Tuesday, July 10, 2007

DVD Releases: Billy Bob, Mads and Ziyi

<--- After the Wedding Susanne Bier's Oscar nominated Danish drama about an orphanage manager, Mads Mikkelsen. Bier's first English language movie Things We Lost in the Fire (with Halle Berry & Benicio Del Toro) wil be out later this year but the language doesn't matter: Bier knows drama.
The Astronaut Farmer Billy Bob Thornton pursues a crazy dream and builds a baseball field rocket. Virginia Madsen co-stars for warmth. Sideways has typecast her in the insanely gorgeous supportive wife/girlfriend part now but I suppose that's better than not working.
The Last Mimzy I never understood what this is about mainly because I didn't pay attention. Whenever trailers showcase a lot of CGI I get bored (unless it's big blockbuster epics entirely suited to CGI)
The Page Turner a psychological thriller from France. With pianists... something of a French trend lately, non? The Piano Teacher, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, this...
Sweet Land an immigrant drama that won the Best First Feature award at the Indie Spirits. The cast includes Alan Cumming, Lois Smith and Ned Beatty.

And finally...

Princess Raccoon by Seijun Suzuki. Ziyi Zhang stars in the bizarre musical love story about... um what the title says. Reviews are filled with adjectives like "insane", "hilarious", "risky", "joyous", "colorful", "lively" and "hallucinatory". So, um, yeah: putting that on the DVD queue!

4 comments:

J.D. said...

Princess Raccoon!!! FINALLY!!! Now I wait (not so) patiently for The Banquet...

16 year old blogger said...

The Best HBO comedy, Extras the second season also came out today (I don't know if it counts, but it has Ian McKellen and Daniel Radcliffe along with other "stars")

Y Kant Goran Rite said...

I'd add 'exhausting' and 'tedious' to those adjectives.

steve said...

Your comments re: The Last Mimzy are hilarious, for two reasons:

1. I feel the same way.
2. I actually missed that bullet the first time I read the post, and a couple more times when I skimmed it over. I only just now noticed it.