Archive for July, 2009

UK New Film Releases Week 29: 17 July – 23 July 2009

July 20, 2009
  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 48 [20% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 245
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  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 17 July 2009 is:
    • Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country (DEN)
    • Frozen River (USA)
    • The Informers (USA)
    • Kisses (IRE/SWE)
    • Moon (Duncan Jones, 2008, UK) #48 British Release 2009
    • The Proposal (USA) 22 July

    A couple of days after the release of one of the big summer attractions (H. Potter Esq. and his Mighty Franchise of Doom) how sweet it is to see the opening of a much smaller and intriguing British sci-fi film by debut feature film director Duncan Jones. Jones is not the typical debutant British film-maker since he is  ‘Zowie Bowie’, the son of David and Angie Bowie. Moon arrives in Leicester (CDL) with a positve reaction at the Sundance Festival and the Michael Powell for best British debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last month. It is, then, with so few British films being released locally in recents weeks, a shame that I will be going on holiday and may miss the chance to see it in the cinema. It is, I am guessing, of course no accident that a film about the moon is being shown on the anniversary of the first moon landing. It is likely that many people of my age who were at primary school at the time of Neil Armstrong’s small steps and giant leaps may recall being herded into the hall to watch the event on the school’s television on one of only three channels that were available in the UK at that time. How media times have changed.

    UK New Film Releases Week 28: 10 July – 16 July 2009

    July 20, 2009
  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 47 [20% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 239
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 10 July 2009 is:

    • 35 Shots Of Rum (FR)
    • Bruno (USA)
    • Cloud 9 (GER)
    • Echoes Of Home (SWI)
    • Fired Up (USA)
    • Ichi (JAP)
    • Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (USA) Reissue
    • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (USA)
    • Soul Power (USA)
    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates, 2009, UK/USA) #47 British release 2009 (15 July)

    I have to admit this is a supreme moment of dread for me as the UK’s most high profile co-production is released – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I have tried a number of times to watch the previous Potter films on television, but I’ve struggled to get beyond 20 minutes or so before indifference sets in and my hand reaches for the TV doofer. I see this franchise as strictly for fans only. Magical shenanigans at a retro public school, even with its widening participation remit, does not appeal. Now if he came to do Wand Studies or Potion Science or some such course at a post-1992 university, then that might work – but probably not.

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    UK New Film Releases Week 27: 3 July – 9 July 2009

    July 9, 2009
  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 46 [20% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 229
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 3 July 2009 is:

    • Am I Black Enough For You (SWE)
    • Kambakkht Ishq (IND)
    • Red Mist (Paddy Breathnach, 2009, UK) #46 British release 2009
    • Strawberry And Chocolate (CUBA)
    • Embodiment of Evil (MEX)

    Take away the headliners being released prior to the Friday weekend release schedule (Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on 526 screens and Michael Mann’s gangster biopic Public Enemies on 458 screens, and out on 1 July) and it looks a very thin list this week , with only the Bollywood romcom Kambakkt Ishq getting any other kind of significant exposure (57 cinemas). Red Mist doesn’t seem to be playing anywhere or have a website, and has already been released on DVD earlier this year.

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    Known also as Freakdog, Red Mist is another horror film directed by Dublin-born Paddy Breathnach, a follow up to Shrooms, in which a group of young Americans get sliced in the Irish countryside. Red Mist/Freakdog appears to be similarly aimed at the American market since it is set in a New England hospital, but filmed in Belfast. Nice trick if you can do it!

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    UK New Film Releases Week 26: 26 June – 2 July 2009

    July 8, 2009

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  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 45 [20% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 224
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 26 June 2009 is:

    • Blood: The Last Vampire (HK/JAP/FRA/ARG)
    • The Blue Tower (Smita Bihde, 2008, UK) #43 British release 2009
    • Dummy (Matthew Thompson, 2008, UK) #44 British release 2009
    • Lake Tahoe (POL)
    • The Last Thakur (Sadik Ahmed, 2008, UK/BAN) #45 British release 2009
    • My Sister’s Keeper (USA)
    • Rudo & Cursi (USA/MEX)
    • Shirin (IRAN)
    • Sunshine Cleaning (USA)
    • Tenderness (USA)
    • Year One (USA)
    • Ice Age 3/3D (USA) 1 July
    • Public Enemies (USA) 1 July

    Another flurry of British film releases, but with very limited availability, and hence not in Leicester. All three films released this week are showing as previews in London – The Blue Tower and Dummy at the ICA in the ‘New British Cinema’ season and The Last Thakur at the Renoir. Wouldn’t Leicester be a good place for British-Asian cinema to preview? The Blue Tower won Best UK Feature at the 2008 Raindance Film Festival and is a Brtish-Indian thriller set in Southall and The Last Thakur is a modern day ‘western’ (eastern?) set in a Bengali village.

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    Dummy is a drama about two teenage brothers trying to survive alone after the death of their mother – described as a ‘striking debut’ by the ICA. As observed before, so many new British films are by British directors – how many will go on to make any more?

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    UK New Film Releases Week 25: 19 June – 25 June 2009

    July 7, 2009

    telstar

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 42 [20% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 211
  • The UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 19 June 2009 is:

    • Beyond The Fire (Maeve Murphy, 2008, UK) #40 British release 2009
    • The Disappeared (Johnny Kevorkian, 2008, UK) #41 British release 2009
    • Gigantic (USA)
    • Katyn (POL)
    • North By Northwest (USA) Reissue
    • Telstar (Nick Moran, 2008, UK) #42 British release 2009
    • Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (USA)

    Another flurry of new British releases for this particular week, but all bypassing Leicester. I think Telstar was shown in Loughborough, and was only at 33 cinemas nationwide (compared to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 516 cinemas) while Beyond the Fire and The Disappeared only seem to be showing in the ICA ‘New British Cinema’ season. New British Cinema for those living in London then. Plenty of films, but limited release.

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    Beyond The Fire, a film about the damaged sexuality of two sexually abused people seems to have split opinion. It won Best UK Feature Film at the London Independent Film Festival and yet Catherine Bray on the Channel 4 Film site describes it as “Achingly embarrassing to watch in so many ways”. Telstar may suffer from being stagey and low budget in its attempt to recreate the early sixties London pop music production culture, and The Disappeared may not be a disappointing low-budget debut, but it is disappointingly not appearing.

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    UK New Film Releases Week 24: 12 June – 18 June 2009

    July 3, 2009

    endoftheline

  • New British Feature Films (Fiction) Released in 2009 – 39 [19% of total film releases]
  • Total Film Releases in the UK in 2009 – 204
  • If you want to see British films this week, the UK  film release schedule for the week commencing 12 June 2009 is:

    • Doghouse (Jake West, 2009, UK) #36 British release 2009
    • The End Of The Line (UK) Documentary
    • The Hangover (USA)
    • The Last house On The Left (USA)
    • Looking For Eric (Ken Loach, 2009, UK/FR/IT/BEL) #37 British release
    • New Town Killers (Richard Jobson, 2008, UK) #38 British release 2009
    • Red Cliff (CHI)
    • Soi Cowboy (Thomas Clay, 2008, Thai/UK) #39 British release 2009

    A big week for British film and possibly fish. Marketing for the British environmental documenatry The End of the Line asks us to ‘Imagine a world without fish’. That’s gonna use up a lot of imagination. Four new British feature films this week – but only Doghouse and Looking For Eric on in Leicester.

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    Yet another example of male anxiety about women in British comedy horror.

    A new Ken Loach film is always an event, and good to see that it is showing at the multiplexes and not just in the art houses.

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    Also on release this week is Richard Jobson’s New Town Killers and Thomas Clay’s (unfortunately no relation)  Soi Cowboy.

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    Both films look interesting writer-directer productions – an urban thriller and an arty film about Thai prostitutes. New Town Killers has a theme song and music video also directed by Richard Jobson who was in the Scottish band The Skids, but it doesn’t appear to have a website, and neither does Soi Cowboy.

    Don’t forget to spend some time thinking about a world without fish – cover up the aquarium for starters.

    Cheap and Cheerful: A Review of Shifty

    July 3, 2009

    Time Gentlemen Please!: A Review of FAQ About Time Travel

    July 3, 2009

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    Guilt Trip: A Review of Genova

    July 3, 2009

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    Shipwrecked: A Review of The Boat That Rocked

    July 3, 2009

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