Thursday, November 24, 2011

What's Happening Where I Am: Cinema and DVD releases here, 24/11/11

Cinema releases

Arthur Christmas - It's weird that Christmas is a month away. I put up some Christmas decorations today at work, which got me in the festive spirit. The Christmas parade is a couple of days away and the theme is 'At the Movies', and I still have no idea what I'm going to dress up as (I'm in the parade). If only I had someone to dress up as Captain America so I could be Peggy Carter. Anyway, Arthur Christmas looks pretty good. Is it weird that I think that Arthur is kinda cute, for an animated character? Well of course he is, because he is voiced by James McAvoy.

Immortals - I did think about going to see this one, as I was supposed to go to Palmy today, but we had to be back too early so I couldn't go and see Beginners. So if I went, my whole day would be wasted, unless I went and saw a movie and this was the only one playing at an appropriate time that I had a slight interest in. Alas, I am too poor and seeing Mickey Rourke in 3D would scare the bejesus out of me. But you could say I'm a fan of Tarsem Singh's visual style, and I still need to see an R16 in cinemas. Unfortunately, this won't be my first one, either.

Submarine - Typical. I could have gone to the cinemas today, but unfortunately there was nothing I wanted to see playing. But Submarine has come out today, a movie which I'd very much like to see. And guess what? It's not playing in Palmy. Or anywhere near me, for that matter. I feel so loved.

The Whistleblower - Jeez, I wish I was half as beautiful as Rachel Weisz. That would make life so much easier. I haven't really heard much about this film, nor do I have a lot of interest in it. When it comes out on DVD, I'll watch it, but for now, it's not really my thing.

When a City Falls - As I hope that many of you have heard, in September of last year, Christchurch (New Zealand) was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which caused mass destruction. There were no deaths, though, as the quake was quite deep, it happened in the early hours of the morning and the epicentre was a fair way off the city centre. However, in February 2011 (and this is one of those days which I remember extremely well), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city at a depth of 5km, 10kms south east of the city centre, at 12.51pm when everyone was out and about in the city. 181 people died, and the entire city now looks like an absolute wreck. Now, Christchurch is my favourite place I've ever been to in my life, and I was so devastated when this happened. But the city has shown a great resilience and strength in the past few months. So it's great that they've made a documentary about it, because this city has been through a lot - and is still going through a lot - and their story needs to be told.

DVD releases

Bad Teacher - Okay, I'm not going to lie, but I quite enjoyed this film. Sure, it was extremely shallow and had it's fair share of flaws, but I was quite entertained. Mainly because of Justin Timberlake, who I thought was just hilarious in his role. I know teachers just like him, who are just so happy to be at school and teaching. One thing I did find extremely disturbing, though, was the fact that a teacher like Cameron Diaz is allowed around kids. She's not the kind of person I would have liked to have had teaching me English this year.

Kung Fu Panda 2 - I still need to watch the first one. WHY DO I KEEP MISSING OUT ON THE FIRST ONE?! There are just too many sequels coming out these days.

The Eagle - I refrained from watching this one because I've decided this whole warriors-from-700-years-or-more-ago action genre is probably my least favourite. I just can't get into these films, because to me it's just a whole lot of fighting and not much else. But of course, if it has Nicolas Cage in it, then I'm so there. Season of the Witch was a cinematic masterpiece. (sarcasm)

So, what do you think of these films? Are you a fan of Kung Fu Panda? Do you like the warriors-from-700-years-or-more-ago action genre? Are you getting into the festive spirit?


  1. I've actually seen SUBMARINE. A mate of mine bought it the second it came out on DVD in the UK. It's quite good, actually. But I don't think, even if I were able to, I'd bother to pay to see it in the cinema.

    Looking forward to WHEN A CITY FALLS. Despite the godawfully clich├ęd title, I'm determined it will do justice to the horrific events that occurred in Christchurch, which is one of my favourite cities in this country too. According to a friend of mine who lives there, they had a great DVD rental store that specialized in foreign/indie films but sadly was lost in February. A true tragedy indeed!

  2. I am still amazed at how different Cinema release dates are around the world. It would be so nice if we all got the same film on the same day.

    Submarine is excellent

  3. I don't think I ever really gotten the whole Christmas film vibe, thing. I loathe the railway children thanks to it being shown every god damn year around this time (though it's not really a Christmas film I guess...). I do love Jingle all the way. Can't wait to watch that again this year.

    Submarine looks a little bit too pretentious, even for my liking, so I have avoided that one when it was released here earlier this year.

    I think the first Kung-fu Panda is pretty overrated, tbf. I mean, it was fine, sure, but there was nothing really going for it (in the hilarity factor, and so on).

    The only interest I have in The Eagle is because of Tahar Rahim. Other than that, it looks like a lot of bro love is going down with Tatum and Bell. Might watch it for the 'lol's one time.

  4. Whistleblower is really good, forgettable, but good. And Bad Teacher...I enjoyed it too, I just wish people would stop casting Justin timberlake :/

  5. The Eagle was pretty decent and I kind of liked it. Not a must-see though ;) Not the best week of release but it will get better.

  6. Tyler - Lucky you! I'll probably never get to see it.
    Yes, Christchurch had this amazing video shop called 'Alice in Videoland'. Seriously, when I stepped in there it was like I died and went to movie heaven. It literally had *every* DVD ever in there. And it had this cool little 'horror vault', which was all dark and creepy. And the place was decorated with all these old posters. It's seriously my favourite place I've ever been to. Such a shame that it is gone now :( But you can order DVDs off their website, just like Fatso. Except it's really expensive!

    Scott - Just what I thought. We still have to wait until March for The Ides of March to come out!

    Cherokee - Nah, neither. I actually just watch movies that are always on around Christmas, like Forrest Gump or The Wizard of Oz. But every Christmas I make a point of watching Meet Me in St Louis!
    Hmmmm, I think Submarine looks fun! But it probably is pretentious.
    Oh...Tahar Rahim :)

    Sati - That's what I thought it looked like. For that reason I'll give it a go when it comes out on DVD.
    I quite like Justin Timberlake. He was really good in The Social Network. But for some reason I just can't take him seriously.

    Castor - Yeah, I probably won't see it. It doesn't look like my kind of movie. I wish I had your week of releases! You guys in the US have so much coming out!


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