Out Now – 14th September 2012

To Rome with Barfi

Hope Springs
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones attend an intensive week of marriage-counselling held by Steve Carrell. So awkward attempts to reignite sex in middle age are encouraged by The 40 Year Old Virgin?

Paranorman
The studio that brought you Coraline and Corpse Bride returns with another supernatural animation, just missing out on the summer holidays. This time another misfit child – Norman, obviously – employs his ability to talk to the dead in order to save his cursed town.

Premium Rush
A bike courier gets chased around New York by a dodgy cop, carelessly flouting the Highway Code, riding on the pavement, jumping the lights and failing to signal at turnings. I assume. I have issues with the poster for Premium Rush: partly because it’s not obvious what the title is but more importantly, they have photoshopped Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s beautiful face beyond recognition. Not since the Deschanel-Rimmel debacle has a Mild Concern favourite been so grievously treated.

About Elly (limited release)
A group of middle-class Iranian families go to the seaside for a holiday and to do some matchmaking. The plot makes it sound part horror (deserted villa without mobile phone reception) and part romantic comedy (people pretend two non-married people are actually married) but is more likely a well-executed relationship drama.

Anton Corbijn: Inside Out (limited release)
Curzon Soho has the exclusive showing of this intimate portrait of the life of Anton Corbijn.

Barfi! (limited release)
A romantic comedy about Barfi (who is both hearing and speech impaired) and the adventures his love for two different women take him on. Watch the rather cute trailer, which makes it look like the Indian answer to Amélie:

Keyhole (limited release)
A gangster drags his life of crime back home and somehow embarks on an emotional tour throughout each room. Given the lead character is called Ulysses and plot synopses repeatedly refer to his homecoming as an “odyssey”, I’m guessing this is based on Homer’s epic. But does it have John Goodman as a Deep South Bible-selling cyclops?

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (limited release)
“A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their consciences.” Ethical drama! IMDb plot keywords include Loss Of Job, Robbery, Marseille and Crisis of Conscience.

To Rome With Love (limited release)
I assumed this was the next in the series of declarations of affection to major world cities. I wasn’t that far off as it does contain an all-star ensemble cast with multiple stories, but this is a Woody Allen project featuring the man himself. Favourite, yet completely inexplicable, line from <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIbYqxqtP38>the trailer: “We’re covering that shave live, from the first to the last stroke.”

When the Lights Went Out (limited release)
In 1974, a family move into a new – and haunted – house during the nationwide blackouts. To survive, they must exorcise the poltergeists. “Based on true events.” Really?

The Best is Yet to Come: 2012

As much as we are obliged to look back over the year just gone, we are obliged to look ahead at the year just beginning. It’s always exciting to look at the next twelve months and all the exciting treats that are coming to our screens. Below are my personal picks of the films worth seeing in 2012, and I’m hoping there will be many more besides, a few gems I haven’t even heard of yet. Continue reading

Gordon-Levitt Has Got Work to Do

It’s always a good day when an actor you like who has been working tirelessly for years finally gets noticed and gets lots of work. After (500) Days of Summer Joseph Gordon-Levitt has finally been spotted as an actor worth investing in.

This year he will be playing a major role in the much buzzed about Inception playing a character who has fight scenes in a revolving set, I cannot wait. He has also recently been filming a comedy about cancer, taking over from James McAvoy when he dropped out to have a baby.

Just yesterday we also learned that Gordon-Levitt is negotiating roles in two action films, Premium Rush and Looper. Looper being particularly exciting as it will reunite him with Rian Johnson who wrote and directed Brick the modern noir made for next to nothing. Despite what some sites say this is not a new genre for Gordon-Levitt having starred in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Uncertainty just last year.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a brilliant actor and the more roles he has the better. With any luck one day he’ll be all big and famous but won’t turn his back on independent cinema.