March 19, 2009

Movies to see this year?

This one sounds promising..
Surveillance - Trailer
It’s been a hell of a day on the highway. When Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman) arrive at Captain Billing’s office, they have three sets of stories to figure out and a string of vicious murders to consider. One zealot cop, a strung out junkie and an eight year old girl all sit in testimony to the roadside rampage, but as the Feds begin to expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie, they soon discover that uncovering ‘the truth’ can come at a very big cost…

There was another such thriller movie which I had thought may be interesting (or total JT*) when I saw the trailer when I went to the theater to see Slumdog Millionaire. Something about evil bankers taking over the world.... which I think will go well in today's world where the US masses are outraged at bankers and bank executives.

* JT = jabardasti tension, a phrase my friend coined for movies that forcibly create tension in a movie where logically there should be none.

Aah...seems that movie is already out and it has gotten mediocre reviews!
The International *ing Naomi Watts and Clive Owen

Btw, couldn't remember the name of the movie and so googled and found this good site with list and trailers of upcoming movies --

I see some other promising ones (based on brief synopsis given) at the site. Here are a few..

Will this be this year's Little Ms Sunshine kind of quirky feel-good movie? Or maybe something like that quirky and enjoyable 2003 Katie Holmes movie - Pieces of April.
Phoebe in Wonderland
A rebellious little girl clashes with the rule-obsessed authority figures in her life, and seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher.

Another feel-good movie ... I'll skip this one!
Everlasting Moments Trailer
Centers on Maria Larsson, a young, poor woman who in the early 20th century wins a camera at the lottery–an event that not only makes her see the world through new eyes but also changes her life.

This is a remake from Russia of the 1957 classic movie* -- Twelve Angry Men

In Twelve, one juror on a murder trial manages to convince his fellow colleagues that the case is not as clear cut as it might have seemed in the courtroom.

12 Angry Men has a 100% rating on the Tomatometer. Wow! The first 100% that I have seen on that site. Also it makes it to many Top Movies lists.

Btw, this movie was remade into a well-made
(I thought; this video shows otherwise! Typical over-acting & melodrama.) Hindi movie Ek Ruka Hua Faisla *ing KKRaina etc which I saw in India on TV in late 80s.Btw, you can see the entire movie Ek Ruka Hua Faisla on Youtube.

A couple other interesting ones I perused...
Triptych feature telling three separate tales set in Tokyo, Japan. “Shaking Tokyo” centers on a man who has lived for 10 years as a hikikomori, (a term used in Japan for people unable to adjust to society and so they never leave their homes) and what happens when he falls in love one day with a pizza delivery girl. “Interior Design” follows the story of a wannabe movie director who arrives in Tokyo with his girlfriend only to find that parts of her bones are turning into wood.

Must Read After My Death
Filmmaker Morgan Dews was very close to his grandmother Allis, but it wasn’t until after her death in 2001 that he became aware of an astounding archive she’d amassed throughout the 1960s. Filled with startlingly intimate and candid audio recordings detailing her family’s increasingly turbulent lives, the collection also contained hundreds of silent home movies, photographs and written journals. Using only these found materials, Dews has fashioned a searing family portrait that affords fly-on-the-wall access to one family’s struggles amid an America on the verge of dramatic transformation. Must Read After My Death follows Allis, her husband Charley and their four children in Hartford, Connecticut. Charley’s work takes him to Australia four months each year, so the couple purchases Dictaphone recorders as a way to stay in touch throughout Charlie’s extended absences. A modern woman at least a decade ahead of her time, Allis struggles against conformity –against the conventional roles of wife and mother. She finds the recordings cathartic and, with the family’s cooperation, incorporates them into their everyday existence. When the family turns to psychologists and psychiatrists, their strife increases and the recordings turn progressively darker — even desperate. All the while, Dews employs the family’s many home movies and the seemingly placid, typically American facade that they convey, as visual counterpoint to the raw and sobering tape recordings.

And yet another Holocast era film....such fodder the shenanigans of that bastard Hitler have provided for movie makers! Also book-writers!

In German-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own…

Enuf now... go along. See some movies. Or read books. :)

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