Out Now – 9th May 2014

The Frank Rises

Schwarzenegger stars in an action crime drama in which “members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.” There are lots of good films on this week so let’s not linger on this one too long…

I’ve immersed myself in the story of this film for weeks so can’t not see it now that it is finally out. Jon Ronson (SUPERB non-fiction writer) co-writes this story which is inspired by his years playing keyboards in Frank Sidebottom’s The Oh Blimey Big Band. Sidebottom’s creator requested than he not tell the real story so the iconic Frank head has been taken on a fictional ride with Fassbender (clothed), Gleeson (junior), and Gyllenhaal (female) in tow. I cannot wait.

The Wind Rises
The final film from Hayao Miyazaki is a must see for any fan of Studio Ghibli, animation, or film in general. For his swan song Miyazaki has chosen to tell the fictionalised biography of the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Interesting to see how this goes down in American after the whole Pearl Harbour thing.

Silent Sonata
A dialogue free film about… everything and nothing. In the midst of a war a travelling circus comes across a family in a farmhouse who have suffered from an attack. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before and is a lovely little film that I highly recommend.

Before the Winter Chill
Kristin Scott Thomas is still being French and stars in this drama as a woman who believes her husband is having an affair. What will she uncover as she snoops into his private life? Will Kristen Scott Thomas ever admit that she was born in Cornwall and not the French Riviera?

American Interior
Just going to pop the trailer here and let it speak for itself:

Next Goal Wins
British documentary following the “weakest football team in the world”, that of American Samoa, as they try to regain their dignity and qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Surprisingly I really want to see this film, not least because the American Samoa team features the first transgender player to play international football.

Advanced Style
“Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.” It sounds as though Saga and Dove have gotten together to make a film.

The Canyons
The director of American Gigolo and author of American Psycho come together to make a film that stars celebrity train wreck Lindsay Lohan, porn star James Deen, and renowned director Gus Van Sant. What the result will be is anybody’s guess but reviews have not been kind.

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