It's time to have a looks at new & notable films debuting on TMN (The Movie Network) this month. I didn't get my magazine (yet) this month, so used a different method for checking the new films - that appears to be a big listing and then the ones with trailers look "new" new. Fingers crossed these are all "new" new, but even if not they are all notable! Lots of my faves in this lot.
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - one of my favourite films of last year and is a magical, whimsical, dark and fantastical film rich with layered story, fantastic characters and superb performances. Directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Tideland).
- Grown Up Movie Star - one of my favourite films of this year, this is a beautiful and touching coming of age story of a girl growing up in on the East Coast of Canada.
- J'ai tué ma mère / I Killed My Mother - yet another of my favourite films of this year, and another coming of age film, and also Canadian but this time follows a teen guy in Quebec. Highly acclaimed feature film directorial debut (and also starring) Xavier Dolan.
- The Damned United - biopic following the life of football manager Brian Clough (played by Michael Sheen from Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and his obsession and involvement with the United Team in the late 60's / early 70's.
- Ninja Assassin - starring South Korean superstar Rain as, you guessed it, a ninja assassin. Very bloody & gory but I absolutely adore this film because it really is what it is.. ninjas... assassins... blood... it's all good
- Nine - film based on the stage play inspired by Fellini's film 8 1/2. Yes, that's a bit of a mouthful and perhaps would be clearer with a diagram. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis and lots of amazing women including Dame Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Marion Marion Cotillard. And it's a musical.
- Sherlock Holmes - Extremely fun historical adventure mystery film and reboot Mr. Holmes and friends. Stars Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, and the two have ridiculously good chemistry. Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smocking Barrels, Snatch), and a sequel is in the works for 2011.
- Dear John - Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, Dear John stars Channing Tatum & Amanda Seyfried as two people who fall for each and work to maintain a long distance romance through letters while John returns to military duty overseas.
- Up in the Air - George Clooney stars as a professional at laying people off.
- The Road - post apocalyptic journey film based on the book by Cormac McCarthy
- Love Happens- romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.
- A Serious Man - latest from the Coen Brothers.
- GravyTrain - comedy from the folks that brought us the hilarious Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser, which is als on this month.
- Riverworld - this had me at "SciFi" and "Tahmoh Penikett" (Helo from BSG), but it's a 3hr TV ness and is about reawakening in a a watery location. In other words, sounds awesome.
- Stonehenge Apocalypse - more SciFi TV-ness, looks like TV movie, centred on chain of events that start from finding human remains near Stonehenge. And, stars Misha Collins (Castiel on Supernatural)
- Ponyo - I've only heard great things about this animated film from Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle).
Horrible! I didn't catch anything new other than watching True Blood. I just missed The Informant! but will certainly catch it once it's on On Demand. Was a busy month, but I can't believe I didn't see anything new on TMN. Let's hope in September see more.