The last hope to save mankind has failed and there are exactly three weeks left before the world will be destroyed by an 70-mile wide asteroid named Matilda. Dodge Peterson (Steve Carell) just wants to keep living his normal life, but how can he when his wife Linda (a blink-or-miss cameo from Nancy Carell, Steve’s real-life wife) literally jumps ship as soon as the news comes in? He tries to act like everything is normal, but even that’s impossible, and an attempted suicide only ends up pairing him with a cute dog to accompany his final days.
Melancholia (April 12th)
DIRECTED BY Lars von Trier
STARRING Kirsten Dunst
GENRES Apocalyptic Film
Read a Flickcharter review Melancholia
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Sleeping Beauty (April 10th)
DIRECTED BY Julia Leigh
STARRING Emily Browning
GENRES Erotic Drama
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Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Neil Sedaka turns 73 today. In his honor, we have two films that feature his music:
Sextette is the last movie Mae West ever appeared in. It came eight years after her role in the legendary 1970 Hollywood fiasco Myra Breckinridge. Before that, she hadn’t been in a film since The Heat’s On back in 1943. By the time West starred in Sextette, which was based on a play that she wrote, the saucy actress was 85 years old. Future Bond Timothy Dalton, who was 34 at the time, co-stars as her new husband. Read the rest of this entry »
My first foray into the filmography of Lars von Trier happened the other night at AFI Fest 2011 Presented by Audi with the film Melancholia. Admittedly it was tough going into this screening without some degree of expectation given all the buzz surrounding the film. Pretty much everything I read up until the screening itself called this film the best of the year. As the the first few moments rolled by, I was mentally prepared to be disappointed. All you need to do is look at my ranking of the film above to see that that wasn’t the case. Read the rest of this entry »
Up until last year, film festivals had always been a bit of a mystery to me. I had gone to a few conventions before and been shown advanced screenings of films, but to actually go to an event where all you did was watch films seemed a bit beyond my reach. Didn’t help either that I had never really lived in areas with affordable or frequent festivals. That is, up until last year when I was introduced to AFI FEST. They hooked me in with free tickets and the promise of engaging cinema from around the world. To say I had fun is a bit of an understatement. As the credits to the last film rolled, I decided that I would come back next year in a more professional manner and write about it.
Which brings us to now. AFI FEST 2011 Presented by Audi is a little over a week away (November 3-10) and they’ve once again made the tickets to all their films free. This is definitely a good thing as there’s quite an impressive lineup this year. It’s going to be difficult scheduling which films I’d like to see!
Listed below are all the films being showcased at the festival. If you’re in the LA area and want to go to any of these screenings hop over to the AFI FEST site and keep an eye out for ticket information.