Out Now – 16th November 2010

Today’s release is no use to you unless you can get to the Curzon Soho without too much effort. Lovely cinema, just a little bit too specific.

Fezeka’s Voice (limited release)
A heart-warming documentary following a children’s choir from Gugulethu, South Africa embarking on their first trip abroad to perform at Salisbury Cathedral. Expect some rousing singing and amusing culture clashes. You’ll probably cry, you softy.

Out Now – 12th November 2010

All major releases that think their film could do well, sorry Skyline, are running scared because the boy wizard is on his way next week. Still there might be something worth watching if you’ve seen absolutely everything else.

My Afternoons With Margueritte
An apparently overly sweet film rerunning the classic tale of an unlikely friendship between two people of different ages. This time with Gérard Depardieu.

OMG the aliens are abducting everyone but only if they look into the light! Everyone cover your eyes! There are now giant aliens wandering around! Hey, it’s Turk from Scrubs!

We Are What We Are
The head of a family of cannibals dies so the kids have to take over the hunting. Smells like a date movie to me.

You Again
Another terrible comedy making waste with Kristen Bell. Why did Forgetting Sarah Marshall have to be a one off? Also it has a “U” rating, which is worrying for a comedy you’d think was aimed at adults.

Aftershock (limited release)
“Based on the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976 that took the lives of 240,000 people.” For when you’re feeling low.

brilliantlove (limited release)
Two reasons two see this: “A photographer and a taxidermist have a summer relationship.” and “Also Known As: The Orgasm Diaries”.

Into Eternity (limited release)
I have no idea. Sorry.

Spiderman Continues to Seduce Me

Seriously Spiderman, I have never really cared for you with your latex suit and sticky arm projectiles but if you haven’t gotten yourself an amazing director and an awesome cast. And now this.

If the three latest casting rumours are true then Andrew Garfield will also be joined by Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Zooey Deschanel. That last one might be too good to be true. I am officially not getting excited.

Winnie the Pooh – Trailer

The trailer below is not exactly a great one, Keane and Winnie the Pooh are a strange and unnatural mix, but what it is trailing is pretty exciting.

Coming next year is a new Winnie the Pooh film that is hand drawn like in the good old days. It even has Craig Ferguson as Owl for some reason.

Reminds me of my old The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh VHS which was probably given away to a younger cousin and then thrown out. Curse you younger cousins.

We’re Back!

We’re back! This week your 3rd favourite film site was brought to its knees by a combination of a severe lack of internet and what can only be described as… A COLD.

That’s right, it was the perfect storm. Were it not for an email from Australia there would have been no posts at all this week. Do you know how hard it is to crop an image down to 500×250 pixels while coughing your lungs up?

Well today we have internet and only a minor headache so prepare for lots of posts!

Waste Land – Review

Having already picked up a whole host of awards at previous film festivals before coming to London, including the Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin, we’re only going to add one more thumbs up to Waste Land‘s accolades.

The documentary follows artist, Vik Muniz, who, having made his name globally from his adopted home in New York, returned to his native Brazil for a new project. His aim was to work with the catadores (or ‘pickers’) of Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho – the world’s biggest rubbish dump. The self-appointed catadores sort through the rubbish for recyclables to sell and Muniz worked with seven of them to first collect the materials they needed, then to create giant portraits of each person from the rubbish assembled.

Each of the catadores featured stands apart from the others, with compelling stories and fascinating characters – from the president of the Association of Recycling Pickers of Jardim Gramacho, Tiaõ, who claims to identify with Machiavelli’s “The Prince”, to 18-year-old and mother of two, Suelem, who looks a lot like a Brazilian version of Mild Concern favourite, Felicity Jones.

Despite being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Brazil’s social problems are incredibly depressing and many similar documentaries leave its well-off, western audiences squirming in their cinema seats with middle-class guilt and provoke never carried-out resolutions to do “something good”. However, Waste Land carries both problem and solution in one film, is never patronising nor manipulative, and is sensitive in showing the catadores‘ conflicting emotions over their work. Tiaõ is justly proud of their environmental contribution, while another picker, Magna, explains that while they may come away smelling of the dump, it’s more honest than turning tricks on Copacabana. All of this plus a soundtrack scored by Moby.

Despite being a Brazil-UK collaboration, Waste Land is currently without a UK general release. Hopefully this will change as it’s a good antidote against the gloomy British weather.

Out Now – 5th November 2010

Two more good films, maybe three, out to day. Thankfully those two have been seen and reviewed so my list of films to watch doesn’t get ridiculous. Just Easy A and The Kids Are All Right left.

Another Year
Brilliant, plotless and heartbreaking. You pretty much have to see it, we sure did.

Due Date
I like Robert Downey Jr. and I like Zach Galifianakis, but I dislike Jamie Foxx. Luckily the film looks Foxx light so should be a fun road movie. Third best film of the week.

Jackass 3D
I’ve never seen an episode or either of the films but the trailer makes me laugh. Guaranteed genitalia alert!

Let Me In
Best vampire film this year. Lots of people whispering, in a well shot tragic love story. We totally reviewed this too.

Fit (limited release)
A UK film that “Takes a look at gay and straight love among the new millennials.” Sounds angsty.

Golmaal 3 (limited release)
The threequel the Bollywood lover in your life has been waiting for!

Mammoth (limited release)
Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams star in a film you’ve never heard of. Expect emotion and contemplations.