01 September 2008

Previous 10: 1 September

The Previous 10 Batch of 2008 titles were surprisingly strong this time around, with only one hitting the Bad category. If you're keeping tabs, Vicky Cristina Barcelona has the strongest shot at making my top 5 for the year come December. Enjoy!

La Crème

A Girl Cut in Two [La Fille coupée en deux] - dir. Claude Chabrol - France/Germany - IFC Films - with Ludivine Sagnier, Benoît Magimel, François Berléand, Mathilda May, Caroline Sihol, Edouard Baer

Joy Division - dir. Grant Gee - UK/USA - Weinstein Company

Married Life - dir. Ira Sachs - USA/Canada - Sony Pictures Classics - with Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams, David Wenham

Times and Winds [Bes vakit] - dir. Reha Erdem - Turkey - Kino - with Taner Birsel, Nihan Asli Elmas, Köksal Engür, Sevinç Erbulak, Selma Ergeç

Up the Yangtze - dir. Chang Yung - Canada - Zeitgeist Films

Vicky Cristina Barcelona - dir. Woody Allen - Spain/USA - MGM/Weinstein Company - with Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Kevin Dunn, Pablo Schreiber

Les Autres

The Art of Travel - dir. Thomas Whelan - USA - First Look - with Christopher Masterson, Angelika Baran, Johnny Messner, Brooke Burns, James Duval, Shalim Ortiz, Jake Muxworthy

Holding Trevor - dir. Rosser Goodman - USA - here! Films - with Brent Gorski, Melissa Searing, Eli Kranski, Jay Brannan, Christopher Wyllie

Team Picture - dir. Kentucker Audley - USA - Benten Films - with Kentucker Audley (as Andrew Nenninger), Timothy Morton, Amanda Harris, Shawna Wheeler, Greg Gaston, Terry Hamilton

The Bad

Hamlet 2 - dir. Andrew Fleming - USA - Focus Features - with Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria, Elisabeth Shue, Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole, Melonie Diaz, Amy Poehler, David Arquette

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sometimes an independent film succeeds because it is different and the producers have an original vision that is unique and refreshingly new. It is obvious that for writer, producer and director Whelan this is a labor of love. I truly wish I could say that he succeeded. I really wanted to like this film. The publicity for it really sells it as a great adventure. And it clearly has lots of fans and has won awards, but I am sorry to say it is very disappointing. Even an independent film has to have good story-telling skills. It needs to have, in addition to an original vision, above average writing, direction, casting and acting to rise to the top and establish itself. This film (it appears to have been shot as a video) does none of that. I understand that this is the first effort at something above the level of made for TV for this team. It is understandable, since it resembles a TV show more then a serious film. On a TV show a viewer can expect poor character development, cliché ridden dialog and situations and a sense that it was made very quickly. That is the impression I get from watching this very ambitious effort kind of dribble out into release. To all it's fans I say, sorry, but someone has to tell the truth, and the emperor has no clothes.

Joe said...

Which film are you talking about?