Because everyone (well, possibly everyone) will see The Dark Knight Rises on Friday, please don’t forget that there are still art-house cinemas out there brave enough to show movies that didn’t get as much attention as that movie with the gazillionth trailer; we salute you. Now, on with it! Sources are Box Office Mojo and IMDB.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (ONE NIGHT ONLY on Wednesday) [dirs. Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern]
Already bought my ticket. I’ve been a fan of LCD Soundsystem for years now, beginning when I heard Sound of Silver and their (literally) last record, This is Happening, and I was shocked when I heard they broke up. They may have been one of the best electronic bands of the past decade. On this movie, focusing on their last concert, however, I have mixed feelings: It looks great as concert footage, but might not be as a documentary.
The Queen of Versailles [dir. Lauren Greenfield]
In the tradition of stuff like Inside Job, another one of those recession docs focused on the rich to me, but this one might look like it has something different. Maybe it might turn out to be profound and honest, or slight.
Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D (Ichimei) [dir. Takashi Miike] (NEWLY ADDED)
Really, Takashi Miike? A Hara-kiri remake in 3D? The trailer doesn’t make me even care. Expect whatever.
Other releases are:
War of the Buttons (La nouvelle guerre des boutons) [dir. Christophe Barratier]
The Well-Digger’s Daughter (La fille du puisatier) [dir. Daniel Auteuil]
The Cache actor’s directorial debut.
Interested in seeing The Well Diggers Daughter because Auteuil. Also, he’s been in a shit load of great films, not just Cache.
Either I’ve already seen The War of the Buttons ages ago, or it’s a remake. Whatever it was I saw was absolutely awesome.
I suspect Hara-Kiri is as similar to the original as New Graveyard of Honor is to the original, which is not much at all.
Yeah, War of the Buttons is a Louis Pergaud novel, and it’s been filmed at least a couple of times prior to this.
Miike in 3-D is intriguing.
I’m pretty sure the version I saw was in English and may even have been British, but since I saw it when I was quite young there was enough wiggle room to wonder if I saw a dub.
Anyway I think about that movie from time to time and had been wanting to revisit it. I think really that just means I should read the book. If it’s inspired so many adaptations, it’s probably quite good.
Probably the ’94 version. Relocated the story to Ireland.
It’s a very good novel . . . not sure there’s an English translation in print anymore.
Was hoping a thread like this would be created to show respect to indie cinema on a week where a mammoth-sized blockbuster will grab a hold of everyone’s wallets. Looking forward to seeking out The Well Diggers Daughter on DVD, though.
Scratch what I said about Shut Up and Play the Hits being One Night Only. It’s now going on a run because of the almost sold-out shows on its premiere. It’s a stupid strategy to get more money that takes the thrill out of seeing it when it was only for one night.