So what’s out there this week? Well today we’ll take a look at the films scheduled to be released which include a great deal of limited release and indie films like The Bridge, Climates, Cocaine Cowboys, Conversations with God, Cruel World, Death of a President and Shut Up & Sing. Don’t worry, there are a few you will get to see at tyour local theaters like Catch A Fire and Saw III.
C’mon in and let us get you ready for the week!
Here’s what’s scheduled to hit theaters this week. Want to know more? Just click on the title for film info including a full cast list. Want a closer look? Just click on the poster to watch the trailer.
Catch A Fire
From a powerful storyteller and director, Phillip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence), Catch A Fire is a heartbreaking and heroic South African journey. Based on a real-life hero, Patrick Chamusso, this political thriller of a normal everyday guy who lives a close edged life during the new Africa under apartheid. He coaches, provides for his wife and two daughters and stays out of the politics; keeps his nose clean until Colonel Nic Vos suspects him of a sabotage against the oil refinery. Wrongly accused and put through brutal torture, not only on himself, but his wife too, Patrick begins to fight back and becomes what they have accused him of. Be prepared for a powerful and heart tugging tale.
The puppet-master is back for the third round of cruel, twisted and sadistic crap. What a sick franchise Saw has become, when will it ever stop? I can’t stomach one ounce of this human torture and grotesque displays of bondage and torment, but someone must, cause it’s back again. Same guy abducts another young innocent and puts her through hell to keep another one of the master’s puppets alive as he goes through self mutilation and torture to solve the puzzle. Just in time for Halloween, I sure do miss the less gruesome days of Freddy and Jason. Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II) returns with Tobin Bell, a.k.a. Jigsaw.
Opening Friday, in Limited Release:
Director, Billy Corben (Raw Deal: A Question of Consent) creates a documentary about the cocaine trade in Miami since the 70’s and how it has turned the glamorous paradise into a homicidal cesspool. Amongst the glamour, partying hot spots and good times of the early 80’s to the destruction of a beautiful place through the cartel, Cocaine Cowboys is a gritty film about real life tragedy. Alan was lucky enough to see this at this year’s FilmFest KC just weeks ago. The film opens in limited release on Friday in select cities, but if you aren’t in a city where it will be showing you can always check back with us on Friday and check out Alan’s review.
Conversations with God
Based on the true story of Neale Donald Walsch, a down and out on his luck kind of guy who finds God and millions in his international best seller from it. If I sound like a bit of a pessimist, that’s because I am. If you are a true believer and God answered your needs, do you really sell it to the highest bidder? Sorry, had to go on a bit of a personal rant. Here is another way to help boost sales of an internationally acclaimed book that has “helped millions worldwide”. Conversations with God gives the audience a play by play of what happens to this down and out man between the point of despair to the answers he received within and finally ending with being a bestselling author.
Indeed it is a very Cruel World, but that isn’t exactly what the film is about. A sore loser from the reality show becomes completely off his rocker and traps the 9 other contestants into his own reality show. One by one, as they are voted off the island (if you will), the coeds are slaughtered. What a twisted and sick thing to throw upon an unexpected audiences, a reality show full of coeds, Edward Furlong and death all wrapped up in a very low budget package. Also starring are Susan Ward, Sanoe Lake, Laura Ramsey, Aimee Garcia, Nicole Bilderback, Andrew Keegan, and Jaime Pressly. It opens in limited release on Friday.
Death of a President
From the films site: DEATH OF A PRESIDENT follows the investigation of the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush in October 2007. Combining real archival footage with a credible but fictional story, “Death of a President” presents a fascinating and thought-provoking political thriller. Read further details. I’m going to have to see this film; it’s going to be one hell of a controversy. Directed by Gabriel Range and co-writtne by Simon Finch; the pair worked together in the past to make The Men Who Broke Britain and The Day Britain Stopped. The film opens in limited release in select cities on Friday.
The Bridge is a documentary of the most famous jumping off points in life, The Golden Gate Bridge. Shot from two different perspectives and hundreds of hours of film with interviews from suicides friends and families, film makers Eric Steel, Peter McCandless and Sabine Krayenbuhl put together this somber look at human inner sufferings while the rest of the world goes on their daily chores. The film was shot in 2004 capturing the smallest human link between 24 people and their 4 seconds to death. It’s Rated-R for it’s pull-no-punches subject matter, so not your typical family fare. The documentary opens in limited release on Friday.
Shut Up and Sing
Rock on Dixie Chicks. Spend a day in their shoes, see what it was like to be the country music’s lead female group to speak their minds against our noble president. Shut Up and Sing is a documentary that follows the Dixie Chicks lives through out the past 3 years of tours, marriage, death threats, family, political attacks and making music after the comment about Bush. I’m glad we are in another country fighting for their rights and freedom of speech (keeping women from being hidden and abused), but all along we are suppose to oppress our true believes and stay under an invisible veil in our own country. What makes all of this wrong is not only the opposition the government took against these 3 young ladies, but what we as a nation did. What ever happened to freedom of speech and having our own beliefs? I must question, would the same exact interrogation had happened to a male who would have spoke the same way? Is it time for us to burn our bras again?