Anna Brecon) struggling with writers-block, who retreats to the country to work on her new book having been menaced by a dark figure from her past. With a relatively familiar cast that includes Colin Salmon, Jane March and, most recognisably, Billy Murray, Stalker is an all-British affair that manages to at least retain audience interest until its conclusion, regardless of its predictable premise.
Shot in Suffolk on a meagre budget, »
- Daniel Green
Science Fiction can have a bit of an odd identity in the mainstream publics perception of cinema. Either perceived as a cult, nerdy genre that’s synonymous with Trekkies, gamers, and cosplay Stormtroopers or on the flip-side – a viable channel for overblown, hype-glossy action films, most serious sci-fi goes overlooked by the general film-loving audience.
So below I’ve compiled a list of alternative sci-fi movies that strike a personal chord with me. These are films that many of you may have seen but not considered as an example of the breadth and depth that the genre can display as they all showcase a subtlety and unique vision that’s rare but that should be treasured.
It’s a tricky list to write for sure as there are so many grey lines in this kind of sub-genre so just look at these as 10 suggestions of science fiction in the movies »
- Al White
By now, I think we all know what to expect from one of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. Big robots, juvenile humour, things exploding, and Shia Labeouf. But since this is now the third (and most likely final) chapter in Bay’s Hasbro triptych, he’s been faced with the tricky task of upstaging himself.
Dark Of The Moon, therefore, means even bigger robots, extra, sticky helpings of juvenile humour, and more things exploding than ever. Oh, and Shia Labeouf again, of course. And just to underline that this third movie is epic, in uppercase, in bold type, Dark Of The Moon is in 3D.
Unfortunately, because Dark Of The Moon is bigger than the previous two, it’s also even longer – from portentous beginning to solemn end, it clocks in at 154 of your Earth minutes. »
Not much to choose from this week in terms of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray. The only two major titles are D.J. Caruso's I Am Number Four and the surprise CG animated hit Gnomeo & Juliet. Criterion is also putting out new versions of both Andrey Tarkovskiy's Solaris and Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, while Platoon is hitting Blu-ray with a new 25th Anniversary Edition. In the non-fiction department, we have the Ray Kurzweil doc Transcendent Man and Martin Scorsese's Fran Lebowitz film Public Speaking. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? Check out a collection of the week's noteworthy releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets
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Photo: Criterion / CriterionCast.com The Criterion Collection unveiled the above image this morning hinting at upcoming titles. I jacked the alternate version with the corresponding lettering from The Criterion Cast as they have done their best to help out identify each title.
In an effort not to entirely steal from them I will only give the titles they've guessed along with IMDb links for each, but you can head over here to sort out their reasoning.
F) Carlos (2010) (dir. Olivier Assayas)
G) Kuroneko (1968) (dir. Kaneto Shindo)
K) Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)
M) Zero For Conduct (1933) (dir. Jean Vigo)
N) The Great Dictator (1940) (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
6 items from 2011
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