Out Now – 7th November 2014

The Skeleton Twins

Interstellar
Christopher Nolan flies Matthew McConaughey through a wormhole to look for a viable new home for the human race. Time bends and audiences gasp in this visual marvel that I really enjoyed.

Say When
Keira Knightley stars as a young woman having a quarter-life crisis who forms an unlikely friendship (patent pending) with Chloƫ Grace Moretz and her sexy father Sam Rockwell. Interestingly Anne Hathaway was originally set to star but had to leave because Nolan needed her for Interstellar. Knightley had no such problem.

Set Fire to the Stars
Stars are already on fire you maniac. Elijah Wood stars as a young poetic trying to save Dylan Thomas in a stylish drama. By stylish I mean black and white.

Playtime
1960s French comedy about a man who explores a high-tech version of Paris with American tourists. Imagine what was considered high-tech in 1967. Electric light?

The Possibilities Are Endless
“Imagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language – every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? For Edwyn Collins, ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’.” You have to admire a synopsis that neatly works in the title of the film.

The Case Against 8
This is not a campaign against the number eight, because that is a perfectly fine number, but rather against Proposition 8; the piece of legislation that defined marriage in California as being “between a man and a woman”. So essentially this is a case against homophobia which is a good thing.

Leviathan
People will not shut up about this film. Despite that I have no idea what it is about. “In a Russian coastal town, Dmitri is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Dmitri and his family.” I see.

One Rogue Reporter
Former tabloid journalist Rich Peppiatt has made a documentary exposing the sweaty underbelly of tabloid journalism. According to Rich Peppiatt “Peppiatt hilariously exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of modern journalism.” Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.

The Skeleton Twins
The great Kristen Wiig and the great Bill Hader play estranged twins reunited by coincidentally coinciding suicide attempts. Can they fix their relationship!!?? Will this film be as charming, funny, and heartwarming as I want it to be??!! I damn well hope so.

Sacro GRA
No idea.

The Remaining
Ooooh, it’s a horror! The apocalypse arrives during a wedding and everyone would just rather watch Melancholia.

Algorithms
Documentary about blind chess.

The November Man
Former Bond Pierce Brosnan has a gun. Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has a short skirt. Ah, feminism.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
This documentary about Hayao Miyazaki’s life and Studio Ghibli might be out today. Who can say?

Out Now – 29th November 2013

Saving Jeune et Jolie

Carrie
The remake of Carrie you ordered has arrived! Supposedly closer to the source novel but still seemingly unnecessary this remake let’s us see the introduction of cyber-bullying to the mix. Probably worth a look for horror fans but the original still stands. Covered in blood. And setting fire to the school.

Free Birds
Imagine we had Thanksgiving over here and they made an animated film about two Turkeys who go back in time to take themselves off the menu. Imagine how we’d laugh! Now imagine that film existed but we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, welcome to Free Birds.

Saving Mr. Banks
A film about the making of Mary Poppins is no doubt going to appeal to someone who grew up watching the film. Add in the fact that this person greatly admires the film’s star Emma Thompson and saw the film early in the morning at the end of a week of 30 films and you might starts to see that their five cry viewing experience is not going to be a common one. That said I was blind to any flaws and loved the film to death.

The Best Man Holiday
“When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.” This did really well in America which seemed to surprise everyone as the film has a predominantly black cast. Why was this surprising? I have no idea.

Leviathan
“A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry.” That was NOT what I was expecting from the title. It better have a giant sea monster in it or I will be pissed!

Dirty Wars
“Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars.” By unexpected journey I hope they mean that he time travelled with Keanu Reeves in a phone booth.

Jeune Et Jolie
French film about a teenage prostitute. HANG ON! It’s actually really well done and not nearly as smutty as you might think. Oddly the UK poster uses the only still that features nudity and in doing so the lead actresses left breast has been partially removed. Trying to be scandalous but removing any chance of actual scandal.

Who Needs Enemies
Hmmmm…. either this title severely needs a question mark adding or this is a Doctor Who spin-off about a time when the Doctor has defeated all the Daleks once and for all and is bore out of his mind.

N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode)
“Adam has it all – a beautiful wife and daughter and home, but one day he wakes up in a hostel for the homeless – how did he there and how can he get his life back?” The tagline is “What if you woke up homeless?” and I honestly don’t know the answer. Suffice it to say this blog would suffer.

There are other films but they either have too little information available, are in just one cinema, or appear to be out on DVD at the same time so I won’t go over them. All that and I am wildly behind schedule!