Harper’s Island Season 1
A fantastic whodunit set on the titular island. This series starts as quite a light, almost predictable entertainment, but later on shifts to a much darker animal. The show manages to pull off a movie feel and although the main conceit is quite gimmicky (essentially the story is just finding out who the killer is over 13 weeks; each episode name is onomatopoeic of the method of death of the character) it manages to establish itself as a very made and very dark thriller. Give me this over Heroes or Lost any day.
The Time Traveller’s Wife
Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) manages to create a solid romantic drama that convinces as a standalone movie, but doesn’t quite cut it as an adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel. Whilst its shortcomings are staples of adaptations – omits too much of the nuances, doesn’t manage to recreate the tone – the chemistry between Erica Bana and Rachel McAdams still allows this film to illuminate at times.
The Ugly Truth
This rom-com stars Gerard Butler. I am out. That is all.
An inventive, unsettling British thriller with a fantastic turn by Peter Ferdinando. This has already been compared to Taxi Driver in some circles and whilst I definitely wouldn’t go that far, I advise people to check this out.
Run Bitch! Run
A ’70’s exploitation style film that, from the trailer, appears to have no redeeming features other than a comedy title and one of the most batshit mental trailers since Robogeisha (Check out both these trailers).
Also released this week: Adventureland – Couples Retreat – Love Happens – Paper Heart – I Love You Beth Cooper
ContentFilm has struck a deal for the distribution rights to Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, the follow-up to her brilliant Red Road debut, for the French market ahead of its in-competition bow at the Cannes Film Festival.
Paolo Sorrentino is to head the 2009 Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes, the out-of-competition prize at the Festival. His Il Divo won the prize in 2008. Incidentally, Isabel Huppert is heading the main jury alongside James Gray, Asia Argento, Robin Wright Penn and Hindi film star Sharmilla Tagore.
NBC has unveiled its pick-ups for the new season, including six new projects along with (surely) a surprise re-up for Heroes and an encouraging one for Office spin-off Parks & Recreation.
A Rand Corp report, published by the MPA, has found “substantial evidence” that D-Company, the organised crime syndicate-turned-terrorist group, has received funding from film piracy.