On this week’s show, Mike and Matthew return after a long absence. Mike offers thoughts on a bunch of new movies, including Red State, Contagion, and Warrior, while Matthew laments another filmmaker toying with his childhood memories (again). Thanks a lot, George Lucas.
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Stellar acting from a few key players helps to hide some of the seams but Red State sports a rather clunky narrative and feels unevenly-paced, laying it on thick in places and then glossing over details elsewhere.
The latest film from writer-director Kevin Smith stands in stark contrast to his usual comedic fare. This time around, Smith opts for something darker as he tells the story of Abin Cooper and his Five Points Church, a militant, anti-homosexual religious group.
The summer blockbuster season was a pretty big disappointment to me, and this year’s crop of movies feels pretty underwhelming in general. So far I’ve only seen one film I consider particularly memorable (Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris). (EDIT: Make it two! Add Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life to my list of memorable films. Oct. 7) Looking back at last year, I count at least six or seven films I really loved. With two thirds of the year gone, it’s starting to feel like time is running out.
But the good news is there are still plenty of movies to come in the next four months or so. In all, I count around 40 more films I’m at least somewhat interested in seeing. So as we head toward Oscar season, now’s a good time to separate the wheat from the chaff and count down my top 10 most anticipated films for the rest of 2011.
10. Tyrannosaur The story: Olivia Colman stars as Pam, a woman stuck in an abusive relationship. Peter Mullan plays Joe, a man struggling with his own personal demons who finds himself drawn into the conflict.
Why I’m interested: This is actor Paddy Considine’s first feature as a director, and I’m curious to see what he can do. He walked away with the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance, so the signs are good. The cast looks promising too. I loved Peter Mullan in Boy A. Eddie Marsan was great in Red Riding, and looks positively frightening in the trailer. I haven’t seen Olivia Colman in a serious role before (though I remember liking her in Hot Fuzz) so I’m looking forward to seeing a different side of her.
Effusive early praise from a random critic: “A powerful film you can’t shake and won’t want to revisit anytime soon.” – Matt Singer (IFC.com)
Release date: I couldn’t find a North American release date so it could be awhile, but the UK release is October 7. (trailer)