Wednesday, 10 December 2008

My Week in Film

So, not much for movies for me this week. If that's a problem you can take a hint from my buttons.

It's been a bit of a quiet week for film, I've only been out to the theatre once and that was to see Twilight for a second time. It was quite a different experience from opening night, this time I saw it on a weekday late matinee, when I walked in there were only 3 people in a huge theatre! The crowd did trickle in through the 22 minutes of commercials and previews. 22 minutes. Sheesh. The film was just as good the second time round.

Other than that I've been catching up with some Can Con with The Tracey Fragments and Weirdsville. I really wish I had seen The Tracey Fragments on the big screen, or at least a bigger screen than my 13" TV screen. The film is quite fascinating, told in an untraditional narrative style and a unique visual style. Some of the content was a little disturbing, so be forewarned but the story is brave as is Ellen Page's performance. It's definitely worth seeing. Weirdsville lives up to its name a threefold! I'm not a huge fan of drug/crime/comedy capers but as far as they go this one fares well. What really sold it to me was all the Canadian references and content from the colour of money to curling jokes. It was also very visually interesting with numerous sequences of brilliant colour and composition. The colour was so vibrant that it reminded me of pics you see when people take them with a Rebel SLR camera. The only thing that jarred me out of the film was Taryn Mannings performance strongly resembled her role in Hustle & Flow, both great performances but very similar.

I also snuck in watching Untraceable which was not a good idea. I was hoping for some mindless fun and there there were some interesting moments but overall there is way too much violence/torture involved for it to be engaging.

In upcoming film news I'm thrilled to share that Chandni Chowk to China has a Toronto release date set for January 16, 2009! I wrote about the film way back in July and did not anticipate the zany looking Bollywood/Comedy/Martial Arts film starring Gordon Liu (Heroes of the East, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2) to be released here in T.O., but I'm so very glad it is. See the trailer at the film website to check out the craziness and while your there see the release schedule to see if it will be playing in a theatre near you.

I'm hoping to catch up with a few theatrical releases this week as we are nearing the end of the year and awards, nominations and top 10's lists are cropping up. To be honest, all the awards announcements are getting overwhelming. I am looking forward to hearing the Golden Globes nominees this Thursday - that is one that I do use as a list to chip away at pre-Oscars.

Other than that have oodles of library goodness to get though before the weeks is up. I love the library!



Suzie Ridler said...

I'm so glad Twilight was just as good the second time, that is very good news. I wanna go again!

The Tracey Fragments is playing On Demand here and I tried watching and even with my TV (which isn't tiny but isn't a widescreen) I felt like I could really see what was going on which is a bummer because it looks interesting AND it's Canadian.

It's probably good to take a bit of a movie break with the Oscar movies coming out. I saw Eagle vs. Shark and loved it! Love On Demand.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I love having TMN on Demand! It always solves the problem of feeling like there is nothing to watch. Well, I don't usually have that problem - it's harder to pick *what* to watch!

Eagle vs. Shark is totally on my list - did you watch the series Flight of the Conchords? Hiphopapotamous vs Rhymnocerious was my fave!

Suzie Ridler said...

No, I haven't seen The Flight of the Concords yet but we want to! It's like on at 11 pm here so I forget about it. I really loved it when they sang "Business Time", too funny. Eagle vs Shark reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite a bit, same kind of pacing and quirkiness so I loved it.

Anonymous said...

Good catches on the Canadian films. I really liked The Tracey Fragments and had fun with Weirdsville.

And is that the score or the soundtrack for Assassination of Jessee James? If it's the score, could you let me know what you think? Been contemplating picking that up...

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

It is the score for The Assassination Jesse James, and it's quite good. It is a bit lighter than I would have expected but that is cuz I'm listen to a love of old Nick Cave :)

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