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AKA Adua and Her Friends; AKA Hungry For Love. This is an Italian neo-realist film from 1960 that I have not seen, but have heard people in the know of films chat about it in high regard. Four prostitutes open a restaurant after their brothel closes down. Bet you they serve good pie at that place.
For the listeners of SUK, you know my daughter’s name is Annabel and is a toddler right now (causing all sorts of havok around the house, like toddlers do). So every time a commercial for this came on, my wife and I would lose our shit. No real interest in seeing this Conjuring spin-off film but maybe I’ll end up watching it just to see if the haunted doll sleeps through the night (unlike my daughter).
Second film by director James Mottern (whose father worked for the Carter administration) follows a young Boston dude played by Ben Barnes (from the Narnia movies) trying to find his way in the mafia. Such an unoriginal and uninspiring movie title. But I guess better than calling it Edge of Tomorrow. At least we understand what this movie will be about by the title. Just like the titles of AC/DC songs always deliver on what the song will be about. Oh yeah, and Harvey Keitel is in this movie. That’s something.
Fright Night turns 30 years old and celebrates it with … a 3000, limited Blu-Ray release. From what I can see, though, it is already near impossible to get as the pre-order for it already sold out. This Blu-Ray is currently going for close to $200. Apparently, Sony made an agreement with Screen Archives to release cetain films in hi-def Blu-Ray editions – this being one of them. The goal was to pimp these out to “collectors/classic film aficionados.” My guess is that we will eventually see a wider release of this one soon and don’t feel like you are missing out. The Blu-Ray has almost no special features on it (Isolated Score Track / Original Theatrical Trailers).
I saw a lot of buzz about this one and it seems like the geek community is split on whether they love or hate this Luc Besson/Scarjo mashup. I’m a fan of Leon the Professional but haven’t seen The Fifth Element in over a decade (nor have I seen any other work by Besson) but I’d be up for checking this one out.
Actually, hadn’t heard about this one until now but based off the fact that William H. Macy directed it and it stars Billy Crudup (settle down Watchmen haters) I’ll check it out. Based off the IMDB synopisis, after Crudup’s character’s son dies, he stumbles on some demo tapes the kid had done and finds them to be incredible – so he forms a band in order to cope with his son’s death.
I remember there being a ton of buzz surrounding this animated flick (based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow). But after its release, poof, nothing. So not sure if it ended up being any good or if I just wasn’t paying close enough attention to what people were saying about it.
A screenplay by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island, etc.), starring Tom Hardy and featuring James Gandolfini and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and I’m just finding out about it. Here, take my money!
I’m sure this documentary will be a kick to the nuts based on the IMDB description: “The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.”
One of my favorite movies of 2014. I spend some time talking about it in our Top 3 Best films of 2014 episode. It is a true Terry Gilliam film, beautifully shot and acted, with such a great dark humor bursting through the surface of melancholy. I think this is the best Christoph Waltz role I’ve ever seen.
The 1956, Audrey Hepburn/Henry Fonda adaptation of the Tolstoy novel finds its way to Blu-Ray. With no extras and video-quality improvement not that great, the only upgrade to this is the sound (to help emphasize the score by Nino Rota from Godfather fame). The film has some impressive battles, but is muddled with a bunch of love stories. It makes sense the screenplay wasn’t that great since it had like 7 writers working on it and no one true vision. I’ve heard that the 1966 Russian version of War and Peace (which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar is is over 7 hours long) is supposed to be much better than this one.
A mystery film about a teenage girl whose life is messed up when her mother disappears with a cast that includes Christopher Meloni, Thomas Jane, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Shailene Woodley and … Eva Green. Wonder if she does her typical “smell the fart” acting or if she tries to do something else for this one.