Sep 9 - Contagion (action thriller featuring half of Hollywood)
Sep 16 - Straw Dogs (thriller with James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth)
Sep 23 - Moneyball (sports drama with Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Sep 30 - Dream House (thriller with Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz)
Sep 30 - Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (comedy horror with Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine)
Oct 14 - Footloose (Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Kenny Wormald)
Oct 28 - In Time (thriller with Justin Timberlake, Cilliam Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, and Matt Bomer)
Nov 4 - A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (comedy with Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris)
Nov 9 - J. Edgar (x with Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench)
Nov 11 - Immortals (action drama with Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Frieda Pinto and Kellan Lutz)
Nov 18 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (comedy with a bunch of unknowns…kidding!!!)
Nov 23 - The Muppets (comedy with Jason Segal, Amy Adams and Judi Dench)
Straw dogs because of Alex Skaasgard and the Muppets because I love the Muppets.
I'm not quite sure where to put this, but for anyone who is interested in or is familiar with this event, starting at 10:00pm (IOW, right now) the 2009 PBS production of The People Vs. Leo Frank is airing tonight -- at least, it is here in Atlanta; I don't know if it is on tonight's lineup in other cities or areas.
I watched this when it premiered back in '09, and it offers a poignant, brutally honest look at how the Justice System in the Southern US operated and how it was influenced and affected by the racism and bigotry that existed in the Deep South in the early 20th century.
"Meryl is from a magic planet where Disney princesses come from, and [Charlie's] hair is a magic carpet." ~~ Stephen Colbert, on The Colbert Report
On the docu front CNBC is runnning "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room." I always avoided this because I thought it would be boring. Instead it was a fascinating study of power and greed and failure. And how a lot of good people lost their savings and how a certain former Vice President really greased the pole for Ken Lay and his minions. My blood was boiling by the end of this so I guess it wasn't such a boring flick.
Inspired by seeing Sunset Blvd. again this weekend, I caught most of Gloria in her 1940's RKO comedy Father Takes a Wife with Adolphe Menjou.
She really had wonderful comic timing, I wish she made more post-silent comedies!
And I'm about to dive into her Swanson on Swanson book. Whether a true autobiography or something ghost-written by her husband, it's a really well regarded memoir, should be fun!
It's already about 30 minutes in, but A Letter to Three Wives
is on TCM right now. I can't sleep, so I was glad to run across this tonight
Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem
And also initially because of ASkars' involvement, I'm intrigued by Melancholia, which I believe opens in November. Despite director Lars Von Trier's insanity at Cannes, it does seem quite well done, and Kirsten Dunst won the best actress at Cannes for it. Basically she's a depressed bride, and at her wedding reception (to Alex) they discover a planet heading to earth. Lars has said it's about the end of the world and there will be no happy endings. His movies seem to be the kind that whether you love them or hate them, they stick with you, and it's currently got a 76% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Straw Dogs hasn't been rated yet.
The Pianist is one of my all time favorite movies. IMO it should have won the best picture Oscar (instead of Chicago).
Did you not watch the entire movie 'boy in striped pajamas'? Did you know how it ended? Is that why you felt uncomfortable?
Another Holocaust movie (though not the whole movie) was 'Sunshine'. One part of it involved Holocaust.
I don't remember Judgment at Nuremberg, but I have heard of it. I may rent it one of these days.
I just read about this movie in Entertainment Weekly, I think it came out in June, but it looks really good!
Life In A Day
Here's the youtube blurb about the movie:
On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth.
Now, it's time to watch their story unfold on the big screen.
Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald, Life in a Day wowed audiences at the Sundance, Berlin and SXSW film festivals and during its YouTube world premiere in January. This summer, you'll be able to watch the movie in a theater near you.
Colour me displeased when a jumping bean comes out of nowhere and grabs the Olympic Gold Medal.
Hubby really wants to see Contagion. Even though it's star-studded, the whole worldwide pandemic plot device has been used ad nauseum, (Outbreak, Quarantine, numerous zombie movies, even). I'm wondering if Contagion will bring anything new to the table - I'm betting it goes like this:
SpoilerRise of the Planet of the Apes
- Protagonist goes to work
- Protagonist senses something wrong
- Protagonist goes home, loved one is infected
- Protagonist makes emotional decision to save/abandon loved one
- Sh*t hits the fan
- A cure is found, loved one is saved
They all go like that but for the sake of Matt Damon I will go and see it.
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare
But the Holocaust movie that stayed with me the most was God on Trial. (OK, technically a made-for-TV film.) It's about a group of men at Auschwitz who, sensing it is their last night, hold a mock trial with God as the defendant. Unbelievably powerful stuff, and very definitely "Jewish."
I haven't seen either The Pianist or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; they are on my list. One of these days I'll get around to them.