Tuesday, 12 August 2008

My Week in Film


After a week of been cooped up due to sickness it was very exciting to get back out to the theatre and check out some current films. I caught two documentaries at the AMC: The Last Continent and American Teen both of which were enjoyable but not exactly what I was expected. Click through the links for full reviews. The happy surprize of the current releases was Get Smart, it's hilarious - I enjoyed every minute of the film. Joyful and funny without resorting to crudeness (save for one scene) and there was no meaness - in a comedy and it was funny! What a relief, to find humour without it being offensive.

I caught up with a few films that have been on various 'too see' lists for quite some time now. They were Wings of Desire and Bonnie and Clyde, which both made my lists for a combination of critical acclaim and varying degrees of arthouse status. I enjoyed Wings of Desire, but nowhere near as much as I would have liked quite possibly due to seeing the remake City of Angels first. I also found the characters not very accessible, and that felt like it was a conscious choice for which I'm puzzled at the the intent. Next up is Bonnie and Clyde, which reminded me that I don't really enjoy crime films. Great performances by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and the story was both more simple and more complicated than I had imagined. There was a wild sense of containment and restriction created in the film that was fascinating.

I'm always on the lookout for good scary movies, I picked up The Mist recently vaguely remembering hearing people singing its praises when it came out on DVD. This movie totally floored me, I have no idea how I missed it when it came out in theatrical release (gah, it looks like I picked Margot at the Wedding that week ... for shame!). I am certainly glad I caught up with The Mist, it is the scariest new films I've seen since 28 Days Later. It's refreshing to see a horror film with a strong story, interesting characters who are played by great actors. Kudos to Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane and a fantastic supporting cast including Andre Braugher.

Trailer craziness this week is inspired by different formats. In front of both The Last Continent and American Teen was the trailer for The Duchess shown. But it was a completely different trailer each time! The one shown prior to American Teen was spoilerific, show many of the different plot lines and the trailer shown in front of The Last Continent was much more aloof with only a few key plot points and more music than dialogue. Are the trailers being taliored to the respective target audiences? If so, I guess I'm the The Last Continent demographic! Say more by showing less, please!

Two trailers made it into the Trailer of the week category this week:
Beautiful Losers from the folks at Cinematical and The Fox and the Child (last of the bunch) thanks to RowThree.com. Both trailers are quietly beautiful and spoiler free.

What did you watch this week?



Sacred Suzie said...

I'm so glad you enjoy Get Smart Shannon! It's one of the highlights of this summer's movies for me. So much fun.

We saw The Mist yesterday and it totally freaked me out, talk about dark! Talk about horror. Ugh. We got three silly movies for the rest of the week to try and cheer ourselves up. It was good but a little too dark for me. Glad you liked it!

Joseph said...

I was really hoping Marcia Gay Harden would at least get a nomination for her role.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I'm sorry to hear The Mist was too dark Suzie, I hope the silly movies do the trick to mix things up.

I agree with you Joseph, Marcia Gay Harden was awesome and it was very nomination worthy.

Marina said...

I'm thrilled to hear you liked "The Mist". It was a great surprise for me as well - good one indeed.

I've caught up with a couple of really great films over the last few days but I haven't managed to write one review yet. Tomorrow. Have to get to them tomorrow. *sigh*

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Sounds like it's been busy times Marina, I was looking forward to read your review of American Teen and some other ones you've Tweeted about.

It's a challenge though, I find all I want to do is watch the Olympics!

Jamie said...

Get Smart was such a surprise to me. I expected it to be 'meh' and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Sounds like I'm going to have to check to out The Mist.

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