September 24, 2004

New Releases for 9/24/04

Got a few new films to see this week, one of them may actually be good!

Shaun of the Dead. I saw a trailer for this a long time ago, and am now surprised that it is making it's way to the big screen, not that I'm complaining. It just struck me as something that wouldn't get picked up for distribution and end up going straight to DVD, like what happened to Bubba Ho Tep last year. Anyway, this looks like a blast in the vein of Evil Dead and Undead. You can't go wrong with zombies and comedy, and it looks like the critics agree.

The Forgotten. Not sure what to think of this one. It looks interesting, but I think there is a lot that they don't tell you about in the trailers, which is usually a good thing. But the critics aren't being terribly kind to this one. I may give this a shot.

First Daughter. Not my scene, but I'm sure someone will like it. A take of a president's daughter looking to rebel. This one stars Katie Holmes, earlier this year, when it was called Chasing Liberty, it starred Mandy Moore. It's deja vu all over again. Next.

Silver City. John Sayles latest film stars Chris Cooper as a clueless politician running for governor of Colorado. A political statement film which has George W. Bush clearly in it's sites. I've heard good and bad about it. It does look to have a strong supporting cast. Maybe, but not at the top of the list.

The 5 Obstructions. Director Jorgen Leth made this collection based on a challenge from fellow director Lars von Trier. He remade a 1968 short film, The Perfect Human, following arbitrary rules. Seems like it may be an interesting experiment.

Bukowski: Born into This. A documentary film featuring a series of interviews on Bukowski. I am not familiar with his work, but this could be interesting.

Saving Xiara. A short film about a 7 year old girl trying to understand that her father, a hip hop artist, would be going to prison until she was a teenager. This could be interesting.

That about does it for this week!


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